If you go
THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND
From LAX, United, American, Delta, US Airways, AER Lingus and British offer connecting service (change of plane) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $486, including taxes and fees.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international calling code), 353 (the country code for Ireland) and the number.
WHERE TO STAY
Number 31, 31 Leeson Close, Dublin; 1-676-5011, http://www.number31.ie. Doubles from $226. An elegant boutique guesthouse a short walk to Grafton Street.
La Stampa Hotel, 35 Dawson St., Dublin; 1-677-4444, http://www.lastampa.ie. Doubles from $155. A small, hip, Asian-influenced hotel smack in the city center.
Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo; 94-954-6003, http://www.ashford.ie. Doubles from $114, including breakfast. Old-world estate living in the Irish countryside.
Ballinalacken Castle Country House Hotel, Doolin, County Clare; 65-707-4025, http://www.ballinalackencastle.com. Doubles from $165. A family-run country house oozing an Irish welcome.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
Kehoe's Pub, 9 S. Anne St.; Dublin; 1-677-8312. A classic Dublin pub, complete with "snugs" and flowing Guinness.
Ryan's, 28 Parkgate St., Dublin; 1-677-6097, ryans.fxbuckley.ie. With stained glass and brass lamps, Ryan's is the most beautiful Victorian pub in Dublin. Dinner mains from $11.
The Crane Bar, 2 Sea Road, Galway; 91-587-419, http://www.cranebar.com. A cozy corner pub with the best traditional music in Galway.
Dermott's Pub, Roadford, Doolin, County Clare; 65-707-4328, http://www.mcdermottspubdoolin.com. A warm welcome and Irish traditional music nearly every night. Dinner entrees $14-$25.
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