Nestled in the Southeast of...
Nestled in the Southeast of Ireland, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Wexford. Seen the statue of John Barry the first US naval commodor.
Born in Tacumshane, County Wexford, Ireland in 1745, John Barry, a man of large stature at six feet four inches, settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the American Colonies of England in 1760.
There he served as a popular and successful merchant ship Captain for many shipping houses.
When the American Revolution began the connections he gained through his popularity paid off and he was assigned to outfit the first ships of the Continental Navy for the rebelling Americans.
In early 1776, commanding the brig Lexington, he defeated the tender H.M.S. Edward and took her into Philadelphia. She was the first English prize taken to that city in the war. Barry was then given the command of a new frigate Effingham, 36 guns, being built in Philadelphia.
While she was building Barry offered to serve in the Army. He was taken as aide-de-camp to General John Calawader, a former business associate, taking part as a result in the Trenton and Princeton operations. After the port of Philadelphia was taken by the British, requiring the scuttling of the not yet complete Effingham, Barry commanded a flotilla of small craft and gunboats in the Delaware River. During the winter of 1777-1778, that flotilla raided British shipping from Philadelphia in an effort to disrupt and blockade British supply and communication capturing numerous vessels and supplies.
Captain Barry returned to sea as commander of the frigate Raleigh in 1778.
In an action at the mouth of the Penobscot River that year he lost the Raleigh in a gallant action against the British razee ship of the line Experiment, 54 guns, and the frigate Unicorn. Barry, together with a third of his crew, reached shore and escaped.
Pete McCarthy - McCarthy´s Bar
The book * Mc Carthy´s Bar * written by Pete McCarthy is a fine travel book for an Ireland trip. Pete McCarthy was born Irish but has spent most of his life in England. He therefore decides to do a tour from Cork to Donegal. On that trip he discovers that despite many changes since his childhood, the charm of the Irish people has still remained.
The book is not a tourist guide but it gives you a fair view of Ireland and its people.
If you take the lesser known coast road when driving from Tramore to Dungarvan you will pass through a tiny village called Annestown. Here you will find a beautiful cove-type secluded beach. It's a great place to go for some quiet sunbathing as you won't fuind it overrun like most Summer beaches.
On the left as you look towards the sea are the ruins shown in one of the pics posted here. I have no idea what they are but they make a great subject for a pic. I imagine that they were part of one of the many lookout towers that once dotted the Irish coast, but strangely there isn't even a notice explaining what they are. I spotted a notice on the walls and went close to take a pic - it was an ad for a local restaurant! I was disappointed and a little disgusted.
Laura Fan's New Generation Chinese
Laura Fan established this restaurant on the Dunmore Road in Waterford some five years ago. In doing so she was following in the footsteps of her Father Johnny, who has established some of the best Chinese restaurants around!
About a year or two ago Johnny travelled to Hong Kong and China to source the most authentic Chinese furnishings and artefacts with which to completely redecorate and re-style his daughter's highly successful enterprise. The result was a spectacularly authentic Chinese setting with great food to match.
Each day they produce a very competitively priced lunch menu, and similarly an early bird menu for the evening. There's a great choice and they are happy to substitute dishes if you are not entirely satisfied with the selection offered.
They have introduced some new dishes - stuffed chicken wings, yam stuffed duck, or (my favourite) Chinese fillet steak in a red wine and cream sauce. This is divine.
You will not find fault with the staff, either. Laura herself oversees proceedings on a daily basis and is ably assisted by her Mother, her sister, and an expert Oriental waiting staff. Laura herself is a delightful person, and you will be surprised to discover that she is a beautiful and young lady who models part time and is also a skillful make up artist.
They are wonderful with children here and put themselves out to entertain your kids while you eat in peace.
They also cater to parties and indeed have a seperate room where you can comfortably accomodate a large group for a private function.
There is a full bar, and after dinner you can always venture downstairs to the exciting Uluru bar for a great night out with music provided by a well known local DJ on most nights. The Chinese fillets teak with red wine and cream sauce - mouth watering.
Again I have not quoted on price because it is extremely reasonable for a three course lunch from the set menu (about ?13 a head for the lot) but ranges upwards when you choose a la carte with main courses starting at around ?14 each with rice or side dishes extra.
Horsey Hotel's Pub Grub
Dooley's Hotel is situated in a prime position in Waterford City, directly across from the bus station.
Substantially renovated in recent years, its Dry Dock bar overlooks the main Quay and the Suir River and attracts a great crowd morning, noon, and night.
The bar is warm and inviting. There are two main sections to it and they are decorated in a horse-racing theme with genuine memorabilia from the historic past of Waterford horse racing. That is not to say that the sport is not still enjoyed here, as the nearby Tramore racecourse is very much a vibrant thing of the present. The floors are flagstone and the walls stripped brick. Tables and chairs are rustic wood and the thick oriental rugs underfoot make it all feel like an extension of home. Bar food service begins with a full Irish breakfast that is offered for a mere €4.50 and extends into lunch and afternoon snacks with paninis at €6.95 and more substantial meals at equally attractive prices.
Food is good and service in general is efficient. That saying, it does get very busy and you may have to catch someone's attention to ensure promptness if you are in a hurry.