Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
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- Swimming pool
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I landed in Dublin on Saturday morning and met my fun ladies (mom, Beth, and aunt RoseBud) in Dublin at their hotel. From what I gathered they had a 3 days of fun, laughter, and pints! After I met them in Dublin our driver Patrick whisked us away to Kilkenny. There we visited the grand Kilkenny Castle. It was elaborate and gorgeous inside. From there we hit the city of Waterford, where you guessed it...Waterford Crystal as far a the ...
... of churches, St Mary's Cathedral and what's known as the Black Abbey, a 12th century Dominican Friary it was back on the road.
Then on to Emo Court, one of Ireland's grand houses built in true 18th century Palladian splendour.
Following the local Earl selling it off in the 1930s, the Jesuits bought it as a noviciate for over 30 years. In 1969 it past into the hands of a Mr Chomley Dean ...
... The cat hung around all night sitting at the glass door near the dining room, looking in at us and crying! After much convincing from the cat crying she/he was rewarded with some scrap roast meat. AJ and CS have named the cat AUSSIE and wished JC and RC a long and happy life with their new pet cat.
It was enjoyable night and email address' were exchanged to ensure another 45 years did not pass without contact.
More family members for AJ's children to visit in Ireland!! ...
... a cool place I am staying at!
Second day in Ireland, Part II – the Pub Visit
That evening Pa collects me again and this time we go to Grace's pub (in town) for a Monday evening of Irish folk music, singing, and poetry reading. I get a Smithwick’s Ale, and get settled with Pa and Lily in the music room – and then meet all kinds of people who love Irish music and social ...
... Killarney, poking in and out of shops. We stopped at Mac's on Main Street again, for scones.
Our kayak trip was nice. I was a tad disappointed that he didn't actually put us in kayaks but gave Pat and I a canoe and Nora had a kayak. It was more of a whitewater kayak than she is used to so she had some trouble with it and was frustrated. Nathan took us to Innisfalen Island in the Killarney Lakes. It was an amazing place. In the afternoon ...