Here’s post two from our friendly tour guide to Ireland, Carey!
One thing that I have discovered about Ireland is that the time is takes to get someplace is changing all the time. Three years ago it took 4 to 5 hours to get from Cork to Dublin. It is only about 156 miles or 250 kilometers. For those who are landmark drivers, it is really about the distance from Chicago to Grand Rapids. About a year ago, with improvements, it took about 3 and a half hours.
In the past year since we have lived on the Emerald Isle, the motorway has constantly been improving – or should I say come into existence in some places – and they have shaved off 45 minutes from Dublin to Cork! We can now make it in 2 hours and 45 minutes.
In the past, it would be a bit frustrating to me to be going along and then the motorway just stops. (I wish I had a picture of the expressway that we passed that just literally stopped.) Everyone has to get off and drive through the town which can add considerable time to your route depending on the time of day. Nothing moves quickly here; they started the motorways 50 years ago! In some ways it is like traveling through Indiana with the construction that never ends. If you ever visit, allow lots of time. The destination may not be far away but the roads… ahh I will leave that for you to discover on your adventure.
A photo of a skinny Irish road!