Monday, December 4, 2023

East Dunmore, Tramore, and Blarney, Ireland

After leaving Waterford City, our tour bus traveled SE towards our hotel stay for the night in Tramore, Ireland, but first, we made a stop in Dunmore East.  Dunmore East is a coastal fishing village with many beautiful thatched-roof cottages and is situated on the west side of Waterford Harbor.

East Dunmore is a charming town that is a popular tourist stop, especially for cruise ships in the summer. I was mesmerized by its unique trees.

As we drove into town we had a good view of the harbor and lighthouse from our bus.

We stopped for a few moments at the poignant "Lost At Sea Memorial." The monument was commissioned by the people of Dunmore East in remembrance of loved ones, those lost in local waters, and those lost at sea. The wall behind the sculpture lists all the names of those lost.

Our bus parked and we were able to walk along the harbor pier. there we had a good view of the coastline and the lighthouse. In Ireland, it’s common for coastal villages to have a lighthouse, and this one was built in 1825 and is a 52-foot high (16-meter) sandstone tower. This Doric-style lighthouse is the only one of its kind in Ireland: there is no other lighthouse of this style on the Emerald Isle. It is always active, emitting white and red flashes at 8-second intervals, depending on direction.

Across the harbor, we had a view of the oldest lighthouse in Ireland The Hook Lighthouse also known as Hook Head Lighthouse, is a building situated on Hook Head at the tip of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, Ireland. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world, and the second oldest operating lighthouse in the world, after the Tower of Hercules in Spain. This iconic and unique monument was constructed by the powerful medieval magnate William Marshall in the early thirteenth century, thought to be sometime between 1210 and 1230.

We traveled south to Tramore, another seaside town in County Waterford, where we were staying overnight. 

We had dinner at the hotel and then had an evening excursion in town...

We were driven to a charming little pub called Jack Meade Bar and Beer Garden. The pub dates back to 1705 and has been in the present family since 1857.

There we sat at a table by a wonderful peat-burning fire, had traditional Irish potato chips and a stout beer, and listened to an enchanting few hours of traditional Irish songs!

Would you like to listen to a few songs?  Go to this link on my Mille Fiori Facebook page to hear us join in on singing "The Wild Rover," and this link to hear " Forty Shades of Green," and this link to hear my favorite Irish song, "Danny Boy."  Just make sure to turn on the sound by clicking on the microphone icon on the top right of each video reel.

I am sharing some old photos from a blog post from 2008 when my husband and I visited Ireland. We kissed the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in Blarney, Ireland. This was actually the second time I had kissed the stone, as I had visited in 1972 with my oldest brother and sister-in-law. At that time, we were visiting her family in a town near Blarney in County Cork, as she was born and raised there, and we also made a visit to the castle at that time. 

County Cork covers much of Ireland’s southwest. Its capital, Cork, is known for St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, a neo-Gothic structure with tall spires and stained-glass windows. Across the River Lee is the castle-like Cork City Gaol, built in the 19th century. Northwest of Cork is the 15th-century Blarney Castle.

During our visit, instead of going to the castle or kissing the stone again, we met my sister-in-law's sister at the Blarney Woolen Mills across the street and had a nice chat in the cafe there to catch up since our last visit.

Kissing the Blarney Stone in 1972

I'm not sure I could bounce up from kissing the Blarney Stone for the "Gift of Eloquence" any longer at my age!  Do you think you would do it?

Our tour guide told us that sadly a few places in County Cork were badly flooded by Storm Babet which had passed over Europe, Ireland, and the UK a few days before our arrival, but as we traveled the next day we didn't see any flooded areas. only beautiful dairy farms.

Next post, we are going to visit the southern Ireland town of Kenmore and then on to the stunning landscape of Killarney, Ireland


eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photos! I love all the water views and the lighthouse. The pretty green fields with cattle. The beer garden looks nice. Take care, have a great week!

NCSue said...

It's been a long-time dream of mine to go to Ireland but so far not realized. I love your photos. Thanks for sharing them with us at

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I'd love to see these locations in person, and I thank you for taking me on a little trip.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh my - your photographs are lovely.
So nice to see those thatched-roof cottages, and I always enjoy seeing lighthouses.
You certainly had a wonderful visit to Ireland.

All the best Jan

Veronica Lee said...

Your photos are absolutely stunning!
Love those charming thatched-roof cottages and lighthouses.
Your trip to Ireland looks truly amazing!

hugs and blessings, Pat

ellen b. said...

Great photos from your trip, Pat. I just had a Guinness in Canada a few days ago and noticed right away that it wasn't as good as Guinness in Ireland.

EricaSta said...

Love it so much. Sorry to be so brief. Unfortunately, rheumatism in my hand prevents me from writing more.

Thank you so much for this wonderful post on

...and I wish you a pleasant time with best wishes, Heidrun

Laura Thomas said...

How fun! My daughter and her family visited Ireland this past summer and absolutely loved it. Thanks for sharing your adventure... Stopping by from #LittleThingsThursday 🤗.

Cloudia said...

A charming seaside town with a great legacy! Aloha

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful pictures.

magiceye said...

Interesting post with beautiful photographs and wonderful narration.

Jeanie said...

Your weather was absolutely extraordinary -- at least for this day. All that blue and green. Stunning. I'd love the pup and the Irish music and that thatched roof -- wonderful. The hotel looks charming too. What a great trip this is!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful photos.
I am not sure that I would kiss the blarny stone!!

Light and Voices said...

You are showing Ireland is a place of mystery, the color green at its BEST, and charming villages. Are you going to County Mayo or did I miss that post?

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful photos. Kissing the Blarney Stone looks like a real challenge and one I might not be able to get up from!! Very cool pub.

Rambling Woods said...

So very charming......Michelle

peppylady (Dora) said...

Enjoy your beer.

Esme Slabbert said...

We appreciate you dropping by and linking up at SSPS 290. This is awesome, and so beautiful. I hope you will also join us weekly also at Wed-Sat at our very own #WordlessWednesday
Take care and best wishes.