Ashford castle, dinner and the dogs
Today was more low key in terms of visits, but it was another dress up day. In our business outfits we travelled out to Ashford castle, a 40 minute coach ride on a 2 lane ziggy road through the greenery of Ireland. Today was rainy and it actually intensified the beauty of the area. We chose Ashford because it is a red carnation hotel and a partner of Contiki's parent company - Travel Corp. We lunch in one of their outlets "cullings cottage" and then proceeded for a tour of this magnificent place. The current owners have put in 17 million € of renos including new windows to all 82 differently designed rooms. It really has a homey ( well for the very wealthy) feel to it - it made me feel reminiscent of working at the Palliser. This place is a grand old dame indeed. They have added a cinema (where they held an HR presentation to our students) and a billiards room with a 6 x 12 table complete with a terrace for cigar smoking. The pool should be finished this summer. All rooms have padded walls and marble finishes. The silver in the dining room was AMAZING - well at least for me it was me 😉. Another place I would love to go for a stage and rumour has it that certain royalty might be staying there this summer!
Back to Galway for an evening dinner walk about. Galway is a college town and even though school is finished for the year there are a lot of young people here. Would definitely recommend the under 30 crowd to come to this destination!! We ate I city centre at a lovely place recommended by our taxi driver - Martines restaurant and wine bar - 21 Quay Street Galway. Internet says "snug bistro" and they are not kidding. We were cute and cozy around the bar but dinner was terrific and the bartender was grand!!!
To end the evening we went to the dog track for some dog racing. Last time I saw the Greyhounds was in Florida in the drug smuggling 80's 😝. This was a very interesting night, I couldn't figure out the program or pick a winner to save my life. But we did get a free pint of Bulmers cider in the warmth of the club house. The dogs are fast and the races are seconds quick. Maybe not as exciting as the drags but surely a good evening out.