Blarney (home of the famous Blarney Stone), Waterford (known for its history of glass-making, particularly by the Waterford Crystal company), and Kilkenny before heading back to our home base in Dublin.
merchant’s home, shop and warehouse, but is best known as the birth place of lawyer and Irish Rebellion leader Thomas Frances Meagher (last name pronounced as "Marr"). After the failed Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848, Meagher was sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered but was reprieved due to public outcry and exiled to Tasmania instead. After staying for 4 years, he escaped and immigrated to America where he recruited Irishmen to
fight in the American Civil War.
Meagher was responsible for creating the tri-coloured flag of Ireland which he modeled
after France’s three colours, choosing Green for the South, Orange for the
North and the White band signifying unity and peace for the warring factions. A sculpture honouring Thomas Francis Meagher was unveiled in Waterford in 2004. During our walking tour, we also passed by the ornate, granite Gothic clock tower built in 1863 that was named the Fountain Clock because it has troughs at its base from which work horses could drink water. There was also a memorial to John Condon, thought to be the youngest allied solider to be killed in World War I at the age of 14. Other random facts that we learned on the tour included two points of pride for Waterford–it was the only Irish city besieged by Oliver Cromwell that he failed to capture, and the only Irish Papal candidate, Luke Wadding, came from Waterford.
This marked the end of our extensive road trip of Southern Ireland. It was a fun journey where we saw such beautiful scenery and learned much about Irish history. But after 12 days of driving, living out of a suitcase, lugging that suitcase to and from a different B&B each night, we were looking forward to returning to our home swap in Dublin where we could "nest" for a longer period of time before heading out again to tour Northern Ireland.