We flew into Cork and drove the most beautiful scenic route to Waterford. For those of you who don't know Ireland, that is in the sunny south-east and famous for its crystal. I stayed in a tiny village called Passage East. This town mainly exists because there is a ferry which will lead you to the Wexford road, cutting your journey by about 70 kms.
We had a fantastic weekend in Waterford going to the famous greyhound races on the saturday night which is great family entertainment or great crack as we say. On Sunday we visited the fishing town of Dunmore East but caught nothing to the disgust of my son. The next stop was the seaside town of Tramore.
Our journey continued on Monday up to County Wicklow, the garden of Ireland. En route on this most scenic road, stopped off for lunch in Wexford town which, apart form boasting historical sights, has great shopping with lovely little cafes and restaurants. The next stop was Gorey town for a quick cuppa before arriving in Wicklow. Wicklow boasts beautiful scenary with many stately homes to see. A must-see is Glendalough and Powerscourt house. You may visit the little town of Bray which was once a famous holiday resort at the beginning of the twentieth century. There are several bed and breakfasts as well as hotels in Bray.
From Bray you may catch the DART, the commuter train service into the centre of Dublin. We decided to visit Dublin castle and the Viking centre this time... all in all a fab week. After our cultural day we deserved an ice cold beer in the busy Temple Bar area. The pub we choose had live music and it was only 16:30 on a Wednesday afternoon. From there we proceeded to take the DART to Dun Laoghaire for a lovely dinner - there are plenty of good restaurants to choose from.
"You can take the man from the country but not the country from the man" as they say - so I may have lived half my life out of Ireland but I will always be Irish and proud of it.
Paula Dornan, © 2007
Leinster tour by Paula Dornan