Curraghmore & Mount Congreve

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Yesterday was beautiful in southern Ireland – a great day for me to show Bee some places that are among my favorites. I’d like to show them to you too!

Curraghmore is the home of the Marquis of Waterford, a home that’s been in his family since the Vikings arrived about 1000 years ago. It’s an enormous estate, located on gently rolling hills west of Waterford city near the town of Portlaw. The manor house has been built so that it’s attached to the original Irish tower house. It features a famous sculpture of a stag with a crucifix on its head. I love driving down the mile or two of dirt road, past the house and the small river, and to the huge dairy barns. The scenery could not be more pastoral. Cows and sheep are grazing here and there. Recently Curraghmore has become much more visitor-friendly. Learn more about touring it by clicking here.

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The white “cow” is pure bull!

Mount Congreve is located near Curraghmore. It too is an old estate. For more than 100 years it was the home of a renowned horticulturalist, Ambrose Congreve. Mr. Congreve began gardening at the age of 12 and was still actively involved on the day he died at the Chelsea Garden Show in London at the age of 104! He has turned acres of land surrounding his home into a magnificent garden. It features azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas (called “hortensia” here) and acres of lovely blue bells. Any gardener touring Ireland should be sure to put this on her/his “must see” list. Since Mr. Congreve’s death changes have been made here that make it much easier to visit. More information can be found here:

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Bee and the azaleas at Mount Congreve.

Dungarvan is a small Irish city located on the south coast, about 20 miles west of Waterford. I’ve added it to this post to tell you about the wonderful lunch Bee and I found there yesterday in a little restaurant called Ormond’s Cafe. Bee had “cottage pie” which is a casserole of ground beef, vegetables and mashed potato that she enjoyed. I had “hake” which is a very good white fish found in Irish waters but what inpires me to tell you about our lunch is my side dish called “ratatouille.” That’s a name that covers many variations. This one was two stacks of thinly sliced rounds of tomato, onion, zucchini and yellow squash that had been lightly oiled and seasoned and briefly broiled. The restaurant had a wonderful selection of desserts but we were too satisfied by our main course to try them. I took a picture of the ratatouille so I’d remember to try this when I’m home again. Here ’tis:

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A way with veggies to be remembered!

Today’s going to be another beautiful day and we’re off to enjoy it!

Libbie

About Libbie Griffin

For several months recently I've been traveling around Europe. Write to me at in.my.suitcase.too@gmail.com if you would like to receive a very short email each time I post new words and pictures here. I would love for you to tell your friends who love to travel about this blog. And I would be very happy to read about your experiences, your suggestions and your questions in the comments section. Let's make this blog a conversation! Thanks! Libbie Griffin
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6 Responses to Curraghmore & Mount Congreve

  1. Jodi says:

    Loving reading of your adventures and seeing the beautiful pictures. Please tell Bee that I said HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

    Jodi.

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  2. Brenda McGee says:

    Beautiful photos and gardens….and gorgeous ratatouille. 🙂 Glad to see that you have some sunshine and to hear that you and Bee are having such fun.

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  3. 21st Century Blogger says:

    Great Blog, capturing the true Ireland! Got lucky with the sun though!

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    • You are right about the lack of sunshine. The first couple of weeks I was here each morning was sunny — until the clouds rolled in for the rest of the day. Now it seems to be the opposite: gloomy mornings followed by afternoon sun. But I love being here, no matter what the weather. Thanks for your comment and for reading my blog.
      Libbi

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    • Thanks for visiting my site and leaving a comment. You are right about the sun, but I’ll take Ireland in any kind of weather!
      Libbie

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