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ADARE in APRIL 2016

ADARE in APRIL 2016

A sure sign of Spring for Model T Club members is when we get the date of the first run of the year, which is usually with David and Marian Cuddy in Adare.

 

 

 

First of all, photos of the cars.

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This year, on Sunday 17 April almost 20 cars gathered for coffee,tea,scones and other goodies before we sallied forth through the Co Limerick highways and byways.

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There was a lot to catch up on after the long wet and windy winter and there was a high level of chatter and laughter as we had our mid morning refreshments.

More car pictures…

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The weather was fine and bright. A bit chilly but no rain on the horizon as we set off in our Model Ts to enjoy our day.

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Group picture first…

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Followed by distribution of rally programmes by William Cuddy…

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We headed to Croom and then on to Manister Cross and Fedamore. We drove through the village of Grange and then stopped at the famous Stone Circle composed of 113 standing stones.

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The Stone Circle is the largest and finest in Ireland. built circa 2200BC  after the arrival of the Bronze Age.

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The circle is aligned on the sunrise of the summer solstice. Included in archeological finds on the site were thousands of shards of Beaker pottery. The breaking of Beaker pots against the standing stones seems to have been part of a ceremony during that time. The largest of the Stones is called Rannach Crom Dubh and is over 40 tonnes in weight and was transported over a distance of 3 miles.

We continued our journey through the small village of Holycross and turned left to make our way to Lough Gur. DSC03108 DSC03109 DSC03112 DSC03111 DSC03110 DSC03123 DSC03120 DSC03119 DSC03118 DSC03117 DSC03116 DSC03115 DSC03114 DSC03113 DSC03134 DSC03131 DSC03127 DSC03133 DSC03130 DSC03126 DSC03132 DSC03125 DSC03143 DSC03142 DSC03141 DSC03140 DSC03139 DSC03138 DSC03137 DSC03136 DSC03135 DSC03128 DSC03147 DSC03146 DSC03144 DSC03148We parked up on our arrival at this lovely spot beside the lake and enjoyed the tranquility. Swans glided gracefully on the water and not for the first time, we remarked on the beauty of Ireland’s hidden gems, such as this place.

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Lunch was our next port of call and we drove from Lough Gur to Bruff , just a short few miles away. The Bakehouse Restaurant was soon filled with our drivers and passengers eager and ready for food. We were not disappointed.  We had a truly delicious meal and all compliments go to chefs and staff. Take a bow, one and all!!

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Time then to start our return to Adare and we drove back through lovely winding roads, noticing all the delights of early Spring. The daffodils in the gardens, the abundance of pale yellow primroses on the roadside banks together with clumps of bluebells here and there. The birds have been very busy building nests in the trees. The trees themselves were thrusting forth their first tiny green shoots telling us the annual miracle of Spring is well and truly here at last!!

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Our hosts for the Spring event at Adare are David & Maria, William, Caroline & children

Our hosts for the Spring event at Adare are David & Maria, William, Caroline & children

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We loaded up our cars in readiness for home and bid our farewells til next time to our fellow enthusiasts.
We had a wonderful day. Our thanks to all who made it happen. John O’Connell and his band of merry men on their motorbikes who acted as stewards for the day ensuring we took all the right turns at junctions etc and making sure all got through safely.
Tail End Charlie was the ever helpful John O’Shaughnessy. Thankfully he was not needed, but it was reassuring to know he was there.

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Lastly, and most importantly, David and Marian Cuddy and family without whom the day would not happen. Every year they come up trumps and organise a great run. Not only that, but provide the good weather to go with it!!
It can truthfully be said that a great time was had by all!!

3 Comments

  1. Beautiful day,lovely people and hopefully we will meet up again during the year,safe travelling to all, on those gorgeous vehicles of yesteryear, a truly beautiful sight to see.

  2. Fantastic photos-very well done! A great day-enjoyed immensely!!!

  3. A great day was had by everybody. Looking forward to next outing already.

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