Drove to New Ross to see the Dunbrody Emigrant Ship. Got there just as they opened at 9; was not amused to find out that the first tour left at 9:45. They sort of offered to give us an earlier tour, but seriously discouraged us from doing that because the "emigrants" wouldn't be there yet and we'd have a seriously diminished experience. So we watched the 10 minute video, spent about 10 minutes in the "Irish American Hall of Fame" and stood around.
The guide actually made it more difficult to listen to the interesting recordings along the way, and practically the 1st thing he did was deposit the group at a 5 minute video. The emigrants definitely weren't worth the wait, although we, overall, thought the ship and museum were definitely worth the time and money. The staff were so off on how long the tour takes that DH had to leave during it to plug the meter. Although some of this negatively colored our time there, we really did think parts of it were very well done.
We picked up picnic fixings from the Nutshell Café (the assorted salads we chose were delicious) and set out for the Kennedy Homestead. We messed up the directions and were well past it on the way to Waterford before we realized it. I am definitely NOT one of those people who thinks getting lost is fun. We decided not to backtrack, and just continued on to Waterford.
We're spending 2 nights at the Granville Hotel. Our room was practically ready when we arrived around noon, so we were able to drop off our luggage--for which we were very appreciative. DH parked the car while I went up to the room with the bellman and the luggage. After he brought 3 suitcases into the room, I asked his name as I didn't have any cash and wanted to find him to give him a tip. "No, no, no" he said as he waved his hands at me and backed out of the room.
Tried to log on to their Wi-Fi network, but couldn't. Someone came up right away to help us, worked on it for about 20 minutes, then encouraged us to go about our day and she promised she'd have it working when we got back--which she did.
The hotel is lovely, and although our room isn't overly large, it has a desk, 2 comfy chairs, 2 luggage racks, and a small dresser. The bathroom has a magnifying mirror (I'm very nearsighted, so appreciate that) and a heated towel rack. Counter space next to the sink for the first time!
We found a bench by the water and ate our picnic lunch. Walked over to the TO to go on the 75 minute walking tour--very good, and reasonably priced at 7 Euro each. Decided not to do any more formal activities, just walked around, window shopping, looking at menus on my list, and enjoying the beautiful day. Dh liked having very little to do more than I do--feels like a waste of time to me
Back at the hotel, we brought our laptops into the bar and had a pint while we poked around on the internet and checked email. Rested in the room, and had dinner in Biancono, the hotel restaurant. It's light and bright--looks a little more like a breakfast/lunch place than a nice restaurant. I had found a special rate for the hotel that included one night's dinner, so we decided to use that tonight. We could order starter, main, and dessert from the "value" menu; coffee/tea included. The food was good enough, but nothing special.