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Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Accommodation, Around Dublin, Audio & Video, Cork, Destinations, Dublin, Families, Killarney, Midlands, Podcast, Shannon, Southeast, Southwest, West | 8 comments

#119 Fairy Hunting with the Family in Ireland – AUDIO

Episode Guide – Podcast #119 Fairy Hunting with the Family in Ireland

The Halsteds of Bunratty www.irelandwithkids.com

Jody and her family at Bunratty castle

Jody Halsted from www.irelandwithkids.com gives her tips for traveling with the kids as well as shares her secrets to finding fairies on the Emerald Isle.

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Show Notes:

01:00
What makes Ireland perfect for traveling with family?

01:40
How is traveling Ireland different from elsewhere?

02:40
How do you prepare your kids for travel?

03:00
Any special paperwork or duties required for traveling with kids?

03:50
What ages should kids be to explore Ireland/Dublin?

05:15
Hunting for fairies in Ireland – watch Jody’s fairy hunting video.

06:50
Memories from Ireland… pubs, fish and chips, live sessions.

08:20
Castles with the kids… and getting “over-castlated.”

Kilkenny, Muckross House (Killarney), Bunratty.

10:40
Slow down and taking the time to do other things.

10:55
Jen Leo and Cora visit Ireland.

12:12
Where do you stay? B&Bs? Castles? Family rooms?

13:05
Is it too expensive to take the kids to Ireland?

14:00
What mode of traffic do you travel in Ireland?

15:00
What are the biggest mistakes parents make when visiting Ireland?

15:45
Shipping supplies to Ireland.

16:40
Having your laundry done in Ireland.

17:00
Pull-it-yourself luggage for the kids. The Trunki – read Jody’s review.

Flights, car seats, and booster seats. Cares Harness. Boost-a-Pack – read Jody’s review.

19:40
Must-see destinations for families.
• Killarney/Ring of Kerry/Dingle
• Clare/Cliffs of Moher/Doolin/Ennis/Aran Islands
• Wexford/Wicklow Mountains/coasts/lighthouses
• Cashel/Cahir

22:00
B&B owners are great resources.

Stay more than one night in one place.

24:00
www.irelandwithkids.com
www.familyrambling.com

25:30
What on you’re next agenda?
Northern Ireland, Derry (Londonderry), Wexford
Causeway Coast and Glens
Inishowen Peninsula

27:30
Resources:
Regional tourist websites
www.irelandyes.com
Facebook tourism pages
B&B websites (do they list things to do in the area)

28:40
Tips for preserving your trip to Ireland?
• Scrapbooking
• Digital copy of photos
• Ferry coins
• Photos of entrances, unique occurances, signs (English Market in Cork, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Piggery)

31:50
Share your stories of traveling Ireland with kids at www.irelandwithkids.com.

 

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8 Comments

  1. What a fun listen! Great idea about the fairy boxes and the coins. Those multi-purpose convertable products sound very interesting. Do you have links for them?

    One thing I always tell people is “slow down” in Ireland. It looks like traveling with kids forces the issue.

    Excellent tip about using B&B owners as resources. Who better to know everything about the area? Some of my best off-the-beaten-path finds are compliments of B&B hosts.

    Another tip for traveling with kids is to rent a self-catering cottage. It can be a great home away from home.

    And thanks for mentioning my website. Glad you like it.

    Michele

    • Thanks for the comment Michele… links to the products and Jody’s reviews of them are included in the show notes above at the minute 17:00 mark.

      • Corey,

        Thanks for pointing me to the links. I guess I was so enthralled with listening to the podcast that I overlooked them.

    • Thank you, Michele, for your kind comments! We hope to try a self catering cottage on an upcoming visit.

      • Jody, I have a lot of good self-catering recommendations. Let me know if I can help with your search.

  2. great tips and questions, Jody and Corey. one thing I’d add, especially if you follow the tip about staying several days in one place: look for a community center. the one in my small town often has kids’ activities and your kids — and you — might like to join in walks, talks, music activities, and classes, which may be free or inexpensive. churches and (in larger towns) libraries are good to look for these sorts of things too, and good places to ask for advice about things to do with kids of any age.

    and Jody, I hope you make in Northern Ireland, and especially to Derry — loads to do and see in addition to walking the walls.

    • Completely true, Kerry! We have found that parents in parks will also share kid-friendly goings on while our children are happily playing along side theirs!

  3. You will love Northern Ireland. My first experience of Ireland was through the North. And that was Belfast in 1980. Bizarre, you may think, but don’t believe all the stereotypes. It does have a differant vibe but also some astonishing unspoiled scenery. I fell in love with Ireland from that first visit.

    And you have to remember that the Antrim coast is where all the families in Northern Ireland go on holiday! I rest my case. Second choice is the Down coast near the Mourne Mountains. Great hostel not far from Portrush right bang on the coastline. And they do family rooms.

    Do consider coming to Fermanagh. Lots of lakes, caves, forest walks, National Trust sites (which always have kid friendly events, things to do.) And Arch House B&B in Florence Court not only do B&B they do a fab evening meal. I know some very happy visitors who rested heads there and used it as a centre to tour around.

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