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Published: June 12th 2012
Today’s drive started with a lovely scenic route along the Copper Coast. Some beautiful views as we drove along of cliffs and deep inlets. The sea looked surprisingly calm and there were patches of blue in the sky which looked promising – “enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of trousers” which my mother always said meant it was going to be fine.
Alas, must have been too big a sailor, not enough of the blue as a big black cloud came and gobbled it all up. There were a couple of interesting places en route to Cork, Dungarvan and Youghal but didn’t stop because of the dratted rain.
When we got to Cobh (Cove) we had a minor moment of panic when Bob couldn’t find his wallet and we wondered if it had fallen out when he got out at our last viewpoint. Thank goodness it hadn’t and was in fact exactly where it should have been just in a rather dark corner of the Tandy so could only feel not see it.
Cobh is famous as a major port of Irish Emigration to USA and Canada from 1844 to 1950 and is actually on
one of three islands in Cork Harbour, Great Island, and is linked to the others via causeways.
It is home to the office of the White Star Line, famed for the ill-fated Titanic which made it’s last port of call at Cobh. Having been “Titaniced out” in recent months by the 100-year anniversary we decided not to visit the “Titanic Experience” which was in the original White Star Offices, but there were several coaches parked outside.
We had been very fortunate and happened upon a quayside parking spot big enough for Tandy. We were not so lucky in that we neglected to take our umbrella when we went for a wander round. Just enjoying drinks in Kelly’s Bar (Bob is trying to check that Guinness tastes better over here) when we heard the unmistakable sounds of rain falling. A shame, we really liked Cobh and would happily have wandered round a while longer.]
Next stop Cork City and we think we have the secret. We took the umbrella with us and it did not rain ! In fact as I type this at 20.30 the sky remains blue, a little chilly but blue all the same. From
now on we will carry the brolly at all times.
We were a little disappointed in Cork, but probably only because our guide book unfairly raises expectations. We walked round for an hour and it is pleasant enough and undoubtedly a great place to shop but from a tourist points of interest view somewhat lacking. We located the Cathedral in the distance but decided not to go right out of our way to visit it. We did not like the architect designed Grand Parade. The lamp standards which dominate all the way along seem to have no connection to any other element of the city and in fact at first sight, I thought they were either cranes or scaffolding.
From Cork it was only a short drive to our campsite just outside Blarney. Lovely site and by the end of the day, quite well occupied. We are keeping the brolly handy as tomorrow we plan to go to Blarney Castle on the scooter. Bob says I will not be doing any kissing as I have quite enough blarney as it is.
Blarney Campsite – give this one a 9 out of 10.
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