I thought I'd try re-posting this in the Galway forum as it seems to have got lost in the main forum. Apologies for the double post - but I could really use some suggestions, especially as to hotels/B&Bs. Thanks!
Hello, one and all! Some of you may recognize me from the French forums where I used to hang out until real life took over...
I've just decided at very short notice (It's a long story...) to add 48 hours in Clare and Galway to a mostly business trip to London for which I leave this Thursday. I was supposed to return to the US on March 10, but just learned last night that an old friend I haven't seen for years is arriving in Shannon - her first visit to Ireland - that Friday for a business visit to Galway and has 24 hours free.
So I'm flying to Shannon March 9, staying in the Bunratty/Shannon area, possibly at the Courtyard. Comments? Gallagher's for dinner? (I won't have a car.)
Meeting my friend early Friday morning at Shannon. Tour of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, ending up in Galway. Possibly lunch in Doolin. Suggestions?
I haven't been in that part of Ireland in many years. I need suggestions for a central hotel or B/B in Galway for Friday night, March 10 - preferably pleasant and moderately priced - is $100 to $150 a reasonable figure? It should be within fairly easy reach of the bus station as I will need to take the bus back to the Shannon area on Saturday.
Any recommendations for dinner? Something pleasant and basically Irish with good seafood and not outrageously expensive?
Also where should I stay Saturday night? I have to get to Shannon by bus or taxi by around 9:30am Sunday. I'd like somewhere with a pleasant pub or two, preferably with good traditional music. Would Ennis be my best bet? I'm thinking Bunratty is probably not the best place.
Lastly does anybody know if there are any good hurling/football/rugby matches in the Galway/Ennis - even Limerick perhaps - area that Saturday afternoon.
Sorry about all the questions. This all happened so fast that I haven't had time to do any research at all. I think I can still find my way from Shannon through Clare to Galway. I don't think the geography has changed much - but I imagine everything else will have changed enormously in the last 20 or so years.
I'll be very grateful for any suggestions.