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... of Irish people to America to escape the devastation caused by the potato famine.
We ended the day in Waterford with a walking tour of the historic district. The Vikings came here to pillage but ended up staying and founding what we know as Waterford today.
In the hotel bar there was live music - a country western singer! We will be in Killarney tomorrow and we know where to go there for real Irish music!
... around the ruin and taking a few pictures we drove on to the lighthouse.
The Hook Head Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the world. When monks first arrived in the area they were dismayed to find so many shipwrecks and started building fires on the headlands. Early in the 12th century the Normans built the lighthouse which was ...
... who seemed to have the history of the 12th to 14 centuries off pat with matters that concerned this castle and the people connected to it. These old Norman castles had square towers originally, however, after the crusades in the 13th cent and later, those returning from them had learnt that round towers as they had in many parts of the middle east, were more easily defensible and were included in any modifications, along with other ideas ...
... Euro. The ferry took both. Why it is right to drive on the left side of the road according to our English tour guide. The Romans discovered most soldiers are right handed and if mounted from left they would not hit the horse with their sword when mounting. The sword would also be ready on the right to fight the enemy. Napoleon was left handed so made troops drive on right side of road so he could get sword out quicker ...
... Marine Bar in Pungarvan for an Irish coffee, out of Co. Cork and into Co. Waterford. the Granville hotel. The city of Waterford was founded by Vikings in 8850, called "vetrafjord" meaning safe port. Here is the first catholic cathedral in Ireland, built 1793-96 and an Aglican cathedral, both built by John Roberts. ...