I've done the marathon once and the ultra nine times so far. One of my favourite events. Galway has an airport - which I have flown into - but since the website has a tab for 'asset disposal' it looks like it's closed!
Other options are indeed flights to Shannon and Knock from various UK airports, which change every year. I wish there were flights from Cardiff. I prefer Knock - a small and friendly airport, although remember it has a Euro 10 departure tax cash only - and then hire a car. 90 minute drive to Galway City maximum.
Options I haven't tried are coach/train from Dublin, or taking the car on the ferry. Mrs T Rex doesn't like ferries or coaches.
Ryanair was 15kg hold, 10kg cabin last time I flew with them.
It won't be long before the races are full so get deciding.
Just re-read the whole thread. More entertaining than I remembered it being, and a bit long-winded in places. Great contributions from other people - all alike doing sensible things and being very patient. And I'm glad to say all the what I think now were mischievous posts have all disappeared.
Update - no re-occurrence in the bad foot, even after this summer's Ridgeway 85 and then, less than two weeks later, the 10Peaks Brecon Beacons 55, two gruelling events. The latter had 17000' ascent (and therefore also 17000' descent ...)
I suppose the UTMB would really test it but it's not an event that appeals.
LFC forever - glad you managed to get through all that reading. I'm going to do something about it in the new year - too busy at the moment.
Sounds like you've been very sensible, and I'm sure you'll get back to where you were eventually. Try running before Jan if you want - do one short one a week to start with midway between massage sessions. You could even do it on the treadmill (what am I saying ?) It'll be warm in the gym.
Trying to think how good cycling would be for it. Not sure. I wouldn't get out of the saddle, anyway.
It's a vile injury that seems to strike some people for a very long period indeed. My sports massage therapist said mine was the worst case of it she had ever seen.
You need to try to discover what the cause of it might have been. Not always obvious. Suddenly increasing training intensity, especially downhill running? Your shoes?