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It’s very difficult to keep up a blog when the days are so full. Finally over time change and settling into a routine. Up at 7, breakfast at 8, leave at 9. The days are full, yet we are only visiting two or more attractions or places.

Rick of Cashel, Cobh Heritage Centre, Midleton Jameson Dustilleries, Cork

From no internet at our fabulous one night stay with Olive at her farmhouse betweem Kilkenny and Cashel to our room at The Imperial Hotel in Cork, we have had a wonderful day’s journey. The Rock of Cashel needs to be added to everyone’s agenda as this castle was fought over by the various Kings of Ireland until one of the Kings Murtagh O’Brien was smart enough to donate it to the church. Now it’s part of The National Treasure and offers guided tours throughout the day which are locally led and extremely fascinating. We then drove, in the pouring rain ( funny how it never seems to rain when we are not in the car) to The Cobh Heritage Centre, where we were taken through the shipbuilding and destruction of many luxury ocean liners bound for Australia and America over the centuries. Then after a quick coffee to keep us going we set off to sample some of Ireland’s famous Jameson’s whiskey in Midleton, outside of Cork!

After such a busy fun filled day, we decided to eat in our hotel and we were not disappointed! 4 star all the way! Tomorrow, oops, it’s after midnight now, we will walk through the English Market and make our way to Kinsale. Night!

Kilkenny Castle and The Irish National Stud

In my day of no Internet, we visited The Irish National Stud farms and Kilkenny Castle. Horse fans would love to see these horses, one of which breeds 4 times daily, in season, and charges up to 100,000€ per foal, payable on delivery. He was worth over 60 million Euros. Nice work for a stallion who had his teeth embedded in the fence while we were there! Another feature if this wonderful property was to see the fabulous duo’s of mother and foal out in pasture. Well worth a visit. Just as worthy was Kilkenny Castle, which under went 3 million in renovations and is fabulous. The town was worth a few hours as well and was hosting an art festival while we were there. The farmhouse was a very nice way to end our day!