Day 4 Shanagarry and Ballycotton

Strap yourselves in settle in and enjoy the ride. A bit of catching up to do…

After a morning’s shopping in Cork City (we’ll be camping on the streets at the back end of this holiday) and after nearly driving the wrong way down a one-way street (officer, I was only going one way), we managed to find Jack’s house up from somewhere along Ballyhooly rd. We met Fiona (Orla’s sister), Robbie, Lauren, Niamh Clodagh and Little Robbie.

Jack finally guided us successfully to Shanagarry where we Met Martha, Con and their daughters Rachel and Lisa for Lunch at the Kilkenny shop and Design Centre.  

Whilst we waited for a table, Louise proceeded to empty the shop of all of it’s worldy goods. I bought a cap.

Our lunch at The Kilkenny shop in Shanagarry was awesome – fresh produce beautifully presented. I had the Brie-cheese melt, which is particularly good for the diabeetus.

Next stop was Ballymaloe shop where ‘we’ proceeded to buy more goods – by which time I am thinking how on earth are we going to meet Ryanair’s strict 15Kg bag limit in a weeks time. I guess if I have to chuck my work laptop and iPad at the airport it’ll be worth it for the Irish moss-flavoured soap and the ‘luck o’ the Irish’ fridge magnet…

Anyhow, ’twas a beautiful shop and we got a potted history of Ballymaloe house from Rachel who used to work there.

Next stop was Ballycotton.  Gerard, Orla and Millie used to live here and it is the most beautiful little fishing/holiday village.  We saw Gerard and Orla’s old house and we also saw where Freya and Rhys used to go to school.  A (very) short work along the cliff walk gave us a great view of the bay and islands.

Many thanks to Michelle Fahey for putting us in touch with Martha (Michelle’s sister), Con, Rachel and Lisa. They were FAB company and we have definitely made new friends and are grateful to them for showing us around their little corner of Ireland…

Here are some pictures from today

Dublin to Cork Day 3 (Friday)

Dubai to Dublin was indeed a long day.  It’s a bit of a blur so nothing to report on other than Louise has finally ben convinced that aisle seats are the way to go.

Picking up our hire car was not too much of a drama – and we managed to get out of Dublin on the M8 motorway headed towards Cork.  We stopped for Lunch at The Kilford Arms in Kilkenny and picked up some supplies for our travels.

Google maps let us down a bit in Cork when we arrived – declaring we had arrived at our destination when we could quite clearly see our hotel across the River Lee. Cork City Hall looked a bit grand for the likes of us. 

Side Note: Louise will be guest posting soon on my difficulties with drinking black coffee from takeaway cups.

Not long after our arrival, we met Tony and Dolly, Mary, Jack, and Eimer and Ruby in the foyer of the hotel for coffee. Coffee lasted about 5 hours.  

A big thanks to Eimer and Michael for taking me out on Friday night (after coffee with the fam). Photos below of Charlies Bar and The Phoenix

Dubai Airport

TIL in Dubai: a Ceathair cheese sandwich is a cheddar cheese sandwich. We’re in lounge before the lounge. It’s going to be a long day.

Day 1 of TBA (The Big Adventure)

Pretty quiet day today – just thawing out and spent a bit of time looking in and around Clarke Quay. The trip was pretty uneventful – other than the stupid (50+ something) woman in front of Louise who kept flicking her Shirley Temple hair over the back of the seat and in front of Louise’s screen. This was a massive issue because Louise couldn’t rewatch a whole bunch of Fixer Upper episodes.  I was not allowed to hack the offending hair off with a blunt Emirates butter knife.  

Anyhow, here’s some pickchas for you to hve a look at. (BTW, there won’t be many – if any – photos that have me or Louise as the subjects…)