Thursday Doors : March 30, 2017

This is another door we came across in the town of Lismore, Co. Waterford.   It is sad to see that this building is all shut up and neglected, as there was a really lovely restaurant there, O’Briens Chop House, which closed a few years ago.   Let’s hope the place soon comes back to life again.

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Thursday Doors : March 23, 2017

This photo is of one of the doors into Lismore Castle in County Waterford, of course it’s not the main door of the castle, that door was open and I didn’t manage to get a good shot as there were many people milling around.  This castle is one of the residences of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire,and has been in their family since 1753.

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

The castle is not usually open to the public, except for a few charity events.   Last Sunday was one such day, and we went to a fund raising Devonshire tea in the Great Hall.  Devonshire tea, also known as cream tea, is usually tea or coffee taken with a scone served with clotted cream and jam.

The castle itself has had a lot of famous visitors over the years, including Fred Astaire, whose sister Adele Astaire was married to one of the Cavendish family, and she lived in the castle from 1944 to shortly before her death in 1981.   John F Kennedy was another visitor to the castle in his younger years before he became President.

There were many other well known (even famous) visitors, as can be seen from the visitors’ book. There is Lucian Freud, Diana Mosley (another Mitford sister), poet John Betjeman, writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, photographer Cecil Beaton and actor Dominic West.    Anybody can rent out the castle, see the link if you are so inclined, though I haven’t enquired about the cost.   We were told though that the place is rented for about 20 weeks every year!

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

old door at Lismore Castle

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Viewpoint in the Vee

The Vee, starting near Clogheen in County Tipperary is a spectacularly scenic drive, and the road climbs and twists and dips, until you eventually end up in the beautiful town of Lismore in County Waterford.   When you look back on your climb towards the apex, you are looking at the Golden Vale, very rich farmland, with more mountains visible on the horizon.

The ‘Vee’ refers to the V shaped turn in the road, leading to the Knockmaeldown mountains, and offers panoramic views to sightseers going through the pass.

At the top of the pass, there is a car park, and a monument to Samuel Grubb, who asked to be buried upright, so that he could gaze on the view, even in death.

The Vee is very popular with cyclists, because of the steep climbs, and a great meeting place for hikers, as a variety of climbs, with different degrees of difficulty, are available from this spot.

At one end of the drive is the very pretty town of Lismore, with its very picturesue castle on the river – you can even rent out the castle, and make it your base on your holidays.   We had the pleasure last year of doing a tour of the gardens of the castle, and it is defintely a place worth a visit.

Lismore Castle through the trees of Ballyrafter House

Lismore Castle through the trees of Ballyrafter House

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