Trifecta in Cork County
Trip Start Feb 22, 2008
9Trip End Mar 01, 2008
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Cobh sits on a large island in Cork harbor. Since our ancestry is Irish - we learned there's a good chance that this town was the last Irish soil our ancestors had under their feet. Cobh was the major port of Irish emigration in the 19th century. We checked out the Heritage Center where we learned about Anne Moore and her 2 younger brothers
Next stop...Kinsale. Kinsale is a naturally sheltered bay harbored by a huge 17th century star fort (which we are so bummed we did NOT see since we ran out of time) which has history from the Spanish Armada to Robinson Crusoe to the Lusitania. We hadn't eaten since breakfast and it was now 5pm when arrived in Kinsale - so we made a B-line to The Little Skillet restaurant. This is a place we found in our Rick Steve's book and when we arrived we learned they opened an hour later. Somehow my mom and I find energy to do more shopping while Tom heads to the pub for a Guinness.
In our shopping spree - we stumble across Kinsale Crystal and get a private demo from Thomas of how crystal glass is cut
We eventually meet Tom back at the restaurant an hour later and enjoy a fabulous dinner with Martina's wonderful hospitality (Martina is the owner of the restaurant). She fills us in on Kinsale and shares some good stories. We finish our delicious dinner and head out to hit the town...wait it's now 8pm and we have a 2 hour drive back to the cabin. Hmmm...touring the town gets tabled for our next trip to Ireland.
We hop in the car and attempt to find our way home. As the co-pilot/navigator - I, once again, route our way "home". Note: this means a Plan B and Plan C since Tom takes random turns for reasons I'm unsure about. Needless to say - this co-pilot/navigator task is exhausting! Ha! We make it "home" with a record low number of wrong turns and U-turns.
We're packing up and getting ready to hit the sack. Plan to wake up at 4am, leave by 5am and get to Shannon Airport by 7am. I'm thinking based on our record low number of wrong/U-turns that we might actually make it within 2 hours. We'll see...