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Just returned from my first week off work in over a year and wish I had taken more time – 5 days a year just ain’t enough. My lethargy of late with respect to maintaining my weblog is only testemony to the otherwise incredibly busy period of other work. I miss my ramblings (I’m sure moreso than anyone else out there) and the enjoyment factor associated with an aimless rant of manic disillusionment, ah yes, those were the days.

Anyhow Siân and I just took a short break away to the “Whessst” of the country and to the truly remarkable Shannon heritage region. During our stay we took in the wonderful Bunratty castle banquet – I would highly recommend this to all, not nearly as tacky as it could have been and most enjoyable with good food! During the course of our stay we also took in the other sights of the area such as the cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Doolin. Sad to say however that I would personally rebrand these “attractions” as “The Cliffs of don’t go there”, “The Barren” and “Foolin'”.

Having to pay Eur 4 to exit the somewhat dishevelled cliffs of Moher car park is an absolute joke considering they will not let you park anywhere within 20 minutes of a natural, unmaintained attraction. To be honest I didn’t even think that the cliffs were that spectacular – not much moreso than any around the coast of Waterford. Furthermore the abundance of signage around the area would leave even the most travelled of tourists scratching their heads in a vain attempt to decipher the next stop. Why is it that only the West of our emerald isle indulges in such displays of attraction chaos? Why is there not more made of the wonderful and far superior attractions around Waterford and the South East of the country? Some things I will never understand… even if I know the reasons behind them.