We went for another ride out the other day. This time it was to Youghal in East Cork. Youghal is famous for being the location scenes for Moby Dick which starred Gregory Peck.
Youghal was also the occasional home of Sir Walter Raleigh. No he didn't invent bicycles in Nottingham. But he did bring tobacco and potatoes back with from the 'New World'.
Myrtle Grove is a private residence. You can just get a glimpse of it behind the big foreboding gates. Apparently Sir Walter Raleigh grew potatoes here in the garden. I think we all know the story of him growing spudatoes and his servants served up the green stalks of the haulm instead of the tubers. Oh yeah. There was also the tale of him smoking some of his tobacco and his servant thought he was on fire and threw water over him.
Apparently it's open to the world and his wife several times a year. But it wasn't open when we visited it.
Never mind. It was a good run out. If Sir Walter Raleigh had waited 400 years. He could have got some frozen chips and meat and potato pies from Iceland down the road in Midleton.