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Left Kilkenny around 9:30. Drove to Freshford, found a cemetery with a Dillon grave. Susan Garrett had told us about it. Then this morning at the B&B, Liam told us that there he knew there were some Dillon's in Freshford. The dad, who died last summer, was Patrick. He was a famous hurling player and had won several All Ireland medals. So when …
Every now and then, you have a day where you have to take a step back and make sure it's real life.
Today was that day.
I took the bus to Inch beach today and walked along the beach...which is reaaalllly long.
It's not an inch.
I walked past a guy playing hurling and got talking to him.
He asked where I was from, and I said Tasmania.
This is where 90% of people go 'oh ok' and 9% ...
... cathedral - St Coleman's, which is the tallest building in Ireland. You'd have to wonder at such a big cathedral in a wee seaside town with a population of around 10,000.
Next stop was Waterford Crystal. I have to confess that I don't really like Waterford crystal unless it is very plain, but the making process was very interesting. From there it was "get out of this city" until we started to see villages again - much nicer.
... dow on the castles history and then told us that it was 120 steps to the Blarney stone. That immediately illicited an "Oh lord" comment from the Twiggy Twins sitting behind us. On the outskirts of the city of Cork, Blarney castle is set in extensive parklands and not surprisingly a large shopping centre/ restaurant/pub has been set up in an old wollen mill walking distance to the castle. We had a nice lunch then joined the group and walked over ...
... the Queen of Puck Fair, traditionally the oldest virgin in the village (a girl from 6th class from the local primary school) crowns the goat "King Puck". The goat is then put into a small cage on a high stand in the middle of the town. I'm not sure whether that is child abuse or animal abuse. Either way the goat statue and story is a strange introduction to maybe one of the most enchanting landscapes in all of Ireland. We have spent the last ...