Originally Posted by pauld
You need to learn how to show your wife a good time on her anniversay.
Scenery is nice in Ireland, but if you're travelling all the way from the States to ride you should go somewhere with more dependable weather in Southern Europe.
Well, that's kinda bunk. KDB is asking about Ireland, not So.Europe or "dependable" weather, or "learning to show your wife a good time".WTF? They WANT TO GO TO IRELAND.
That aside, I've been to Ireland a half dozen times, never by bike so I can't say anything about the tour companies or cycling there. However, having walked/hitchhiked the roads from Cork to Mullingar, and Dublin to Connemara, I can say this, bring rain gear. if you're after schedules, itineraries and "a plan", I'm sure the packages will be great. My own experience is that Ireland is best taken by simply going where the road takes you. I've always felt welcome and comfortable where ever I ended the day, be it a hotel or camping in someones pasture-land.If you're willing for the adventure, I'd say just lay out a rough sketch of what you want to see(remember, it's a fairly small island)and wing it. I've been considering Ireland for a tour myself and picked up a book called 100 road tours of Ireland(or something close to that) it lays out several "must see" sights, distances, and terrain. PM me, I can give you exact title, author, etc.