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  • Day17

    Day 17 - The Ring of Hook

    August 17, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    The alarm went off at 8.00am. We were both tired because we hadn’t slept for differing reasons, Jackie because I kept snoring allegedly & I because Jackie kept hitting me. We got ready & packed up the remainder of our stuff to commence the start of our return journey.

    We met the cleaner, Sheila, & asked what we should do with all our bottles & cans. Her face was one of shock when she saw how many we had & asked if we could take them out for her. They filled a dustbin & more!

    It was just after 10am, when we rode away from Bride Valley Fruit Farm for the last time. We were due to meet up with Chris & Angela somewhere around Waterford, where they were waking up in their fancy hotel following a family wedding yesterday.

    We rode up to Lismore, then followed the N72 to Cappoquin, Cappagh & Lemybrien towards Waterford . We then took a turn down the R680 & in Kilmeaden we posted a postcard that we had written to my Mum & Dad. We skirted around the southern side of Waterford & headed down to the pretty village of Passage East.

    It was here that we met Chris & Angela, then immediately boarded the little car ferry to take us across the Waterford estuary to Ballyhack. Jackie & I nearly missed the ferry, because I set my bike alarm off twice & couldn’t start the bike until the alarm had reset.

    The ferry literally took just a couple of minutes, before we were disembarking in Ballyhack. We had a coffee & cheese toastie outside Byrne’s Bar & Shop, that filled a gaping hole. We hadn’t had a Full Irish that morning!

    We then walked up the road to Ballyhack Castle, which was free entry because it was the start of Heritage week in Ireland. Upon entering we were accosted by Frank, who most definitely had kissed the Blarney Stone. Frank did work at the Castle & was very knowledgeable & by god could he talk. Frank proceeded to give us a lengthy history lesson followed by a thorough description of how the Castle would have been used, before Cromwell trashed it.

    We learnt from Frank that Ballyhack Castle was a large stone house built around 1450 by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John. The Castle has only been partially restored with public money, because it costs a fortune. Frank then referred to Belvelly Castle at Cobh that we had previously seen & had been impressed by. He told us that Belvelly Castle had been bought by a multi-millionaire from Northern Ireland & the cost to restore it had been an eye-watering €5 million.

    Frank allowed us to take ourselves off to wander around the castle. We got to the 1st floor with just a single table & chair in the room. Chris sat down in the chair to pose for a photo, but as he did so there was a crack as if the chair was about to break. This may sound dramatic, but Chris had managed to break a chair at both cottages we stayed in on this trip. It was only after Chris had jumped back up & we had had a nervous giggle that we then saw the sign on the table that said ‘Please Do Not Touch’. We moved on quickly.

    We continued around the rest of the Castle & then we were again accosted by Frank, who very kindly insisted on showing us on a map of the route around the Ring of Hook & all the places we must stop at. Frank then handed us over to his colleague Tim, who was a drawings artist & had made a short video, which we were treated to. At it’s conclusion we said our goodbyes & left, but Frank wasn’t finished with us yet. He followed us out & showed us some architectural features including the head of a bishop & a gargoyle that were on the outside wall of the castle.

    Now a lot more knowledgeable, we returned to our respective modes of transport & set off in convoy anti-clockwise around the Ring of Hook. It was a fabulous ride/drive around the coastline even if we were being battered by the strong winds coming off the ocean.

    Our 1st port of call was Duncannon Village & Fort. According to legend, the Duncannon settlement dates back to the time of Fionn MacCumhaill (a mythical hunter-warrior of Irish mythology) in the 3rd century AD. The fort was built by Queen Elizabeth l in 1588 in expectation of an attack on the area by the Spanish Armada.

    Next we stopped at Templetown Church Ruins, formally a Knights Templar Commandery. Angela got out to take photos whilst we all watched. We continued past Loftus Hall which is said to be the most haunted house in Ireland & on to Churchtown Church, site of St. Dubhan’s Monastery. St. Dubhan’s came to Ireland in 452 AD to lead a life of solitude. It is believed he lit the first warning beacon at the tip of Hook, which was maintained for the next 700 years by monks until the Hook Lighthouse was built.

    We drove on to Hook Lighthouse at the end of the peninsula, that was built in the 13th century and is still intact today. It is the world’s oldest working Lighthouse. It also stands in the most scenic & wild of locations.

    Blown back in land, we continued round the Ring of Hook to Tintern Abbey, built around 1200 AD. We declined to pay the €5 entrance fee that should have been free, because it was Heritage week. Instead we walked around the outside of the Abbey & it’s grounds. Sadly the Abbey had some scaffolding up which spoilt the aesthetics, but the bridge & Church were very picturesque.

    Jackie & I wandered around in our motorcycle gear, minus the helmet. I was nonchalantly leaning against the bridge, when Jackie said “You know who you remind me of?” to which I replied “Barry Sheen?” Jackie said it wasn’t, so I started thinking maybe Steve McQueen in The Great Escape or even Evel Knievel. The Jackie blurted out, “The old one in Steptoe & Son”. She was talking about Harold Steptoe!

    With my ego more than slightly dented, we stopped at the cafe for a cup of tea. I’ve already said it once, but the Ring of Hook was a superb drive, with so many historic sites to see in just a 20 odd mile loop.

