After we all arrived in Larne from the ferries we made our way to Drogheda to take in the battle of the Boyne. It was a pleasant drive down through Belfast, Newry and across the border.
One of the first things you realise crossing the border is the prosperity in this land, a massive change from some twenty years ago. The saltires were flying from our cars as we headed south, quite a sight for all onlookers. We arrived in the early afternoon and carried on to view the Battle of the Boyne ( CLICK HERE for details). That evening we went for a meal in Drogheda, some of us had kilts and plaids on and caused quite a stir from the locals.
|The next day we had a long drive down to Mallow, County Cork so the stage was set with Alex Calderhead in the lead vehicle with his TOM TOM and David Bennison as his back up navigator, driving in convoy sounds simple but takes a lot of concentration from everyone as you enter busy cities and towns. The convoy was now some five vehicles and as we were circling Dublin, Jim Singer in the second vehicle was watching his rear view mirror as Alex in front of him turned off the motorway following the road signs to Cork, unfortunately Jim carried on past the exit. We phoned him and he had decided to take his own route to Mallow. The rest of the convoy carried on as we had quite a tight schedule to be in Mallow for 2pm. Thankfully though we arrived in plenty of time. Eventually Jim Singer had arrived too although he had done a real tour of Ireland to get there. Ted Christopher, David Ross, Ziggy and John had flown over to Cork from Prestwick and had been up all night, and were in bed when we arrived. We had to wake them after just 30 minutes sleep and it wasn't a pleasant sight as we were meeting Denis O' Donaghue at 2pm to go to the various events concerning Alasdair McColla. ( CLICK HERE for details of this).
A regular occurance the boys studying maps
Monday morning had arrived a good few had hangovers and this convoy was now some seven vehicles long with Denis leading the way, unfortunately he didn't realise how difficult it was as he drove through the country roads and then the wee towns. Five cars lost the two lead cars and we were all at sea, a lot of head scratching looking at maps but we hadn't a clue where Denis was heading. Never mind we eventually found each other and moved on to the rest of the days events. ( CLICK HERE for more details) At this point we must thank the locals for their splendid hospitality it was second to none but I am sure it will be covered in the other reports.