And finally the last day we spend in Ireland finds us just outside Cashel where we have booked into Tir Na Nog B&B for the night. Despite all the advice and comments on internet feedback devices, booking into an establishment you do not know is a bit of a lottery. Happily we find that our host is one of those men for whom nothing is too much trouble and who is willing to make a friend of his guests. Tommy welcomes us with a tray of tea and good advice for our eating and shopping needs. With his help we get a decent evening meal, and the following day we buy the woollen garments we have been searching for and happen upon some clothes sh0ps where red SALE signs advertise real bargains. I buy a navy mid-length wool and cashmere coat for a snip. Anne and I also stock up on the locally-made black pudding which we have enjoyed on our breakfast plate.
After checking out Tommy accompanied us to the local cheesemaker of Cashel Blue, a drive of about 10 minutes. We had chosen Cashel partly because we had enjoyed this cheese in Connemara and wanted to buy some take home. Little could we have imagined that the source of this delicious variety of Blue cheese was on Tommy’s doorstep! After a chat with the director we each bought a 1.5 kg ‘wheel’ of Cashel Blue and a smaller piece of their Crozier Blue which is the only blue cheese to be made with sheep’s milk in Ireland.
With little time to dally in Cashel we were not able to visit the Rock of Cashel with its castle atop. After buying our clothes and black pudding we headed for Rosslare where we made a brief pit stop for soup before checking in at the ferry terminal