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    driving around ireland

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    scottroo

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    driving around ireland

    Post by scottroo on Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:01 pm

    doing it for a week or more next year, 4 of us hiring a car and winging it...any one done it? tips?

    redandblack

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    Re: driving around ireland

    Post by redandblack on Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:20 am

    Yes, scottroo, I drove around Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2000.

    I thoroughly recommend it. Bit short of time now, but I'll post more ASAP.

    Plenty of tips, but it depends on what you like to do and see, especially if you only have a week or so.

    bart

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    Re: driving around ireland

    Post by bart on Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:35 am

    redandblack, did you do any of the tours in Belfast of the terror neighbourhoods (IRA)??

    redandblack

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    Re: driving around ireland

    Post by redandblack on Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:06 am

    No Bart, you're encouraged to take a taxi ride, but we hired a car and drove the short distance to both parts.

    We went to both main streets (Shankill? and Falls?), drove up and down, then parked and got out and walked around. Very interesting and no real problem.

    Belfast isn't very big and it's easy to get around.

    bart

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    Re: driving around ireland

    Post by bart on Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:28 am

    Was the IRA suburbs where they hang out still happeneing when you went? someone told me when they went quite a few years back that it was still dangerous in some areas of Ireland

    redandblack

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    Re: driving around ireland

    Post by redandblack on Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:44 am

    I think there was relative peace, but it was really interesting. We didn't feel unsafe, but it was a bit eerie walking around. I think parts of Londonderry looked more ominous.

    That was in 2000. I enjoyed Northern Ireland, but there's also so much to do in the Republic, which is scenic throughout. We drove around all the peninsulas, as well as going to Clear Island (right at the South-West tip) and the Arran Isles.

    JAS

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    Join date : 2009-09-09
    Location : Scotland

    Re: driving around ireland

    Post by JAS on Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:58 pm

    bart wrote:Was the IRA suburbs where they hang out still happeneing when you went? someone told me when they went quite a few years back that it was still dangerous in some areas of Ireland

    There is still occasional trouble in NI it just doesn't get as much publicity as it used to...this is the latest...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8245581.stm

    ...and the most recent deaths (as far as I'm aware)

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7930995.stm

    ...but this doesn't mean you shouldn't visit, just be flexible and willing to change your plans or even cancel some of them at short notice if necessary.

    This might help give you a bit of info as to what groups now exist there...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7934742.stm

    Sorry if all that sounds like scaremongering the intention is to help you make an informed choice and not to go under the misapprehension that the troubles are in the past and it will be like a tour of the WW2 battlefields or something.

    Regards
    JAS

    bart

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    Re: driving around ireland

    Post by bart on Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:19 am

    JAS wrote:
    bart wrote:Was the IRA suburbs where they hang out still happeneing when you went? someone told me when they went quite a few years back that it was still dangerous in some areas of Ireland

    There is still occasional trouble in NI it just doesn't get as much publicity as it used to...this is the latest...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8245581.stm

    ...and the most recent deaths (as far as I'm aware)

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7930995.stm

    ...but this doesn't mean you shouldn't visit, just be flexible and willing to change your plans or even cancel some of them at short notice if necessary.

    This might help give you a bit of info as to what groups now exist there...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7934742.stm

    Sorry if all that sounds like scaremongering the intention is to help you make an informed choice and not to go under the misapprehension that the troubles are in the past and it will be like a tour of the WW2 battlefields or something.

    Regards
    JAS

    Hey JAS,

    Do you actually live in Scotland? if so, where abouts?

    JAS

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    Re: driving around ireland

    Post by JAS on Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:39 am

    bart wrote:

    Hey JAS,

    Do you actually live in Scotland? if so, where abouts?

    Hi Bart

    Yep I sure do...little coastal place called Lossiemouth...turn right at Inverness or head NW from Aberdeen and stop just before you get your feet wet Very Happy Wink

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lossiemouth

    If you want to talk about including Scotland in a trip can I suggest perhaps we start a new thread so we don't take scottroo's off topic.

    Regards
    JAS

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