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We have had a terrible few week's weather at home so it was with mixed feelings that we set out on a camping trip to Ireland complete with MillieDog (check out www.myspace.com/themilliedog) with Ireland's reputation for rain. The nearer we got to the ferry at Holyhead, the brighter it got though - a sign of things to come maybe? Memories came trickling back of  the last trip I had made on this ferry in very different circumstances. I was with 2 guys and the aim was to complete the UK's 5 highest peaks in 48 hours. We were down to 1 walker after the previous 3 and 2 of us driving. By the time we got off the ferry, Darrell's knees had given up and we went and slept the night on his grandma's floor instead!
This felt very different with a holiday atmosphere of the people on the ferry. We were kept amused by a large extended Irish family near us making a fuss of the youngest member - a baby called Shania. Wonder who's choice the name was.
We had a smooth crossing. We had a kennel booked for the dog but decided to leave her in the familiar territory of the car and check on her. We only checked once and she was fine so left her to it. I don't know if she would have been so happy if it was rough
We then had a very long drive over to the far side of Ireland in County Mayo. The roads were excellent on the whole and little traffic except in towns so it was pleasant driving and fine weather. We set up camp in the dark on a well organised uncrowded site
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