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Rally report from Tom and Karen Pasley

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Tipperary, Ireland Rally 2012

We arrived quite early in the morning, lacking sleep after a night ferry crossing and were thankful for the usual warm welcome. However, David Exley did comment along the lines of ‘when would we arrive at a normal time?’ referring to a previous rally.

Six units attended the rally, Ron and Maureen Adams having to cancel because of illness. We trust they have made a swift recovery.

Unfortunately Derek and Angela had not made arrangements for the ‘Jet Stream’ or whatever it is six miles up to be moved back to its normal position for the time of year and we had frequent periods of the damp stuff. However they get ‘Brownie points’ for selecting a site which had a large, reasonably warm, covered area with tables. This meant that coffee meetings and the ‘American Supper’ held on Saturday night were held in comfort despite the weather.

The site was at Apple Farm where a variety of fruit is produced. We particularly enjoyed sampling their apple juice and strawberries. The nearest town was Cahir (pronounced Care) but visits were also made to Clonmel, Cashel, Waterford and Tipperary was for once not a long way to go. With other interesting places to see, such as the ‘Swiss Cottage’, castles, mountains and the general countryside this was a lovely location.

In Ireland, in my experience, you always find some idiosyncrasy and this visit was no exception. I was intrigued to find that the last few miles of road into Cahir had a speed limit of 80km/hr. however, when you left Cahir on the same stretch of road, the limit was 100km/hr. did they think people would be in more of a hurry to leave?

The coach trip that was arranged on Sunday to the ‘Ring of Kerry’ proved very popular (everyone went). The Gods provided one of the better days with little rain and all agreed that it was an extremely enjoyable outing. The highlight was probably the visit to Muckross House near Killarney where the main theme of the tour was the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861.

The rally meal at the Galtree Pub/Restaurant on Monday evening was notable for its length, seven thirty to nearly eleven o’clock, and the banter with the waitress who was, shall we say, not in the first flush of youth but very entertaining. The food was pretty good too!

After a final coffee morning on Tuesday it was time for goodbyes as people started to leave for home, or like ourselves, more time in other parts of Ireland and the sun (finally got that word in) set on a very successful rally. Our thanks to Derek, Angela, David and Rosemary.

The Apple Farm, Moorstown, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Wednesday 13th June to Wednesday 20th June 2012

Organised by Angela and Derek Ward

No of Caravans: 6

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