Crystal Seaside

Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland
A beautiful sunrise greeted us in Kinsale before the day became somewhat overcast. We set off for Cove (Cobh) which was the last port of call for the Titanic. We went to the Cobh Heritage Centre, a museum dedicated to the Irish emigrant experience and the evolution of the shipping industry, including the sinking of Titanic and Lusitania. Perched on a hill overlooking the port, Cove has a majestic cathedral in the Gothic style. We ascended the hill to visit this impressive house of worship before setting out again. We continued along the south coast stopping for a quick lunch and to see a monument to the Choctaw Nation who are revered by the Irish for the monetary relief sent over by the Choctaw during the great famine.
We arrived in Waterford and met Sean Egan an etched crystal artist who formerly worked for Waterford Crystal and is now independent . A tour of the Waterford Crystal factory was next, where we were taken through the process of creation from glass blowing, to cutting and polishing, to finishing.
Our next stop was Kilkenny, a pretty little city in the south east. We had a pub supper at Kyteler's Inn, a thirteenth century pub once owned by a woman accused of witchcraft. She was helped to safety, but her maid was tried and burnt at the stake. It is her ghost that is said to haunt the pub.
A pint in the hotel bar put a fine end to our day.
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