The last event of this year’s calendar took place on the 4th, 5th and 6th of September at the lovely Seaview House Hotel, Ballylickey which is located between Bantry and Glengarriff in West Cork and once again we had lovely weather for the weekend. This year we were joined by our friends from the IJDC many of whom like myself arrived on the Friday.
The event began with the arrival of the majority of members at 11am at the hotel on Saturday and after some refreshments and introductions we set off in convoy for the short drive to Glengarriff where the 20 cars lined up just south of the town centre. We boarded the Harbour Queen ferry to Garnish Island. The island was originally owned by the Bryce family but in 1953 it was bequeathed to the Irish nation and is now maintained by the Office of Public Works. The island is 15 hectares and renowned for its gardens and micro climate. We returned to the mainland at 3pm some people opted to go to Glengarriff Golf Club for lunch where others went into Glengarriff to look at the many tourist shops. We returned to the hotel at 5pm. Following a wonderful dinner at the Seaview John Sheehan welcomed the members and thanked Paddy Daly and David Roome and the members of the IJDC for joining us on this event. Paddy said they had enjoyed it very much and thanks to the JEC for organising it.
Sunday morning we assembled at the car park and Michael Mullins led the convoy of cars to Bantry House where Michael had arranged parking at the house and a tour given to us by Sophie a direct descendent of the White family, original owners of the house. Having toured the house and viewed the contents we had a light lunch in the west wing and there was time left to enjoy the gardens. For the more adventurous the southern aspect of the house had 100 steps to climb leading up to the woodlands with panoramic views of the house and Bantry Bay.
At 3am it was time to leave the house and head for home, we drove back through Coppeen and on to the Macroom/Cork road where we said our goodbye to those heading to Dublin and the end of a great weekend. Our sincere thanks to Michael for organising a fantastic trip which we enjoyed immensely.