The Laurels B & B Kilkenny
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We had a crazy packed day today and we just got back to the hotel to drop our car off and catch a taxi back into town. Turns out, Wednesday night is the main music night of the week with traditional local music in all of the pubs! So, we're taxiing it to the pubs so we can drink and listen to music all night. I'll write more later, so for now, here are some highlighted pics from the day. AWESOME DAY! More to ...
... We got our rental car and opted for a diesel car instead of the 3-door vehicle we booked originally (p.s- I have no idea what a 3-door car looks like). We got some weirdo car brand equivalent to a VW. Diesel gets much better gas mileage and it's cheaper (not quite $7/8gallon) gas. Matt is the primary driver and I'm the navigator. YOWZERS, is it hard to get used to the wrong side the road and the driver on the other side. I kept seeing other cars ...
... lived here for hundreds of years until the 1930s when it was no longer habitable. The Ormondes were friendly with distant cousin Queen Elisabeth I and her successors. In 1967 the current Duke of Ormonde 'sold' the castle and grounds for 50 pounds to the Irish State, who renovated and refurbished it. The grounds are beautiful with a Rose Garden in the back.
Across the street from the Castle is the Stables, which have been repurposed into shops ...
... much more gradual. Many start at the stairs and climb almost straight up.
All I can say is "I did it"! What a ...
... putting in some modern features to repair it! I will never understand this way of thinking.
Out last stop for the day is Cahir castle- dating between 1300 and 1500 and situated on an island surrounded by the River Suir. In 1599 the English tried to overtake it. They have a very interesting display about woman's rights in the castle.