On a very overcast morning the RAMS set off for their first tour since lockdown, in 2020. A group of 25 members availed of this wonderful day out and they were picked up at the Community Centre. Light clothing was advised, but as the day proceeded it was a day for tee shirts and shorts!! A luxury coach was provided by Premierline coaches. On arrival in Kilkenny, a journey of one and a half hours, they visited the Club House Hotel in the centre of Kilkenny Town, which is a lovely quaint hotel, with a warm welcome and excellent service and food.
A greeting of freshly brewed coffee/tea, and plates of baked fruit scones on each table, so help yourself to more. After coffee they relaxed, and waited for their time slot for a visit at Kilkenny Castle. The members of the RAMS in Rhythm entertained the hotel guests with a few songs from their excellent repertoire of songs. The Rose of Mooncoin was a real hit, with all the hotel guests, who only called in for a coffee? A nice relaxing walk up to the Castle was very refreshing, and a walk through the market square, and a visit to the various stalls selling their wares.
Kilkenny Castle is very impressive and recently renovated by the office of Public Works. A wonderful job has been done on the castle. RAMS visited the Castle as part of our educational trips. The group had a wonderful time, and the senior prices were very good, plus the organizer free. Met by our tour guide, a lovely young very efficient lady, who brought the castle to life. The tour takes about one hour, and the tour guide is well worth the extra price. The steps are a little problem for older persons, and a relaxing few seats in some rooms would really be appreciated. Booking is necessary, but walk ins are also available.
After the tour, they returned to the Club House Hotel for a late lunch. Not to disappoint the late guests of the afternoon, the RAMS in Rhythm, again entertained the members and the guests to another rendition of songs. This time It was with a Dublin flavour, with The Ferry Man, and Dublin in the Rare Old Times. They still went down well with all the guests and staff.
The RAMS were so pleased to been a position to tour again after the two years of lockdown. They will be meeting each Thursday at 10 am in the Community Centre Newcastle, and new members are most welcome. The RAMS will recess for August, and we will return in September the 1st. The RAMS in Rhythm will continue to fundraise and entertain during June, July, and August, in various nursing homes, Tallaght Hospital and Peamount Hospital. They will be fundraising in the Square Tallaght Town Centre on Saturday 9th July, in aid of Our Lady’s Hospice Harold’s Cross, singing from 12 noon to 2 pm. So come along, enjoy the entertainment, and support our charities.