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Journeys : October November 2009
We collected the Ford Fiesta -- compact, sporty and finely tuned -- from the car hire in dow ntow n Dublin. Being pillar-box red it was immediately endearing. It was exhilarating to drive through the souther n suburbs towards the Wicklow Mountains, now visible in the distance. We had 14 days of motoring pleasure ahead of us. In the Wicklows we stopped to view wide glaciated valleys and tranquil lakes, including the beautiful Lough Tay. We visited the monastic settlement of Glendalough, inspired by Saint Kevin 1500 years ago and we began the daily odyssey of looking for a great place to stop for lunch. Kilkenny was my first experience of driving through the centre of an Irish tow n of some size. The road was narrow and congested and the one-way system took no prisoners. I hadn't seen the pedestrian crossing or the couple who stepped onto it. "It's all right son," said the genial Irishman with a twinkle in his eye. "I am a terrible driver too." The Fiesta was purring in the warm afternoon sun as we cr uised on the wide, open and carefree road towards County Cork in the south-west. I was Driving Ireland Bob Tomlins County Donegal Giant's Causeway Destinations October / November 09 16 June / July 09
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