The Downhill Inn
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Didn't sleep on the flight, sat with Ed and his father, a "Tipp Man" from Tipperary, from NY, son is a doorman, father was a stone cutter “you rock, you’re a rock star”, hard of hearing – only 2 people talking on the flight. Felt sorry for them, didn’t have contacts info when arrived, they couldn’t sleep either on flights, son a nervous flyer, but recommended “Saving Mr. Banks”, also did “GoftheG”; ...
... until 1874. It restarted in 1949, and shortly after a world-class deposit of baryte was found and opencast mining of this began in 1963 by Magcobar (Ireland) Ltd. Soon after a multi-million tonne orebody grading about 11% combined lead and zinc was also discovered. This was worked underground from 1968 to 1982 by Mogul of Ireland Ltd. The Magcobar mine closed in September 1992, and its extensive spoil heaps are a prominent local landmark, visible for miles. The Mogul mine became ...
... down. We make Julian walk down the steps, we didn't think it was a good idea for Chris to carry him down the steep stone steps. We exit the castle and Elizabeth give Chris's back a break and carries Julian to the car. The rain is gone and all that remains are puddles and mud. The evening turned out to be much nicer than it started out to be. Kaeleb is still wound up, but the 20 minute drive back to Ennis settles him down. Thank God! And he falls asleep easily, allowing us to sleep ...
... which seems to be the norm in Ireland. We took a tour of the town stopping at their famous ice cream shop - Murphy's. I had a cone with Baileys ice cream and a scope of chocolate. A delicious combination. I of course sampled 4 other flavors including Guinness and sea salt. Rich had the same combo that day. Yum! We stayed at the Skelling Hotel ...
... at the head table. Fortunately the meal was in the basement of the castle so was much cooler there. It was fun to eat, as you only got a knife to eat your food with. But much of it was finger food or small enough to eat with your fingers.
When we finished the banquet, we headed back to our coach which was still 32 degrees Celsius inside - even though the air conditioning had been on for over 1/2 an hour!!! Ireland with these temperatures ...