So our starting point was Waterford and we got to see a biker festival in the town, as well as a tour of the LÉ Aoife naval vessel, these were two things that we had no idea we were going to do we just came across them by accident.
We got to to Richmond House after that, and the place was magnificent, it has a warm relaxed atmosphere. The surrounding gardens were beautiful and you can even have a game of croquet as you relax. The house is known for it's exceptional food but because we were on the go the whole time we didn't get the chance to eat there, but heard loads of people complimenting the food while we were there.
|Yougal, Sea Festival|
That evening we then took a tip to Yougal in Co. Cork, once again we came across something not planned....Their sea festival, with their very own Elvis impersonator ha ha. It was very family orientated and know that if Lillibug was with us she would have delved right in for a bit of dancing so hoping to bring her next year to it.
(Can you tell I'm married to a movie buff?) Yougal
So back to the hotel for some well earned sleep in the most comfortable bed..........
|Mount Melleray Abbey|
We went first to see Mount Melleray Abbey which is home to a community of Cistercian (Trappist) Monks, the abbey was bigger than I expected and the drive to has gorgeous surroundings...
|The Vee Gap|
On the road again and we decided to take the Vee gap from Waterford to Tipperary which has the most stunning panoramic views.
|Clonmel, Co. Tipperary|
We ended up stopping for a light lunch in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and a little walk to stretch the legs, we've had two days of beautiful sunshine so needed to top up on the suncream.
We were on our way home when I suggested we take a detour and go to Kilkenny. We went to my favourite place which is Kilkenny Castle. It's a stunning castle with stunning walks around it.
We finally ended up in New Ross, Co. Wexford (nearly home now). New JFK memorials have been put up where JFK visited and gave a speech (every time I bring it up my dad likes to tell me that he was there!). The Dunbrody Famine ship stunningly resides on the quay and is so educational and fun to visit.
So that's it, I may have gone overboard on the pictures but I do get click happy when I am the tourist :-)
The counties visited were:
It was a great 24 hours of exploration and can't wait till Lillibug is old enough for the heavy travelling like this. By the time I had reached 5 years of age I had visited every county in the Republic of Ireland and had a little map that I would tick them off on, so would love for Lillibug to do the same but she isn't as fond of travelling in the car as I am so we will have to wait and see.