Portlaoise Heritage Hotel
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... in an old peat bog the the Bord Na Mona has turned into a park, complete with sculptures fabricated from old bits and bobs found in the bog. After dinner we enjoyed the rugby on the telly.
Myra and Sylvester's house is very comfortable, but I would have had little trouble sleeping anyway given Sylvester's generous supply of fine old Irish Whisky. Between David Lang and Sylvester's generosity, many of my liver cells are now ...
Our flight arrived at 5am. We were exhausted and couldn't get into our apartment until 2pm. We picked up our Kia ad headed out for a long, long, long ride. We headed south along the Dublin shoreline which was like going to Littleton for the day, but with traffic. Beautiful coutryside, little stone row houses painted so many different colors to determine which ...
... our way to the tourist booth, and got our bearings on what to see. Headed out for some of the local tourist attractions along with bus loads of others. Very interesting and historically informative. Look up Killkenny at some point in time and read up on the history. Castles and pubs galore. Had a great lunch of seafood chowder from the hibernia sea (only remember that name from the oil rig that sank there). Then off to hookup with our bed and breakfast. ...
After a relaxing day around the area, shopping & grave site visits AJ and CS went out to dinner in Portlaoise. We met up with some of AJ's extended family on her father's side - first cousins. We were invited to JC's lovely home in Portloaise and were joined by her husband RC and her sister PM.
AJ has not previously had any contact with this side of the family, with the family having lost contact 45 years ago when her father passed away.
Nervous as AJ was (and yes ...
... inconveniences. It left on time and, due to a good tail wind actually arrived in Dublin at 7:40 am, about an hour earlier than the scheduled arrival. The plane was full and not seats were not nearly as roomy as those on a passenger train, but we did get free wine with dinner, some sleep and something resembling a scrambled egg in a bun plus juice and coffee for breakfast.
Weather in Dublin was sunny and warm.