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 Post subject: If someone wanted to visit Ireland... where should they go?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:45 pm 
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I have severe wanderlust and although I'm looking at places I haven't been to in the states, I've been wanting to go to Ireland for a few years so I figure maybe I should look into it.

Where would you recommend going? Vegan friendly tips? Will we need to live off of Clif Bars?

We like hiking. We like nature. We like greenery. We aren't drinking or party people. I also like architecture like cool churches and stuff. I also like old cemeteries. I collect religious icons despite being non-religious.

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 Post subject: Re: If someone wanted to visit Ireland... where should they
PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:24 am 
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I love the countryside around Killarney, and Cork City is interesting these days. If you've never been, you should certainly see the Burren and the Cliffs of M.oar (stupid filter) If you travel up the west coast, there are loads of neolithic and bronze age tombs and stuff. You need to find a Sheilagh-na-gig too...

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 Post subject: Re: If someone wanted to visit Ireland... where should they
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I've only ever been to Cork and around, but it is lovely and you won't starve. Cafe Paradiso is there which is dairy heavy but always has a couple of good vegan options. I let them know I was vegan before I went and they gave me my own printed menu with only the vegan options on, which was so thoughtful. There's a healthy type veggie cafe too and a decent health food shop. It has an airport and lots of lovely scenery around so it might be a good place to start, but I'm sure others will have better advice.

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 Post subject: Re: If someone wanted to visit Ireland... where should they
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As mentionned in another thread, my boyfriend loved Galway.

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I really liked Northern Ireland, specially taking a daytrip on the bus out of Belfast to see Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede.

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 Post subject: Re: If someone wanted to visit Ireland... where should they
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You've been to the Giant's Ring H_Dog! That's really near my house, like a 3 minute drive. H_Dog was near my house!!! *swoons*

I agree with the Cork & Galway suggestions, the West coast is the most rugged and has some very old things to visit. Most of the coast of Ireland is worth a visit, apart from the bit between Belfast & Dublin, it's a bit dull. Co Wicklow is known to be very pretty and has the Wicklow Gap, Mountains & Glendalough. Donegal is wonderfully old and rugged. Sligo is ok, it has Yeat's grave, the town itself is a little dire and not the friendliest but ok for passing though.

If you come to Northern Ireland in the summer/Autumn you get me, and a free bed for a few nights, possibly Sarah-Jane and maybe some gardening duties :D Two hours on the train gets you to Dublin, there's a couch trip to the Giant's causeway, there is a very old graveyard here which holds some quite famous people (visit by tour only), open top bus ride around the city to see the murals, Stormont buildings and where the titanic was built and I think there's a steam boat ride. Saint Malachy's Church is a small but interesting bit of architecture, the vaulted ceiling is particularly nice. The City Hall, St Anne's Cathedral and Queen's University Belfast are all nice buildings. There's usually quite a bit on in the arts over the summer with different cultural festivals (apart from the Orange marches!), often outdoor displays/dancing, things like the Indian festival in Botanic park in August. The park houses a nice little palm house, a beautiful green house and the Ulster museum which is pretty popular.

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 Post subject: Re: If someone wanted to visit Ireland... where should they
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Carrick-a-Rede looks insane.

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Just the thought of Carrick-a-Rede gives me hives!


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Oooo pretty. That bridge would freak me out too.

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If you come to Northern Ireland in the summer/Autumn you get me, and a free bed for a few nights, possibly Sarah-Jane and maybe some gardening duties :D


Can I come visit sometime?

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melisser wrote:
fezza wrote:
If you come to Northern Ireland in the summer/Autumn you get me, and a free bed for a few nights, possibly Sarah-Jane and maybe some gardening duties :D


Can I come visit sometime?


Of course you can! <3


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If you come to Northern Ireland in the summer/Autumn you get me, and a free bed for a few nights, possibly Sarah-Jane and maybe some gardening duties :D


Can I come visit sometime?


Of course you can! <3


YAY! If all works out, I'll be staying in Europe, so it will be easy peasy to hop over!

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 Post subject: Re: If someone wanted to visit Ireland... where should they
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I went to Belfast & took a day trip to the Giant's Causeway last year. What a fab place. I loved it. Really beautiful & very interesting.

