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Published: September 9th 2019
Up bright and early, it is time for another country, heading to ROSSLARE, IRELAND. We board the Stenna Lines ferry in Fishguard Wales for the trip across to Ireland.
Filing onto the ferry, a senior woman stumbles and falls in front of me. She has cut her nose, and broken her arm. Chris calls for help. Pool soul.
Once in Rosslare and under the threat of rain, our B & B owner Billy offers to drive us to WEXFORD. Our friend from Vernon, Mike McGrath hails from Wexford so we plan to see a little of the area. This quaint town has medieval lanes, and the Selskar Abbey. It is believed that Henry II did penance for the murder of Thomas Beckett here. Wandering around the cemetery, it is shocking the young ages of which many of the people have passed during the 17 and 1800’s, and sometimes entire families due to epidemics.
While preparing for our trip to Dublin, we learn that hotel availability is scarce because of a World Cup Rugby qualifier between Wales and Ireland. Chris finds a place 7km out of the city for a much more reasonable cost in Booterstown. After the train
ride and connections in Dublin, we arrive only to discover they have overbooked and there is no room at the inn. The staff relocates us to the center of town, with the promise we can return for two nights at a reduced rate, and a room with the view of the sea. Once into our new digs in central Dublin, ayoung desk clerk directs us to Searsons Pub for supper. This turns out to be a pub packed with Irish rugby fans celebrating the win over Wales. The team is now ranked #1. This place is absolute pandemonium and glasses of beer are huge and flowing freely. Everyone sings to the blasting tunes.
Sunday, walking downtown Dublin brings us to the Trinity College Library which was constructed in 1712, and completed twenty years later. The mile long line up prevents us from entering. A picture must be taken of the most famous 1599 Temple Bar with the vibrant red facade and colourful overflowing flower boxes.
Dublin Castle is of all things painted lavender, lemon, orange, and rusty red. The lush garden has embedded bricks in the grass to create a Celtic design.
Trendy Drury Street finds us
entering an antique store to view the jet jewellery. History states that Queen Victoria wore the gem on her dress to mourn the death of Prince Albert. Thereby, jet became mourning jewellery due to the hue and simple appearance.
Next day we go village hopping. Our plan in the fishing town of Howth is to experience the scenic cliff walk. However, the blustery and rainy weather has us visiting a coffee shop instead. On the opposite side of the bay is Bray with an easy seaside promenade and a place to sample several flavours of gelato. Back on the train, we watch a fox running through the park. This truly is the Emerald Isle with endless green and picturesque streams full of swans.
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