Jean & I both sat our Leaving Cert 40 years ago this week. Wow, are we getting old or what? In honour of the event and getting nostalgic I decided that I wanted to have a look at my old school Colaiste Iosagain, Baile Bhuirne for old times sake. It is all locked up now and has been for many years and it really is a shame to see such a fine premises going to waste. As I looked through the locked gates and pondered on my 5 years spent as a boarder my thoughts strayed back to my sporting prowess or lack thereof. I was never any good at sports. I couldn’t run fast or kick a ball. I wonder was this an early indicator of my subsequent diagnose of MS? Or did other members of the family get the sports genes?
The local pub was called The Mills and it was ‘out of bounds’ to us schoolboys. Jean wanted to call in so we stopped for tea and scones which were thoroughly enjoyable. There is ample car parking to the rear with a slight slope to the entrance door. The wheelchair accessible toilet was accessible. Overall I would award The Mills 5 stars on my Disability Accessibility Scale.
We travelled on over ‘the county bounds’ into Killarney, Co. Kerry
It was dry but cloudy and rain threatened and rather than risk a wetting we visited the Outlet Mall. It is not fully tenanted but was still an enjoyable experience. There is ample car parking available included a number of designated disabled spots and a wheelchair accessible toilet on the 1st floor. 5 stars on my DAS
We travelled on over the narrow mountain roads towards Kenmare. We were tempted to stop at Molls Gap for lunch but it looked pretty full. The weather was foggy and the views were obscured so we passed by. When we arrived in Kenmare it was humming but there were 2 disabled parking spaces available. We parked up and went to Foleys for lunch. Jean and I shared a massive bowl of spicy chicken wings, Jean then went on to have a Chicken Baguette with all the trimmings whilst I had a smoked salmon salad and a pint. The food was lovely. The restaurant was easily accessible from the footpath and there was adequate circulation space inside but there was NO WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TOILET. I am somewhat mobile but getting into the men’s toilet was difficult enough. 1 star on my DAS.
I think that it would be great if all premises had some external signage indicating disabled accessibility. People with disabilities make up approximately 18% of the population and businesses ignore this market segment at their peril.
We travelled on over the mountain to Glengarriff and had tea and biscuits with Eugene and Angela and their new dog before heading for home.
As I said at the beginning it started with a trip down memory lane