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Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's a Long Way to Tipperary....

I just got back from a vacation trip to Ireland.  I was lucky enough to get a seat on the trip done by the Embry Hills Methodist Church (many members of my book club belong to this church).  Their choir was taking a tour to Ireland and they had some empty seats that they needed to fill.  Since I knew a number of people on the trip because we are all in book club together, I was more than glad to fill a seat on the plane.

One of the places we stopped was Clonmel, a town in Tipperary.  According to Wikipedia, Clonmel is derived from the Gaelic:  Cluain Meala, meaning "honey meadow" .  In Ireland, rewards are given for "Tidy Towns" and we never saw any trash anywhere - every little town was tidy, and Clonmel was no exception.

Despite the fact that Clonmel (Meadow of Honey) refers, according to history, to the fertile soil, I was nonetheless determined to find some Clonmel honey to bring home to Gina, Julia, Jeff (and for me).  My roommate and I took a taxi into the tiny town and walked the streets to find local honey.  We were told we had just missed a "honey show" the weekend before.

We found two places where I bought local honey and the honey is lovely:

I watched for honey every time we stopped to shop, but I found the most in Clonmel.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Linda! love the blog and very informative. i found this while i was looking for a solar wax melter during the summer and have been reading since! I wanted to say that had i known you were coming over to my neck of the woods, i would of been more than happy to show you around the place. I actually live about 40 mins drive from clonmel so you were pretty close! I see you just missed the clonmel honey show as well, thats a shame. i didnt go to it myself as i wasnt feeling the best but there was another honey show about 2 weeks later in cork, the fota honey show. i was at that. i didnt enter anything to it though but i had friends who did. anyway, just wanted to drop a line and say hello and keep up the good work with this blog! Kevin :)


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