Posts Tagged ‘irish’

P62 LE James Joyce arrives in Haulbowline to join the Irish Naval Service

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The newest ship in the fleet, LE James Joyce arrived this morning in Cobh.

P62 LE James Joyce

P62 LE James Joyce alongside P31 LE Eithne

hairy goat and stormy port

Monday, September 9th, 2013

I called into Bradleys today – had to pick up Hairy Goat, the latest from MountainMan Brewing and Stormy Port, from Galway Bay Brewry. I’m really excited to try the beers from Galway Bay, I’ve been looking forward to them hitting the shelves nationally since I heard about the brewery expansion.

Hairy Goat and Stormy Port

quality Irish products for Christmas

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

It’s time for my annual “really nice irish products that we enjoyed over Christmas” post.
I brought some craft beers from Cork to Switzerland for New Years. They went down really well, especially the special from the Franciscan Well.
Irish Craft beer in Switzerland

We also had our usual Christmas Pudding, specially made by Kate in Fenn’s Quay.
As always, it was really tasty.
Christmas Pudding!

The real surprise was a Christmas ham from Crowe’s Farm. My mother ordered it online and we had it on Christmas day. It was fantastic – we’ll be ordering there again.
Their products are also available throughout the country. Try them out – you’ll be very happy.

man of aran fudge

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I passed through the market on Patrick St. this weekend and saw a stall advertising fudge.
It’s Man of Aran Fudge. They’re located in County Meath, and the fudge is lovely stuff. We got a box with 4 mixed flavours – tasty stuff!


why don’t we take more holidays in Ireland?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

I went on a road trip to Cahersiveen today – the weather was fantastic.
I saw Valentia Lighthouse:
Valentia lighthouse

The Blasket Islands:
The Blaskets

The Skelligs:
The Skelligs

I also had two smashing meals (lovely fish and chips in QC’s in Cahersiveen) and went to a chocolate factory. Forget Ryanair, holiday in Ireland! Support your economy, it needs it.

click images to go to flickr for larger sizes.

It makes me wonder if we will start taking more holidays in Ireland with the way things are going.

irish ferries booze cruise back on

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

We’re back in business!
Looking astern from Normandy.

I spoke previously about a failed attempt to go on an Irish Ferries booze cruise (or mini cruise for the more phrase conscious).
We had some issues with customer service and I’m happy to report that they have now contacted us and we’ve worked out a totally satisfactory arrangement.
As a result, we’re going on a new cruise to Roscoff in September and I can’t wait.

This is what I’m talking about!
roscoff - church

brian AT

irish ferries booze cruise disaster

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

I was supposed to be going on a booze cruise, or a mini cruise for the more genteel of phrase, to France this weekend. We arrived in the ferry port in Rosslare and checked in at 16:00 to be told the ship was delayed, and would not not arrive until 18:00 with a new departure time of 21:00.
We sat in our car in the car park waiting for the ferry to arrive.

waiting to board

Once it did arrive, we started waiting for the new boarding time. The bar/cafe in the port building was closed, leaving only a small shop downstairs to cater for everyone.
No announcements were made until 21:00, when a single tannoy call was made, to say the sailing to Roscoff was cancelled, and the ship was diverting to Cherbourg.
We went into the information desk to be told that this was the case, we would have about 1 or 2 hours ashore in Cherbourg and we would receive a free minicruise later in the season.
There was no point in us spending the weekend on a boat with a faulty door so we decided to cancel. We were told we would have to contact customer services Monday for a refund. As we checked out of the car park, we were told the boat was now going to Roscoff. Then we were told it was “half thinking of going to Roscoff”. We declined the further offer to board the boat to, well, wherever it was going.

This was without a doubt, some of the worst customer service I have ever experienced.

brian AT