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Program #18731RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
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DIANE CORSON Jul 09, 2014 at 02:58 PM

I'm Diane. My husband Craig and I are going on the Ireland trip departing 9/25. Anybody else on this one? We are leaving from Minneapolis and will connect to the overnight flight to Shannon from Newark.
Marilyn Harris Jul 09, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Me, too! 9/25 that is. But from Atlanta. I'm concerned about cold and rain.

Coyla Rankin Jul 07, 2014 at 05:58 PM

Anyone else booked for the August 7-21 trip to Ireland?
Jean Jalufka Jul 07, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I am going on this trip to Ireland. I am arriving one day early arriving Shannon on August 7th. I plan on visiting Bunratty Castle and Folk Park which is about 6 miles from Shannon Airport that day. Will meet the arriving group the next morning. I live in Spokane, WA and this will be my 19th Road Scholar trip. Looking forward to meeting you! Looks like it has been cool and rainy all summer.
Coyla Rankin Jul 09, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Great, I look forward to meeting you. This is my 3rd RS trip, first trip to Ireland, but have been many other places either independently or with other companies.

Laura Peyton Jul 06, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Is anyone on the Board going to Ireland on the July 17-31 trip?This is our first Road Scholar and would love to know who will be in our group.
Ann Marie McLaughlin Jul 06, 2014 at 04:22 PM

You will love it. We went last August and Steven was our guide. It was beautiful, educational, and romantic. The people we met were open and very willing to share their heritage. Steven took us to places that he found interesting and off the customary routes. We loved everything. My advice is to bring clothing for the cold and rain, and the pubs don't usually have the real music until after 10PM (the Irish don't sleep) so take a nap before you go out and enjoy every aspect of this life.
Laura Peyton Jul 06, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Thanks so much for the feedback, Ann Marie. It looks like an amazing trip. Cold? We are in Atlanta. We don't know cold in July!
Ann Marie McLaughlin Jul 07, 2014 at 08:12 AM

Laura, I live in South Florida. Ireland was cold in August.

Marilyn Harris Jun 19, 2014 at 03:18 PM

Who are all the other people going to Ireland September 25? I got the last spot but you must be out there.
How cold is it in September?
I hope to look up relatives in Dublin.
Dolores Hazzlerigg Jun 19, 2014 at 09:28 PM

Sept 2013 when I went it was in the 60's and very windy. Some rain.
Peggy C Jun 30, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Hi, Marilyn. My husband Steve and I will be going also. This is our first trip with Road Scholar.
Ann Marie McLaughlin Jul 06, 2014 at 04:24 PM

You will love it. We went last August and Steven was our guide. It was beautiful, educational, and romantic. The people we met were open and very willing to share their heritage. Steven took us to places that he found interesting and off the customary routes. We loved everything. My advice is to bring clothing for the cold and rain, and the pubs don't usually have the real music until after 10PM (the Irish don't sleep) so take a nap before you go out and enjoy every aspect of this life.

Barbara A Jun 01, 2014 at 03:07 PM

I am getting ready for a trip to Ireland. We were trying to decide on whether to get a locking strap for our suitcases. The articles we read said that most of the time TSA cuts them off (even when TSA approved locks). Does anyone have input that might help. Don't want to not lock luggage, but they said a zip tie was best???
Marjorie Wright Jun 01, 2014 at 03:34 PM

We travel a lot and have never bothered to try and lock our suitcases. Of course, we don't put things like jewelry, electronics, valuables, pa ssports, etc. in checked luggage. Maybe we're foolhardy or just luck y but we've never had a theft.
Patricia Smith Jun 01, 2014 at 10:32 PM

More on the subject of luggage….what size suitcase have most of you taken?
Barbara A Jun 02, 2014 at 06:49 PM

I am taking a checked bag (the size required by airlines), a carry on (size required) and a tote. I am trying to keep things down, but not one of my strong points. We have exactly the size they say is Ok. I know all the books have lists on them, but they don't talk about things like meds, cameras and the like. This is my first oversees flight so I am probably way off.
Marjorie Wright Jun 02, 2014 at 08:07 PM

Please note the the sizes are not "required" by the airlines but are "allowed"! :) if you are checking a 26" bag and carrying on a typical 22" bag, your are overpacking. Is your tote also your handbag? My husband and I typically check a 26" suitcase each; he has a SMALL backpack and I have a large tote, usually a Baggalini, that we carry on. We put meds, cameras, inexpensive jewelry, electronic devices in these 2 carry on bags. People don't dress up a lot on these trips, you can do small laundry as you go (I have the Rick Steves stretchy laundry line and sink stopper) Wear your biggest pair of shoes, heavier outerwear. My rule of thumb is that I want to be able to handle my luggage by myself, even when there is help. Also, I take a small handbag in my suitcase so I don't have to haul my big tote around all the time.

Judith Hosken May 12, 2014 at 03:55 PM

Hi, I'm Judy and I am going on my first trip to Ireland with this group. I look forward to meeting my fellow travelers to Ireland on the May 30 to June 12, 2014 trip.

Dolores Hazzlerigg Apr 29, 2014 at 08:12 PM

Lea, I was on this trip in Sept and never saw a Laundromat, but hotels do laundry for a fee. why waste your time washing clothes? We stay at each hotel long enough to wash your socks etc. in the bathroom.
Lea Higgins May 01, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Great. That's just what I needed to know.
Marilyn Harris Jun 19, 2014 at 03:27 PM

going this Sept. How cold was it?

Lea Higgins Apr 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Does anyone who has ever been on the Ireland trip know if laundry facilities are available? I hope to limit the amount of clothing to pack
Carol Bobby Apr 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Checked websites and hotels have laundry facilties
Lea Higgins May 01, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Barbara A May 20, 2014 at 07:39 PM

I contacted the ones we are staying at (July 10 - 24) and they don't have laundry, but there is one close by (within walking distance), but I came to the same conclusion as Dolores, I am there to see Ireland, I can wash when I get home. Nightly was out of what I need!!
Patricia Smith May 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Hi Barbara, I am going on the same trip as you with my friend Christie. Thanks for the info and I look forward to meeting you!
Barbara A May 29, 2014 at 07:38 PM

Where are you leaving from? We head out of LAX. So looking forward to this trip. See you soon.
Patricia Smith May 29, 2014 at 09:19 PM

We are leaving from Seattle, Wa. Just got my final itenary today. See you soon.

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