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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Belfast Visitors

 Had the pleasure of a long conversation with the Gribbens from Belfast this afternoon, after their long journey by train - Belfast to Waterford via Dublin, and Waterford to Carrick-on-Suir.                                                They stayed at a B&B near Curraghmore.

Earlier in the day, a family group of us decided to visit Curraghmore, which had opened for visitors three days previously. On arrival, we decided to sample some food from their café.  Two of us choose Pancakes and didn't regret our choice, as they were excellent. See image above. The meal sustained me for another three and a half hours, which I spent roaming all over the gardens, and taking a total of 120 photos!. Weather was superb, but sunburn was a serious problem for a few. It was a pleasure meeting many people from a variety of places, some far away. 

Trees of a kind


North Tipperary Passage Grave

 Also known as Knockeravoola and Knockcurraghbola Wedge Tomb.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

A place to visit

 Located a few miles from Carlow town, the ruined mansion, called Duckett's Grove, is well worth a visit. Lots to see there, including the refurbished gardens. Plenty of information panels. Car Park. No charges for admission. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Mayfield House, Portlaw - 2004.

Mayfield House Portlaw

Portico Italianate,

Splendour towering

Towards the sky;

Jackdaws screaming

From your chimneys;

Collared Doves

In love, up high.

Roof collapsing,

Gutters rusting;

Balustrade and

Transoms loose;

Rose-red bricks and

Window timbers

Crumbling, crumbling -

Mayfield House.

Poem and illustration copyright 2004 Seán O’Brien.