QUOTE(big_red_truck @ Apr 9 2009, 05:53 AM)
I'm gonna be traveling around the UK in June and we're leaving from Dublin. What is there good to do on the routes between Cobh/Cork and Dublin? And what's the best Irish restaurant in Dublin? Kathryn, feel free to pipe in too!
The Blarney Stone is near Cork - so you have to go and kiss that. Kilkenny Castle is in....Kilkenny, which is cool, and you could drive up over the Wicklow mountains to get to Dublin (or do all that backwards if you're starting from Dublin...
Also, Glendalough is a cute little village in a glen in the Wicklow mountains. Plus (and I've not been here yet, but I'm going to one day - only thing is you have to drive to it, and I don't have a car) there is Johnny Fox's - the highest Irish pub in Ireland!! They have live Irish music every night - it looks like so much fun! www.jfp.ie
As for restaurants in Dublin, my favourite one is Alfies!!! It's really quirky and reasonably priced (Dublin's quite expensive) It's on South William St in the city centre (there's loads of others on that street too) Reason I find it quirky, is the first time I went was with my 70 year old aunt and (older than that) uncle who had dropped in to visit on their hols from Canada. It suited us all as the menu had 'meat & 2 veg' dishes for my uncle, and slightly more adventurous stuff for me and my aunt. When we went in, I noticed the tables each had a centrepiece that was a book...imagine my horror when I sat down and noticed the book on our table (which was at my end with the spine facing me) was called "P*rn for Women"!!! I almost died , thinking I'd brought them somewhere dodgy!! Although older, there's nothing wrong with their alertness, and so I couldn't move the book, as I knew that would draw attention to it, so I just left it and hoped they wouldn't notice. Fat chance! After we'd ordered, my aunt said "Oh look! I'll read you'se a story!" and before I knew it, the book had been snatched from me. The look on her face was hysterical when she saw the title. Then I looked on in horror as she opened it anyway! Thankfully, it turned out to be a joke book, and inside it had things like a man saying to his wife "Go on dear, have another piece of chocolate - I hate to see you look so thin" (i.e. "P*rn for women).
If you want traditional Irish food though, The Brazen Head pub (Ireland's oldest pub) does fantastic Irish stews with soda bread etc. You'll likely get traditional Irish food in Johnny Fox's too
When in June are you going to be here? I'm happy to be a Dublin tour guide if I'm available, although I'm off to Thailand on the 20th