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Randy Smith Oct 10, 2015 at 05:23 PM

Question: It is Saturday and the office won't be open until Tuesday. Are the prices on the Canadian site quoted in US dollars or Canadian? Thanx

Anne Brackett Sep 26, 2015 at 06:40 PM

Practical question-do the rooms in the hotels we stay in have blow-dryers??
Jana Dunn Sep 27, 2015 at 07:58 PM

I know they change the hotels they use sometimes, but there were hairdryers in all the hotels we stayed at last summer. The hairdryer is usually not in the bathroom, but in a drawer in the main part of the room.
Mary Koch Oct 02, 2015 at 11:46 PM

You can look at the hotel's website and it will tell you. We went in May of this year and they all had them.

Brett Smith Sep 06, 2015 at 09:28 AM

My wife, Kathy, and I are going on the Sept 18 trip. We are trying to read Ulysses. Tough going.Anybody else trying to read it or finding other good things to read or watch? thanks... Brett Smith, Minneapolis
Marjorie Wright Sep 06, 2015 at 09:50 AM

I had to take a college class in order to read Ulysses! (it was worth it) But do try the Joyce's short story collection: Dubliners. And there is an excellent movie of one of the greatest of the Dubliners stories: The Dead. Try those.
Marjorie Wright Sep 06, 2015 at 09:53 AM

correction: not "the Joyce's short..etc." Just:" try Joyce's short story collection...

Brett Smith Sep 06, 2015 at 09:28 AM

My wife, Kathy, and I are going on the Sept 18 trip. We are trying to read Ulysses. Tough going.Anybody else trying to read it or finding other good things to read or watch? thanks... Brett Smith, Minneapolis
Linda Musun Sep 06, 2015 at 09:49 AM

I watched a 5 episode series entitled, "The Story of Ireland." It was based on a book by an Iriish journalist. Sweeping historical overview. Well-done video and very readable book.
Geoff Mcauliffe Sep 06, 2015 at 05:15 PM

Try a synopsis such as Cliff's Notes.

Linda Musun Sep 01, 2015 at 02:10 PM

I am curious about the luggage handling situation. I've been having some shoulder issues and storing things overhead presents a challenge for me right now. Will we have help loading luggage onto and off of our transport? Thanks!
Marjorie Wright Sep 01, 2015 at 02:53 PM

Yes, there is help with luggage. You would have to put your carry on stuff overhead in the bus. If not crowded, you could set carry on on an empty seat. Also you will find that your guide and co-travelers are always helpful!
Linda Musun Sep 01, 2015 at 03:48 PM

Thanks! This helps me decide which carryon piece to bring.

Linda Musun Sep 01, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Greetings! I am booked for the Sept 11 trip. I am curious about laundry facilities at the hotels. No information re laundry on their websites. I like to pack light but I don't relish washing everything in the sink!
Laura Peyton Sep 01, 2015 at 11:05 AM

We did not use any in the hotels, but when we were in the precious town of Killybegs, we spent a morning at the laundry mat there. It was a chill day and she folded for us. Very easy. This is a wonderful wonderful trip. I hope you get Beibhan OConner for your guide. She is fantastic.
Linda Musun Sep 01, 2015 at 01:30 PM

Thanks! Any chance the laundromat is near a local pub?
Tracey Schoon Sep 03, 2015 at 03:37 AM

Our group leader is from Galway and, when we arrived in Galway yesterday's he had arranged for someone to pick up a bag of laundry from each of us in the morning and it was returned in just a few hours. The cost was only 10 euro Per bag. My roommate and I shared a bag. I was able to get all my u deft hinges done, plus 4 pairs of pants and 4 shirts. well worth it! Not sure if the other group leaders can arrange this service. P.S. Lots of Pubs!!
Tracey Schoon Sep 03, 2015 at 03:42 AM

Linda Musun Sep 03, 2015 at 07:18 AM

Thanks! I!
Geoff Mcauliffe Sep 06, 2015 at 05:17 PM

I used the laundry through the hotel in Galway and in Dublin.Not cheap but very conveninet.

Jean Jalufka Aug 16, 2015 at 05:17 PM

The bus stop from the Castle to the Airport is about 2 blocks from the Castle and not too well marked. I would suggest you ask the hotel desk when you check in if they have a recent bus schedule(might be on the internet). Probably I would take a taxi to insure a timely arrival at the airport to meet the group. It would not be a good time to "miss the bus"!

Tracey Schoon Aug 15, 2015 at 09:53 PM

I will be staying at the Bunratty Castle Hotel. Is there an early bus to get to the airport? Taxi?

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