|Map of southern Ireland showing our route from Dun Laoghaire through Brittas Bay, Glendalough, Cashel to Kinsale|
After we left the ferry,(A) it was a short, easy drive to Brittas Bay (B &E) and the Balinclea House, where we were met by Mrs. Doyle, the owner. I had informed her of our quest of find any Case relatives in County Wicklow. She immediately called up a Mr. Walshe, who spoke to my wife on the phone. He had known the Cases in Glen of Imaal. Mr. Benjamin Case had passed on, but Mrs. Case still lived near there. With this information, we thanked Mr. Walshe and Mrs. Doyle and left for Arklow (C) to obtain some Euros at the bank and and then on to Glen of Imaal (D). We had a beautiful ride through the Wicklow countryside and came to a crossroads which contained the Knocknarrigan Post Office and the Glen of Imaal Store. There were some women parked outside waiting to pickup school children, and a truckload of soldiers drove up to buy some drinks at the store.
|Ballinclea House in Brittas Bay, County Wicklow|
|Glen of Imaal Store where we received some information|
|Stone wall on a County Wicklow back road|
The GPS program wanted to take us back by the most direct route. This meant straight across country. We ended up on at least one road which was just two tire tracks with greenery on both side. Finally, between the GPS and a little knowledge of the area, we ended up on N11 north of Brittas Bay. We turned south and got off at the Birttas Bay exit. Right at the exit is Jack White's Restaurant, the only eating establishment in the area.
|Brittas Bay Beach on the Irish Sea|
Because the information about Knocknarrigan/Glen of Imaal hadn't surfaced until shortly before the trip, and I thought that the relatives, if any, would be in the immediate Brittas Bay area, I had allowed only one day for that visit. Actually, the early ferry had given us the time for the expedition described above.
|County Wicklow Landscape Panorama|
|Inside the Cathedral at Glendalough|
|St. Kevin's Church and Tower at Glendalough|
|Cathedral at the Rock of Cashel|
|Tower at Rock of Cahel|