Foulksrath Castle – Ireland's oldest hostel

Foulksrath Castle, near Kilkenny, IrelandFrom the travel diary: Dec 16 (some years ago) – Monday: Kilkenny, Ireland After a big breakfast I walk down to the railway station and take the train to Thomastown, named centuries ago after Anthony Fitz Thomas. I grew up in Thomastown, Victoria, Australia … [Read more...]

Dingle Peninsula – Europe's most westerly point

It’s raining, the streets look like a movie set. I've just arrived in Dingle, Ireland where I've been youth hostelling. Hurrying along to O’Sullivan’s Hostel, I meet Christopher, who had missed the bus, but managed to cadge a lift here. Inside the hostel, now out of the rain we meet brothers Rick … [Read more...]

Festivals – Galway Oyster Festival

The World's longest running oyster festival: My greatest disappointment with my two trips to Ireland is that I've never made it to the Galway International Oyster Festival, usually held in September to celebrate the start of the oyster season. I love oysters and Tony loves oysters and Guinness so … [Read more...]