Hi Randee, haha, don't worry about my "fada" it's an Irish accent! The name is pronounced "Awn-ya" and means splendour/radiance/brilliance - you will meet lots of Áines in
Ireland, it's a popular name related to the english Anne.
I agree with all of Martin's suggestions, especially the Beara Peninsula in
Cork - one of my favourite stretches of coast in
Ireland. It's just so lonesome and beautiful!
Some ideas for you: 9/14-16 Dublin
The Maldron on Kevin Street is really close to St Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch, Guinness Storehouse, Teelings Whiskey, Pearse Lyons Distillery
and the main shopping street - Grafton Street. I love the Little Museum of Dublin
on Stephen's Green, about a 15 minute walk from your hotel - it's really quirky and cute with interesting exhibits. There's a lovely place for lunch or brunch or a snack downstairs - Hatch & Sons
, one of my favourite places to eat in
the city! Casual Irish cooking, really lovely. The National Gallery of Ireland
is about 10 minutes from here and free entry, it's lovely if you're interested in
art.Trinity College and the Book of Kells
is about 5 minutes away from the National Gallery, at the bottom of Grafton Street, book ahead for the Book of Kells if you can as there is limited access and it's very popular. I really like The Pig's Ear
and Chapter One
Camden/Wexford St is close to your hotel and has a huge array of restaurant options too - I love Delahunt
and if you like Indian food then Pickle
is a must visit - it's super! Pub grub in
Dublin is great and any of the Irish music/dancing shows offer dinner too and are very good, I like The Merry Ploughboy
and Johnny Foxes.
You could take a day trip to the village of Howth
on the DART (suburban train) along the coast and wander around this cute seaside town, enjoy a fresh seafood lunch or dinner and enjoy the incredible coastal scenery en route. 9/16-17 Kilkenny
Mt Juliet Estate is gorgeous, great choice of hotel and a great base to explore and enjoy Kilkenny city. The castle and the town itself are lovely and there are loads of great restaurants there depending on what you feel like at the time. It's a good "foodie" city. Stop off in
The Tannery in
Dungarvan on your way to Ballymaloe and enjoy the delights of Dungarvan town and coastline. If you were feeling energetic you could cycle some of the famous "Greenway"! 9/17-18 East Cork Ballymaloe
You're going to be spoiled in
Ballymaloe! It's super special and the food is divine! They have a real passion for ingredients and local produce. The Farmgate is lovely for lunch but you're spoiled for choice in
Midleton for food. Midleton Whiskey is there too of course. I would drive the N71 to Bantry, taking in
Clonakilty, Rosscarbery and Leap. Vereing off the road to see the beautiful seaside village of Schull is also a good option. Afternoon tea and scones in
the sunshine would be delightful there, breathing in
the fresh wild Atlantic air! 9/18-19 Bantry Maritime Hotel
Agree with Martin re the route to Killarney - Beara is fabulous. Loads of small towns and villages to explore in
the area. Kenmare is well worth a visit. 9/19-21 Killarney Brehon Hotel
Loads to do in
Killarney, from the Lakes and Torc Waterfall to Muckross House and gardens. For food I really like Rozzers
and Danu in
your hotel. There's great souvenir shopping in
Killarney. Avoca at Moll's Gap is a nice place to visit and the scenery around here is unreal. Oh, and Murphy's ice-cream shop is a must visit!! Try to get out to Dingle and the Conor Pass if you can...9/21-23 Galway
The G is a lovely hotel and provides easy access to Connemara
- a must visit while in
the area. Again, loads of food options in
Galway but I like Aniar
for something special and John Keogh's
and O'Grady's on the Pier
are more casual but authentic.
Drive from Galway to Dublin as before!
I hope this helps!