Saturday 3 September 2016
03.09.2016 - 03.09.2016 17 °C
Our night in Blarney was uneventful. Breakfast was probably the lousiest we have had on our trip. All the B&Bs we have stayed at have had cereal available to start the day. Not this one. Our Irish breakfast that they cooked was nice but Ross likes his cereal to start the day. It was €85 as well which isn’t cheap. It was interesting that our room cost €5 more than another couple. I didn’t ask for a single bed as well! I found that I had taken their door key later in the day so I am going to have to post that now.
The young girl at the B&B made a suggestion for us to go via Cobh (pronounced Cove) so we headed towards Cork and scouted around the edge until we were heading east. The reason for suggesting Cobh was that it was the last port that the Titanic visited on its fateful journey. I believe it was called “Queenstown”. They have established a memorial garden with information and plaques. The most important plaque was new. It’s a clear Perspex and they have placed an etching of the Titanic to match where she was last moored near the entrance to the harbour. There was also a memorial for Mr Islay, one of the executive of the shipping line that built the Titanic. He was not held in high regard from our readings in Belfast as he left the ship when it was sinking but it seems that this community honoured him for the time he lived in their area.
It was quite a long drive to Waterford so we thought we should head off. No sooner did we get underway then we spotted the Jamieson Scotch experience. Ross thought it was in Milltown as the Tasting Centre in Dublin is shut for renovations. So it was a quick left turn into Midleton and there is was. The place looked very attractive. No tasting today but we spent some money just the same.
Finally, we were off to Waterford Crystal. Now a chap at the distillery said that they don’t make the crystal there anymore so I was a bit disappointed. He said that they do a blowing tour so I thought we would have a look anyway. We bought our tickets and went through the various stages it takes to create crystal. We were able to watch the master-craftsman work. They are certainly talented. I asked the tour guide if the crystal is made by machine and she that all that they have is hand made. So we called to see a chap who we were told would be able to clarify what happens. He said that you can tell if crystal is hand made as there will be slight differences etc whereas a machine would create perfect matches.
Next we headed for Tipperary, you know, it’s a long, long way to Tipperary. We didn’t get to look at the town at all as we were on a mission. We had booked accommodation as we thought the weekend would be hard again. Well I thought it was advertised as 5 kilometres from the town but it was just over 11 kilometres in Aherlou Pass. It’s called the Aherlou Hotel and Lodges. It’s in a beautiful place up in the hills and trees – very peaceful. We had a roast dinner in the bar which was also enjoyable.