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Cashel, Ireland

  • Cafe HansOne of the best restaurants in Ireland, even better that it’s in the little town of Cashel.

Cork, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

  • ely – This wine bar and restaurant shows off “Celtic Tiger cuisine” at its finest. Great wine list, sophisticated atmosphere and food made with Irish ingredients and flair. Near St. Stephen’s Green. They have other restaurants at Custom House Quay and Hanover Quay.
  • Gallagher’s Boxty House – Boxties all the time. Great food in Temple Bar. This is the one restaurant that does not serve Guinness. Try some of Cork’s finest Murphy’s beer.
  • Lemon – Yummy crepes and reasonably priced.

Kilkenny, Ireland

Kinsale, Ireland

  • Fishy Fishy – Wonderful seafood in scenic Kinsale. No reservations but you gotta go there.


Co. Offaly, Ireland

  • Kinnity Castle – The Library Bar is really a library, with large windows, big green leather sofas and chairs, a peat fire, and a good pint of Guinness. The Dungeon Bar is really in the dungeon and features a “trad session” on the weekends. There’s often a wedding at Kinnity, so expect to see folks dressed from casual to wedding gowns.


  • Oliver St. John Gogartys – You can hear a good trad session in this bar/restaurant in Temple Bar.  Not as touristy as some some of the other bars in the “Temple of Bars.”


Dublin, Ireland

  • Davenport – Close to Merrian Square. I liked it because it was close to the center of town and it was more “Irish” than a chain hotel.

Co. Clare, Ireland

  • Dromoland Castle – A truly luxurious castle, with fine dinning, an excellent bar complete with Staffordshire dogs and a great golf course.

Co. Offaly, Ireland

  • Kinnity Castle – We’ve stayed here twice. Kinnity is more of a funky castle. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, in the village of Kinnity, near Birr. You can take an interesting R road to get there.

Galway City, Ireland

  • Hotel Meyrick (formerly the Great Southern) – This hotel is right on Eyre Square and convenient to downtown Galway. They have  hot tub that looks out over the bay and the city which is a treat. We loved it when it was the Great Southern (note hot tub looking out on Galway Bay) but as the Merrick I was not so impressed. Throbbing techno music could be heard from the bar downstairs in the room. The decor in the lobby was meant to be edgy but came off looking a little sad. Black carpet in the dining room does not look great when you’re eating breakfast.


  • Hotel Europe – We stayed here the first time we visited Ireland. When we drove up we weren’t impressed, but when we walked it we certainly were. The whole back of the hotel is glass and looks out over the main lake of Killarney. Incredible views, ponies you can ride and beautiful landscaping. Our room had a walk in closet and also looked out over the lake. What a way to wake up in the morning. Robert golfed at the nearby Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.


  • Knockranny House – Westport is a picturesque town in Co. Mayo. Knockranny House was a comfortable place to stay not far from downtown. Excellent spa and restaurant and bar. They even let me use their computer in the lobby for hours while I was working on my classwork for library school. Robert played golf in the rain and rewarded himself with a massage in the spa.

Lyon, France

  • Hotel Carlton Lyon in the Presqu’île district – quite delightful, with friendly and helpful staff, a gorgeous original elevator, stylist rooms, great bar and convenient location. the only drawback was the most uncomfortable bad I’ve ever slept (or rather didn’t) in.

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