Saturday, March 19, 2016

Our Ireland Adventure
Day 4

Paul and I arose early and enjoyed the Hawkeye Falconry Experience right in front of our hotel, the Faithlegg House. You can see from the photos below it was an awesome exciting and informative experience of the ancient sport of kings, falconry. John the falconer was personable and wonderful. We interacted with two Harris Hawks, (Dennis the Menace and Rodger Dodger) and a Barn Owl named Riley. I am not sure how we are going to top this.

The Hawkeye Falconry Experience - Faithlegg House Hotel

The Hawkeye Falconry Experience - Faithlegg House Hotel

The Hawkeye Falconry Experience - Faithlegg House Hotel

The Hawkeye Falconry Experience - Faithlegg House Hotel


The Hawkeye Falconry Experience - Faithlegg House Hotel

The Hawkeye Falconry Experience - Faithlegg House Hotel


Since many of our destinations in Ireland do not have an address, I learned how to use longitude and latitude coordinates with the GPS. Our first stop was the world famous Waterford Crystal Factory. This was truly a must-do attraction. The history and exquisiteness of this crystal was astonishing as we were guided through the different craftsman’s work posts. Paul even held a glass football valued at 2,800 euros. It was difficult to leave without making a purchase, but we did it.

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Waterford Crystal Factory

Our bed and breakfast for the next two nights, Ardfield Farmhouse was a tad disappointing. Bernadette is a gracious host and the room was small but nice. Unfortunately, the advertised free Wi-Fi was non-existent. Now for me that is a huge problem. My daily work tasks requires me to have internet. After spending an hour walking around the house searching for a connection, it became clear that I would be off-line. The beds were also a bit uncomfortable.

Ardfield Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

Ardfield Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

Ardfield Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

Ardfield Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

Ardfield Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

We met a very nice Irish couple at Kirby’s Corner where we had supper. They suggested we go to Blarney Castle and the Bells of Shandon tomorrow. We will follow their advice.



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