We got onto the bus and got settled for our long day's ride when Diana stood up and said -- "SURPRISE! The first group is getting off here and going with Koert in a car."
You see the thing is, we had no idea who was in our group or where we were going before we got there. We left or phone and computers in our rooms and had to navigate the next three days without help from the internet.
Well, Diana read off the names of those getting off the bus before it had even left the Coolnagreina driveway. "Meghann, Becca, Lauren, Rylie and Elizabeth." My heart leapt within me. I'd been majorly stressing out over who I'd have as my group. Fortunately, these four girls were the ones I would have hand picked and were the best group I could have asked for.
At any rate, we got out of the bus. I won't mention what I did or didn't do because that was soon put into the past... Koert then surprised us again by telling us to go to the Dart station and catch a train to Wexford, which was our drop off town.
So after that rough and frazzled start and all that went with it, we got to Wexford, tired but ready to begin. Our priority was to find a place to sleep. We walked into the first B&B we found. It was nice and a good price, so we dropped our backpack and headed out into the town.
|Meghann, Rylie, and Lauren in their room|
|Becca in our room.|
|We could see a castle from our bedroom's window!|
|The Town Wall|
|The only remaining gate in the Wexford town wall.|
|Walking the road of history.|
|Lots of stunning old churches.|
St. Patrick's Church, below, was where many of Cromwell's men were buried.
|St. Patrick's Church|
|The City Hall|
Wexford, however, was a different story. Wexford held out for over three weeks. It was quite a feat for the Irish against the far superior English army. They even held their own parliament building during that time. The building now holds a Penney's clothing store. The Irish even enlisted the French army, and thousands of French soldiers sailed to Wexford to help with the rebellion. Unfortunately, the weather was against them, and the ships were unable to land. Therefore the British got lucky. They knew that they came, literally a stone's throw, from losing Ireland, so they unleashed a reign of terror and crushed out the majority of the rebellion.
|A statue commemorating the 1798 Rebellion|
|The super fancy library|