Itinerary for Trip to Ireland

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Saturday, June 24, 2000

Aboard Aer Lingus Flight 116


Paid--$503 each round trip for 8 people. 

Remaining bookings: 

round trip=$784 coach (30 days advance purchase) 

$4,826 round trip first class

NJ (Tad’s?), JFK Airport

$728 + 54 tax round trip=$784 coach (30 days advance purchase)

$2,359 +54 = 

2,413 one way or $4,826 round trip first class

1.      Get directions to JFK

2.      Arrange for enough cars 

3.      Arrange to leave cars


June 25, 2000

High Park, Birr, County Offaly

Lodging: To be paid by Chuck & Theresa Taylor, as agreed:

?520 = $630 

Paid ?175, mailed 12/30/99 

?345 remaining=$420 (4-8-00) 

q    Golf Course 2.5 mi.

q    Riding School 1.5 

q    Slieve Bloom Mountains 

q    Birr Castle

q    Swimming Pool in town 

q    Boating 

q    Bicycles

90 minutes from Airport


Contact:Mary Coolahan—00353-1-820-7848

1.5 miles from the Riding School in Birr 

On Irish Food:


June 26, 2000


O’Connell Street 

Kilkee, Co. Clare 

Mrs. Mary Hickie 



?18-19 per person 

Gave Mary Choice Visa credit card number 

BBG, p. 239

Lodging:?18-19 per person=$24 per person

(Even though we have housing in Birr, Teri and Theresa thought it best to save some time [2+2 hours & 3 + 3 hours round trips] and stay on the coast a night or two.)

4 Taylors = $100 rounded

q    Pick up Kristie

q    County Clare:

q    Kilkee may be home of Eagen ancestors-Theresa to do research there

q    North of Kilkee- 

o        Spanish Point 

o        Lahinch 

o        Ennistymon 

o        Cliffs of Moher

o        The Burren-- Black Head and ff.

o        S on R 480-Ailwee Caves

o        N again then S on N 67-Lisdoonvarna

o        Doolin-traditional music in pubs 


1.      Pick up Kristie at Shannon Airport

2.      Go to Kilkee, County Clare, let Kristie rest.Theresa research 

3.      Family explore coast nearby, take pictures 

4.      Afternoon-go up coast to Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Ailwee Caves, Lisdoonvarna 

5.      Night—pubs in Doolin 

In one room with 2 doubles, 2 guys will share a bed. (Bob & Jim?)Marc in the other bed? 

There’s one double, one room with 2 twin beds (Teri and Kristie), and another room with twin beds (Jason and Steve)

Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Anne & John O’Leary

Ashlee Lodge Tower 

Blarney, County Cork 

021 385346 


Gave First Union Visa to reserve rooms. 

BBG, p. 121

Lodging:?18-19.50 = $24 per person

4 Taylors = $100 rounded


Map of Tralee:

Tralee Town:

Song “Rose of Tralee”

Kerry the Kingdom:

Ring of Kerry


Have to allow 2.5-3 hours to get back to Birr

In Tralee there’s a restaurant named The Skillet 

Barrack Lane, Tralee, County. Kerry, Ireland.

Tel :- +353 66 7124561

There’s a restaurant bar at the beginning of the Ring of Kerry called Bunkers. 

353 + 66- 61381 

Iveragh Road, Killorglin

Wednesday, June 28, 2000

High Point



Blarney Castle:


(today or tomorrow from Birr):

Balinamara (where Brennans are from) (County Kilkenny, near Kilkenny) about 1 hour from Birr

Have to allow 2.5-3 hours to get back to Birr


Thursday, June 29, 2000

High Point


Things to Do in the Birr Area:

Birr Castle:

Clan Egan Rally Program:

Arrive Redwood Castle, Lorrha, by 5:45 pm fpr Assembly

Friday, June 30, 2000

High Point



Poll na gCapall 

Bog water:

Kilnalahagh Castle (Sopwell Hall)

Drumnahane Castle 



Saturday, July 1, 2000

Rachra House

(Shannon View) 

Shannonbridge via Athlone, Co. Offaly 

Mrs. Patricia Corbett 


?18 per person 

BBG, p. 367

Lodging: ?18 per person = $22 per person

4 Taylors = $90 rounded

Blackwater Bog


Castle Cloghan (Clonony)

9 pm: Irish Concert at Redwood Castle


Lunch at Killeen’s 0905-574112

Things not on Rally list: 

Kinnitty Castle

Charleville Castle


Ely O’Carroll:

Dinner at Shannon Oaks, Portumna

Sunday, July 2, 2000

Carramore House

Knock, County Mayo 

Mrs. Kathleen Carty 


?16-18 per person 

BBG, p. 330

Lodging: ?18 per person = $22 per person

4 Taylors = $88 per person

Shrine of Our Lady of Knock

County Donegal:

McGeady locations—Go to Gortahork and make enquiries about Maheraroarty-Glasserchoo or Erraroeymore.


