Weekend Away 2018

This year the Weekend away was located in Claremorris Co Mayo. After last years tremendous visit to Co. Donegal nobody expected it to be surpassed but no need to worry, we were in for a treat beyond our wildest dreams. The assembly point was the Meadow View car park in Cavan Town. Fourteen cars assembled there plus a motorbike to await our vice chair Peter Lynch who duly arrived with flashing amber lights on the roof of his Audi. This proved to be a master stroke as we all could easily spot him at all the turns, towns & crossroad.

Our first stop was for lunch in Roscommon town, then well fed it was onto Claremorris and the Mc Williams hotel. We even had reserved parking, as we were later to discover Peter had left nothing to chance and had arranged every last detail. The hotel was alive with music. We were greeted by a pianist playing tunes on a grand piano, well maybe that was not for the Breffni Brigade but we claimed it anyway. Food and dancing seemed to be the order of the evening’s enjoyment.

Next morning saw us head for Cong. At Lisloughrey pier we boarded the cruise boat “Isle of Innishfree” for a trip on Lough Corrib to Inchagoill  Island with it’s remains of the first Irish Christian church and the Romanesque (late 12th century) stone church. The nearby pillar maybe the oldest (6th century) Irish inscription in Roman letters in Ireland & in Europe. As we cruised along Ashford castle came into view. Those of us who were at Farmleigh House a few weeks ago, had a sense of De Ja Vieu because all this area was once the holiday home for the Guinness family. On the cruise we were entertained by an octogenarian who played the accordion, sang and told yarns. Not to be outdone Norman Whyte gave a beautiful renditioning of the “Fields of Athenry.”

Then a leisurely drive to Claremorris for a group meal where it was revealed that Catherine & Peter Lynch were celebrating their wedding anniversary and of course we had to toast the happy couple. Not to be outdone our treasurer Patrick Mc Govern was also celebrating a significant birthday and lo and behold a beautifully decorated birthday cake adorned with a master builder was produced, so more celebrations followed and then more music and entertainment.

On Sunday we traveled to Knock for a short visit to find the place thronged. I didn’t think there were so many coaches in the country. Then on the road home with a stop at the “Old Stone House” in Ballinlough which has Cavan connections, of course we were well looked after.

A fabulous weekend with great credit due to Peter Lynch for reorganizing the the event with such care and attention to detail that made all the more relaxed and enjoyable.

2017 Weekend Away

This year for our weekend away we headed for the hills of Donegal or more precisely the Innishowen peninsula. So a motorcade of fourteen cars and two motorcycles set off on Friday morning 6th October for the Innishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana. First port of call was a coffee break at ‘Biddy’s O’Barnes’ at the Barnsmore gap.

Suitably fortified we resumed our journey with Patrick McGovern kept very busy shepherding those of us who strayed from the designated path, to arrive for a very relaxed evening in Buncrana.

Saturday morning dawned a little misty but nothing that could be called rain in Donegal. Leading the cavalcade was George and Myra and boy were we glad they were there with their local knowledge. First stop was the Gap of Mamore, which everybody reached despite a hard climb then it was all downhill to the Donagh Famine village where a full day could easily be spent but time and tide wait for no man and so it was onto Malin Head the most northernly point in Ireland. Some of our intrepid members relived their experience of this place from their exploits on the ‘Honda 50’ run. Then it was back to the hotel in Buncrana for an evening meal.

The group then retired to the bar where we discovered just how talented our group were with a wonderful display of party pieces and dancing.

On Sunday morning it was back to Cavan with everybody full of praise for the organisers namely John Hayes and Norman Whyte who left nothing to chance and covered every detail of this trip. Donegal was just magic. Some members have already started working on next years outing with plans for heading west this time so watch this space