Trip to Ireland
September – October 2006
Sunday 1 October
The hotel serves a very good buffet breakfast in a
room overlooking the river.
the 0930 bus to Kinsale. Bus Eirrann
provided a bus which was used on the Dublin
route. It was very comfortable and there
was a TV screen on the front which gave the driver's view. We came
heavy downpour but there were still patches of blue sky. Kinsale
is an interesting fishing village. The
church dates back to 1190 and there were
gravestones going back to the 1790s. The
weather gradually improved by lunchtime and we had a fish lunch at a
Kinsale Cream Stout - good creamy flavour,
more so than Beamish but less that Murphy's.
Plaice/Salmon and crab salad.
Most of the songs played on the radio date back to
We spent some time watching a heron hunting and
cormorant close up. It was more interested
in fishing than us.
There was a big crowd waiting for the return bus
which pulled into a
lay by just short of the bus stop so that the last were first and the
were last. Colin had to exert a little
crowd control to stop a couple of queue jumpers – there were quiet
approval from the timid. A second bus
turned up and everyone got on alright.
The Cork ladies
won the All
Ireland Gaelic Football Final against Armagh making a clean sweep for Cork.
There was just time before the bus left
to try a
tasting of Kinsale Ales at the brewery.
The stout is not available very widely locally.
The lager is available in a number of pubs
but we preferred the 1703 brew.