Joint JDC (Area 30), IJDC, JEC Ireland & JEC Scotland Event, 2nd-4th May 2015
On Saturday 2nd May we set off on a very wet morning to drive to Derry to meet up with our friends from the three Jaguar clubs. We left Dublin at 8.30am and met up with other JEC members at the Apple Green in Lusk. After a light breakfast we drove up the M1 to junction 14 at the Ardee exit. All towns are now by-passed so the journey was quite pleasant despite the heavy rain. A short distance after leaving Monaghan we crossed into Northern Ireland. Our hotel was located 3 miles on the far side of Derry, so Rodney using his satellite navigation had no difficulty in finding the hotel, and we arrived at 1.30pm.
At 2pm we left and headed into Derry – car parking arrangements had been made for us at a multi-storey car park with security. A short walk took us to the Guildhall where we had a guided tour and afterwards we were welcomed to the Lord Mayor’s Chambers and met with the Lord Mayor, Eilish McCallion. She was extremely welcoming and provided us with drinks and nibbles.
We then met with our tour guide, John McGinley, who brought us on a tour of the walls of Derry. The weather was not kind to us but nevertheless we enjoyed a most informative tour, we learned about the history of the foundation of Ulster, through to the troubles and the present day. We returned to our cars at 6pm and later at the hotel we met up with old friends at a pre-dinner drinks reception.
Sunday morning, after breakfast, we headed off on our drive to the Antrim coast. The day had improved by the time we reached the coast and the sun was shining. I travelled with Val in his F-type and we were able to open down the roof. We had lunch at the Castlerock Golf Club and then we drove to Downhill, a distance of about 20 miles, and walked to the Mussenden Temple. We were back at the hotel for 4.30pm.
Dinner was at 8pm and was followed by a few short speeches and then it was music until the late hours. After a lovely breakfast, we left at 10am on Monday morning to head home. Our sincere thanks to the Jaguar Drivers Club but especially to Jim and Terry for arranging a very enjoyable and memorable weekend once again.
Next year there was a suggestion to go to Scotland, so keep watching!