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89 Self-Catering Rentals & a Chat With Tom Sweeney

June 3, 2009

Episode Guide Chat With Tom Sweeney – Podcast #89

We answer some questions about self-catering accommodations and chat with Tom Sweeney about Irish-American culture and Irish music. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen.

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A letter from Donovan from Fresno, CA

…My wife and I are planning a 2 week trip to Ireland.  I was thinking about renting a house for one of the weeks, and then… staying in a few BB’s for the second week.  Can you recommend a town or county in the south, east, or west that would be a good homebase to rent a house and stay for a week?  Something that has a lot of nearby attractions and activities that will keep us busy for the week.

Self-Catering = Home Rental

Some suggested locations – more details for each spot in the podcast

  • Killarney – Popular tourist town with excellent natural, historic and architectural sites nearby – Ring of Kerry
  • Kenmare – Smaller town on the coast near Killarney – Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Town – Slea Head Drive
  • County Clare – South Clare: Loop Head, Shannon Estuary, Dingle Peninsula – North Clare: Galway, Connemara – County Clare Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Lough Derg
  • Connemara – Beautiful region, the village of Cong where the John Wayne Film the “Quiet Man” was filmed
  • Clifden & Westport
  • County Wicklow – especially if you want to include Dublin

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A Chat with Tom Sweeney from the Twin Cities. He was part of our Irish-American Roadtrip (clip below).

Tom Sweeney on our Irish-American Roadtrip

Brave Fenian Men performed by Tom Dahill and the Chancers (

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom Sweeney permalink
    June 3, 2009 8:34 PM

    Liam’s stories and photos made me miss Ireland so bad that I unwrapped my last piece of hand-cut 2003 “Waterford” turf, lit an end, closed my eyes and imagined it was a soft night in Clare rather than a cool, dry one in Minnesota. My friend Eamonn is heading to Ireland in a couple of days and my boss is taking his family for a couple of weeks at the end of the month. I’m busy with the new job but my fiddle and I look forward to returning next year. – Tom

  2. Russell Shortt permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:46 AM

    I have just returned from a week in Dingle, Co. Kerry. Great week spent surfing and tramping during the way and wandering the mighty bars and restaurnats at night. Splendid place!

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