Bunclody to Kilkenny
8.31.12 - 8.31.12
We had a superb dinner last night in Bunclody and after a reasonable nights sleep and a good breakfast, we were on the road south to the Wexford area by 0930, to the Irish National Heritage Park. Although all the exhibits are reconstructed, this site is a must if you want to see the progression of Irish history through time. Our tour guide Paul, was superb and his presentations were fluid and influential.
We then headed just south of Wexford to
Johnstown Castle Gardens for some lunch at the Tea Room. The castle itself is not open to the public, but it can be used for weddings.
It's then back on the road to Jerpoint Abbey, another 12th century ruin. It was easy to imagine celebrating mass in this wonderful structure.
After the abbey, it was a short trip to the Killkenny Castle. Although the structure is impressive from the outside, the restoration and furniture that has been reinstalled in the castle wasn't that impressive. It was lived in until the early 1900's.
We finished the tour and headed to our hotel for the night before heading back to Dublin in the morning for the Navy Notre Dame Football game.