A Very Irish Christmas
December 2018 Normally when we fly into Dublin it is not the end of our journey, but the beginning of the end – a 3 hour car journey awaits us back to Midleton. This time would be different. We had one more stop to make before heading back to the Rebel County. 24km west of […]
Into the West
It was one of those glorious Irish Summer days, the entire southwest of the country basked in glorious overcast weather. The scales between catching pneumonia and sunstroke were in perfect balance. Perfect weather for a day trip. After wolfing down some breakfast we moved as a family unit to the car outside. Before we knew […]
Fright of the Earls: Kinsale and Charles Fort
It was many years before That the Spaniards quartered there But the English beat O’Neill And our Irish hopes lay bare At the mouth of the river Bandon is a small town. What began as a viking trading post over time became a small settlement and finally the walled town of Cionn tSaile – […]
East Side Story
Jet lag: a physiological condition that dramatically affects your sleep pattern and wrecks the first few days of any trip from Australia to Europe as you speed across 10 time zones. Remedies for this malady range from Tamazepam to “a bit of plain toast and de-fizzed 7-up”. Luckily we arrived in Scotland first this time […]
Kilkenny…for all it’s Wort!
Ah come on now John. You have been blogging for three years now so how can you have a typo in the Post Title? It’s not a typo. My brother Emmet had organised my Stag in Kilkenny and it was here that I found out what ‘wort’ really is. Thanks Emmet 🙂 1232 AD : St […]
Stuck in the Midleton with You!
From our trip to Ireland in June 2015 Karen would be going to Scotland the day after her parents so spent our last night together in Cork with our Irish pals having dinner and drinks. Like a glitch in the Matrix, John found himself sitting in the same restaurant,at the same table, at the same […]
Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Cork, where we lay our scene,… A pair of star-cross’d lovers start their life 🙂 Karen and John would not be the only surprise visitors to Rosehill East. With a ring on her finger and a wedding on the books it was time for the long overdue Rose-Hamilton Summit – Iain and Bernadette […]
Tell the World I’m coming home…
Well tell everyone except for Cameron, Emmet and Emma Rose who were completely in the dark about the impending arrival of their big brother John. After 18 months away we would be reunited with our friends and families back in Scotland/Ireland for a wee visit. But first we had an incredible journey… Wednesday 27th May […]