The last overnight event of the year took place on the 2nd and 3rd September, how quickly the year has passed. This time we returned to Wexford for a very enjoyable weekend arranged by Rodney. We met at the Dunbrody Visitors Centre in New Ross at noon on Saturday and drove to Johnstown Castle and Gardens. Whilst the castle is not open to the public at present it provided a magnificent backdrop for our cars. The present castle dates from the 19th century and is now the responsibility of the Agriculture and Food Development Authority.
We were very fortunate in Rodney arranging a guided tour of the Irish Agricultural Museum by the chairman Peter who was an excellent guide and has immense knowledge of all things exhibited at the museum. The museum displays an extensive collection of artefacts relating to rural life in Ireland in the 19th and 20th century including an informative exhibition on the great famine.
Following the tour we had lunch in the adjoining Peacock Tearooms and a walk around the garden lake up to the Rathlannon Castle the single rectangular tower house which dates from the 15th and 16th century. Leaving Johnstown Castle we drove to the Ferrycarrig Hotel, our accommodation for the night. We arrived at 5pm just as the rain came and had a very enjoyable dinner later that night.
The following morning we assembled at 11am and drove the short distance to The National Heritage Park. We met our guide who took us around the park which is located on the banks of the river Slaney. The park has created early dwellings depicting 9000 years of early Irish history, prehistoric Ireland, the early Christian period and the age of invasion up to around the time of the Vikings. The tour finished at lunch time and we had a light lunch in their restaurant. All good things come to an end and we said our goodbyes and headed for home around 2.30pm.
Again many thanks to all who attended and great to see Mary and Christy who travelled from Galway, I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did and looking forward to planning our next years calendar.
Thanks again to Rodney for arranging a most enjoyable weekend.