You’re probably starting to think about flights and other reservations in Ireland. I’m sure many of you plan to spend some extra time in Ireland visiting the areas where your ancestors lived. That’s a great idea.
I want to mention something that’s worked well for me when I’ve been traveling around Ireland. The Aer Lingus Vacation Store has started to advertise special fares and packages for the fall. They provide escorted tours if you want to just see the sights, but they also provide for independent travel and will put together a custom package if you want to do your own thing. I’ve found that if you have them put together a package, including airfare, hotels or B&B’s and a car, they will blend the costs and the total package is less than if you booked them separately. Just something for you to look into. I notice they’re offering an option with the “Genealogy Butler,” Helen Kelly. Those of you on the Dublin trip will get to meet Helen when she helps us at the Valuation Office.
Aer Lingus flies out of a number of gateway cities including New York and Boston. In New York, Aer Lingus flies out of the JetBlue terminal making it an easy connection if you are flying in on JetBlue.
Aer Lingus does not fly to Belfast. If you wish to fly into Belfast, you’ll need to make reservation through another airline. I usually fly into Dublin and take the bus from the Dublin Airport to Belfast. If you plan to spend a few days in Dublin, you can also take the train.
I hope this information is helpful. I’ll be posting additional information on the site, including information on ground transportation when you arrive, so check back. Let me know if you have any questions.