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Well it was a bit of a whirlwind, but I got into contact with an Evelyn Buckley (Maiden name Hallihan). So after a quick phone call, I bought some bus tickets to Mallow from Cork. Half a day later, and I've met one of my grandfather's nephews and half a dozen cousins! Even better, they've fed us and offered to put us up for the next two nights. Easily the best food and bed I've had in well over a ...
Today we didn't have a lot of stops on the list, but one major destination with a lot of driving ... courtesy of yours truly. Today's venue -- The Cliffs of Moher on the western central coast.
For our travels we left what seemed like the quintessential Irish (or even English) country side manor - Dunraven Arms Hotel and headed north on N21 towards Limerick.
We didn't stop in Limerick because we couldn't come ...
... which I think you would love Ruth. So today we walked the gardens and then took a short walk thru the castle grounds to Cong, the little "wee" town. No Starbucks here so I tried to describe to the young gal in the coffee shop how to make one and it wasn't bad. More shopping of course in a gift store and then we stopped for lunch in a small pub in town. Janette, in honour of you, we took a picture of our soup and bread as I know you love to do when you travel.
... to be in town, but would struggle to find a more boring live spectator 'sport' if you tried, so checked out the Galway museum and the old town, and just soaked it all in. Lovely little town, and glad to have taken the advice to flee Dublin for a bit.
Lizzie was feeling a bit better and keen to see some sights, so Dan played the role of tour guide and we got a bit of shopping done. For those wanting a sneak peek into potential souvenirs, ...
... the same as London. Wet and miserable. Took us just two hours to get to his home town as they have put in new motorways and makes the trip so much more pleasant.
Apparently there was a storm last night and some people in Carrick are without power – Michael and I didn’t hear a thing …. We slept like babies but again up at 4.30a.m.
Off to Waterford we go today for a spot of shopping and a look around.