    We then zipped across country to Rosslare & back to the Rosslare Port Lodge, our Section House for the night again. We also went to the Kilrane Inn for our final supper of battered plaice, curry & burger for me, washed down with white wine, cider & curry. Angela has declared that it is the best fish she has ever eaten. We were back in our hotel by 8.00pm for an early night.

    Song of the Day - Postcard from Heaven by Lighthouse Family.
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  • Day1

    Howth

    September 11, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Den heutigen Tag verbrachten wir in Howth, wieder ein Tipp von Franzi, ohne die wie wahrscheinlich niemals dorthin gefahren wären! Nach 30 Minuten Busfahrt ist man auch schon da und kann entlang der Küste wandern!🌊 Der Weg und die Natur war atemberaubend schön und wir hatten sogar richtig Glück mit dem Wetter! Nach 10km kamen wir wieder in dem kleinen Fischerort an, aßen Fish&Chips in einem der süßen Restaurant und fuhren zurück nach Dublin. Den Abend werden wir nun mit einem Pub Crawl verbringen, man geht also von Bar zu Bar🍻Read more

  • Day13

    Cork and Kilkenny - tail end

    November 19, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Spent a lovely one nighter in Cork, checking out a cool brewery and getting some McD's in the evening before walking home through the University. Today, stopped at Waterford on the way to Kilkenny and did a tour of the Waterford crystal plant there - very cool stuff. The level of detail and craftsmanship is not to be understated.

    We checked into our Kilkenny hotel at a good time and went to find an early dinner - very cute Italian place. On the docket is being lazy tomorrow and checking out the Smithwick's brewery tomorrow. Thursday morning, we head to Dublin for our final night - excited because we have a reservation at the Greenhouse, a 2 Michelin starred restaurant, on Thursday evening!
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  • Day5

    Last Day in Belfast

    September 12, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We left for Dublin this afternoon after lunch with Kelley and Paul and a visit to the Queens University campus and Ulster Museum in Belfast. Beautiful downtown campus with lots of "kids" and no parking. We found a palm tree in Belfast!
    Off to Venice in the morning.
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  • Day1

    Kilkeny

    September 11, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Streets of Kilkeny. We parked and walked to the Castle. The cafes with outside seating had blankets on the chairs to use. Found some charity shops, no treasures yet. Us at a pub. The umbrellas were an entrance to an outside mall. It made me smile! :)Read more

  • Day1

    Dublin Airport

    April 6, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    ...heißt warten, warten, warten. Mutti's Gepäck weigert sich scheinbar aus dem Flieger auszusteigen und so vergehen bestimmt 20min zwischen der Ankunft meiner Klamotten und...naja Muttis eben.
    Schlussendlich kamen wir unfallfrei durch den Zoll und die Sicherheitskontrollen und stürmten direkt zur Autovermietung. Dort angekommen quakte ein verhältnismäßig unfreundlicher junger Ire seinen Text herunter, glotzte ungläubig, dass ich zu meinen 2 Zusatzversicherungen nicht noch eine Dritte dazubuchen möchte und übergab uns recht freudlos den Autoschlüssel mit nem handgeschriebenen Hinweis, auf welcher der 9578 Parkflächen unser Auto steht. Uuuuund tschüss!!!
    Wir bekommen einen roten Nissan Micra 1.0, eine kleine Rennschnecke, die wir vorläufig Kate getauft haben.
    Die gute Kate hat vermutlich nur 20PS, denn bergauf musste ich tatsächlich einen oder zwei Gänge herunterschalten, um nicht auf halbem Weg stehen zu bleiben. Mutti hat derweil ganze Schaumstoffbrocken aus ihrem Sitz gerissen, als es wieder bergab ging, die Straße immer noch schmal wie ein Stängel Schnittlauch und ich, Kurven schneidend und ohne Bremsen, die ach so tollen Landstraßen entlang brausend.
    Tolle Fahrt und niemand musste spucken. Ein voller Erfolg.
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  • Day22

    Avoca Woolen Mills

    July 28, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    With our Ireland tour coming to a close we had a plesent stop at Ireland's oldest handweaving mills at Avoca. Together with the mill there was an amazing cafe filled with delicious freshly backed produce and a stunning garden. There was a huge variety of colours and designs of weaved products available - though we still think nothing beats wool from the Australian Merino. We then travelled to Dublin where we had a farewell night with other trip travellers.Read more

  • Day1

    Whisky Tasting

    September 12, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Die eher unscheinbare Whisky-Destellerie hat uns doch noch überrascht. Wir waren leider etwas spät dran so das wir keine Führung mehr machen konnten. Aber ein Gang in dem "Gift-Store" und ein "Tasting-Flight" lagen trotzdem noch drin. SláinteRead more

  • Day29

    Waterford - Irland

    June 9, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Nach einer Woche Überfahrt von Gran Canaria an der Südspitze von Irland angekommen. Heute kommen die Passagiere und die restliche Ausrüstung für die Expeditionsausflüge an Bord. Wie z.B. die kleinen wendigen und sehr spaßigen Zodiac Ausflugsboote.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Leinster, Laighin, لاينستر, Ленстър, Cúige Laighean, Ленстер, Leinsteri provints, لینستر, Còigeamh Laighean, Queiggey Lion, לנסטר, レンスター, ლენსტერი, 렌스터, Lagenia, Lensteris, Leinster Séng, Lagénîn, Leinsteri, لینسٹر, 利揚省, 倫斯特省

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