After a hearty breakfast on Wednesday morning we left Galway and headed for Dublin. We stopped off at Enfield Services for a break. There is plenty of parking, accessible toilets and a choice of foods to choose from. As I was going in a chap was collecting for the Paralympics and I stopped to say hello. When he tried to explain about the games I said “Do you not recognise me? I was there”. That took the wind out of his sails.
We arrived at Anita & Jims’ in the mid afternoon and took it easy for the rest of the day. The weather was fantastic for a chat & catch-up in the sun.
Thursday morning up bright and early and we headed for Croke Park to do the Etihad Skyline Walk. Check it out http://www.crokepark.ie/ It was absolutely brilliant and our guide Emma was absolutely first class.
I would recommend that you contact the venue to ensure that a guide is available at your chosen time. Thanks to Julianne for helping with the organisation of our tour. The walkway is not terrible wide so there are restrictions on how far a wheelchair may go but hey there are always some restrictions on wheelchair users. I feel that the addition of viewing binoculars at the platforms would add immeasurably to the experience but as I said earlier it was a brilliant experience anyway. We then had cuppa and a muffin in the restaurant before looking around the museum. The only thing wrong with the museum is that Kilkenny appears too frequently on the hurling ‘Wall of Fame’. There is plenty of secure parking at the entrance with wheelchair accessible toilets available inside.
We stopped off at the Garden of Remembrance on the way back. The Garden is not wheelchair, or mobility impaired, accessible which was very disappointing. Shortly after Queen Elizabeth II visited the Garden I went along for a look. She went up in my estimation as she had made the trek down the large flight of steps, along the side of the pool and back up the other side. Then after standing for a few moments she made the reverse trek, all unassisted. I emailed the OPW at that time who informed me that they were planning to cut through the wall behind the monument but this would take time and money, and money was tight. My suggestion for universal accessibility would take less than a week for 2 or 3 men and either brick pavers or slabs and would be relatively inexpensive. They have decided not to act on my suggestion – if anyone knows anyone in the OPW you might pass on this section of the blog.
We then headed for home weary but happy travellers.