West Waterford May 2015
This year’s West Waterford run took place on Sunday 17th May 2015 and our hosts were, are usual, Tim Crowley and Elizabeth Kee.
We gathered for the pre run tea and coffee ritual before setting off in fine weather for our trip in the surrounding countryside of West Waterford.
For the past number of years we have been visiting (and inspecting) Tim’s restoration project near Youghal. Tim himself calls it “my eternal Project”!
This year, great progress is evident and with windows in place it really looks like it is taking shape. Well done, Tim. You may well have the kettle on to boil in the kitchen next year!
We resumed our journey through some lovely countryside by Caliso Bay on our way to Ardmore. The roads, though picturesque, were somewhat challenging in places but we all reached Ardmore safely and parked up beside the famous round tower of St Declan. Legend tells us that St Declan came to this spot some time between 350 and 420 bringing Christianity before St Patrick.
He built a monastery in a high place overlooking the bay. So Ardmore gets its name from the Irish Aird Mhoir, meaning high place. The round tower in Ardmore is said to be the finest example of such a structure in Ireland.
We returned to our cars and set off, passing Fr O’Donnells Well and through the village of Ardmore, where members of the Ballincollig Vintage Club were having a picnic! It was a popular day to be out and about apparently, as we had met several splendid looking Rolls Royce cars earlier bowling along on the first day of a touring holiday in Ireland. No contest though, we are Model T fans through and through!
We drove on until we reached our lunch destination, the very popular Seanachai Bar and restaurant. A delightful lunch was enjoyed by all.
We commenced our homeward journey on the main Dungarvan /Youghal road and at that stage the weather had become cold and windy with heavy clouds threatening rain. The weather does not dampen the spirits of intrepid T travellers and we sallied forth back to Youghal to load up.
Thank you to Tim and Elizabeth for a truly great day of driving.
We had a turnout of 22 cars which is testament to the enthusiasm of our members and the hospitality of our gracious hosts.
All the cars are in tip top condition and thankfully our rescue vehicle was not called into action. However, no doubt he enjoyed the run as much as we did!
We look forward to our next run in beautiful West Cork and hope the June sun will shine for us as it usually does!
Text by Valerie Cuddy
Brian Duggan kindly gave permission for use of his images taken this afternoon as hereunder. Thank you Brian.