Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
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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 ...
... 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!! ...
... and it was not until 5 in the evening that we arrived at our destination. Kilkenny is not a big city but it has a nice Medieval feel to it. There are small streets with stacked houses and boutiques along the way. It seems like it would be a nice little town to relax in or even go out. There are many little authentic Irish pubs and a giant park near the castle where one can go to unwind. Anyway, we walked to a hostel we ...
... 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 ...