Off to Shannon, Ireland!

Never been to Ireland nor had an interest in really going, besides seeing Dublin. However, when you see cheap tickets to Ireland it’s hard to say no. Only paid 250 for the roundtrip flight. After a crazy day, I was off to the land of the green leprechaun.

Shannon airport photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

It took about 5 and a half hours from JFK to reach the Shannon airport. It’s a rather small airport. Still gives you that classic European vibe. It was interesting to see signs in English and gaelic. One tip to know is that flying into Shannon is usually alot cheaper than flying into Dublin. I compared the prices before and after buying my tickets. You will usually save about 200 dollars, if you fly into Shannon.

Irish flag outside of the Shannon Airport photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

Got outside and it was a weird feeling to finally see Ireland. For some reason, I expected Ireland to be that sterotype the media throws at us. I was expecting Irish music blasting and a pub nearby with people partying to sunrise. Yeah, in Shannon you don’t really get that unless you go to downtown, the main streets and/or the tourist sites. The place is pretty quiet and calm. It’s more like a suburb than a major City.

Irish road toll stop photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

I got on the shuttle bus that would take me into the main part of the city. It was about three euros and it was going to be a short ride. Irish people in general are friendly. Most of the time they are very helpful. Had no idea there were different types of shuttles from the airport. In case your Wi-Fi connection is off, you can always ask an airport staff and they would be more than happy to explain the different routes with the corresponding numbers. However, the locals from Shannon aren’t as nice as the people from Dublin. So, you might find someone having a bad day.

The green grass next to the Highway photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

The green grass of Ireland. Makes you think twice about what the green on the Irish flag means.

The ride to Shannon’s transportation hub was probably the longest 30 mins ride of my life. I was so excited to be in Ireland. Made me wonder how I would look to the other people on the bus. An Afo-hispanic/American in the middle of Ireland sitting impatiently like I had to go to the bathroom. Luckily for me, everybody minded their own business. All thanks to smart phones. Whether or not that is a good thing for the progress of humanity, we can only find out in the future.

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36 thoughts on “Off to Shannon, Ireland!

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      1. Yes been a few times. Around Donegal area… Plus Dublin to see Mary Malone.

      2. Never been up that north. I have to go back again. I have no excuse really to not go back. Never knew about mary malone until now. I passed by it too without knowing what it was. The ring of kerry is something i have yet to see as well

      1. SLC, I’ll go online. The problem with these flight deals though is they change so fast it can be gone in five minutes. Thanks for the tip.

    1. If you are travelling on your own, stay in the hostels. If you are staying in Dublin and dont mind staying outside of the main city, the Ibis hotel at the Red Cow is a good place. Lovely and clean and very close to the Red Cow Luas stop which is the tram line that will bring you to the city centre.
      The tours go daily from Dublin to various parts of the country. And Dublin also has so much to offer.

  1. Been meaning to visit your site but have been busy doing stuff haha. We are world’s apart, and yet we experience the same thing when traveling – people on their smart phones everywhere! Happy travels!

  2. Ireland is a beautiful country. I recommend going on the tours when you get here. There is so much available.
    Travel along the Atlantic. From Cork to Kerry, on to Clare, Limerick and Galway.
    Newgrange is a must as well – its over 2000 years old.
    Safe travelling and enjoy 😊

  3. Many years ago I taught in Dublin, loved it there. Exploring the city when I wasn’t teaching was great fun. Unfortunately because of overbooked trips (three countries in six weeks) I never got the chance to do more than explore the city.

  4. First of all like the name of your blog, Passport Overused. This year am planning to visit family in London and trying to convince hubby that we must go to Ireland. Generally, Irish are a friendly lot. Let’s see if we make it to Ireland.

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