A 10.00 am I was on the phone to the Ticket Factory for my tennis ticket I was put on hold for 10 minutes No..20 minutes No.....30 minutes No....40 minutes NO...I gave up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I was calm and I was on the road and on my way to....
County Louth is home to an atmospheric landmark, King John's Castle, on the southern shores of Carlingford Lough. Built by Hugh de Lacy, this dramatic fortress offers stunning views across the Lough towards the Mourne Mountains and legend has it that King John stayed here for three days in 1210 AD.
The original castle consisted of an enclosed courtyard with two rectangular towers at the entrance and two storey buildings within. The eastern half of the castle was added in 1261 AD and included a number of rooms and probably a great hall. There were a number of alterations made to the castle over the centuries.
The tower house was constructed in two phases, with the older portion completed in the early 16th century. The annex was most likely built around 50 years later to provide more living accommodation and was owned by the Earl of Carlingford, Nicholas Taaffe.
King John's Castle appears to have remained in English hands during the post-medieval period. Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, tried to take the castle in a surprise attack in 1596 and the fortress changed hands several times over the following centuries. It also functioned as a hospital during the period leading up to the Battle of the Boyne. Visit this formidable fortress to see an authentic piece of Irish history.
Fabulous ruins that were not open to the public but i can just imagine life in there all those years ago...
I asked a local and he directed me to a great hike first along the ocean
The track brought me back into the town which I am sure you will agree is quaint and colorful!!!
Before I show you the next photo....
Your job now is to go to You tube and search for "oh i do like to be beside the seaside with lyrics" by Mark Sheridan it is the third one on the list with the lady in the red swim suite and enjoy a golden oldie!!!!
We used to sing this as kids and appropriate for where I had my lunch!!!
I explored the town some more and found this...
I went on line to another ticket agency not sponsored by the British tennis association and got a great ticket in the section I wanted...YES I paid a little more for it but I figure I am worth it once in a while!!!!
Dogs fed and walked, had my bath and a toasted Bacon and tomato sandwich for supper and now going to watch some TV I am sort of liking this quiz show they have on every night called 500 questions!!!
An interesting article from the recent Rio games, my opinion the ban was not long enough!!!!