Jean and I headed for Millstreet yesterday afternoon to have a look at the Self Build & Improve Your Home Show. It was held in The Green Glens Arena which was host to the Eurovision Song Contest way back in 1993. It was a pleasant drive but there were a few very heavy showers on the way. There was ample parking when we arrived at the venue but no designated disabled spaces were apparent. We started with a cuppa and a scone in the centre which really hit the spot. The restaurant and exhibition areas are accessible. We were glad that it was relatively quiet when we arrived and the exhibition area was easy to navigate. I suspect that it would have been much more difficult with large crowds. The wheelchair toilets are accessible and have ample room but there are no grab rails which make it a bit difficult.
After we left the exhibition we stopped at The Wallis Arms on Millstreet’s main street for a bite to eat. The entrance is ramped. Jean had a Cajun Chicken Wrap and I had Salmon and both meals were lovely and couldn’t be faulted. I didn’t check the toilet facilities so I can’t comment. Parking is hit and miss on the main street but we managed to get a spot at the front door. Some road improvements are being undertaken on the main street and that should generate more parking spaces when complete.
We stopped off in Costa Coffee in Mallow on the way home and had a cuppa with Elaine & Henry. We had visited Costa some time back and made an observation about the wheelchair toilet. I am delighted to say that Costa management took my suggestion on board and the toilet is now fully accessible. It was a relatively simple matter of changing to door to outward opening. Well done Costa Coffee.