This hotel is one of the world's most exciting destinations, with a great history dating back originally to the famous Irish O'Flaherty Clan, known to the English as the ferocious O' Flaherty's. It was taken over from them by the invading Norman's, led by the De Joy family, in the early eleven hundreds, and later again by another Norman family, the De Burgo's, a name which was to change in later years to Burke. The De Joy name also changed later to Joyce. In later years again it was taken over by the Guinness family, and finally turned into a top class five star hotel. It was also the base for many of the actors, and those involved in the filming of that wonderful movie, "The Quiet Man", including John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
It has been visited by innumerable famous people, including Ronnie and Nancy Regan. It is even on the record that i myself have stayed there, eventhough i tried to keep it quiet, so what more can i say.
I took this picture of the castle as i approached it this morning (Tuesday) when i arrived to collect Elianae and Joseph. They had really enjoyed their overnight stay, and had a really lovely meal last evening in the castle. The lake, pictured behind the castle, is Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland. Joseph and Eliane had enjoyed a boat trip on the lake yesterday, which is a great experience. The lake reputed to have 365 islands. I have not managed to count them all myself yet as i seem to keep falling asleep , usually after i reach about fifty or sixty.
From the left we have, Joseph, Eliane, Yvonne Peters Hill, and , well, you know who.
Yvonne is the Reservations manager, and a really nice, and most obliging lady. If you are planning on coming to stay here, then please feel free to ask for Yvonne, and tell her that i told you to say that "Dave sent you". I wonder if Ronnie and Nancy mentioned my name? Yvonne knows that i only bring nice people to her magnificent hotel. This hotel has recently been taken over by the Red Carnation hotel group, and they are at present in the process of doing a complete overhaul of the premises. I cannot say enough about this wonderful place and the magnificent grounds and gardens and surrounding woodlands, where you can enjoy the great fresh air while walking in the woods, or just wandering down by the lakeshore. It also has its own golf course and you can even book a session with the Falcons. You should Google it and see for yourself all that this place has to offer.
Thank you again Yvonne for looking after Joseph and Eliane. They really loved their stay with you.
Tomorrow we head for Killarney. Hungry or not, i am on my way again. Please feel free to come along.