Maldron Hotel Portlaoise
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... of it as well. I found a hostel to stay at which is ridiculously empty but it's alright. I'll don't mind being by myself but I enjoy company more. Thinking of that I have definitely changed my mind of constantly being by myself. A year ago I would have done everything to be by myself but right now I love having someone to share my stories, memories and moment with. Have a fantastic Friday ...
... All Ireland Final for Hurling. We saw a bit of it on TV: men with sticks wearing helmets, face masks and soccer shorts throwing a puck-like object up and down the field towards goals at the ends of the field. The scoring was indecipherable to us, but it came down to a draw. So at the end of September there will be a play off. Not certain ESPN knows yet.
After the castle, we strolled thru the town and found lunch at Cleere's: great soup ...
... 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!! ...
... 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 ...