in New Ross. Don’t worry about your voyage, though – this vivid memorial is anchored safely in its place so as to pay tribute to tales of hope and endurance from the local area in famine times.
Continue next to Carlow, where from the Barrow valley to the Blackstairs Mountains you'll catch some breathtaking views at Borris House
. Rebuilt in the early 18th century, this beautiful country house is called home by the MacMurrough Kavanaghs, former High Kings of Leinster. Dermot MacMurrough may have gotten more than he bargained for when he invited the Normans to Ireland in 1167, but today his legacy lives on in the splendid form of this enchanting mansion and its grounds. Another of Ireland’s hidden gems can be found a short drive away in the lush countryside of County Carlow. Altamont Gardens
blend an old-world atmosphere with horticultural expertise, producing a wonderland of scenic walks for visitors to enjoy. Top your stroll with a leisurely snack at the Walled Garden Café next door before you drive to the magnificent Wells House and Gardens
in Wexford. The delightful Victorian Tour here traces the life and character of the house through the centuries. Soak in the delicate watercolours exhibited around the manor, then roam the surrounding woodland trails that inspired their painter Lady Frances, who once owned the estate.
If you have more time:
Swap parkland for sea breezes along Curracloe Beach
in County Wexford. It was here on the shores of the Irish Sea that the opening scenes of World War II epic Saving Private Ryan were filmed – as well as box-office hit, Brooklyn. Or for a tale as old as time, visit the fairytale Huntington Castle and Gardens,
a Carlow landmark since 1625.