Portlaoise Heritage Hotel
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I'll just post a quick one before I enter the mist again. Kilkenny is amazing so far. Friendly people and great atmosphere. Sitting at the hostel bar, enjoying the company of the barman and about to head off to a different pub. Lovely music are playing and I'm laughing my ass off at a couple of Americans that have had a few to many. I most say I love how loud the Americans are. Never ...
This Thursday morning we enjoyed the full Irish breakfast in the hotel (well, all of us pass on the blood pudding). We found a laundry facility just up the street (thank you, Rick Steves), dropped off our clothes and headed to the castle. On the way we found a farmer's market.
The castle originally had 4 sides until Oliver Cromwell destroyed one. So now it has 3 sides and opens out onto a huge expanse of lawn and trees. The Butler Family, Dukes ...
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 ...
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 ...
A quick note from Kilkenny, where Mary F and I and the Byrds just spent a wonderful night at the Butler House guesthouse, originally built in the early 1700s for Lady Butler, the Dowager Duchess of Ormonde. It's on the extensive grounds of the Butler Castle in Kilkenny, the most preserved medieval town in Ireland.
While we awaited the ...