Glenveagh National Park and Dunfanaghy. 

Supposed to be beautiful country.



Monday, July 3, 2000

Willow House

Kilmacrennan Road 

Letterkenny, Co Donegal 

Mrs. Madeline Wilkinson 


N56 Road 

BBG, p. 409 

Probably gave her a credit card, as she can take credit cards

Lodging: ?18 per person = $22 per person

4 Taylors = $88 per person

Ride along northwest coast of Antrim is supposed to be beautiful.Dunluce? Castle in that area (NE of Giant’s Causeway) is supposed to be haunted.


Steve has to be at Dublin or Shannon to depart July 4

Tuesday, July 4, 2000

Castle Leslie


County Monaghan 



$88-91 per person
Emma at the Castle said it’s 1.5 to 2 hours from the Giant’s Causeway.

Lodging: ?70-75 per person = $88-91 per person

4 Taylors = $370 rounded

On the way down from Giant’s Causeway, in County Armagh-see St. Patrick’s Trian and Navan Fort.

In County Monaghan, see Euro award-winning Monaghan County Museum and the Squealing Pig Pub.

On way to Dublin, stop at County Cavan—home of the McCanns, possibly

At Newgrange in County Meath

Emma at the Castle said it’s 1.5 to 2 hours from the Giant’s Causeway.


Have reserved the rooms on the First Union Visa card.

Cost:$91 per person. 

Steve has to be at Dublin or Shannon to depart July 4.

Wednesday, July 5, 2000

Mr. Harkin

(Listed under Ann Harkin) 

7 Claremont Villas 

(Off Adelaide Road) 


Dun Laoghaire 

County Dublin 



48 hours cancellation notice 

If we don’t cancel or cancel within 48 hours, he’ll charge us for the one night only 

BBG, p. 47 

Lodging:?21 per person = $26 per person

4 Taylors = $105 rounded

Trinity College in Dublin—Book of Kells

Trinity College:

Abbey Theatre

Dublin camera live:

May want to go a little South from the B7B to Dalkey.See National Geographic article.

Harkins’ B & B is right beside DART to Dublin– 2 minutes walk

Glenageary station, every 5-10 minutes, 6:30 (half six) -11:30pm, 21 minutes journey, about ?1.10 per person one way.Double the fare for round trip. 

Park out front.Room for six or seven cars. 

Harkins own a restaurant down the road. If you eat there the second night, you’ll definitely wish you’d eaten there the first night.Open 6pm to 11pm.

Chuck gave him our First Union Visa card number to reserve.

Thursday, July 6, 2000

Lodging:?21 per person = $26 per person

4 Taylors = $105 rounded

Friday, July 7, 2000

Nora and Dan Collins

Purt House 

Bohercrowe, Emly Road 

Tipperary Town, County Tipperary 



Gave him the First Union Visa credit card 

BBG, p. 77

Lodging: ?18 per person = $22 per person

4 Taylors = $88 per person

Kilkenny City:

Most preserved medieval town centre in Ireland

Waterford – Crystal Shops, factory—see the glass blowers

Rock of Cashel


Bunratty Castle/Folk Park – for the evening?

(A travel agent told us she got the best food here—ribs)


Dan Collins says to remember, “It’s not a long way to Tipperary.”

The Collins’ Purt House is 1 hour from Shannon 

1.5 hours from Waterford 

Dan Collins recommends that we go inland from Dublin, make a 1 hour or so stop in Kilkenny to rest, then go to Waterford. 

Leave our bags with the Collins and go to Rock of Cashel, then to Bunratty Folk Park, or skip the Rock? 

Double room (Chuck & me) 

2 Twin rooms—Marc & Jason, Bob & Jim 

Triple room—double bed and 2 twin beds 

If we need an additional room, let him know as soon as possible. 

P. 77 in Bord Failte book

Saturday, July 8, 2000

Depart Shannon Airport at 1:20 pm




Dan Collins says they are 1 hour from Shannon Airport.

Tips from Mr. Harkin:

Double= a room with a double bed 21 per person sharing

twin= a room with 2 separate beds

cot= bed for a little one

Old houses have more spacious rooms