Kilkenny and New Ross
It was another beautiful sunny day with the exception of about 1/2 hour of light rain while we were riding on the motor coach. So it didn't affect our activities. We started out with a walking tour of the Walled City of Kilkenny. The tour started in front of Kilkenny castle. We saw St Mary's church and St Mary's Cathedral (two separate parts of town). We also saw the Dominican Black Abbey church. The highlight of my visit to Kilkenny was visiting the Smithwick's Brewery Experience. Smithwick's is Ireland's oldest beer. The Smithwick's Experience was impressive and interesting. Thanks to today's modern technology, pictures of the Smithwick's family come to life and tell you the history throughout the years. The free pint of Smithwick's at the end of the tour tasted pretty smooth and refreshing. It was then on to the Kilkenny River Court hotel for a light lunch of soup and sandwiches. The River Court sits just across the river from the castle and has great views.
We left Kilkenny after lunch and headed to New Ross to see the Dunbrody Famine Ship. It is a replica of the original, but the bell on the ship is 150 years old from the original Dunbrody ship. The ship is steeped in history of the Irish Immigrants plight.
The city of New Ross is also known for being the area where John F Kennedy was born nearby. Two years ago an eternal flame was lite from the flame on Kennedy's grave in Arlington and brought over to New Ross. It rest in a large bronze globe and sits near the Dunbrody Famine Ship. Before leaving New Ross we did an inspection of Brandon House Hotel. They greeted us with wine and hordourves
It was a nice hotel up on a hill with view of the mountains. A twenty minute ride and we were in Waterford at our hotel for the night, Dooley's. Dinner at Dooley's was exceptional.