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After the rain had finally stopped at noon, I decided to drive to Wexford, a little town which is about 30 km away from New Ross. On the trip, I saw no less than three rainbows (or just one disappearing and reappearing again? You never know. Unfortunately, I didn’t wear the right shoes for a walk through the meadows – if that had been the case, I would have gone to the leprechaun sitting at the end of the rainbow in order to ask him if that was the same rainbow again and again;))…

Well, at least I spotted these Irish residents. Almost as good as a leprechaun…

Wexford, which was founded in Norman times, used to be a harbour town until the harbour silted and couldn’t be used for large ships anymore.

It has small little streets with colourful houses and a nice little shopping street – with wonderfull shops such as the following ones…

…and a couple of nice spots such as the Crescent Quay:

I’m glad that I drove there on that day – it’s been another lovely quick trip in Ireland!

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Always running or jumping – he’s never standing still and doesn’t care at all that I want to take a picture of him which would show more than a blurred bunch of fur. That’s the best I could manage so far…

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Just a short glance at the kitchen, where I will bake my first scones very soon (I’ll surely let you know…).

Since it stopped raining for a short while on Monday evening and the sun came out just for a sunset, I also took the opportunity to take pictures of the garden (or of the view that I have when I look out of my room’s window).

Not too bad, huh?

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My room

I’ve been living for three weeks with Noirin now (is it just three weeks? I feel like I’ve been here forever – which is good, actually!) and haven’t found the time to take pictures of the whole place. Until today. So this is my room:

It’s quite a spacious room, really! So there’s enough space for any visitors…

I also took pictures of the hallway and of the bathroom today:

The kitchen is quite messy at the moment, because Noirin chose to work there today, so I’ll take a picture of it later. There’s also a living room with an open fire and a TV in the house as well as a home office (where I slept the first couple of days).

Upstairs, there’s Noirin’s bedroom and the bedroom of Fionn, her son. We also have a lovely little garden (which is not too lovely today because of the rain).

Moreover, I have two “roommates”, Molly and Castro, whom I took for a long walk on Thursday.

Since they both are terriers, they never stop running in the woods, so that they were way too fast for my camera. I’ll have to wait until they fall asleep in order to take more pictures of them, I suppose…

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Assistants in Dublin

We were just sent a picture of all the German language assistants in front of the Goethe Institut at Merrion Square.

This picture was taken by a member of the Goethe Institut Dublin(© Goethe Institut, Dublin)

Can you spot me;)?

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The weather was wonderful on October 16th, and so I decided to take that opportunity and to drive to the Rock of Cashel, which is about 80 km away from New Ross. I choose to take small roads on the way up there, so in the end I really did a cross-country trip… But it was a wonderful drive – blue sky, green hills, small streets, and sheep and cows on the fields around me. Lovely Ireland!

I arrived at Cashel early in the afternoon, parked the car and walked straight on to the Rock of Cashel – just in time to watch a short, but informative film about buildings in medieval Ireland in general and about the Rock of Cashel in particular.

The Rock of Cashel, which is officially called St. Patrick’s Rock (Carraig Phádraig), used to be the seat of the High Kings of Munster before the Norman invasion, and theses kings who used to be crowned here. In the 5th century, King Aenghus converted to christianity and  was baptised on the Rock of Cashel by St. Patrick. Patrick then became the first bishop of Cashel.

Later on, in the 12th or 13th century, the rock was given to the church. A cathedral was built from that time onwards (the scaffold, by the way, is from the 21st century;)), which is quite impressive even today!In one of these centuries, a cross was erected which came to be known as “St. Patrick’s Cross”, showing a figure which is supposed to be Christ (you might recognise it). A copy of the cross can be seen in it’s original place; the original cross is, as you might imagine, quite weathered and kept in a safer place today in order to preserve it.

Today, parts of the cathedral – the roofs at least – have fallen into ruins, while the Irish try to preserve the other parts, especially those where pictures and sculptures can be seen.

Unfortunately, these parts – and with them Cormac’s Chapel, which is said to be the most interesting chapel of the romantic era – were closed for the public. But the parts of the building that could be visited were impressive enough.There are also a couple of graves, decorated with Irish high crosses, statues or just gravestones, which are quite spectacular as well.

One of the largest tombs – a mausoleum, actually – is known as Scully’s cross. It was constructed in 1867 in remembrance of the Scully family, but struck by lightning in 1976, so that the cross was destroyed. The remains of the top cross still lie on the ground today.

Here are some more pictures of the whole place.

I left Rock of Cashel at about 3.30 in order to walk around the whole place…

… and went on to Clonmel, a small town south of Cashel, where I spent another hour walking around and entering one or two shops (yes, shops usually are open on Sundays in Ireland…). On my way home I took the N24, a larger road, to Waterford, where I turned northwards and arrived in New Ross at about 7.00. The whole quay was already illuminated.I also had a great view on the River Barrow and on the Dunbrody Famine Ship (which was illuminated with green light and almost looked like a ghost ship;)…).

I’m glad a did that trip, although it’s been quite a long drive! The Rock of Cashel is really a spectacular sight and I’d love to visit it again!

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I was invited to a “little dinner thing” with neighbours and friends at Vincent’s house on Saturday evening, so I decided to go up to Kilkenny in the afternoon since Thomasway is half the way up to Kilkenny anyways. It was a greyish day and it was raining every once in a while, so I took my time on the way there, stopping every once in a while in order to take pictures of an autumnal Ireland.

In Kilkenny, I just walked around a little bit, having another look at Kilkenny Castle…

…and at the little streets.

As many other Irish places, Kilkenny also has a church fallen into ruins…

But there are, of course, well-preserved churches as well, such as St. Canice’s Church.

I then went back to Thomastown. Vincent’s dinner began at an “Irish half past six”, so I arrived there just on time – at half past seven… (Irish people never give you an exact time – you can arrive an hour or two too late, that doesn’t matter at all! Great country;)!). It was a nice evening, really; the rain had stopped, so that we could all stand outside on the terrace, next to a cozy fireplace. We had fish chowder (fish soup) – very tasty – and could then choose from a range of desserts: fruit salad, Swiss chocolate roll, “russischer Zupfkuchen”, cheese tartlets, cheese and grapes… As you might imagine, it was a great evening indeed!

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