Kerry Gold, Irish Tour...

The Club's Ireland tour this year took place between 31st May and 5th June, and the arranged Hotel Dunloe near Killarney, County Kerry was excellent from start to finish.

There were to be 52 cars this year, the highest number ever. Many arrived on Anglesey the night before to meet up with friends and on the following morning the pre-boarding car park at Holyhead was full of Jaguars ready to board the Stena Superfast X ferry to depart at 8.55am. Most of our cars were loaded into the bow on the HGV deck with lots of big vehicles parked behind us- gulp! After the rough return trip in 2014 those on the trip again this year could be forgiven for being apprehensive. I am pleased to report that we enjoyed a fair crossing despite the high winds, arriving in Dublin Port on time at 12.10pm. There was then a 210 mile drive ahead of us to the hotel. As Elaine and I were on holiday I decided to drive beside the River Liffey through the centre of Dublin to the N7.

The rumour that I took this route to avoid the tolls for the tunnel and MSO are completely false! We stopped at Newbridge Silverware where we were assured of a good lunch before re-joining the N7/M7/M20 where the XJ-S could cruise effortlessly usually at about 120kph (72mph). It was not my fault that the speed kept creeping higher but Elaine's Tom soon 'bonged', which reminded me to behave. The XJ-S just ate up the next 100 miles or so, past Limerick and after a welcome barbecue on the first evening we arrived, followed by a sumptuous breakfast on the Monday morning, Elaine and I decided that even though the weather was certainly rough, we would drive the Dingle Peninsula run of 125 miles. It was not actually the rain that was the problem this day but the wind and the spray...

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Kerry Gold, Irish Tour

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