Ireland Day 3: Kilkenny to Killarney in Glorious Sunshine


The locals could not even lie about today. When we’d chat and say we hear the weather is always like this, they’d shake their head or laugh and look away, not even able to pretend it is always sunny with a brilliant blue sky. Whatever the frequency, we were glad to have sunshine today.

After breakfast at the Pembroke Hotel in Kilkenny, we were back in the car and heading to Waterford. This trip for the first time, we are using my cellphone and the fantastic app Waze for our navigation. It has been perfect so far this trip. The driving on the lefthand side is starting to come a little more naturally, but it does require tremendous concentration, as you can’t take any turn or exit for granted, you have to think about where you should be.

We got to Waterford just after 10, and got on a 10:50 tour. We’ve had tours of glassworks before, but this was pretty amazing. I love the classwork Waterford cut glass, and to see it done by the experts was so impressive.ImageImage

They had some great examples, like this Coke bottle…Image

And this 9/11 tribute:


We bought several items, for us and as gifts, in the store, this was our big splurge for the trip. We are shipping the items home, well worth the €30 shipping fee.

We walked through the town briefly, and then grabbed lunch at the supermarket. That is one of our favorite things to do, fruit, cheese, bread, meat and bottled water, and we were happy.

We looked for a destination to stop between Waterford and Kilkenny, and chose Kinsale. We stopped at Charles Fort and the combination of the view and the weather was spectacular. I’ll let the images speak for themselves.ImageImageImage

We could have really stayed at the fort all day.

But instead, we drove into Kinsale and got coffee and hot chocolate and sat by the water. Finally, it was time to drive the 1.5 hours to Killarney. We are staying 2 nights at the Killarney Park Hotel, upscale and comfortable. We walked into town for dinner, eating at Cronin’s. Ellen had lamb, I had lasagna. And beer. With Passover starting tonight (I keep to ET for start and stop hours), it was my last chance for a Guinness this trip. After dinner we walked through the town, listening to the Irish music coming out of the pubs. Tomorrow night, we may try to take advantage of that.

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