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How big a town is Tullamore? How many pub? Irish Music?

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We would like to stay in a small town and travel from there during the day. We love to visit the pubs and hear the irish music. Would Tullamore be a good place for about 20 people to stay? Are there any 4 or 5 star hotels in Tullamore? I will research this also but your help is much appreciated.

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Where do you intend to travel to?

Tullamore is not really a tourist town, you may find it hard to find a music session advertised.It has hosted the Fleadh twice,and there is a local ceili band so you might find a real not for tourist show session.

Tullamore is a large town by Irish standards.Population about 14,000.

There are two hotels in the town, The Bridge House, right in the centre of the town. The other hotel, the Tullamore court is a little further out but would be quieter as it is set back from the road.

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I agree with Harvey. Tullamore is, by Irish standards, a large town. It is not noted as a tourist destination, being more of a large county town, typical of the Midlands. That said, it will give you a taste of the true Ireland, and the Tullamore Court is a fine modern hotel.

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Thanks for your help. Many of my family have been to Ireland many times so they have done many tourist trips and

love the true Irish towns. Some of us have not been as many times so we want to be in bigger areas. I would probably want to stay in Cork but some say the City has gotten too big. My Uncle Pat has been many times and loves the pubs so now we are thinking about Kilkenney. Would that be a good place to stay and travel from?

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I like Tullamore and have had many a good time there. Its not really a tourist spot, great for an overnight but not to use as a touring base. Kilkenny I would be tempted to put in the same category although far more Tourist friendly and more options within the 2 hour radius that I tend to use. You are not compelled to stay inside a City or its direct suburbs most cities including Cork have smaller satellite towns. How about using two or three bases assuming you have 7days or more on the Island. Personally I am not one to be tied down whilst away and wouldn't think of going to one place for a full week unless it was for a special event.

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For me Kilkenny would be a better place to stay than Tullamore - more to see and do

I wouldn't say Cork City has got too big. Certainly there has been significant development in the dormitory towns outside the city, but Cork itself remains quite compact - a lot to do with the geography of the city. It is one of my favourite places.

I would be at one with Tony2phones and would suggest that you consider a two-centre break.

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Thank you for this good information. I would love to stay in Cork but I am only one of the group. The last time the group went I couldn't make the trip. They had a bus and stayed in many towns but they don't want to move around as much this time.

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The dates of your proposed visit will be helpful as well as the length of your stay.

As a general rule, more events happen during the summer and at weekends or a specific weekday.

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I think the OP was visiting in 2011 - wonder how they got on and where did they go. Strange that the thread didn't close down considering it was almost 3 years old when bhoyGreenock resurrected it. Hopefully it will be helpful to someone and now we know where to go if we want a good pub in Tullamore :-)

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Perhaps time to resume the hunt for the Tullamore Beer Monster??

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