Tips for a Travelling Sessioner and Dancers in Co. Kerry, Clare, and Galway.
Hello, fellow sesh folk!
I’ll be heading to Ireland for my first time in about a week, and was wondering if anyone had any tips about sessions, pubs, set dancing, places to eat and sleep, etc. Plans are still tentative, but my girlfriend and I will be renting a car out of Dublin, and heading through Laois to Cork for a night. From there we’ll head onward to Killarney, and around the Ring of Kerry, then camp out in Dingle for two nights. Next we plan to head up through Tralee through Listowell and Limerick, ditch the car at the Shannon airport and take a bus to Ennis. From there I want to visit Miltown, Ennistymon, Lisdoonvarna, the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Kilfenora, and Burren on the way to Galway, But my girlfriend wants to stay a night on Aran Islands. We will stay the last few nights in Galway before catching a train back to Dublin.
What do you think of that?
Is that too many places to go in 12 days?
Will it be easy to get around west Clare without a car? Are people willing to give rides, should we take a bus, walk, or hire a cab?
Is it possible to just pitch a tent somewhere along the road, or on someones farm for the night?
Are local pub regulars tolerant of slightly-above-intermediate dancers jumping in for a few sets? Even if we’ll probably be slightly wet and muddy Americans?
If I play well enough and impress someone at a session, do you think they might be willing to put us up for the night?
Any and all comments are incredibly welcome.