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County Waterford

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    • Day5

      Dungarvan to Clonakilty

      July 13 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      Our first stop was in Ardmore where St. Declan founded the monastery at Ardmore (Aird Mhór in Irish, meaning "Great Height") prior to the arrival of St. Patrick in Ireland. Ardmore is believed to be one of the oldest monasteries in Ireland.

      The round tower at Ardmore may be of 12th century origin, but could have been built as early as the 10th century.

      Inside the Monastery ruins were two Ogham Stones which had the markings from a medieval alphabet to form a message - before the Roman alphabet was introduced. 😮

      We had Lunch in Kinsale, which is a very cute harbor town, then stopped at a 13th Century Timoleague Friary and explored all of the ruins.

      Finally, we visited Drombeg Stone Circle. It is a circle of 17 standing stones which on excavation showed that there had been an urn burial in the center. It has been dated to between 153BC and 127AD. 😮😮

      We ended our day/night listening to an Irish man from Cork tell stories and sing in a tiny bar next to our hotel - O’Donovan’s in Clonakilty.

      Interesting Fact I learned today: I obviously cannot smell as well as I thought. Everyone, but me, could detect a weird smell from our water glasses at lunch. 🤷‍♀️ I’m going to blame having COVID earlier this summer.
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      Love the scenery, so pretty! [JoDee]

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      Traveler

      We missed the music because of COVID. Love this.

      7/14/22Reply
       
    • Day12

      Kinsale and Ardmore

      June 13 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      After the weekend, we ventured over to explore Kinsale, a small coastal town, maybe 1 1/2 hr drive from Dungarvan. As with all drives, the last 10-20 km is nail biting. Oh well, getting used to the idea. Traveling on weekdays helps though. Certainly less traffic coming toward us! Kinsale is another coastal town, very similar to Annapolis in MD. Narrow, cobble streets, and shops everywhere. Unfortunately, the restaurant we wanted to have lunch at was closed on Monday. So sad, great location and have heard the food is amazing. Second choice was the Cliff House in Ardmore - another beach town. We did not hike the cliffs today but lunch on the patio over looking the cliffs and the water was a nice choice. Driving back down the cliffs? Yeah- can’t describe. Thank goodness it wasn’t the weekend!
      Every good trip that lasts this long requires some chores. Today was laundry day. We’ve been washing some things out by hand but it was time. By the way, Underarmour shirts wash up nice in sink and dry overnight. Got the big washer, so we put everything in together. Oh, laundromat is in the parking lot of the gas station. Yeah. Out in public for anyone driving by…….
      Off to the Beara peninsula to town of Goleen tomorrow. Staying at Herons Cove, our first B and B. Address? The Harbor!
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    • Day11

      Tramore

      June 5 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      hier hatte ich kurzfristig während der Reise ne Unterkunft "hinverlegt" ohne zu wissen, daß es gute Unterkünfte auch in doofen Orten geben kann: wer Brighton in England kennt - hier isses auch so, nur kleiner ....kurz geschaut, gut gegessen, lecker Cappuccino und nun im Zimmer, ausspannen, aufwärmen und ggf. Jacke oder Hose oder oder trockenfönen .....Read more

    • Day11

      naß bis auf die Haut

      June 5 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      aufgrund des Wetterberichtes, der für den ganzen Tag Regen angekündigt hat, gegen 9.30 aus dem B&B in Kinsale los, den WAW hinter mir lassend.....es gab grad nur Sprühtropfen ....nach ca. 10, 15 min. fing der Starkregen an - um zur kleinen Fähre über den River Barrow in Ballyhack zu kommen, lotste mich mein Navi über Single-Tracks in abgelegenen Gegenden, die nur mäßige Geschwindigkeit zuließen. Helmvisir zu: siehste nix, wegen Regen auf dem Visir - Visir auf: Tropfen auf der Brille, der Regen peitscht ins Gesicht ....nach ca. 30 min. dann etwas breitere Straßen. Aber der Regen ist längst von den Jackenärmel in die Handschuhstulpen gelaufen - nasse Hände und Finger ... nun gut: es gibt ne Griffheizung, wenigstens etwas.
      Von der Hose drückte der Regen unter die Jacke ....Bauch, Beine, Po: naß.
      Dazu der Fahrtwind und 12° Temperatur .....man bibbert so vor sich hin .....
      Je näher ich nach ca. 1,5 Std. Tramore kam, ließe der Regen nach und der Fahrtwind konnte beginnen, die Jacke von außen zu tocknen (zum Glück haben Jacke, Hose, Stiefel, und eigentlich auch die Handschuhe ne Regenmembran - aber was heißt das schon, bei diesen Verhältnissen.)
      In der Unterkunft in Tramore erstmal Klamotten aus und zum Trocknen auf diverse Bügel, die Handschuhe ausgestopft - und dann endlich ne heiße Dusche......
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    • Day105

