8.20.12 - 8.20.12
I and a group of 32 more folks leave for Ireland on August 28th for a tour of the country and the Navy Notre Dame Football game which is being played in Aviva Stadium, home of the Irish Rugby League. This is a repeat of the same game that was played in 1996 - the Shamrock Classic. I went to this game and we had a great time.
While most of the group is doing an escorted tour put together by Celtic Tours, I and two other friends are doing a self drive, visiting Dublin, Wexford, Kilkenny, Galway, Kilarney, and Waterford
The first interesting note is that most Irish car rental companies - including Hertz - do not accept any third party insurance coverage such as travel insurance, USAA, American Express card etc. We have paid for basic CDW, but the deductible for that coverage can by up to 2500 Euro - nearly $3000.00. We will likely pay for the super CDW directly with Hertz which adds about 20 Euros per day to the cost. Even though one of our drivers has driven on the left hand side of the road for several years, it still seems like a good investment.
I have also pre-purchased a bunch of tickets, which saves you 10%. This includes the Library at Trinity College (book of Kells), the Guiness Factory, Waterford, Kylemore Abbey and Blarney Castle. Hopefully it will save a few minutes in line also!
Looking forward to the homeland of my Mother's family and forty shades of green!