Saturday was Tarbert to Ballybunion - in a nut shell- wind head on, up & down hills, shorter but harder; Stayed with Noreen in Olde Attic B&B that night.
Bfast started with porridge with cinnamon and raisens, our 2nd Irish B-fast, very much like the 1st but we were introduced to "black pudding", a type of sausage that other of our hostesses typically serve to their Irish guests. Then packing out and sweet goodbyes & pics with Bernadette and Patrick in their backyard where laundry was hung to dry & a blanket of little daisy flowers covered the lawn which were mowed as we packed the bikes.
As we headed out south from Tarbert, it started to rain hard but just for a minute. Charlie & Skye stopped just outside of town to speak to John, and we had our 1st long Irish conversation. With an easy Irish hospitality that we'd experienced repeatedly , he offered for us to stay on his land but that would have been a very short day! He was quite a historian and told us about the nearby Abbey & Carrigafoyle (Rock of the hole)Castle probably built in the 1400's and destroyed by th British in the 1580's. He was a descendant of the O'Conner 's who had made their fortune from control of a toll bridge past the castle over the river.
During the discussion some talk of the Irish perspective of US folks were shared. We learned that the Irish inquire about your interests and not about your job in that short list of common "get to know you" questions. I saw a description of the Irish a few days later that seemed to describe John to a tee- "this Ireland that presents many faces, loving, teasing, inscrutable, wise..."
We then went to the Abbey which is now a cemetery and the family names were very interesting. The castle in the distance seemed to be a tall blokish ruin and I wasn't expecting much. However, we had found a prize. There were the usual arches in the walls but most impressive was the intact stone arched ceiling which consisted of relatively thin stones laid together like pieces of paper. The ceiling was 5 stories up and a stone spiral staircase in the back corner accessed the remaining back section with the 6th story overlooking the countryside. Amazing!
I noted no safety features on the climb up so just be careful.
Several other folks were visiting too.
We proceeded on & it was hilly which we expected and windy which I hadn't counted on. I guess the 1st 2 days had taken their toil as this was a short day but challenging. We arrived into Ballybunion and easily found The Olde Attic B&B on the main street, run by Noreen and her family. We had a great seafood dinner at the hotel restaurant next door. Enjoyed watching a 2 yr old and she enjoyed giving all of us a hi 5's (actually low sweet hand slaps) as she left.
We were pretty much comatose after dinner and only Mark heard the 3am singing from the bar downstairs. Noreen was not impressed the next morning that those "hooligans" had taken her flowers out of their containers, but she had already fixed things back.