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How do I get to the farm from Cork?

The farm is 7 miles outside Cork, in a village called Glanmire. Here is the Google Maps link for the farm:

51°57'11.8"N 8°23'42.7"W

Taxis can be booked from Cork or Glanmire to the farm through Uber or the FreeNow app:

 

FreeNow- Apple app store: https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/freenow/id357852748

FreeNow - Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=taxi.android.client&hl=en&gl=US&pli=1

 

There is free parking at the farm for anyone coming by car. There is also a bus (245) from Cork to Glanmire; from there it is a 20 minute walk to the farm.

 

Locations in Cork are designated by Eir Code (like a zip code but much more precise). Entering the Eir Code into a taxi app should be enough to get you to the farm:

 

T45HK09

 

Again, here is the farm on Google Maps:

https://goo.gl/maps/q2tfPHu9iVnDVUEVA

51°57'11.8"N 8°23'42.7"W

Where should I fly into from abroad?

You have two main options, Cork itself and Dublin.

 

Cork option

Cork has its own airport (ORK), which is a small airport and lovely to fly in and out of. Since it is a smaller airport, it is a little more expensive to fly to, but much more relaxing and personable than flying into Dublin. (If you are flying from Ohio, there is a British Airways flight direct to London from Cincinnati, from where you will connect to Cork via AerLingus.) There are two buses which run every half hour to Cork airport (225 and 226) and it takes about 20 minutes to get into the city. Tickets are €2.20 and can be purchased on the bus (cash only—if you only have large bills, I would recommend buying a coffee to split the bill, as the driver will not be pleased if you hand him a €20 bill! There are ATMs in the airport. The best way to pay/withdraw cash/save yourself conversion fees while abroad is through Revolut). There are also regular taxis outside the airport. Uber does exist in Ireland, but the most popular taxi app used here is FreeNow:

 

FreeNow

Apple app store: https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/freenow/id357852748

Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=taxi.android.client&hl=en&gl=US&pli=1

 

A taxi to/from Cork and the airport is about €15-20. Cork airport has free wifi, so you should be able to book a taxi online and continue the journey even if you lose service.

 

There are also a variety of car rental companies operating out of Cork airport:

https://www.corkairport.com/to-from-the-airport/by-rental-car

 

Be sure to request an automatic if this is your preference, as most cars will be stick-shift. Also, there are fewer automatics available so I would recommend to book it in advance!

 

 

Dublin option

Dublin is a major travel hub with direct flights to the USA. Being the capital of Ireland, you can expect a busier travel experience, but it will be cheaper than flying into Cork. There are buses which run directly between Dublin airport and Cork city centre, generally costing around €29 round-trip. There is an option for Flexi tickets, which allow you to change your booking up to an hour before departure, but be aware that you have to call them or log in to make that change, so if your flight is delayed and you’re still in the air, that won’t be of much help to you. I would recommend giving yourself at least an hour to get through customs and account for delays—always better to book a later bus and wait, than miss your earlier bus and deal with that whole headache. If you get to the bus early and there is space on that earlier bus, the driver will let you board, even if you have a later ticket. When you arrive to Dublin and make it into the Arrivals terminal, there are signs directing you to the bus stop.

 

There are a few buses which run the Dublin-Cork route:

Aircoach: https://www.aircoach.ie/

Citilink: https://www.citylink.ie/

Expressway: https://www.expressway.ie/

 

When booking, there is only one bus stop option for Cork. I always use Aircoach because it's a little bit cheaper, and the Cork stop there is called "Cork opp. Moody's Cafe Lower Glanmire Road" because it picks up outside a little cafe. There is a bathroom on the bus but it is a 3 ½ hour journey so bring coffee/food with you!

 

Of course you can also rent a car in Dublin and drive to Cork if you prefer: https://www.dublinairport.com/to-from-the-airport/car-rental Once again, request an automatic if this is your preference. There are always fewer automatics available than stick-shifts, so I would recommend booking in advance!

 

 

Shannon option

There is actually a third option, lesser known and also tiny, but it's supposed to be a relaxed flying experience if it works for you to fly into Shannon. Shannon was the first airport in the world to offer duty-free, fun fact. There are also buses to and from Shannon to Cork. I have never taken this route, but here’s what I see online:

 

Shannon airport travel page: https://www.shannonairport.ie/passengers/to-from/bus/

 

It takes about the same time to get to Cork as from Dublin.

 

 

So basically what you have to ask yourself is would you rather take the cheaper ticket to Ireland, and then take a 3 ½ hour bus journey to Cork, or would you rather fly directly into Cork for a little extra and be in the city in 20 minutes? Up to you! 

