Re: First Time Visitor/site and Ireland
Congrats on your anniversary! Sounds like you'll have a great trip. I can't answer too many of your questions, but I'm sure someone else here will be able to help.
1. According to the Bus Eireann Web site, there is indeed bus service between Shannon and Galway, so I bet that would be your most economical option.
6. I believe you'll be pretty close to the Cliffs of Moher, which are dramatic and beautiful -- I'd find a tour that will get you there, if you can.
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