Ireland - 2016
21/06/16 We booked a boat trip to the base of the Cliffs but had to cancell it because of high winds and rough seas. So we had to settle with our view from the top. Now it was on to Brookville Guest House in Tullamore. Not sure if it is famous for anything else but it is the home of Tullamore D.E.W. I think most folks think the name is actually Tullamore Dew but the D.E.W. is the initials of a general manager of the distillery, Daniel E. Williams. It was founded in 1829 in Tullamore by Michael Malloy, moved to Midleton in 1953 and then back to Tullamore in 2014 to a new state of the art distillery in it's home town. The distillery has had a number of owners which accounts for the movement. We didn't visit the distillery but did walk into town to the visitor center and purchase a couple of small bottles for souveniers. (pardon my spelling but I don't have spell check and am too lazy to look up the ones I'm not sure of.)
22/06/16 After spending the night at Brookville Guesthouse, and our stay almost over, we ventured into Kilbeggan to visit our last distillery, The John Locke and Company museum. The facility is owned by Cooley Distillery and makes a small amount of whiskey now with most of the Kilbeggan operation actually in County Louth north of Dublin. Though it was founded in 1757, John Locke, and his daughters after his death, kept the distillery operating from 1843 until 1950. It was sold then in what was claimed to be a fraudulent transaction and caused a great deal of commotion. An investigation failed to turn up any actual evidence of fraud though.
This was a great self-directed tour. The waterwheel still operates and turns machinery throughout the building. A steam engine was installed to supplement the river during low water but only ran a few times a year. It is still fired up once in a while.
From here it was on to Swords and our last B&B, San Augustine B&B. The most expensive of the trip, and the smallest room, it was a disapointment. And we were booked there for two nights. But our hostess, Mary Walsh, was very nice and helped us find the right bus to take us down to Dublin. We arrived in Swords, a town about 10 miles or less north of the Dublin airport on Wednesday, planning to tour Dublin by bus on Thursday and then to the airport on Friday morning. I picked San Augustine because of it's proxcimity to the buses and the airport.