A trip by car to Ireland over the St Patrick's Day weekend.
Friday 15 March 1996 - Monday 18 March 1996
This was a long weekend spent with my sister in Ireland. We had decided to go over and have a look around after meeting a hotel owner at the travel fair in London. We caught the ferry from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire, turned left out of the ferry port and headed south.
The first stop was in Kilkenny for lunch and so we visited Kilkenny Castle.
The next stop was at Cashel. The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland's most famous tourist sights and was a very interesting place to visit.
The tower at the Rock of Cashel.
A Celtic cross to the memory of Owen Davern.
A view of the Irish countryside from Cashel.
We stayed in Cashel at a very good hostel.
The next day we drove via Blarney Castle, Cork to Dunmore East, a fishing village on the west side of Waterford Harbour. We were there for St Patrick's Day celebrations and spent some time at the local pub. They had Irish music on the sound system and everyone was having a great time. They then stopped that and two guys started up on their guitars, and everyone left the pub. It was most disappointing.
We stayed there a couple of days taking in the atmosphere before heading back to Dun Laoghaire and the ferry back to the UK.
Blarney Castle, where we did the touristy thing and kissed the stone. (Yuck)
The port at Dunmore East.
The sea wall at Dunmore East.