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Ireland Tour: Day 18, October 31

View of Dungarvan and the Celtic Sea from Lawlors Hotel, Co. Waterford

View of Dungarvan and the Celtic Sea from Lawlors Hotel, Co. Waterford

I began the day with a magnificent run along the Celtic Sea from our hotel in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.  A blustery, grey morning but it was warm and no rain….yet!   Huge waves and spray came up over the stone walls along the shoreline as I ran and it was lovely.  It is a bank holiday throughout Ireland today so its pretty quiet in the town.  A good day for a few hours of a coastal drive and sight seeing en route to Wexford.

Dunville Castle, Co. Wexford





Copper Coast trail drive from Dunvargan to Tramore, Co. Wexford






Travelling along the Copper Coast trail was a very soggy drive. Beautiful scenery none-the-less of a very rough sea, old copper mines and many castles and ruins.  A lot of these roads are designated bike trails the width of one side of a single lane Canadian country road with no shoulders and only moss covered stone walls to tumble into.  Yikes!


Lime Kiln along Copper Coast Trail, Co. Wexford

Lime Kiln along Copper Coast Trail, Co. Waterford

Amazing Halloween lawn statues, Co. Waterford











Crystal Harp in Waterford Crystal showroom

We came into the city of Waterford and had to have a stop at the Waterford Crystal gallery.  Some magnificent pieces and displays.  A crystal harp, bodhran and fiddle amongst our favourites.

Crystal bodhran and fiddle at the Waterford Crystal showroom











Waterford Chrystal showroom, Waterford

Downtown Wexford

Eventually we arrived in Wexford and made our way to our St. George Guesthouse in the heart of downtown.  It is the week of the Wexford Fringe and Opera Festival and the place was hopping.  We settled in and then went out to explore the town.  The streets and shops were bustling and everything was open, unlike Dunvargan this morning.

View from inside the Annexe Gallery, Wexford

There were a dozen of gallery exhibits that we stopped into, a favourite being an exhibition by Mary Wallace and Gilly Thomas at the Annexe Gallery at the Wexford Centre.  We had a wonderful organic soup and sandwich late lunch in the Arts Centre Cafe.  After spending 3 hours of further walking about (and finally investing in an umbrella!), we returned to our hotel to put our feet up for a bit  before heading out to dinner at the much raved about, Opera Restaurant. Delicious specials and we planned it right…..tonight’s opera started by the time we got there and we had the diningroom mostly to ourselves.

Traditional music session at the Sky and Ground pub, Wexford

Afterwards took in some live traditional music at the Sky and Ground pub down the street so it was a full and fun evening.  We did make it a relatively early night though …tomorrow we have 3 library shows sprinkled throughout Wexford County and must be at our Rathskallion best!

Downtown Wexford at night