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Need feedback on Irish Eats Itinerary - Dublin, Galway and the West Coast

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I'm heading to Ireland in July for the first time. Thanks to all the great CHOW posts, I have a lot of info to help me plan good eats along the way. I'm traveling with my mother and she's not particularly adventurous - no molecular gastronomy or tiny portions here. Since I have very limited time in most cities, I would love feedback on what I've planned:

Dublin (24 hrs) --
Breakfast: Bewley's
Lunch: Avoca Café or Sinnott’s Pub or Finnegan's in Dalkey
Dinner: The Pig's Ear

Galway (3 nights) --
Dinner 1: Oscar's Seafood Bistro

Day trip to Cong, Ashford Castle - Lunch: Kylemore Abbey
Dinner 2: White Gables Restaurant

Day trip to Cliffs of Mohr, The Burren - Lunch:
Dinner 3: **Can't decide between Kirwan's Lane or O'Gradys on the Pier? Need input.**

Limerick - Lunch: Freddie's Bistro

Killarney (2 nights): TBD

Ring of Kerry - Lunch: The Strawberry Field

Chowhounds, what say you?

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  1. Been to the Pig's Ear twice and had great meals both times. Kirwan's Lane was exceptional. Haven't been to O'Grady's. Ross Hotel in Killarney was a great surprise, had a delicious lunch there. Kylemore Abbey, while a great treat to visit, I don't think you will get any exceptional food there, but the lunch we had in nearby Westport was nothing exceptional either, so for convenience the food at the Abbey may be a good choice. If possible, when you are in Galway, try to get to Moran's in Kilcolgan. They have the freshest most wonderful seafood, and the best Irish coffee I have ever had.

    1. Rrems is right - the food at Kylemore Abbey is nothing to look forward to. Try the nearby country house hotel Lough Inagh Lodge for lunch before / after your visit to Kylemore.
      The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna is a great option for your day in The Burren.

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      1. re: BrianGilligan

        Thank you both so much for the advice. I am following it!

        I've realized that Freddie's Bistro in Limerick isn't open for lunch, so any feedback on lunch at: The Curragower Seafood Bar or Cornstore or Bobby Byrnes Pub? I have to pick one.

        Killarney two dinners:

        Treyvaud's
        Bricin

        1. re: Clairechat

          How were your dinners at Treyvaud's and Bricin?

      2. This might be too late, but we went to the Burren Perfumery and had lunch at the cafe there, it was very good.

        In Galway we went to Ard Bia for lunch - very good food, we had fish, but super busy and rushed servers.

        For dinner we went to the Quay Street Kitchen and both food and service were amazing! Pretty good value too.