A good dose of Irish hospitality
Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
185Trip End Jan 10, 2011
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Where I stayed
Blarney Caravan Park
We hit the road and are surprised at how badly paved the back country roads are in Ireland. The 140km it took to drive from Limerick to nearly the halfway point of the ring of Kerry coast took about 2.5hrs! Part of the reason also lies with the drivers over here, who don't seem at all fazed cruising at 60km/h when the limit is 100km/h.
We pulled up at Cahircivee with the intention of doing a 9km walk around the Beentee loop. I decided I wanted a LLD (little lie down) and half an hour later, was ready to go. Unfortunately the weather had come in and the rain had set in. Damn. We spent the afternoon/evening listening to the pitter-patter of rain beating down on the roof and sides of the van.
Day 29 Cahircivee – Killarney – Blarney – Cork (Blarney Caravan Park)
I wanted to do the coastal drive around the ring of Kerry coast because I’ve been told it’s quite beautiful. The weather from the day before was still set in and I made the decision to skip the second half of the coast drive as to be honest, we would not have seen anything other than for, rain and grey skies. So we made our way to Killarney for a wander around town (which for a small Irish town, was quite busy as the 3 Irish Open was being held the same time we were there) and some lunch.
Next stop, Blarney where we paid to walk up and through some tight confines, just so I could kiss an old stone. Legend has it, that whoever kisses the stone (and mind you, you have to do it lying on your back, grabbing two hand rails and lowering your head backwards) is gifted with the gift of the gab. Knowing how much dribble I write on this blog, I’m pretty certain that it’ll be situation on change where I’m concerned. After the castle and the stone, we made the short drive up to our caravan park where we relaxed and read some books while we waited for our lift.
Jimmy, a friend we made while in South America, and his lovely girlfriend Laura came to pick us up to take us out to dinner. Our table wasn’t ready when we got there so we headed next door for a drink. Once we got to our table, my mouth began watering at all the yummy dishes on offer. The plates were so huge that it probably would have been ok to have 3, maybe even 2 dishes between the 4 of us. But, we still manage to fit in dessert as there is no way I can pass up the opportunity to sample (or devour) some banoffi pie! Jimmy sneakily paid for dinner when he was allegedly going to the bathroom and we are so touched by his generosity. Particularly as he had sourced some tickets for us to see two of the all-Ireland quarter finals of the gaelic games being played in Dublin tomorrow. Dinner was meant to be our way of saying thanks, but he didn’t give us the chance to do that! Thankfully, they are planning a trip to Oz next year and I have a couple of good ideas in my head as a way to repay the hospitality they’ve shown us here.
Day 30 Blarney – Cork – Blarney (Blarney Caravan Park)
OK, so we didn’t venture too far today. We had grand plans to head into town early to find a pub open to watch the Bledisloe Cup, but we didn’t make it up in time to catch the bus. We hooked up to the caravan park’s wifi system, hoping to be able to stream the game but no luck. Mick had to settle for the updates on foxsports while I happily lazed with my book. By the time we managed to get into Cork, it was late afternoon. It was a great day spent lazing about, relaxing and shopping. We decided we better get some nice dress clothes as we are going to see Avenue Q with Benji and Laura when we’re back in London and we are a little tired of living in jeans and sneakers. All in all, not much happened today and there’s no photographic evidence to document our lack of sight seeing in Cork.