Find out more about the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge here!
Loftus Hall is a mansion on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford. It is said to be the most haunted house in Ireland.
Dave is really interested in all things haunted so he wanted to see it. I was looking forward to it & love an interactive tour. He really doesn’t so I wasn’t holding out much hope, but we both really enjoyed it. It was interactive in a great way, not a cheesy way, and the tour guide we had was pretty funny.
The tour lasts a little less than an hour and the guide shares the history of the house and shows you several rooms in the downstairs as well as a beautiful stair case, which is apparently one of only three of it’s kind. One of the other two sits at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on the Titanic and the other is in The Vatican.
For €10 for an adult, I would definitely recommend this tour if you find yourself in this tiny part of the world…
2015 was a great year and these were my highlights:
1. My cousin Louise’s hen night and wedding
2. Visiting some of my lovely family in Exeter, Devon
3. Visits from my godson Lorenzo from England
4. Galway for a night with the girls
5. Inishbofin with the mammies and daughters
6. Our friend’s Richard & Jacqueline’s wedding
7. Harry Potter Studios in Leavesden
8. Liverpool with the girls
9. A day trip to Belfast with Dad, Marian & Mark
10. Paolo Nutini concert in Marlay Park
11. Ed Sheeran concert in Croke Park
12. Calpe in Spain for our friend’s Bud & Suzanne’s wedding
13. Visiting the Choctaw monument in Cork
14. Fethard-On-Sea for the dog’s holiday with some family & friends
15. Electric Picnic
16. Stephen’s graduation
17. Ireland qualifying for the 2016 Euro’s versus Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Aviva Stadium
18. New York trip with friends
19. My friend Kiara returning from Australia after over a year
20. The Riptide Movement gig in Whelan’s
21. 12 Pubs of Christmas in Dublin City (well, the second 6 pubs of Christmas)
22. The girl’s Kris Kindle night as a 5 piece group (there was only 4 last year)
23. 2fm Xmas Ball concert in the 3Arena
24. Christmas Day drinks with extended family, followed by Christmas dinner with immediate family
25. Lots of festive get-togethers with friends and family
26. New Years Eve with friends in Emma’s new house
Here’s to a great 2016…
Lá Sona ú Pádraig
(Happy Patrick’s Day)
from Chief & Lady!
1) Stephen, Chris & Mam enjoying a pint & watching the football, 2) Enjoying a drink with Mam & Hepsiba. I was pretty excited that Hepsiba loved Irish Cider, 3) Arthur Guinness signed a 9000 year lease for St. James’ Gate Brewery, 4) I love that they haven’t tried to completely modernise the building on the inside, 5) The mini Guinness you receive for the taste test. I now know how to properly drink Guinness, I still hate how it tastes, 6) Dublin City, 7) The Dublin Mountains
I know I’m not the only one who feels like they could know more about their own city but because it’s so familiar you rarely get to really see it. Every now and then I get to do the tourist thing in Dublin. I must admit it’s mostly when we have family or friends visiting from other countries. Last week my second cousin Chris from Canada came to visit along with his Chilean fiancée Hepsiba. They stayed with us for a few days and mostly found their own way around Dublin while we all worked. On the Saturday we brought them to our local pub to watch the football and sample a few Irish drinks before going into the Guinness Storehouse. As I say, it’s rare I get to do the tourist thing but I’ve done the Guinness tour at least 5 times. It’s always enjoyable and I hadn’t been in a while so It was fun to go and remind myself of the story behind ‘the black stuff’. You get some information on how it’s made as well as the history of Guinness. A new to me section included learning how to properly taste a Guinness or any beer really. Unfortunately it still hasn’t converted me. The grand finale is the Gravity Bar on the top floor with a nice view of Dublin City where you can sample a free pint of Guinness.
It was great to show Chris and Hepsiba a bit of the village we live in as well as a bit of the history of Ireland. After all, the Guinness is the most important reason to visit.
1) Chief tired after a long walk, 2) Lady relaxing, 3) My mam & I, 4) Fethard on Sea beach
I can’t believe it’s taken me over a month to write this blog post. This year is going by in a blink. On the 12th of August my mam and I took the dogs on a well deserved holiday. They have a very hard life you see, all that walking, sleeping and eating. We went to Fethard On Sea in Wexford for almost a week. My Aunty Pauline came with us for the first part of the week and we had a really relaxing time. We brought the dogs for long walks, had some drinks, cooked some nice food and even played bingo. When the weekend came around Pauline left and we had some other visitors including Annie the dog and my favourite little human Layla. The dogs had a ball on what was dubbed ‘The Dog Holiday’ and the humans enjoyed themselves too.I had a 99 ice-cream on the last day on the way home which is a must for a Wexford holiday. I love visiting different parts of the world but there’s a lot to be said for a holiday at home. Ireland really is such a beautiful country.
For more photographs from the holiday, check out my album here