We left the Rochester airport on Continental Airlines to Newark at 1:00 PM (not as bad a place as we had anticipated) and had several hours to wait until our 7:00 PM flight to Dublin. Since the Euro is so strong (1 Euro cost us about $1.60 US), Eoropeans are flocking to the US to have a cheaper vacation and shop - many Irish were returning with big shopping bags full. The flight was overnight, seven hours and a 5-hour time difference (later), so we arrived in Dublin on time at 7:00. Our cab driver told us that there had been complete airport gridlock the previous day when the airport radar failed completely!
The cabbie was very talkative, and his favorite expression was "Know what I mean?". We arrived at Dublin-Heuston railway station in plenty of time to connect with our 3-hour train ride to Cork. The train was great, very comfortable and on-time - a nice way to relax and to see some of the countryside go by. From Cork railway station, we took a cab to the airport to pick up our rental car (only available at airports), and bravely proceeded out onto the highway with left-hand drive and stick shift (stick on left in middle of car). Note: an automatic shift would have been worth its weight in gold. Anne navigated while Tom drove, and the roadways got progressively narrower and narrower and NARROWER as we got further west into County Cork - until there was no shoulder at all, with walls or tall bushes lining at the road edge - the road was not really two lanes either, and was quite curvy and hilly - talk about scary!