Portlaoise Heritage Hotel
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... pieces that remained inside.
Aside from the castle, we made our way to a cathedral that had a tower that you could climb up. Unfortunately, it was closed when we got there, so I just climbed half way up on my own. It's really strange here because the Irish really don't seem to work that much compared to America. Nothing is open until around 9 or 10. Everything closes between 1 and 2 for lunch, and I mean everything. It's like Spain's siesta, but an Irish version that isn't ...
... walked down the street dressed in green. We went to the karaoke bar, had some drinks, sang, danced and had a great time. We did drink a lot and we only left the bar because it was closing. We stumbled up the street and went to another bar further up the street and stayed a bit. Then we went back to the hotel. Next to the hotel was a pizza place. A group of us went there and ate, then i went to the hotel bar and started talking to the locals. At about 2.30am i went off to bed.
The day before
Yesterday we went to Callan Co. Killkenny on route to Portlaoise to spend time with Iona's Granny.
We visited a farming communty a couple of kms from Callan known as Camphill. A man called Bryan showed us around. This included a pottery shed, a weavery ...
... the ocean through the rain and mist. Finally we arrived at the lighthouse – but passes several ruins there that we made a note of to hit on way back – including the manor that we saw that was gated up with security/no trespass signs and some kind of patrol van at the gates – maybe it was the U2 Patrol? Oh well.
So we went into the visitors welcome area and bought tickets and they were just starting ...
Anyway, about yesterday. We woke to a magnificent day. It was sunny and dry and about high 60s to low 70s. We played around a bit in the town of PortMagee which is a very picturesque fishing village. Nice drive there, stopping in a couple of little shops on the way for bathrooms, beverages, etc. Finally, we arrived at the "Skelligs Experience." Basically, it is a place built around these cruises out to the Islands. We paid our ...