Today Hannah took me on an excellent driving tour across the county border into Waterford, to a town whose name I forgot (Something “Bay,” it started with a W), then Ardmore and Youghal (pronounced “yawl”).
Ardmore was the hometown of Saint Declan, who’s considered responsible for bringing Christianity to the area around 400 AD, before Patrick showed up. The cliffs outside of town have a spectacular trail, which leads along the coast and then cuts inland past a well-preserved round tower.
Next stop, Youghal. By now the weather had caught up with us. Youghal, or Eochaill in Irish, was home to Sir Walter Raleigh and Richard Boyle, father of Robert Boyle and thus the grandfather of chemistry.