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Travel Maps for Ireland and her cities and towns.

To see great maps of Ireland, her cities and her regions, click on a map below. The road atlas is a must for navigating through cities by car. Going to Ireland? You will find everything you need in the titles below, or read my travel journal at the bottom of the screen.
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We recently went to Ireland on a map testing journey.... This is my journal: 9/9 landed early in Shannon. We were shocked that we did not need a landing card. The stewardess said they ran out and we would have to get one at customs. The Customs guy waived us right through with out one!
Road nav is strictly by the numbers. N is the national hwys, R is for smaller hwys. Before we came to Ireland, I had read that their roads were narrow. I was either in denial or I just could not understand HOW narrow they were. The country roads are lined with the ubiquitous rock walls right at pavement's edge. That's right, zero shoulder.
On the way through Cork we discovered a flat tire. By the time we were able to pull over, the tire was ruined. Rent-a-car company balked at replacing it. Said it was "collision". We were hoping our credit card company will cover it...... they didn't
We arrived at The Rivermont outside of Kinsale. We were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful view from their glassed in front porch. Clare was a gracious host and made a great breakfast. Since it was our first day, wee did just a little bit of exploring, had a forgettable pub dinner & went to bed.
We explored the town of Kinsale thoroughly the next day, as well as the nearby Fort James; a ruin just outside of town overlooking the river. We had a good dinner @ jim edwards and proceeded to the Kingsale for another pint. We were greeted by the resident drunk who compared our president to a certain female body part.
After a bad storm the night before, we left Kinsale for Killkenny (via a stop at the Jameson brewery & the Waterford plant) Navigation is still tricky because only major roads are identified by road numbers. Country roads and their turn-offs have to be identified by dead-reckoning. This is almost impossible on a regional scale map. BUT.... On a "Discovery series" map, the scale is small enough to identify driveways and individual houses. This is essential for navigating country roads or through cities. Our arrival at Ballactobin was greeted by a dozen cattle who seemed glad to see us. We came upon a magnificent 550 acre country estate. Parts of the house were over 300 years old. The wing we stayed in was only 150 years old.
The morning (Tuesday) we had great breakfast with delicious croissants, scrambled eggs & bacon. After we headed out to the "craft" trail. On the way we stumbled upon the priory of Kells. It contained the ruins of an abbey complex that appeared to cover 40 acres. Next stop was Jerpoint Glass where we watched glass blowers create a glass pitcher. I bought a paper weight there that was vaguely reminiscent of a glass globe. We enjoyed exploring the castle of the Butler family in Kilkenny. It was the tour guide's last tour. Her fellow guides played several tricks on her during the tour. For lunch we stopped at Lannigan's. From an architectural point of view, Chuck says of the urinal there was the best design he has seen so far. In Kilkenny we found a good restaurant for dinner called La Trec. By this time we were tired of pub food, so a more balanced meal really tasted great.
The next morning, Wednesday 9/13, we were off to Ireland's largest city, Dublin. There is another thing I heard but did not take seriously. With very few exceptions, there are no street signs with road names. Dublin was a nightmare for navigation. Since you can not see the street names, it is virtually impossible to determine where you are on the map. Our only hope was to stick to "numbered" roads. Those are usually signed. After navigating around some one way streets and one way turns, we arrived at Number 31, our B&B in Dublin. It was an unusual place that runs between Leeson Close & Fitzwilliam St. The front part of of the place is is 60's modern connected by a small courtyard to a Georgian building facing Fitzwilliam St. Our room was on the 4th floor & no elevator. The stairs weren't bad, but the rooms faced Fitzwilliam Street which was pretty noisy.
By this time we realized we had not fulfilled our quest to hear good "Irish" music. So our first stop was O'Donahue's. They were't serving food so we went across the street and upstairs for dinner. By the time we finished dinner we were told they would have music downstairs. So we stayed. He was pitiful. The lesson learned here is that no good live Irish music exists before 9:45. "nine-turdy" By the time we came out, O'Donahue's was in full swing with good music but we were too tired and headed back to the hotel.
We lingered over a good breakfast @31. It was one of the best of the trip. Our goal on Thursday 9/14 was to see the Book of Kells and the Long Room library at Trinity College. The Kells Exhibit was great. The exhibit panels were more interesting than the Books themselves. Next we separated. I took the nearby DART train to Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leery). There I attended the weekly meeting of the Dun Laoghaire Rotary Club. On the way back from my meeting, I stopped in Starbucks to see if they had free Wi-fi service. The answer was, "sort of". It seems that all over Ireland, Eirecom has the monopoly on internet access in general and wi-fi in particular. Even in the rare case where a wi-fi access point is not encrypted, you must still have an Eirecom sign-in which they will sell you for 5 Euros per day. While I was at my meeting, Patrice returned by mail, the keys that I accidentally took from the Rivermont. Then she did some shopping. We met back up at Trinity College at 4p.
Thursday evening we took the 46a bus back to Trinity College and the Temple Bar area. That's where all the hot spots can be found. We had one more night of forgettable "pub grub" and started to head back to the 31. By now it was after 9:30p and folks in the street seemed to have had a few pints. One guy seemed kind of violent. Then we wandered by Goggarty's. Finally, we heard the strains of the Irish music. Up the stairs we went and found a bar room packed with people standing shoulder to shoulder... And great music. Patrice and Julie were so excited they wormed their way up front, leaving me and Chuck standing behind a wall of people. I have to admit I was ready to quit for the night at that point. Luckily, Julie and Patrice convinced me to stay. Of course a glass of Jameson made the choice a bit easier.
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