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Two mates and I are getting the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin a week tomorrow, spending two days in Dublin and then driving down to County Kerry on the South Western coast to spend the remainder of the week. We're then driving all the way back for the ferry from Dublin on the Friday.

Of course we're going in the 159 There was no way I was going to be driven around in either a Golf or a Focus for the week!

Just wondered if anybody had any tips about driving in Ireland? Anything I need to be wary of? Also tips on good bars in Dublin would be much appreciated

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Two mates and I are getting the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin a week tomorrow, spending two days in Dublin and then driving down to County Kerry on the South Western coast to spend the remainder of the week. We're then driving all the way back for the ferry from Dublin on the Friday.

Of course we're going in the 159 There was no way I was going to be driven around in either a Golf or a Focus for the week!

Just wondered if anybody had any tips about driving in Ireland? Anything I need to be wary of? Also tips on good bars in Dublin would be much appreciated

Cheers,
Toby
I'd say it's much the same as driving in the UK, but the roads are worse and there are less road signs!

If you are out in Dublin you have to go to Kehoes on Ann Street, just off Grafton Street, it's the best pub in Dublin IMHO and it's perfectly located for a place to start the night :thumbs:
 
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Dont trust your satnav, get a map on the ferry, it'll do. from dublin head to limerick and then towards castlisland. Just keep going and you'll get there, from kerry back up to dublin you hav many choices tbh all worth a look Killarney is nice, caherciveen and waterville are nice and quiet places to be, if you have time, go from castleisland to tralee and on to dingle. I only drove these roads with work but There are some outstanding places I always promise myself I'll go back to (when not on a schedule!)
 

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Dont get frustrated with outside lane hogs. We only have these roads 25 years and it takes many generations to learn that its an overtaking lane only.

Same goes with roundabouts. Just because somebody enters the roundabout in the left lane, doesnt mean they wont try to get all the way around to do a U Turn. I am dead serious when I say, some people got licences just by filling in a form. No test. Just expect it and you wont get upset!

Apart from that, many of our Motorways dont have service stations (A new thing here), so dont get onto a 100 mile motorway and expect a petrol station handy, you may have to pull off and find a town, so fill up when you can.

Roads can be poor down towards Kerry, bring a can of Tyre weld just on the off chance.

Where in Dublin are you staying? Touristy place at night is Temple bar, most seem to love that. Is the Guiness sky thingy Bar open late anyone?
 

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Bar recommendations can be tricky, depends what ye are looking for and what kind of music ye are into.
 

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Dublin pubs...
The Stags head is decent, its up the lane at the mercantile on dame street. 30ish well behaved crowd there,
Shebeen on georges street is good for the random Irish music.
Bruxelles on grafton street for abit of rock and anything goes crowd.
Cafe en seine on Dawson street if you wanna expensive pint with the beautiful people who are out spending daddys money.
The porterhouse on parliment street is a good spot too, all their own brews on tap as well as fancy pants imported bottled beers
And end the night in copper face jacks, but make sure your absolutely mombolized before you hit that place, its where the real hangover drinking is done.
Think that's abit of something for every taste.
 

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yeh i would second Paddys and Gavs recommendations, particularly Kehoes (pronounced keos not keeeeeehoes) and Staggs head, the Dame Tavern facing staggs Head often have a lad just playin random songs and requests on the guitar, its really good. There is some dodgy drivers on our roads so just try not to let them frustrate you, rather laugh at it and see it as all part of the experience
 

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Cheers guys for all the responses, they're really useful.

I'm glad you've given me the heads up about the dodgy driving - I will be driving extra carefully to make sure nobody prangs my precious Alfa! (it's only a year old)

Will have to get a plan together for all the bars in Dublin, sounds like there are plenty!

The Stags head is decent... 30ish well behaved crowd there
Paddy, how old do you think I am!? I'm only 25! :p
 

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Well, I've lived here for 12 years now, and I still can't get my head round the drivers here.:rolleyes:



I'd be ultra careful if I was driving a new car round here.:thumbs:
 

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Will have to get a plan together for all the bars in Dublin, sounds like there are plenty!

Paddy, how old do you think I am!? I'm only 25! :p
Trying to cover the angles, you could be a mature 25 who likes a horlicks before bedtime :D

You have to hit coppers then, its like a meat market, and smells like one too, not for the faint of heart tho.
 

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If you're looking for good spots in Kerry, Banna beach is great and definitely take a spin to the Maharees, it's on the way from Tralee to Dingle. Inch and Annascaul are worth a visit and Killarney and Dingle are firm tourist favourites for a reason. You'll find some great driving roads in Kerry. I lived there for a year and loved it.
 

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Last time I went Dublin, went to Harrys and Break for the Border (Munster!!). Good drinks and craic in both. Dunno what the dub crew think of them. Back again this weekend and I'll be hitting both of those. Session on from 9am saturday with the Irish match on.
 

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I can't believe someone asked for a few nights spots in Dublin and I didn't mention Coppers (full name Copper Face Jacks), the place is infamous for good reasons!

As a Cark-onion and never.been there..... Is it really that bad?? Are we talking typical drunk nightclub antics or waaay worse?
 

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As a Cark-onion and never.been there..... Is it really that bad?? Are we talking typical drunk nightclub antics or waaay worse?
Jackeen who's never been but hear its a total meat market...
 
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