Google Maps is often right, but not often enough to make it truly reliable. On this trip it's been wrong several times: it directed me to the wrong end of the street for my (ill-fated) car rental; it added all sorts of little intermediary steps to what should have been a straight road to Clonmel. But the most egregious is that it directed me to the wrong location, 150 km from the location I actually wanted.
Glendalough is on this list of the 10 most beautiful locations in Ireland. Google Maps clearly has it located a few km south of Clonmel, which is why I went there to Clonmel the first place. Unfortunately, it's really located in Wicklow Mountain National Park, south of Dublin. It didn't even give me a choice among several Glendaloughs. The Glendalough that exists on Google Maps (and I think there really may be a hill or something called Glendalough in the Clonmel area) is invisible to anyone driving by, or through or past, it.
Moss Covered Fences
Nevertheless, it was a very pretty drive from Clonmel to Youghal. It was my first encounter with scenery as nice as Scotland's.
|Animals abutting the roads include sheep, cows, and horses|
The weather continues to be sunny and clear, as you can see.
At noon I was in Ballymcarby, reading my copy of Dubliners and eating lunch beside a small stream. Like many of these small towns, there doesn't appear to be anything more to the town than a pub (or two) and a small general store.
|Further on the road to Youghal|
|A shrine in one of the small towns, not the only one I saw on the way|
Youghal is a small seaside port village that once had a wall fortification. The small streets between the wall and the docks were a nice stroll.
|Tower on Main Street in Youghal|
|Door on Ashe Street|
|Outside a Cathedral on Ashe Street|
|Cathedral on Ashe Street; Ireland has lots of cathedrals, and they're probably interesting (but to me they all look the same)|
|Door adornment on Ashe Street|
|Ashe Street Sign in Youghal|
|Old Fortification Wall in Youghal|
|Overlooking Youghal Harbor Area|
|Not Looking Seaworthy in Youghal|
|A Nice Place to Sit in Youghal (not downtown)|
I made my way to the B&B and now I feel a cold coming on. I drove downtown, anyway, picked up a box of grapefruit juice, and asked about live music. None of it starts until 9:00 or 10:00, and it's only 7:00. At night, downtown Cork looks like many other downtowns with pedestrian areas: bars, restaurants, sporting goods, etc.
I'm going to bed. Hope I feel better in the morning.