Getting closer to Ireland

Our childhood summer holidays in Dinas seemed exotic to us Londoners. Of course the language was different, as was the food, the weather, the freedom we were allowed to roam, the stamps we bought for our postcards and even the money. When we went to Bwlch Mawr to buy currant buns and chocolate as ‘after swimming’ treats we often found Irish coins in the change.

Our climbs to the rocky summits of local high points always involved screwing our eyes up to see if we could see Ireland on the horizon but it wasn’t until much later that I went on a day trip to Wexford* from Fishguard. We went by catamaran from Fishguard to Rosslare, an opportunity that sadly no longer exists – I think. However, back in the pre-crash days of 2004, the Irish Academy of Engineers envisaged a 50 mile long tunnel linking the two ports. Click here to find out more.

 © Copyright David Staincliffe and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

© Copyright David Staincliffe and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

* We loved Wexford. It’s a pretty, busy little town full of historical surprises and cultural interest. The literary offer of the Wexford area includes John Banville, Eoin Colfer, Billy Roche and Colm Toibin – amazing for its small population!

Without the catamaran, your visit will have to be an overnight stay from a Tegfan holiday.

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I'm passionate about books, about Oxfam and about making the world a better place. When I'm not filling the shelves in Oxfam Wilmslow, I might be found reading the books I've bought in the beautiful surroundings of North Pembrokeshire.
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4 Responses to Getting closer to Ireland

  1. simon682 says:

    I never got to mention the amazing literary output in my pice about Wexford. But I did buy a John Banville book. Nice post.

  2. Sorry we weren’t around to offer you breakfast .. and that you had to speed through. You’d have loved the quiet little back roads and the pretty little beaches you could have had to yourself Can’t get away from the hills though. Watch out for the tractors, trucks and cows on the A487. Unfortunately it’s a road that’s difficult to avoid in North Pembrokeshire. Even St Brynach and St David had to use it!

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