Full day today! We left the manor house around nine – after an encounter with a cat – and went on to Cobh, which was a big port where a lot of ships left to cross the Atlantic during the famine. It was also the last port of call for the Titanic.
We drove on into Midleton, where the Jameson Whiskey distillery is. Great tour, and a free tasting! It’s a bit much for me, but it was surprisingly smooth. I also learned some of the difference between Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey. Bourbon is distilled only once, Scotch’s barley is dried over an open flame so it is smokey and distilled twice. Irish Whiskey is distilled three times, and barley is dried in a closed area so it isn’t as smokey.
We made a very quick stop at the Rock of Cashel before making our way into Kilkenney. I really like this town, and would love to come back at some point. We did a walking tour, and saw a few great places, including a couple very old churches and a jail. Most of the buildings are built with black marble, which just stands the test of time remarkably well. Some were built 800, event 1,000 years ago.
Tonight some of us went to dinner at a great Italian place called the “Italian Connection” on High Street. Then back to the hotel for a drink and some great traditional Irish music.