There was also a great health food shop which sold amazing vegan muffins & pasties... Yay! They don't seem to have a website but copied the address details.

http://vegans.frommars.org/ireland/details.php?key=157

Also found a vegan friendly Indian restaurant which was very good (apparently it did used to be totally veggie but isn't now.)

http://www.archana.co.uk/

Hope you have fun wherever you decide to go.

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I went to Dublin over Easter weekend (mistake - almost everything was closed) a few years ago. Even then I didn't have a problem eating, and looking at Happy Cow, they have about twice as much now (including a vegan bakery!). I loved it - lots of interesting architecture, a short-ish bus trip to the prehistoric mounds (I forget what they're called) ... I just really liked being there. I want to go back!

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fezza wrote:
If you come to Northern Ireland in the summer/Autumn you get me, and a free bed for a few nights, possibly Sarah-Jane and maybe some gardening duties :D


You do indeed get me. I am not sure if that is much incentive though!

I actually need to do some day-tripping around here because it is a beautiful place to visit and there is a lot of history here.


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I wasn't vegan when I went, but my fav place I visited in Ireland was Kinsale.


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 Post subject: Re: If someone wanted to visit Ireland... where should they
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This thread is making me want to turn up on fezza's doorstep.

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I won a trip to Ireland about...17 years ago? Jesus. It included an archaeological tour of the west coast and islands. The guy running the tour (Michael Gibbons--I think he's still doing them) knew something of interest about pretty much every patch of dirt in Ireland. It was the best? I quit my job before I left and stayed in Ireland and the UK as long as I could afford to after that, going to Dublin and Derry and Belfast and probably other places that I don't remember.

Anyway, I had the best time during the tour, but, duh, of course I did. I'd love to go back at some point.

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interrobang?! wrote:
This thread is making me want to turn up on fezza's doorstep.


Me too!

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So basically the answer is if someone goes to Ireland, they should go to Fezza's :)

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melisser wrote:
YAY! If all works out, I'll be staying in Europe, so it will be easy peasy to hop over!


Whooo! That would be so good <3 Angus is beside himself with excitement at the idea of it. He's seen your frock closet and is delirious with hope that you'll bring them all with you. He wants to know if you have hats too (he's totally planning on dragging it up in your clothes if you visit).

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There was also a great health food shop which sold amazing vegan muffins & pasties... Yay! They don't seem to have a website but copied the address details.

http://vegans.frommars.org/ireland/details.php?key=157


Eeeeeeeeee, I'm in there nearly every week, such a good shop <3

I haven't had anything out of the Archana in over a year, it does great vegan nann bread. Apparently the kitchen hygiene is questionable but the food is so good I just try not to think about it.

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You do indeed get me. I am not sure if that is much incentive though!

I actually need to do some day-tripping around here because it is a beautiful place to visit and there is a lot of history here.


It's loads of incentive! I'd like to do more day tripping here too, there's so much to see. I'd love to spend a weekend in a cottage at the Giant's causeway and go off wandering with my camera.

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interrobang?! wrote:
This thread is making me want to turn up on fezza's doorstep.


Me too!


Do it bisques! (just wait until after May).

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So basically the answer is if someone goes to Ireland, they should go to Fezza's :)


Yes, when I rule the world I shall have it made an international law.

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fezza wrote:
linanil wrote:
So basically the answer is if someone goes to Ireland, they should go to Fezza's :)


Yes, when I rule the world I shall have it made an international law.


Can you add in a clause that they have to jump across the water and visit me after? Thanks!

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interrobang?! wrote:
fezza wrote:
linanil wrote:
So basically the answer is if someone goes to Ireland, they should go to Fezza's :)


Yes, when I rule the world I shall have it made an international law.


Can you add in a clause that they have to jump across the water and visit me after? Thanks!

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linanil wrote:
So basically the answer is if someone goes to Ireland, they should go to Fezza's :)


The worst thing is that I live less than an hour away from Fezza and still haven't been to see her. You should all just come here and we can have a Northern Ireland PPK Gathering.


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YAY! If all works out, I'll be staying in Europe, so it will be easy peasy to hop over!


Whooo! That would be so good <3 Angus is beside himself with excitement at the idea of it. He's seen your frock closet and is delirious with hope that you'll bring them all with you. He wants to know if you have hats too (he's totally planning on dragging it up in your clothes if you visit).


My hat collection is paltry in comparison, but I will bring some dresses for him to sleep with. (Naughty!)

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