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To take the car or not?

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Calgary, Canada
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To take the car or not?

I'm planning to take my disabled mother to Dublin in May for a couple of nights, try to catch some traditional irish dancing, music etc. I can either take a car and drive/take the ferry, or do the rail and sail option from our home town. How practical is a car in the middle of Dublin? My Mum can walk but not too far, so we may rent a wheelchair if things are too spread out when we get there. I'm also open to recommendations for accommodation where we wouldn't have to walk too much. (3 adults)

Limerick, Ireland
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for Limerick, Killarney, Berny Riviere
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1. Re: To take the car or not?

Take the ferry from where?

Your location is Calgary. Is that Calgary in Scotland or Calgary in Canada?

Dublin, Ireland
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for Sligo, Dublin
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2. Re: To take the car or not?

A car would be of no use to you in the centre of Dublin. It's very difficult to navigate the streets, parking is a nightmare and is also very expensive. You would be better to stay as central as you can or alternatively stay near a Luas or Bus stop.

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3. Re: To take the car or not?

wherer are you starting from?

Agree with dubfam, a car in Dublin is a b****y nuisance,and public transport is excellent, you would probably be best to fly but we need to know where you are coming from.

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4. Re: To take the car or not?

The car will be more trouble than its worth, especially if you are staying only in Dublin. If you get a hotel in the city center then most of the sights are within a short distance.

Calgary, Canada
posts: 5
5. Re: To take the car or not?

I'm actually in Calgary Canada, and I go back home to the UK each year. I just thought that this year I would take my Mum and sister over on the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin for a couple of days during my stay. Thanks for the feedback on the car question - I usually hire a car while I'm back home but I had a feeling that it would be of no use taking it to Dublin as long as the public transport is good.

I'm somewhat overwhelmed with the number of hotels, B & B's etc. to choose from. I'd like somewhere nice but not ridiculously expensive, which is close to the transit stops. It would need to not have too many stairs. I was thinking we could do the hop on hop off bus to see the sights.

Saginaw, Michigan
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for Western Ireland
posts: 5,446
6. Re: To take the car or not?

What kind of budget per night in Euro are we looking at?

In terms of location - being at the centre of things, without being overwhelmingly noisy - check out these, a few among many that are central:

The O'Callaghan Hotels:


Buswell's Hotel:



And, maybe some help here on the wheelchair front:


Calgary, Canada
posts: 5
7. Re: To take the car or not?

Thanks very much for your reply.

I just had a quick look at Buswells website. Looking at 2 nights triple room with breakfast included the price is not too bad. I will check out the other suggestions you gave too. (I had to do a quick currency conversion - not had any experience with the euro yet) I would hope not to go over about 200 to 250 euros total - not being cheap just have to remember that I have a $1000 airfare to pay before we even go to Dublin.

Thanks also for the wheelchair link, I'll have a look at that too.

Saginaw, Michigan
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for Western Ireland
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8. Re: To take the car or not?

This map might give you your bearings. Buswell's Hotel and The O'Callaghan Hotels are roughly in the St Stephen's Green/Merrion Square area.

Easy access to Grafton St, the National Museum, National Art Gallery, Trinity College, pubs, restaurants and shopping.


If you happen to be in Dublin on a Sunday, this Open Air Art Gallery in Merrion Square would be a pleasant way to spend an hour, assuming the weather is warm enough on the day:





Check out Dublin events here:



Calgary, Canada
posts: 5
9. Re: To take the car or not?

Thanks for your comments. I'll take some time today to look at your suggestions. Do you know if there is still a daytrip to the Waterford crystal place. My Mum called me yesterday and she mentioned it as somewhere she'd like to see.

Saginaw, Michigan
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for Western Ireland
posts: 5,446
10. Re: To take the car or not?

This Rail Tours Ireland Day Trip out of Connolly Station in Dublin and returning to Heuston Station, Dublin goes via the city of Waterford - with a stop at Waterford Crystal - and returns via Kilkenny.

Hope you guys are up for a long day - 12 hours from train station start to finish, excluding time getting there from your hotel and back.


Alternatively, you could catch the Dublin - Waterford train from Connolly Station to Waterford, spend a few hours in Waterford and then return at your leisure:


Check out this short video of Waterford Glass and see what you think:


Edited: 2:49 pm, January 19, 2013
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