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tthumpern Nov 27, 2006 05:07 PM

I will be on vacation for a week staying in Galway. I will have a car and do plan on travleing all over Ireland. One night we plan to celebrate 4 birthdays and will want an excellent meal. and other times want to taste Irelands comfort resturants and see some great public houses. Does anyone have any suggestions on anything? It would be greatly apriciated. Thanks!

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    DavidT RE: tthumpern Nov 27, 2006 05:32 PM

    Moran's on the Weir is a famous pub/oyster bar about 15-20 miles south of Galway. It is a nice spot for oysters, smoked salmon, brown bread and a pint of Guiness.


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      E.Kantro RE: tthumpern Nov 29, 2006 01:50 AM

      We were in Ireland in September. On the way to Galway we went through the town of Ennis. In Ennis on O'Connell street there is a fine restaurant called The Town Hall. It is in a historic building which once was the Ennis Town Hall. The choices and preparation were very good with excellent service. Give it a try.

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        E.Kantro RE: tthumpern Nov 29, 2006 03:38 PM

        Just remembered another good eating spot. If you are in the vicinity of Athlone, there is a small cafeteria that the locals seem to pack elbow to elbow during lunch. It is on a main street in Athlone called Savoury Fare. If you're in the vicinity eat there.

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          E.Kantro RE: tthumpern Nov 29, 2006 04:08 PM

          My mind seems to work in snips and pieces. Here is another good lunch spot. In Ballyvaughan -- County Clare is Monks Bar & Restaurant. The thing to order there is the Seafood Chowder.This was the best we had during our entire trip. Combined with the delicious brown bread it is a superior lunch.

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            jeanki RE: tthumpern Nov 29, 2006 06:57 PM

            A simple rec in Galway, I thought the fish n chips at McDonagh's was great, very fresh and fried without a trace of grease, and cheap to boot (the takeout counter that is).

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              DavidT RE: jeanki Nov 29, 2006 07:21 PM

              Whether you eat in or take out, McDonagh's is probably the best seafood restaurant in Galway.

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              swarttav RE: tthumpern Nov 30, 2006 02:17 AM

              Sheridan's Cheesemongers in Galway (and Dublin) is wonderful for a great variety of cheese, sausages and breads for take away and picnics etc. It is on Churchyard Street and has a wine shoppe on the top floor. It is one of my must go to places when I am in Ireland (frequently). I also agree with the posts on McDonagh's. For a special, albeit pricey, meal try Riva at the g at the G Hotel

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                swarttav RE: tthumpern Nov 30, 2006 12:37 PM

                I forgot to mention Kirwan's Lane in Galway also. Also a bit pricey but genreally very good.

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