Team Murty were out mapping the country at the weekend…. Bandanaman braving the wind and the rain at The Open at Royal Portrush in Co. Antrim while The Scary One and Daddy’s Little Girl were camping in Tipperary.
I’ve already brought you news of my overnight stay in Belfast at the Clayton Hotel and my round at the Open and lifting the Claret Jock!
I’m beginning to get to know Belfast well with the help of The Son and Heir who is billeted up there now and can even find my way around which even after 13 years working in Dublin I can’t claim to do there.
The Girls were full of country cheer on their return waxing lyrical about the friendliness of Munster people while also urging me to visit Cahir Castle, the Rock of Cashel and go underground to the Mitchelstown Cave in Tipperary.
If you’re a caver then you’ll be in heaven… or maybe your heaven is in the depths of the Earth.
Across in Co. Waterford, The Copper Coast Geopark is a designated area that extends 17 km from Kilfarrasy in the east to Stradbally in the west and is named after the 19th Century mines.
Its rocks and geosites (which include Stradbally Cove, Dunhill Castle and Ballydwan Bay) tell the story of undersea volcanoes, arid deserts (in Ireland???) and dramatic ice-ages.
Explore the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre (open Wednesday to Sunday between 11am and 5pm) or book a half or full day tour to learn all about the site from the knowledgeable tour guide.
Book your stay at the Raheen House Hotel in the vibrant town of Clonmel, County Tipperary from €120 per night for two adults.
Its history dates back to the 17th century and contains 15 elegant bedrooms within the tranquillity of its own 3.5 acre gardens. Visit www.raheenhouse.ie.
Or if you want to do what the girls did and reconnect with the Earth then they stayed at Parsons Green Caravan & Camping Park, Clogheen, Co. Tipperary. Visit www.clogheen.com.
Pictures by Sarah Frost (you know HER by now).