Adare and Limerick
Trip Start Mar 25, 2012
18Trip End Apr 08, 2012
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Where I stayed
The Strand Hotel
We had a rather long coach ride (no, not a Cinderella coach), but not too bad either. Our first stop was at the Mollana farm where we were greeted by the homeowners, Paddy and Margaret Mollana. We were treated to tea, coffee, and homemade scones and guiness bread--a dense brown bread much like fruit cake.
Our hosts live in a quaint comfortable farm house built in front of Paddy's original home. The older house was built in the 1600s. It has been in Paddy's family for generations. He, his father and grandfather were all born there. He took us into the living room of the old house (where his son, daughter-in-law and two young sons live) and gave us an extremely interesting history of the farm, landlords, and even leprechauns. His son continues to work the farm--a dairy herd, following all of the regulations of Irish farming.
We then traveled on to the village of Adare, population 2400, for lunch and a close look at thatched cottages. Had another great soup--sea food for me and vegetable for Janice. It's a busy little village with lots of shops, pubs, and restaurants. As an aside, we learned that for every pub in Ireland there are usually about 100 people.
We arrived in Limerick City about 4 o'clock. It is a huge city, much more modern than Dublin and teeming with traffic and people. Our high rise hotel is situated along the Shannon River. To add to our excitement, there is a Rugby grudge match this evening between Munster and Leinster....and the players are staying at our hotel! The pub/bar is FULL of fans in competing team colors--blue and white and red and white. I went down to the Lobby earlier and rode down with three tall guys dress in blue and white--thought they were Leinster fans and thought nothing of it. When the elevator doors opened we were paparazied! EVERYONE wanted their photo taken with the players, especially one, Bob Kearney. The young women behind the reception desk told me they had died and gone to heaven, he was so cute!