Our daughter will be attending UCC this fall for study abroad. My wife and I are planning on one of us visiting her at some point. Our daughter’s schedule is such that the best times for visiting her would be mid-October when a weekend is free of excursions or mid-December when she’d be done and planning on returning stateside. I’m currently thinking of going in December using award miles on United to fly from Chicago to Cork via Heathrow. I’m reaching out to TA nation to see if answers to the following questions might come up with a better plan.
Cooler weather is not a problem but would expected weather in December be drastically worse than weather in October?
United offers direct flights to Dublin and also flights to Shannon via Newark. Are there any advantages or disadvantages for any of these routes?
How difficult would car rental and driving be from either Shannon or Dublin to Cork for an uninitiated yank?
I’d likely stay in a B&B near the school and enjoy walking around so does one really need a car if I were to fly direct to Cork?
And lastly, does anyone have an idea on the easiest way to set up a local student bank account and transfer/convert funds? Chase bank here has no idea.
Thank you TA Nation