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OK, so I'm off on a driving round Ireland trip next week (any good pubs in Galway to watch the match??), and the day before I (inevitably) reach Dublin I'd like to stay in a nice town somewhere between Galway and Dublin for an evening. However I need to drop the hire car off in Dublin early the next day so don't want to have to get up at the crack of dawn to beat the traffic heading into Dublin (otherwise, Athlone was on the list).

 

Anyone know anywhere much nearer Dublin, preferably on the way from Galway, that has enough bars/restaurants etc. and is pleasant enough to warrant staying a day/night?

 

All serious and not-so-serious suggestions welcome.

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IMO you are better off travelling to Dublin that evening rather than fighting your way through traffic the following morning. Nothing ruins your day quicker than spending two hours on the M50.

 

Do this and you will have any amount of restaurants and hotels to stay in.

 

Its pissing rain here at the moment too so bring your wellies.

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However I need to drop the hire car off in Dublin early the next day so don't want to have to get up at the crack of dawn to beat the traffic heading into Dublin (otherwise, Athlone was on the list).

 

What day are you dropping the car back ? If it's Saturday 16th, you should be aware that there is a very big Gaelic Football match involving Dublin that day @ 4pm so traffic, particularly on Northside of Dublin & city centre will not be pleasant.

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Thanks dorgie, its actually on the Friday morning. Then we fly out of Dublin on Saturday morning after spending a day getting fleeced in Temple Bar.

 

 

Is Athlone -> Dublin a real no no on a Friday morning? Car's due back at 10am.

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You'll be grand with traffic, just resist the temptation of the M50. Kids not back in school, you might hit a snag on entering Dublin for a bit.

 

The Quays pub in Galway on shop st. will be good for the game.

 

Maynooth a good suggestion to stay, like a country town but close to your destination.

 

ps. when you get to Galway, go into a pub and ask the barman has he got any good marching tunes.

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Thanks dorgie, its actually on the Friday morning. Then we fly out of Dublin on Saturday morning after spending a day getting fleeced in Temple Bar.

Is Athlone -> Dublin a real no no on a Friday morning? Car's due back at 10am.

 

 

f*** Temple Bar off!! Depressing place, particularly at weekends.

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Don't worry about the traffic, the only way that'll be a problem at this time of year is if there is an accident. Where are you dropping the car off? It'll probably take you 90 mins to two hours to get into the centre of Dublin from Athlone.

 

Maynooth or Leixlip might suit better.

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Thanks dorgie, its actually on the Friday morning. Then we fly out of Dublin on Saturday morning after spending a day getting fleeced in Temple Bar.

Is Athlone -> Dublin a real no no on a Friday morning? Car's due back at 10am.

 

 

Athlone to dublin takes about 1 hour 45 minutes in normal driving conditions. You can add at least an hour to that in rush hour.

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You could come into the outskirts of Dublin the night before and stay somewhere like Malahide. Quite like a country village with good bars and restaurants. It would be a handy drive to drumcondra the next morning as it's on the same side of the city.

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You could come into the outskirts of Dublin the night before and stay somewhere like Malahide. Quite like a country village with good bars and restaurants. It would be a handy drive to drumcondra the next morning as it's on the same side of the city.

 

This is looking nice. A couple of nice places to stay as well.

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You could come into the outskirts of Dublin the night before and stay somewhere like Malahide. Quite like a country village with good bars and restaurants. It would be a handy drive to drumcondra the next morning as it's on the same side of the city.

That's a very good suggestion :thumbs:

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