Monday, May 16, 2011
"Are Ya DAFT?" Driving through Killarney, Killorglin, and County Kerry
Jon and Priscilla came to Ireland for their vacation, and came down to Kinsale to spend a week with us. Priscilla is Penny's sister, and like myself, Jon was in the U.S. Navy. We had a marvelous time with them.
We stopped at a gas station and supermarket complex. Penny went inside to ask directions and got this from a very helpful woman: "Are ya daft?" "Why would ya want to go on that road?" She then recommended that we take a different road to Bantry and return to Kinsale from there. By the way, at this point we were about a half mile away from the village of Ballykissane, which is adjacent to Killorglin. If you have ever seen the television series Ballykissangel, this is the inspiration for the town even though it was filmed in County Wicklow.
Daft though we may be, we followed the woman's advice and headed out again. I am getting quite used to driving right-hand cars on the left-hand side of the road. I just have to remember to keep left and to look to the right for priority traffic when entering a roundabout. So far, so good!