(photos by Ashley and me)
After two days in Dublin we left the city and drove out to Kilkenny to see the old castle, but very quickly since my dad had work to do in Cork. Which actually was just fine with me, especially because we stayed at this place called the Garnish House that served us tea as soon as we walked in. Tea and scones and Guinness bread that I’m determined to make at home. After that we wandered around Cork, went to some shops and walked through the English Market. I finally tracked down an Elizabeth Bowen book at a bookstore, too. Some of you recommended The House in Paris to me, but I wanted something extra Irish so I held out ’till I found a copy of The Last September. It takes place at a big country house in the 1920s during the Anglo-Irish War, and so far it’s so fascinating to me that I want to track down all the Elizabeth Bowen books in the Atlanta library system.
Dublin and Cork were great, but I think I liked our trip best when we drove outside the cities and into the countryside and small towns. The morning we went to Kinsale was cold and windy and cloudy, a little bit eerie. I tried to wear a hat but it kept flying off when we walked by the sea or the curving little streets that just kept going up and up. Before going to Kinsale I knew absolutely nothing about it, so I ended up being pleasantly surprised. As we walked around we’d just run into things that ended up being amazing, from city lookouts to old cemeteries. St. Multose Church was built in the 1100s and had the most eerily beautiful, ivy-covered cemetery that I must have taken one hundred photos in.
After Kinsale we went straight to Killarney for the last part of our trip, but I’ll be showing those photos later.