We were collected by Michael Lyons, our bus driver, at about 11am and headed on our journey to Cork , via the town of Kilkenny. It was a picturesque journey through what is clearly quite good farming country. Micheal told us that we were travelling through an area that just this week had held a ploughing competition, a very popular and prestigious contest that had drawn a crowd of over 60000 people.
We arrived in Kilkenny at about 2pm and did a self-guided tour of Kilkenny Castle, one of the few places I had not been before. It was lived in until very recently so is relatively modern in its furnishings compared to some of the other castles we will visit. The grounds were lovely to walk around in.
We continued on to Cork, arriving at about 6pm. It is a pity that we don’t get more time to spend in Cork because it looks well worth exploring. We checked into our youth hostel which had a better location than the one we stayed in last time, then walked into the centre of town to find somewhere for dinner. The meal was lovely and dessert included banoffee pie, one of my favourites!