Fun and frolicks with all our friends at our country retreat allowed mum and dad to travel to Ireland last week for a few days holiday and relaxation.
Our home for the week were kennels just outside of Carlisle and what a busy place it was. Pooches of all sizes and shapes gathered together for hours of barking, running and swapping doggy tales.
It is fair to say it has taken us two days to recover due to how tired we had become . Whilst we have dominated the settee and chatted about our adventures mum and dad have also been sharing their stories.
Mum and dad’s adventures took them across the sea to Southern Ireland, calling at anumber of places including Enniscorthy just an hour and a half drive south of Dublin.
Situated on the banks of the River Slaney, the town features a cathedral, a Norman castle and some movie buffs may know it as the home of Eilis Lacey, the central character of the movie Brooklyn. It was founded by St.Senan in 510 so is about as old as mum!
Overlooking the town is the site of a famous siege in Irish history, the Battle for Vinegar Hill.
Vinegar Hill (Cnoc Fhiodh na gCaor in Irish which translates as hill of the berry-tree), was the largest camp and headquarters of the rebels of 1798 who controlled County Wexford for thirty days against vastly superior forces. Some reports show that more than 15,000 British soldiers were used to quash the rebels when the final assault was launched with an artillery barrage on the morning of 21 June 1798.
Today all that remains on top of the hill is a single round stone building which dad thinks may have been a windmill or store house.
Getting to Vinegar Hill
If you fancy a visit to Vinegar Hill it is well worth it according to our dad, even if just for the view.
He walked up the hill in bright sunshine and with temperatures of about 25deg centigrade after following some of the many signposts that litter the nearby town.
One word of caution would be to take your time and wear suitable footwear. Although you will be walking on pavement and on a quiet country roads the walk is steep in places especially if you are walking all the way from the town.
Dad commented that the cool breeze was much appreciated as he took in the 360 degree vista of southern Ireland.
If you have a car then much of the work is done for you as you can park in a large area some 50m from the hill top.
Until next time
Licks and wags
Rufus and Charlie
Vinegar Hill gallery
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