7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 43 Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1291 times:
I used to live in Ennis near Shannon. It's a beautiful part of the world. If you want to appreciate the 'real' Ireland this is the place to go. The West Coast of Ireland is (IMO) one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Galway etc. Go there!
Dublin is like any major city. Hellish expensive!
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Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 55 Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1282 times:
Completely agree about the scenery around Shannon. Ennis itself is a lovely place, though Limerick was a bit of a dump. With stupendous timing, I went to the Cliffs of Moher on a really foggy day, but can confirm that the photos look really impressive. It's worth bearing in kind that Shannon itself is merely a small village - and an airport. Nothing more. You go for what's around it.
Dublin doesn't do much for me to be honest. It's just another city. I do love Cork though. A truly fabulous place.
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MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13347 posts, RR: 64 Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1274 times:
I lived in Shannon for 2 1/2 years.
Forget about Shannon town, it is just a place to work and sleep. Ennis, about 10 miles to the north is very nice, also Limerick is much better than it´s reputation (during the last few years they did a major clean-up, and all the Victorian slums are gone), in Western Ireland I´d advise you to go to the Cliffs of Moher, then the Burren area just south of Galway bay (it is said that the moon like landscape inspired Tolkien to write his Lord of the Rings), Galway is a nice town as well, and if you´ve got time, drive up to Connemarra National Park northwest of Galway.
For aviation enthusiasts, there is Foynes on the south bank of the Shannon estuary, the old 1930s Pan Am flying boat base. The old terminal building is today a museum.
Nothren Tipperary (the area around Nenagh) is very beautifull as well, I don´t know if they opened it already, but the people in Silvermines wanted to convert an old mine in a museum. It has a spectacular manmade cave (I´ve been inside this mine several time potholing before it got opened to the public).
If there are more questions, feel frre to ask.
Anxebla From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1267 times:
I've been last summer in Ireland. I'm Agree with Banco and 7LBAC111 that is more interesting the Irish West Coast. Limerick has a bad reputation, but it's not so bad.
In my opinion the most interesting and wild county in Ireland is the Mayo county.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13347 posts, RR: 64 Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
Shannon town is an artificial town built in a swamp for the airport workers after the Rhineanna airfield was built in 1938-1940. Later the Irish built an industrial estate around the airport as well, requiring more labour. Shannon town is the airport, two-three industrial estates, and lots of 1970s cheaply built terrased housing estates. There are some nice bungalow type house on top of Tullyvagarra hill, kind of the posh corner of the town. Then there exists a small shopping mall with a modern pub, the Shannon Knights, and two supermarkets, three hotels, of which the best and most expensive is the Oakwood Arms, three other pubs, some car dealers, two or three off-licence shops and that´s it. The best thing in Shannon is the library.
Get a car, and get out of Shannon town, either north through Newmarket on Fergus and Ennis or east towards Limerick. Limerick has the only bridge to cross the river. West of Shannon town you´ll have to drive around the Fergus bay and then South again. There is a ferry boat crossing the river estuary from Co. Clare to Co. Kerry.
707cMf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 32 Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1199 times:
I have never been to Shannon, however Dublin is quite a nice city. The town center is quite nice to visit. Make sure to pay your respects to Molly Malone (aka the 'Tart with the Cart' and to the cure-dent)
The airport is quite nice for spotting as well if you don't mind freezing to death.