Blackwater Run May 2013

The 7th Blackwater T Run took place on Sunday 19th May 2013 when we gathered at the home of Tim and Elizabeth on the outskirts of the heritage town of Youghal in East Cork. Situated overlooking Youghal Bay it is the perfect starting point for our tour of this particular part of West Waterford.

After our coffee and goodies provided by Elizabeth around 15 assorted Ts set off in anticipation of a lovely day of motoring and we were not disappointed. On each drivers’ seat there was presented a laminated colour production of photos and text giving clear directions and colour images of what to see along the way. Well done Tim and your Assistant – much appreciated. Our two Tail End Charlies were at the ready to pick up any strays.

Having driven through Clashmore we arrived in the picturesque little village of Villierstown where we had our first stop to partake of more refreshments at the Cruiscin Lan hostelry with the compliments of our hosts Tim and Elizabeth. Following the short break we were off again to take in the very pleasant Dromina Drive.

We stopped for a group photo at the extraordinary Dromina Gate and then continued our journey into Cappoquin where we turned in the direction of Lismore. This part of the run is a favourite of many of the our group as we travel along the riverside on our way to Lismore. As we approach the town we get the full impact of the magnificent Castle as it rises majestically in front of us.

We parked up in the large car park of the Lismore House Hotel where lunch was waiting to be served. As an added bonus during dessert we were serenaded with music by Tim’s talented brother Jerry and his accordion, an unexpected treat indeed!

After a delicious lunch enjoyed by all, a few of the group took a walk in the direction of the Lismore Sunday Market held each week near the Castle grounds. There we found a variety of stands selling all kinds of everything from plants, flowers, jams and honey to handmade soaps and lavender wraps to ease pains, aches and other ailments! After making our purchases, it was time to regroup and head back towards Youghal. Before we returned however Tim had another surprise up his sleeve.

We took a detour to view a project he is now working on… an old brick factory which was originally on the site of an beautiful mansion dating back to the mid 1700’s . The house is in need of some TLC and updating, as the selling agents say, but for our intrepid Tim all things are achievable! We wish him well in his endeavours.

We eventually got back to base where we loaded our cars in readiness for home. More refreshments were available for those who wished to partake before a longer journey ahead.

Our grateful thanks to Tim and Elizabeth for a memorable and enjoyable day. We all look forward to our next outing and meeting up with our T friends for another run in the near future.

Text by Valerie Cuddy

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