We departed Waterford and worked our way around the the East Coast of Ireland and anchored off the shore of Wexford. Low tide, and no place to go ashore we had a quiet and delightful evening on the hook just of the coast.
The following morning we went on to Dun Laoghaire, on the south side of Dublin. This is a huge man made harbour built in the 1800s, just over 1/2 mile wide and probably 80’ (over low tide = -20’) high breakwaters with roads and foot paths along the interior! The lifeboat service in Ireland is all volunteer, not supported by the government but by private donations, but more on that later!
This is one of the wooden 12’ dinghy’s which are the very first “One Design” sailboats every built, and were built there in Dun Laoghaire (Pronounced DunLeary) which are still raced here with enthusiasm!
It is an easy tram ride into Dublin from Dun Laoghaire, and we spent another day exploring the city as tourists with the requisite "Selfie Photos", tour bus and all..! The days highlight for me was a visit and tour of Old Kilmainham Goa
l (jail) which I had always wanted to see since meeting Jim McCann who wrote the song “Grace”
before it became the #1 song in Ireland in the mid 80s. It is a true story of Grace Gifford
, (wife of Joseph Plunkett
who was married in the Goal, and later became a prisoner…. Listen to the song and read her history!
On the morning of July 7th we woke up with the intention of heading up the East Coast of Ireland to Belfast. We had a couple of stops planned along the way, none of which seemed particularly outstanding, and since this morning SUMMER arrived, and it was a beautiful day with flat calm seas and no wind we headed off the the Isle of Man
! Inhabited before 6,500 BC so we figured there must be something there worthwhile!
And there was! Nancy found the Marks & Spencer grocery store AND Swarovski Jewelry Store! But also some great scenery in Douglas Town.
If we had the video on when I took this photo we could have shared the live boat roaring down the tracks and plunging into the harbor headed out on a "May Day" Rescue Mission! Once they stabilized they raised the radar and radio antennas and headed out toward England. The Life Boats
here in on the Isle of Mann, and the Republic of Ireland have a great history, and we are happy to donate to their work!
Douglas is a neat place. We anchored just of the Castle of Refuge
and went ashore to enjoy the day!
and of course Nancy had to try to call Home!
Meanwhile the girls are getting along famously!
From here we headed up the coast to the tip of the island for an early start this morning.
with tidal currents that had moving over 11 Knots!!
By ancient City Gates
and more beautiful lighthouses!
With Really Big Fog Horns!!
And now we are in Belfast, Ireland (not Maine this time) where they are assembling giant Wind Generators at the harbor entrance!
and shipping the blades on Purpose built ships
While we promote the reincarnation of coal? …..
Oh yea, they still have a huge Coal Depot just further down the harbor… just didn’t take a photo…. too ugly...
Fair Winds and Following Seas!
Don & Nancy