S.A.R.G. goes to Connemara Aibreán 2015
On 27th.April 2015 seven members of Stoneyford Active Retirement Group went on a five-day holiday to Connemara. This holiday was organised by the regional ARA and members from Borris, Waterford, Dungarvan, Johnstown and Carrick on Suir joined us. Our first day out was a tiring affair as the trip to Connemara via Limerick was time consuming and unexpected. However our driver Kevin turned out to be more than our driver he was also our tour guide and councillor.
Having left Stoneyford at 09.00 hrs. on Monday we arrived at our destination Óstán Cois Fharraige (Connemara Coast Hotel) at 18.00 hrs. tired but in good spirits. The hotel was beautiful and the staff was friendly and accommodating. It goes without saying that the food was plentiful, varied and excellently cooked and presented. The more energetic members of the group availed of the swimming pool, gym and hot tub. What could be nicer than sitting in a hot tub looking across Galway Bay at the mist shrouded coast of Clare.
On day three we visited Foxford Woollen Mills, this was a disappointment as their museum was closed for the day and at this stage we were all shopped out. We did find a lovely walk by the River Moy where the quayside was designed to celebrate the life and times of William Brown. William was a native son who after many adventures all over the world settled in Argentina where he founded their navy. From Foxford we proceeded on to the beautiful village of Cong.
Friday came much sooner than expected and all that was left to do was the return trip home. As everyone knows the journey home is always much faster and more pleasant than the outward one and of course there is no place like home. In summation the scenery was beautiful, the accommodation excellent and above all the company of fellow ARA members was most enjoyable.