Waterford to Kerry: Wet Travels in Ireland

We’ve just returned from a wonderful fortnight in Ireland, a week spent with Mary’s brothers, sisters, mother, nieces and nephews in Clashbrack near Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Freddie received some splendid toys and clothes from all his relatives, and had many a chortle with his cousins. I went running pretty regularly through the narrow windy country roads the region is riddled with and Mary tried to relax since Freddie was getting up 4-6 times throughout the night. Then we jumped into our rented Fiesta and headed over to Kenmare:

It’s a charming spot nestled between the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara – two scenic routes that circle the respective peninsulas. We spent six nights in a cute thatched cottage with half-doors and two open fires. It was really isolated, and the warm fire was comforting under the constant rain. We did manage to venture out each day, and there are some great photos of us doing just that – click on the image for a slide show:

It wouldn’t be right not to have a video of McGillicuddy Reeks:

We headed back via Cafe Paradiso in Cork where they make the most amazing vegetarian tucker. Mary had a borlotti bean, kale & roasted squash stew in an almond, jalapeno chilli & chocolate sauce, with grilled polenta and coriander soured cream whilst I enjoyed a gratin of leeks, roasted roots & hazelnuts with a Gabriel cheese & chive sauce and lemon borlotti. The chef, Denis Cotter, used to cook in JBC’s and Cullens in Hamilton. We managed to arrive back safely last Wednesday from whence it’s been all go, hundreds of emails to catch up on between us and many an engagement. And Freddie’s frequent night wakenings? On Thursday night we stealed ourselves for a scream-ridden evening of not feeding Freddie each time he awoke crying. The first time he woke up – 11pm – he cried himself back to sleep within 15 minutes and the next time – 4am – he let out an almighty holler when he first realised Mama wasn’t going to feed him, but had settled back to his dozey self within 20 minutes. Since then it’s been a bit erratic, but last night he only woke at 4am and 6am, both times settling back to sleep within seconds of being put on his back.