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THE GARDEN COUNTY

Co WICKLOW

On Thursday we felt like we were on holiday as we headed once more to Co Wicklow for 2 days. On the way we stopped at the picturesque village of Avoca, better known for being the location of the TV series Ballykissangel. We bought some fish and chips and lunched overlooking the river.
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Sandi had found a B&B called Moneylands on a farm outside Arklow. There would have been a wonderful view over the Irish Sea if it were not for the thick fog. They even boasted a leisure centre with a swimming pool.
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We headed up into the hills towards Aghavannagh, so that we could walk on part of the Wicklow Way. It is a 126km path from north to south over the Wicklow mountains. On the way we passed a garden full of heather.
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We had an impromptu picnic next to a river, feasting on roast chicken and canned Guiness.
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The terrain is far more natural and less cultivated than the rest of Ireland.
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As we drove along a very narrow lane with tall hedgerows on either side, we were shocked to have a deer come sailing over the hedge, nearly landing on our bonnet! Before we could recover, her young mate came flying over as well. Terrified they leapt into the field and were gone [not sure who got the bigger fright!]

While enjoying nature we received a call requesting me to work in Waterford on the Friday evening, so we drove down to Waterford the next day. We stopped in at the Waterford Crystal factory, but all the workers were staging a sit-in, protesting the imminent closure of the factory. They took shifts keeping the furnace burning, because if it was allowed to go out, it would cost 6 million euros and take 3 months to start it up again. This would almost certainly put off any potential buyers, and it was in the workers' interest to attract a buyer so that they retain their jobs.

Posted by davidsandi 31.03.2009 11:22 Archived in Ireland

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