Ireland Day 6…Staying Local in Thomastown

After yesterday’s fiasco, we decided to stay close to home, so we headed to the nearby town of Thomastown,  a mere 16km drive. Given our recent driving luck, that 16km drive could have easily taken us 2 hours, but the driving gods were smiling on us and we made it in under 30 minutes.

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Once there, we realized that we would be able to walk the town…for us,  that lessens the chance for failure and loss.

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We found a castle,

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some hungry ducks,

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An old church that is someone’s private residence,

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The Truffle Fairy,

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And the Jerpoint Abby.

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Since we’ve never had the opportunity to wander through old ruins, this was amazing and to get a private tour was perfect.

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We spent about an hour touring the 11th century Abby… All by ourselves.  It was the coolest experience of the trip… So far.

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The drive home wasn’t so bad either.  We found a pull off and we’re able to take a few pics of the valley and mountains where we are staying in Graiguenamanagh.

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And once back in our village, Jeremy set out on his daily monk stalking.  (There are monk statues at every entrance to the village.)

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