 

 

**Please note: Flying from the USA to Ireland is an overnight flight, which means whatever day you book on, you will arrive the next morning. You will see a little +1 next to the arrival time.

Where should I buy plane tickets?

I would recommend using Skyscanner to find flights, and then book directly through the airline’s website. If anything gets delayed or cancelled, they will automatically reschedule you.

 

https://www.skyscanner.ie/

How can I rent a car?

There are a variety of car rental companies at all of the airports.  To make a reservation:

Cork Airport: https://www.corkairport.com/to-from-the-airport/by-rental-car

Dublin Aitport: https://www.dublinairport.com/to-from-the-airport/car-rental  

 

One important note:

Be sure the request an automatic if this is your preference, as most cars will be stick-shift. There are always fewer automatics available than stick-shifts, so I would recommend booking in advance!

If you plan on renting a car from the city of Cork, these are some of your options: 

Great Island Car Rentals

Hertz Car Rental

Thrifty Car Rental

Car Rental Cork - Train Station

CARHIRE.ie Cork City

Roads and streets in Ireland are much more narrow than in the States, and driving is a bit of a negotiating game. Sometimes you will come to roads that really shouldn't be two-way, and yet they are! There are points along the way where the road has been opened up on both sides to be a little wider, and this is where people pull in to let each other pass. This will really only happen when you're further out in the country--like getting to the farm--but don't be intimidated! Be sure to give a little wave to your fellow drivers when you pass through a tricky bit as it is customary and polite here to do so. 

If you get to a two-way street where there are cars parked on one side but not the other, then the direction of traffic without stopped cars gets the right-of-way.

Oh, and do watch out for sheep on the roads.

How do I get to Cork city centre from either the Cork or Dublin airport?

From Cork airport, the 225 and 226 buses run every half-hour and it takes about 20 minutes to get into the city. Tickets are €2.20 and can be purchased on the bus (cash only—if you only have large bills, buy something in the airport to split the bill, as the driver will not be pleased if you hand him a €20 bill! There are ATMs in the airport). There are also regular taxis outside the airport. Uber does exist in Ireland, but the most popular taxi app used here is FreeNow:

 

FreeNow

Apple app store: https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/freenow/id357852748

Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=taxi.android.client&hl=en&gl=US&pli=1

 

A taxi to/from Cork and the airport is about €15-20. Cork airport has free wifi, so you should be able to book a taxi online and continue the journey even if you lose service.

 

There are also a variety of car rental companies operating out of Cork airport:

https://www.corkairport.com/to-from-the-airport/by-rental-car

 

Be sure the request an automatic if this is your preference, as most cars will be stick-shift.

From Dublin airport, there are three main buses which run directly from the airport to Cork city (note: the bus stop is called "Cork opp. Moodys Cafe Lower Glanmire Road"--there is only one option for Cork) :

 

Aircoach: https://www.aircoach.ie/

Citilink: https://www.citylink.ie/

Expressway: https://www.expressway.ie/

 

I usually use Aircoach because it is a little cheaper. There is a bathroom on the bus but it is a 3 ½ hour journey so bring coffee/food with you! Tickets are around €29 for a return and can be purchased online in advance.

 

There is an option for Flexi tickets, which allow you to change your booking up to an hour before departure, but be aware that you have to call them or log in to make that change, so if your flight is delayed and you’re still in the air, that won’t hep you much. I would recommend giving yourself at least an hour to get through customs—always better to buy a later bus and wait than miss your earlier bus and deal with that headache. If you get there early and there is space, the driver will let you board an earlier bus. When you get to the Arrivals lounge, there are signs directing you to the buses. Buses in Ireland are sometimes called "Coaches," and they just mean large charter-type buses (not like a Disney princess taking a coach to the ball). 

What amenities will be available on the farm? 

This is a working cattle farm, so amenities are limited. There will be portapotties on site, as well as cold, potable water, but no showers (however, some people are coming with camping showers, and will probably share if you ask nicely!). 

What food/alcohol will be available on the farm?

The wedding caterer will be providing breakfast and lunch options for sale on Sunday--please bring cash! There will also be pizza places in the vicinity from which food can be ordered in to the farm. 

There will be a bar on-site as well (beer only), until supplies run out. Recommended to BYO snacks and alcohol to keep you boogying through the night! 

How do I get to around Cork/Glanmire?

There are regular taxis around Cork and Glanmire which can be ordered over the phone or app. Uber does exist in Ireland, but the most popular taxi app used here is FreeNow:

FreeNow

Apple app store: https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/freenow/id357852748

Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=taxi.android.client&hl=en&gl=US&pli=1

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