Our first driving event of 2016 took place on Saturday & Sunday the 16th & 17th April and on this occasion we assembled at the quays in New Ross, Co. Wexford alongside the famine ship Dunbrody with members from Dublin, Waterford, Cork and Wexford.
After a coffee break we followed our tour leaders Rodney & Francis on a lovely drive to the John F Kennedy Arboretum. Here we enjoyed a light lunch in the restaurant and this was followed by a tour of the Arboretum and gardens by Gerry O’Connor. He took us on a 5km walk where he pointed out the many various trees and shrubs. After returning to the cars we drove a short distance to the top of Sliabh Coillte where we had a 360 degree view of the countryside. We then headed to The Ferrycarrig Hotel where Rodney had arranged special parking for us.
At 7pm we gathered at the bar and moved into the dining room for dinner at 7.30pm which was excellent both in the quality and service. Unfortunately Michael Mullins was not feeling too good and retired early but thankfully he was in fine form the following morning. Following breakfast on Sunday we drove to Wells House some 30/40kms away near Gorey. Rodney had arranged for us to park in front of the beautiful period house. The cars enhanced the house and indeed the house enhanced the cars so it made a very pretty picture. The house dates back to before the 1798 rebellion and was the property of the Doyne family for over 250 years. It is now owned by a local family, their Father and Mother came to Wexford in 1961 from Germany. In 2012 they opened the house to the public and are presently restoring the gardens which was where we started our day followed by a stroll through the woodland after which we had a tour of the house.
We enjoyed a lovely lunch in the restaurant which was very busy but again Rodney had arranged reserved seating for lunch. We headed home around 3.30pm and driving in sunshine made it all the more enjoyable. We had great weather for the whole weekend. Our thanks to everyone for attending and very special thanks to Rodney & Francis for arranging a lovely and memorable weekend.