      Waterford

      December 17, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

      Left Cork early and headed to Waterford. Dropped my stuff off at the hostel and started touring around immediately. Waterford is the most ancient city in Ireland conquered by the Vikings in 914 AD by Reginald of Norway. It was invaded by the Oliver Cromwell, but he did not succeed in capturing Waterford. Later in the century Richard of Penrose (known as Strongbow) married Aiofe in exchange for land and settled in Waterford. is known as the Viking Triangle. Waterford is also known for its crystal and so I did take a jaunt into the lovely Waterford building to see their crystal and their lovely prices.Read more

      youonlylivetwice

      The marriage of Strongbow and Aiofe

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      The clock tower

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      youonlylivetwice

      The famous Waterford Crystal building

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      A Viking ship in front of Reginald's tower(the original lookout tower which today still contains a cannonball shot by Cromwells army)

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    • Day43

      Waterford, Ireland

      September 14, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city. After a panoramic drive around the city we arrived at the House of Waterford for a guided tour. Waterford is no longer produced in Ireland with major facilities now located in Prague under the same strict guidelines.
      Our tour gave us an up close view into every step of the production process with actual craftsmen demonstrating. Afterward we went into their retail store which houses the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world.
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      Loved seeing the piano & bench.....so much detail! Glo

      9/19/17Reply
       
    • Day22

      Crystal and Vikings

      September 25, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      I hadn’t realised before I got here that Waterford was founded by Vikings and that Waterford was once the third largest port in Europe.

      I started the day at the virtual reality experience “King of the Vikings”. Unfortunately they had miscalculated the numbers and had one too many so as the single person I was asked to leave. I was quite happy to as it ran every half an hour. For being willing to give up my spot I was given complimentary passes to the two museums in Waterford.

      I rebooked and then went to the House of Waterford - where Waterford Crystal is made. That tour was fascinating. Most of the crystal pieces are made by hand, a small amount of cutting is automated otherwise it’s all hand done. It’s an interesting process from the moulds that are carved from wood to the blowing of the crystal to the cutting, engraving and etching of the crystal. To become a master craftsman it takes a five year apprenticeship followed by another three years of training. Apparently a lot of the workforce has been there decades but they are gradually taking on apprentices to ensure a continuation of craftsmen.

      I then went to the Bishop’s Palace which is a museum of all things Georgian in Waterford and to be honest not all that interesting. The collection is quite small.
      The medieval museum was much more interesting. They’ve unearthed a choristers’ hall tha is underground and the museum follows Waterford from the oustingof the Vikings to the Georgian times. The people of Waterford were very determined to keep their protected port status, especially from nearby New Ross. I could have spent longer there but it was time to head back to the “King of the Vikings”. It was a virtual reality experience that covered the time of the Vikings in Waterford. It was my first taste of virtual reality and I enjoyed it. A bit like seeing a 3D movie but more as it surrounded you.

      The last thing on the list was washing. According to google there was a laundromat not far from the hotel. Only when I got there it was an industrial park. So I tried the next colsest. This one was in an institute of technology campus and I couldn’t find the actual laundromat. Third try brought me over to the edge of Tranmore and here at a service station I found 2 washing machines and a dryer. I’m just waiting for my clothes to finish in the dryer now.
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      Traveler

      Very interesting update. Did you buy any crystal???

      9/25/18Reply
       
    • Day19

      Waterford Crystal

      September 6, 2015 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 48 °F

      This morning we toured the Waterford Crystal factory. The company went into bankruptcy about five years ago. However, the town council, not wanting the tradition of workmanship to die out, bought the name, hired some of the employees and built a workshop where crystal can still be bought. We pass through Kilkenny, home of the Butlers. It is a lovely medieval town with the old Anglo-Norman castle. Butler became Duke of Ormond. One of Obama's ancestors was Bishop of Ormond. The Port of New Ross has replica of one of the coffin ships from Irish famine. One fifth of all passengers died. SS Dunbrodie. Kennedy's ancestry left from New Ross. Kennedys still have a strong family connection with the Ryans. Kennedy family house open in Dungustown (name ?)Read more

    • Day15

      Tullys Bar, Waterford

      June 8, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Stopped in for a pint of local brew, Metalman. Great little bar with bathrooms cleaner and nicer than most I have come accross. The hand driers even worked! The decor was very nice and as with most pubs, it was a local hang out as well. We were given directions to Geoffs for food and also to Waterford Crystal.Read more

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