Sat 3 May 2014.
Barronstown, Rathkenny, County Meath.
We arrived at the farm house in Rathkenny on Tuesday 29 April about 3pm. It took us about 4 hours to get here from Portballintrae, as we stopped a few times for a little look around and for lunch. On arriving here we finally got to see the new addition to the property. Chris and David have kept the new building in theme with the surrounding property and it complements the older thatch house. In saying that the new house has all the comforts of home, although no TV, so we are little behind in the news and daily event, however the peace and quiet is very serene. Anyway as I said the house has all the comforts of home, fully heated, comfortable beds and views to die for. We had the first night too yourselves, before, Sean, Chantel and kids arrived Wednesday lunchtime. As soon as they arrived we headed out to lunch at Sean’s aunty Lil’s home, about 30 minutes from here. Lovely home cooked meal in a country setting. On the way back to Rathkenny we stopped off at the Sally Gardens pub for a couple of pints,
Lunch at Lil's
Sean's Aunt Lill and the McDermotts
then it was back to the house for a few more pints around the fire.
On Thursday Sean and I took the kids out for a walk, 7.5klms later we got back and apart from some minor complaints the kids walked all the way, even though bribery of ice-cream was required. Cath and Chantel stayed at home and enjoyed the peace and quiet with a book, until we returned and then it was to a local town, Navan, for supplies, before returning to the Sally Gardens for, you guessed it, more pints. While we were there we got talking to the barmaid, Marion Smith, an elderly lady, who surprisingly knew Sean’s family when he lived in Ireland. It’s a small world. She remembers both his mother and farther, even though they moved away from Ireland 20 years ago . As usual the night continued in front of the fire until the sun finally went down around 9.30pm. The photos show how the night ended.
On Friday, Sean, Chantel and kids left for the south of Ireland and again Cath and I needed the rest, so most of the day was spent around the house. In the afternoon we
went into Slane to check out the local hotels. Had a few and returned to the house for a quiet night. It reminds me of the movie, ‘The Castle’ “Ar’ the Serenity”
Today we are heading into Navan again for a closer look and we may even check out some of the pubs, well it will be out of character, but we may.
We’ll keep you all informed. Our next blog will be from Kerry in the south of Ireland, when we will again be staying with Sean and the family, and you know what that means………
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