Strancally Castle

Irish Photo Rally 2018 – 17 Strancally Castle

So I finally got to test the jacket and trousers in wet weather this weekend.  Yesterday (Sunday) we started out for a spin in warm but dull conditions to head over the hills to Lismore.  From the village of Ardfinnan we could see the Knockmealdowns enveloped in thick cloud and, as we ascended, we noticed the air becoming cooler and a few droplets of rain beginning to fall. Luckily, the showers held off until we’d finished our lunch in the Millennium Park in Lismore and had set off again for Strancally Castle (Photo point No. 17 on the Irish Photo Rally list). After a couple of hours in constant rain, my Richa motorcycle jacket seemed to hold up well (blog post to follow).  The trousers?  Well, thankfully we weren’t too far from home today so I didn’t have to endure a wet seat for too long.

Lismore

The Millennium Park in Lismore is beautiful – neat and very well kept, and the perfect place to have lunch while relaxing and listening to the sounds of running water from two different water features (and the banter from teenagers sheltering from the elements in the band stand).

Water fountain Lismore Park
Water fountain in Lismore Millennium Park

The tree carving below replaces an original tree carving of St. Carthage, patron saint of Lismore, which had become infected by honey fungus disease and it captures the attention of everyone passing by.

Lismore Park
Statue of St. Carthage and Robert Boyle in Lismore Millenium Park

We spent a bit of time taking photos in the park before making our way back to the bike to head for Villierstown.

Because of the constant rain, my view was a lot like this…..

View from the back
I need a set of wipers

Irish Photo Rally

We stopped at a small car park across the river from Strancally Tower – just downstream from Strancally Castle. A word of warning for other pillions – watch out for the height restriction barrier into the car park.  It’s very low.

Strancally Castle
It’s only THIS big!!

Strancally Tower is yet another one of the many follies dotted around Ireland, built in famine times, although there is some speculation as to whether it may have been intended for use as a fishing lodge.

From one folly to another.  Not too far from Strancally Tower is Dromana Gate, originally built from wood and papier mache to celebrate the wedding of Henry Villiers-Stuart in 1826, and then rebuilt in stone some twenty years later.

Dromana Gate
Dromana Gate

O’Brien’s, Millstreet, Dungarvan

In Millstreet we stopped to take a photo or two of this old petrol station/shop and bar, if only because it’s typical of so many rural shops and pubs that once would have provided a great service to the locality.

O'Brien's Millstreet, Dungarvan
O’Brien’s Millstreet, Dungarvan

 

O'Brien's Millstreet, Dungarvan
O’Brien’s Millstreet, Dungarvan

 

Old fuel pumps
Old fuel pumps

It’s sad to see the place closed up. It’s presently for sale and listed with an auctioneer in Dungarvan for less than €80,000 if you’re interested.

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