So, its been a while… I’ve been extremely busy with work these past couple of weeks.  Any free time I had was dedicated to hotel planning, which I can now say has been a complete success.  All reservations have been confirmed so I can relax and start planning all of the fun stuff!

Dublin- 2 nights at the O’Callaghan Stephens Green Hotel

This was the last hotel I booked and was by far the most difficult to decide upon.  Every hotel I was checking on tripadvisor had something I just didn’t like.  I found that trying to find a good location and a good price in Dublin is very difficult.  I literally just decided to do one of those secret deals on priceline for a 4-star hotel in the area around Temple Bar. If anyone truly knows me they would recognize the turmoil I felt when I entered all the credit card info and finally hit the submit button.  I was like “Oh my gosh!  What am I doing?  What if I get a horrible hotel?  No, that won’t happen its guarenteed to be a 4-star hotel I’ll be happy… but that area covers a large distance!  What if I am all the way at the bottom of the area?!  Moment of truth… oh thank goodness it is a great place!”
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Galway- 5 nights at the Asgard Guesthouse

I am most excited to stay at this bed & breakfast.  I booked this directly through their website.  I don’t like to book bed & breakfasts on any of the discount websites just to help keep profit at the establishment.  All I had to do was fill out an inquiry form on the site and received an email from the owner within the hour. A very quick and painless process.

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Ennis- 1 night at the Old Ground Hotel

I booked this hotel back in mid-January.  Since I’ll be staying in Ennis during Fleadh Nua I figured I should be sure and book way in advance.  Ended up paying full price for this on their website since the other websites were showing no availability, but I got a room and that’s all that matters in my eyes.  Plus I really wanted to stay here the hotel itself looks amazing!

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Shannon- 1 night at the Park Inn at the airport

This was actually the first hotel I reserved mainly since there were only two choices I was considering near the airport.  Priceline seemed to have the best deal on this place.  My flight coming home is at 11:30AM.  I don’t like to risk it with airports so I figured it would be best if I stayed at the airport for the last night.  I’ll definitely be hanging out in Ennis for a while the night before though!

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Possible Itinerary

Alright, so I think I have narrowed my Ireland destinations down to a manageable handful.

Fly out of the US to Dublin.  Stay 2 days in Dublin.  Head out to Galway and stay 3 days.  Next stop will be Doolin where I’ll stay 1.5 days.  Ennis will wrap up the trip with 1.5 days.  The last day I will fly out of Shannon back to the US.

I really wanted to narrow down my locations to decide which airports to fly into and out of.  I’ll spend the next leg of research looking at things to do, where to stay, etc.  Depending on what I find, the days in each city may be adjusted.