On Friday the entire extended family embarked on an adventure to celebrate our patriarch’s 70th birthday.
We stayed in the idyllic and pastoral Tullymurry House, just outside Newry. It’s part of the wonderful Irish Landmark Trust, whose eclectic collection of historic properties include gate lodges, lighthouses and castles all over Ireland.
The house dates from the 17th century and only three families have lived in it over the years.
Everyone pitched in to help with the cooking and meals were rowdy, raucous affairs with wine and conversation flowing abundantly.
Waking in the morning to see sunlight illuminating carpets of snowdrops went some way to alleviating the sore heads!
Saturday was spent exploring the convoluted Medieval streets of Carlingford in search of oysters.
And the excitement was all too much for one little girl.