Day 1: Cashel, Cahir, Cork

Day 1 - 180km
Day 1 - 180km
Tired from the flight
Tired from the flight
Rock of Cashel
Rock of Cashel
Rock of Cashel still under renovation
Rock of Cashel still under renovation
12th century original cross
12th century original cross
12th century tapestry
12th century tapestry
Hore Abbey in the distance
Hore Abbey in the distance
Rock of Cashel
Rock of Cashel
Cahir Castle Inner Court Yard
Cahir Castle Inner Court Yard
Lower the gate!
Lower the gate!
Second Floor of the Keep
Second Floor of the Keep
Fourth Floor of the Keep
Fourth Floor of the Keep
A view of Cahir on a Rainy Day
A view of Cahir on a Rainy Day
Bridge view from the guard house
Bridge view from the guard house
At least someone was liking the rain
At least someone was liking the rain
River view from the upper ramparts
River view from the upper ramparts
Inner Castle Keep
Inner Castle Keep
Guard tower third floor
Guard tower third floor
Merchants Quay, Cork at Night
Merchants Quay, Cork at Night
Tired, but fed and warm.  Dinner at Gallagher's Pub in Cork
Tired, but fed and warm. Dinner at Gallagher's Pub in Cork
Cork at night
Cork at night

We arrived in Shannon just before 6:00am local time on Monday the 24th. On reflection, I would probably not recommend doing this since it makes for groggy day. The flight is rather short at just over 5 hours, and that is not really enough time to get any sleep after a day of travel. But I was always told to muscle through the first day and it gets better. So I put a few sites on the Itinerary before ending up in Cork for the night. We acquired the rental car at the airport, spent 5 minutes trying to figure out how to open the trunk, then we were off to Cashel for our first waypoint. Getting into Cashel slightly before the Rock of Cashel opened for the day, we found a grocery store and loaded up on snacks for the car, and other sundries we didn't want to pack/travel with. The day was cold, blustery and rainy, so we spent quite a bit of time inside the cathedral, taking in the museum and orientation film. We wandered a bit around the cathedral before deciding to move on. Our next waypoint was Cahir Castle, just about 30 minutes south of Cashel and on the way to Cork. On a less rainy day, they would have had to drag me from this place. The narrow winding staircases and access to the battlements and ramparts made me feel like a kid again. They have a nice film on the history of the castle, and quite a few informative exhibits. We stopped for lunch right across the street at the River House, which had a nice menu selection, decent prices, and was warm and inviting. After loading up on a full Irish Breakfast for lunch, the jet lag and day of travel was starting to hit me. We made tracks for Cork, to the Jurys Inn hotel. We were fortunate enough to obtain on-site parking (less then 20 spaces, so luck of the draw), and took a few hours nap before dinner. I had done a bit of research on places withing walking distance , and we all opted for Gallaghers's Pub. A nice relaxing dinner was had, pints were consumed and the rain finally stopped for the evening. This was all followed by one of the best nights of sleep one will every experience.