Hi there Alison!
I'm so happy to hear that you've had a great time on the emerald isle on your last visit. It's always so lovely to see such positive reports coming from community members like yourself! 💚
St. Patrick's Day is a most excellent time to visit Ireland as it's buzzing with life and happiness all around. Since you already got to experience it in Dublin, you're certainly aware of what I'm talking about! 😁
Galway does sound like an excellent destination for your next trip. I've been to Galway numerous times myself and always discovered something new and cool on my way. Since you plan to discover the surrounding area as well, you don't just have the opportunity to see the city itself in all it's beauty, but you can also take day trips all around Galway that should be right up your alley. For instance, have you considered the Aran Islands
yet? They are especially beautiful at that time of the year and I can highly recommend them!Connemara
is also just around the corner and offers some stunning sights and things to see and do. If you consider visiting Galway, this is another location I definitely endorse and would love for you to have a look at.
If you have a few spare days left, then definitely check out the Cliffs of Moher
as well. They are a must see up there and I've been there myself and can vouch for it's stunning atmosphere and beauty!
All of these places are available to see via bus and rail but do consider that it might be worth to check into a hostel or hotel if you plan on really enjoying some areas to their fullest, especially if there is more than one thing to see and enjoy! 😊
I hope this first batch of suggestions and inspirations helps you on the way to planning out the next trip and please don't hesitate to reach out again to the community if you need a bit more info or details about some of the things mentioned or want to explore some other areas more in-depth! We are always here to help and support to make peoples journeys awesome and full of fun and delight!
Wishing you a superb weekend,