Day 6 – Thursday 13th July
This was a very special as my BFF Rosemary came down from Trim on the Aircoach to join Marguerite and I in Cork. The three of us spent the morning in Cobh , a town on an island in Cork harbour.
Cobh, previously known as Queenstown was the last port of call for the Titanic in 1912 as it set sail from here to Southhampton on its fateful maiden voyage. There is a heritage centre here which explores how Cobh became the embarkation point during Irelands mass emigration period.
We then drove out to Fota House and Gardens where we had lunch in the courtyard garden while basking in the most glorious summer weather. Fota House is a beautiful regency style country house restored and conserved by the Irish Heritage Trust sent in extensive grounds which inclde an arboretum and a Victorian farmyard garden. This place would be ideal for a family day out and has no cover charge on entry.
Rosemary and I finally said our goodbyes to Marguerite before continuing up through Ireland on our way back to Trim.
We stopped at Cashel on our way up just to get some photos of the Rock of Cashel a large 13th century cathedral and round tower which stands proudly on a hill overlooking the town of Cashel. In the grounds surrounding The Rock stands the desolate ruins of Hore Abbey a cistercian monastery originally founded by the Benedictine monks in 1266.