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Ireland--Kilkenny, the last stop on our Irish adventure

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So far on this trip we have visited Trim, Carrick-on-Shannon, Kilglass, Strokestown, Cobh, Kinsale, and Baltimore

http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/ireland-beginning-of-trip-report.cfm

After another leisurely breakfast we headed off to Kilkenny and Newlands Country House

http://www.newlandscountryhouse.com/

Once in a while a B&B gets everything right and they've done it. Beautifully decorated rooms, first class linens and towels, a small frig and even a trouser press (not that we needed it for our jeans.) The directions to the house were easy to follow and there was ample parking. 156 Euros total for 2 nights

We had again emailed ahead of time and asked our host , Nicola, to make dinner reservations. It was about a 5-10 minute drive into Kilkenny and Rinuccini's Italian restaurant.

http://www.rinuccini.com/

Small, pretty room, attentive service and good food---this was a winner.

2 salads, 2 different pastas, 2 desserts, capuccino, 2 wines 83 Euros

The next day we toured Kilkenny Castle and did some more shopping for the grandkids. We stopped at Mount Juliet Golf Resort to have a look and make a dinner reservation for that evening at Kendall's as per our B&B host's suggestion. Amazing room with candles lit everywhere--elegant, but casual.

You should see their "proper" restaurant--Wow! But a bit over the top for us tonight, I didn't bring my diamonds!

This was one of our better dinners along with excellent service
Me--Filo wrapped Camembert, locally caught trout, chocolate fondant
MDH--Potato Leek soup, a fantastic pork chop, pear-honeycomb tart w/ice cream
1/2 bottle of my favorite wine from the Sancerre region of France
Capuccino 113 Euros

Today our drive was from Kilkenny to Dublin Airport. As Straffan was on our route, we decided to stop and look at "The K Club" Fore!!! Do you see a theme here? MDH has enough ball markers and hats to last along time. Too bad he didn't have time to play a round.

The Golf Channel happened to be filming their program "The Big Break, Ireland" which will air in the fall. We talked to some of the enthusiastic players and wished them good luck.

http://s708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90/TMPAYT/Ireland%204/?albumview=slideshow

We had booked a room at the "Premire Hotel Dublin Airport" as per some Fodorites suggestions. For 49 Euros total (no breakfast) we weren't expecting much. Just a convenient place to lay our heads before our flight home.

http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/DUBAIR/dublin-airport

I have to say that it was better than expected even though it did have that awful system of putting your card in a slot to get electricity in the room. The bed was comfortable, the desk people were nice, and it was very convenient to Dan Dooley to drop off the car in the morning.

We grabbed some pub food at Kealey's right up the street (45 Euros) and got some sleep.

Dublin Airport had some good shopping. I bought a Pandora bead for my bracelet, some beautiful silver napkin rings for our daughter that were made in Newbridge, and then a stunning handbag (also made in Newbridge) just jumped off of the shelf and into my hands----just what I had been looking for.

I put those napkin rings in my carry-on luggage and did they ever set off all the bells----"Miss, will you step over here and open your bag please?"

All in all, a successful trip. It was our second to Ireland in 8 months time. We would have liked to see the Rock of Cashel, but the Queen was scheduled to be there the day we would have visited and we certainly didn't want to deal with that traffic wise.

We missed President Obama by 2 days. We would have gone to support him. As we sat on our Aer Lingus plane waiting to take off, we did see the gigantic gray, US Air Force cargo planes landing with his cars and equipment.

As I proof-read this report it sounds like all we did was eat. I hope some of the details are helpful.

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