Over 40 members of the south east region of Active Retirement Ireland travelled to Carlingford Lough in County Louth last month.
The members were from Comeragh ARA, Suir ARA and Dungarvan ARA, Waterford, Thomastown ARA, Gowran ARA Kilkenny and Boris ARA Carlow.
The group left Waterford at 10am, picking up members on the way, stopping at Newbridge Silver for lunch and arrived at Carlingford at 4.30pm. It was a glorious day the start of a mini heatwave. After dinner, they strolled along the promenade enjoying the view and weather.
On Monday, the group visited the Cathedral of Armagh and then onto St Patrick’s Trail, the Armagh story of the Land of Lilliput. That was an interesting and fantastic exhibition. After lunch, it was back to the hotel for dinner and entertainment.
On Tuesday the group took the scenic route to Carlingford Lough and visited St Patrick’s Cathedral to learn about St Patrick and monastic life in early christian Ireland. They returned to Newcastle via the coastal route. The group had lunch there and travelled along the Cooley Peninsula back to Carlingford Lough.
On Wednesday, they had a full day in Belfast, which was the highlight of the holiday. The group visited the Titanic Museum, which lasted two hours.
Everyone was in awe of the whole experience. The group had lunch there, and then did a guided tour of Belfast before going on to Banbridge outlet centre for shopping. The day ended back at the hotel with dinner and entertainment, singing and dancing.
Everyone enjoyed the holiday, brilliant hotel, good food, magnificent views, lovely tours and made some nice friends. Everyone is looking forward to a similar experience next year.