Although I have lived all my life in Ireland, I had forgotten that there was any decent amount of water in the Midlands. Indeed, I had been to Athlone before, but only for business meetings and somehow I completely missed the river.....and the lake.It transpires that Ireland's longest river, the Shannon, winds its way through Athlone town and on to...more
The present Church, a particularly stunning building, was built in the 1930's and is well worth a visit. It's a Roman Catholic Church and is situated in St. Peter's Square right in the town centre. It is architecturally beautiful both inside and out.Daily Catholic religious services are held here.It has a particularly lovely vista from several...more
The Castle is right in the centre of Athlone town by the old bridge and really shouldn't be missed.It's an original Norman Castle and was once the gateway to the West of Ireland built, as it is, right on the River Shannon.Before the current stone castle, which was built in the 1200's, there was a wooden castle which was built in the 1100's.The...more
photos from our tripAt the shop, the owner tells us to come back at 3:00 PM, and he will take us on the Viking cruise at no charge. At 3:00, we climb up into the bright green Viking ship replica, complete with front dragon head. Then the gang from the local group home with their aides arrived, and the fun begins. We are all given plastic Viking...more
photos from our trip.Athlone is full of very colorful buildings from the 1600-1700s. Joan ran each morning along the paths of the Shannon while I walked, watching fisherman and crew boats in the fog. Just beautiful!“The Taco Shop”We stopped at a trendy, chrome and glass upscale bistro overlooking the Shannon. While we were having wine and mussels,...more
Just before we reached Athlone, we had to make a stop for petrol. My husband will never admit to this but, this was probably the highlight to this visit. Sorry but, I had to include this picture.I stopped to chat with this man and his dog swimming in the River. Again the friendlynes of the Irish shines through. He mentioned that just up the road...more
Was very disappointed with this restaurant. I generally love thai and spicy food and have eaten it all over the world including Thailand but my husband and I did not enjoy this meal.My fish salad starter looked nice but was too spicy to eat whereas my husbands chicken starter was completely bland. Our main courses were also too hot to even taste...more
Looking through restaurant guide books, this very pretty cottage style property reminded me of a very wonderful restaurant in Aruba called Papieamento. The meal in Aruba was divine, so I had to see if the Glasson Village Restaurant could live up to expectations - it did.I found the cottage and gardens themselves to be very welcoming, and tables...more
This is, perhaps, the best meal that I have ever eaten in an Irish restaurant.It came well recommended from someone whose opinion I value, so I was glad that it more than lived up to reputation and recommendation.The restaurant is built on the banks of Lough Ree and makes the best of its very lovely natural surroundings. Yachts and rivercraft tie...more
As we were walking by the river we came across 'a man and his dog'. Animals are always a good start for a conversation. He told us to visit the oldest pub in Ireland. This had to be a must... and of course another excuse to try out the old Guinness (I think I could get used to this! Hmmmm!!!!!)I felt a certain privilige, I can't imagine what it...more
It's not that long ago that you had to 'book' an international phone call fom many countries. These days we can (wirelessly no less) transfer billions of bits of data in seconds. This can bring us great things like VT or some idiot stapleing is tongue to a desk on YouTube.The Hodson bay hotel has a rather nice piece of kit on it's foyer wall that...more
I was lucky to be staying in the Radisson as, to the right of the carpark, I stumbled upon this unusual and impressive graveyard/Church restoration project.In Ireland years ago there was a back-to-work programme aoimed at the long term unemployed and this was called AnCO. They also organised a lot of trade training. Anyway, it seems AnCO was...more
I saw this yacht club from the comfort of a slightly different type of sailing craft - a converted barge called River Run, which I sailed up and down the River Shannon and passed the Yacht Club along the way.
Our informative guide told us that this club is the second oldest in the entire world. Believe it or not, the oldest is also an Irish club - Crosshaven yacht club.
As we floated past a regatta was taking place and they certainly had the perfect windy day for it.