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Another leisurely start to the day...packed up and on the road at 11am...the one hour drive took just over one and a half hours...the place we're staying at didn't feature on the gps, and the instructions given could probably have had a bit more detail. Consequently, quite a few U-turns were performed en route, and we got a good look at the surrounding area! Not a bad thing, because it's just gorgeous around here...it did come as a bit of a surprise to discover that we had "crossed the border" and are actually staying in the Republic of Ireland! But can still see Northern Ireland across the canal, and it doesn't even need to be a clear day to do so!
Our cottage, Old Essmore Cottage is gorgeous...with some very low door frames (look out Ben!), but all the mod cons, and we arrived to a lovely table full of scones and cakes! Settled in, the drove into Carlingford village...it's a medieval village, very old buildings (with more low ceilings!) and lots of narrow one way streets. We found the Carlingford Arms (Pub!), had bar snacks and beer, and waited for the live music to start. Turned out not to be good traditional Irish music as we'd hoped, but not bad. Tata spotted an ice cream shop across the road as we were leaving, so that was an unplanned dessert!


Girls day out!
Another grey and drizzly day, so the girls headed out and left the boys to nap all day! We went to the Outlet Park in Bainbridge which we had spotted on our way here (about 30 mins away). Borrowed a wheelchair for Jo, which Janae drove...often over some bone-shaking cobbles, but no damage done! Found some bargains, then got hungry...
Headed back to Newry (10 mins from the cottage), and went to The Quays shopping centre...commandeered another wheelchair...this one was trouble, as it had big wheels, so Jo could propel herself...worse than shopping with a child...she kept disappearing, and was difficult to find as she was so short! At one point, I had lost both her and Janae...searched the entire mall, then got a message (thank goodness for free wifi!), to tell me she was UPSTAIRS! Hadn't thought to look upstairs!
Before we knew it, it was 5pm, so headed back to the cottage. Went out to PJ OHare's pub for dinner, based on good reviews on trip advisor. Didn't disappoint...lots of lovely seafood, all sourced locally, and cooked perfectly!


Good Grief...I see sunshine! It's surrounded by a lot of clouds, but still...
Mid-morning, I set off with the kids to walk the 7 km track into Carlingford...a great track for cycling and walking along the coastline. Very pretty.
Janae and I wandered around the village while Ben got a haircut (at the barbershop...a room out the back of a pub!) then we met Jo and Tata for lunch...we went to liberty Cafe for lunch (mainly because it was right next door to the Sweet Shop!). Another great find!
Then up the road to the Skypark for Ben and Janae to climb and zip along the high rope courses (and me as supervisor and photographer!)...spent the whole afternoon there...it was a fantastic course, and the instructors were awesome.
There was a group of over 30 school kids there, and Ben and Janae joined the group doing the most difficult course right at the end. One poor boy ended up on this course by accident and was petrified. The banter between the boys was hilarious...they couldn't believe how confident Ben was, and called him a crazy New Zealander...I kind of agreed with them - he had no fear at all!

Our last night here...We went back to PJ O'Hares for dinner...I had the seafood linguine again...it was soooo good!

I have thoroughly enjoyed staying here...it's a fantastic place...lots of character, lovely friendly people. Janae and I agreed, if we had to live in any of the places we've been, we'd both choose Carlingford! And I'm sure it would be even better in Summer!

Posted by MaryMcKeowen 14:07

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