STRAIGHT out of Enid Blyton: the cove at Dunabrattin. Photo: David Burke

32 Counties in 32 Months

The beauty of Waterford was a surprise

ROLLING farmland sloping towards the sea. Cliffs sheltering coves straight out of an Enid Blyton story. A city with more museums in a small area than you might imagine. For anyone who has heard about the “Sunny South-East”, but has never visited, it is quite a surprise.

The very unsettled weather of the last few weeks has made any kind of excursion into a hit or miss affair, and so it was with the ninth in our 32-county series.

The sun shone in Tramore, the wind blew in Dunmore East, and the treacherous rain clouds came thundering in from what had been a clear sky just in time to stymie our attempt on the famous Cliff Walk in Ardmore.

Our first coastal stop was in Passage East, a coastal village which for centuries was a vital link between Waterford and its neighbour Wexford across the Waterford Estuary. To this day a vehicle ferry plies back and forth between Passage East and Ballyhack up to 120 times a day…

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