Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
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... we were on the motorway I napped. :D couldn't help it! We first dropped a few people off in Kilkenny and then headed to the caves. I've been to lots of caves before but the history of this cave was particularly interesting. It was the scene of a massacre. The local Irish had hidden in the caves from the Vikings. However, the Vikings found them and as a result killed them all. While horrible it was a very interesting tale. We spent about an hour and a half at the ...
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% ...
... Lynn Skyped (with no video, because her iPad is ******** out) her parents, I Skyped Tray. Then we skyped Gerr (our next WorkAway). They both sounded awesome, and made us feel like we were making the right choice heading down to them near Killarney. After all that Skyping, we made some bombass Salmon, Green Beans, and…homemade garlic mashed potatoes (shout out to Lynn). Lynn has really become quite the cook, mastering the kitchen, becoming ...
... 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!! ...