Yesterday ended up being a travel day. Because of my bad planning, it was Sunday and the only train I could get left Killarney at 2, went all the way to Dublin, then I switched trains to backtrack to Kilkenny. I arrived at 7:30 p.m wiped out. If I plan another trip to Ireland, I would definitely go in a clockwise circle, the counterclockwise route has fewer options for busses and trains, if I wasn’t so nervous about driving the opposite way I’d have rented a car, not spent as much time in Dublin, and packed lighter, a lot lighter.
Anyhow I made it to Kilkenny, and because I’m only here for two nights (next year, at least a week) I wasted my first day traveling, and had only today to explore.
I booked a really nice room at The Lyrath Estate, without understanding how far it really is from town, I’d planned on walking, but an hour there and back is a little more than I really want to do. Note to self: stay in town next time if I don’t have a car. The estate is stunning and has 3 restaurants, a nice bar and about 170 acres to wander around on. Today is my birthday, I thought it would be nice to treat myself, but really I was just bored. Taxi to town stat.(about €10).
Kilkenny is larger than I’d anticipated, such a cool city, interesting shops, historical sites, the buildings are colorful and old. I love it here. I’m pissed off at myself for not planning more time.
I had a delicious scone and stew for my birthday lunch before heading off to Kilkenny Castle. I choose not to take the tour simply because I’m low on funds, and there were about 200 people there, I asked if it was usually this busy and got a resounding no, they just happen to have several huge tour groups booked today bummer. The outside was impressive enough, and I spent an hour taking photos.
I had some personal buisiness to tend to in the form of finding a good spot on the river to sprinkle the ashes of a friend who had lost his battle with cancer, and my father. The River Liffe( which in Gaelic, translates to River of Life..or close) was my pick, the river runs behind Kilkenny Castle, and was perfect. I had a really nice private moment to say goodbye, and a good cry by the riverbank. I feel good.
I headed back to the estate, as I have a dinner reservation for turning old, stopped for a Guinness and am getting ready to treat myself with what little € I have left. Tomorrow I head back to Dublin for one night, staying close to the airport to get to customs by 6 a.m. on the 24th.
I’m so sad to leave. This has been eye opening..I could write a whole weeks worth of posts on the food alone. But honestly I’m ready to go, I miss my pups, my kids, my husband, painting…
I love Ireland, I’m going to do everything in my power to make it back for my bday next year.