Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fishguard to Wexford

Travelling in Ireland

Fishguard - Lower Town
Our Stena Line ferry on which we were booked to travel from Fishguard to Rosslare in Ireland was running late. This provided us with an opportunity to explore the lovely little seaside town on the Welsh coast of Fishguard.

We even had time to commence a little watercolour painting each until the rain came and drove us under cover.

On board - crossing the Irish Sea

The ship is quite a surprise package and (fearing that Glenys would not cope with the potential for seasickness) we had paid for Premium travel which was like being in a Qantas Club lounge for example. The crossing therefore turned out to be very smooth except little kids playing with sausage balloons that friendly clown on board had given to them at the on Halloween Magic Show party.

We arrived at Wexford around 7.00 pm and found ourselves a very pleasant B&B, negotiated the local streets to get ourselves an evening meal. Wexford was in the midst of its annual Opera Festival but we found the streets somewhat deserted and eating places not in abundance. Everyone was obviously busy being occupied with things cultural.  For the second night in a row we got caught in the rain walking home from dinner - you think we would have learnt to take the umbrella by now!!

Much to our delight after drying off we turned on the telly to discover a replay happening of the International Rules match earlier in the day between Australia and Ireland. There to our joy was Mick Malthouse coaching and lots of familiar footballers including Nick Maxwell, Tyson Goldsack, Jack Riewoldt and of course Dane Swan was best on field, and the Aussie's won.  Whohoo!

Waterford Cathedral - crystal chandeliers of course!
 After yet another cooked B&B style brekky we headed for the 10am Eucharist at Waterford Cathedral.  The Dean was very welcoming to visitors and he sends his greetings to Bobbie Moore whom he remembers.

We visited the Waterford Crystal Showroom and after viewing the amazing crystal creations we headed off for Tipperary, Limerick and Galway.

The countryside around Tipperary and Limerick is stunning. We have not mentioned that it is autumn in this part of the world and the colours of the trees are vibrant against the green fields. We crossed abundant rivers and streams - it was a beautiful drive.

We stopped off at Banratty Castle for a late lunch at 'Durty Nelly's" pub - photo is included here particularly for Nell McInnes.

We made our target to be in Galway at the end of the day and so far we haven't been disappointed with Galway. It is Halloween here and there has been another festival of some sort also happening here. This University City is alive and buzzing tonight with so many folk and families out and about and restaurants everywhere taking up the Halloween theme. Our B&B here is near the centre of town.

Not so much travelling tomorrow as we intend to do some shoe shopping here in Galway for Ray who has worn his favourite Hush Puppies out! After that we intend to a casual drive to Athlone.


  1. Surely you're not suggesting that your lovely Mum is nearly 400 years old?

    Glad to read that the Irish crossing was smooth sailing, and that the rest of your holiday continues as calmly and enjoyably - maybe fewer excited children with or without balloons!

  2. Geez you guys, will you ever be able to go on the water and not be in utter luxury ever again?

    I hope the shoe shopping goes well - I'm thinking a nice pair of leprechaun boots for Dad. You know the type with big shiny buckles. Te he!