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    A little bit of history

    by sourbugger Written Sep 9, 2008

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    I dread to think of the amount of money that I must have spent in duty free shops all over the world. How you desperately try to use up your foreign currency before departing.

    The phenonomen of duty free shops has spread all over the world to the tinyist little tin pot airports in the back of beyond - and they all have Shannon to thank for creating the world's first one.

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    How to avoid queues in America

    by sourbugger Written Sep 9, 2008

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    Notice, if you will, that the departure hall at Shannon airport includes a few square meters of carpet that is actually part of the USA. Rather unusually, an outpost of the Immigration service is located here - so you are officially in the USA once you pass through. That should save a bit of time on the other side of the pond. On the other hand you will still have customs and agriculture to go through.

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    At the airport

    by sourbugger Updated Sep 8, 2008

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    Now this is a little left field - but trust me on this one.

    When arriving or leaving Shannon airport from one of it's collection of eight. Yes , count them -eight gates, you pass through a kind of link corridor.

    This is the place to find a truely appauling piece of art. It commemorates the visit of JFK to Ireland in 1983, just a few short months before that fateful day in Dallas, Texas.

    It's clearly him, but that's about the best thing you can say about at.

    On the opposite wall is a gallery (perhaps a rogues gallery) of famous visitors to the airport. It's mainly heads of state, with a good number of US presidents who have made the journey to visit Ireland (never in a desperate attempt to grab a few votes from the Irish community in America , of course)

    Others pictures include Boris Yeltsin, who famously remained on board his plane whilst at Shannon airport. He was due to meet the Irish head of state - but remained 'tired and emotional' (i.e pi**ed) in seat 1b. If you catch the light just right (and I'm not making this up) Boris' picture looks like he is transformed into a vampire with a couple of fangs. It works, believe me.

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    The Burren

    by elmendorfs Updated Jul 1, 2007

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    Since the Burren is such a famous area, this may not qualify for "off the beaten path", but it seemed to be quite a way off to us! Our drive from Lisdoonvarna to Kilfenora by way of Kilfenora Rd was quite remote and gave us some beautiful rainbows.

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    Cliffs of Loop Head Peninsula Coast Road

    by elmendorfs Written Jul 1, 2007

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    Follow the signs for the 'scenic drive' from Kilkee toward Loop Head for some breathtaking views of the coastline. Many of the views can be seen without even getting out of the car. Of course, the closer you get to the edge, the more spectacular the view. Bikes are available for rental, and would be a wonderful way to experience this area.

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    Unusual Natural Bridge

    by elmendorfs Updated Jun 30, 2007

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    The Bridges of Ross, is an interestiing area where water has washed tunnels under parts of the land and formed 'bridges'. In talking to locals, there were apparently more bridges in the past, but only one really remarkable one remains today. This is located along the coast near Doonbeg going toward Loop Head.

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    Pop into Lahinch!

    by Ludders Written Jun 4, 2005

    This is a small resort, with a top golf course. Its desperately trying to become a surf town but it retains its charm. You can visit it when you visit the cliffs of Moher about 5 miles away. The place is full of history and has some great pubs on the sea front and a great beach. Well worth a stop! See the plaque on the pub wall commerating when a ww2 bomber had to force land on the beach. I felt very relaxed here and was amazed to hear of the conflicts between the British here.
    Avoid the main street chippy its rubbish!

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