Subject: Ireland highlights, was Re: Bloomsday Centennial in Dublin

To add to the many great Dublin-specific and other Ireland suggestions, let me say that a highlight of our family's visit to Dublin in July 2003 (with two kids 10 & 12) was the Kilmainham Gaol (Jail). You learn a lot of modern political history there that will follow you wherever you go during your tour of the Republic of Ireland. Here's some info:

Just north of the Cliffs of Moher--which I agree is a must see--is

the Burren. Our 4-hour guided Burren walk with Shane Connolly was another trip highlight I heartily recommend. One of two very special lodgings we enjoyed in Ireland was located in Ballyvaughan, a village perfectly situated for exploring the Burren, the Cliffs and many of the other sites and attractions in the area. Drumcreehy Guest House The hosts are a delightful young couple who offer first-class accommodations and food in a beautiful setting for a fair price. Explore their website for more info about the area.

The second truly noteworthy lodging we enjoyed was The Lodge in the beautiful town of Kenmare on the Ring of Kerry.

I could go on and on about Ireland, and we barely scratched the surface! What a glorious adventure you have ahead of you....

Diana Ball near Houston, TX