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Florence Court and a Postcard from Sligo, Counties Fermanagh and Sligo, Ireland - 21st August 2019

We head back out into County Fermanagh and Florencecourt (the town) to visit Florence Court, the plantation-era house which even includes some artifacts from the actual William of Orange. Sadly, there's a bit of a fascist no-photography policy in the house itself, so there aren't any. Then, later in the day, Nosher drops Isobel and the boys off at a swimming pool on the outskirts of Sligo, and whilst they're splashing around drives into the town itself for a look around. Later on, after we've had dinner at the nearby Ósta Restaurant, we head into Manorhamilton with Noddy for a couple beers at Connolly's - one of the truly old-school bars around, run by the same people for at least fourty years and set in what amounts to someone's front room with a bar and a few extra shelves to put peanuts, beer bottles and other random drinks on

next album: Travels in the Borderlands: An Blaic/Blacklion to Belcoo and back, Cavan and Fermanagh, Ireland - 22nd August 2019
previous album: Marble Arch Caves, Florencecourt, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland - 20th August 2019

The woods at Florence Court

The ornamental gardens are a bit on the soggy side

Harry stands by a Brigham four-in-hand buggy

Isobel roams around the courtyard

The boys play chess in the Captain's room

Isobel reads some papers as the boys ponder their next move

Fred looks about

We get an introduction to the house from the guide

The front lawns

We start the tour at the front door

Back in the courtyard

In the National Trust shop

The Rainbow Ballroom in Glenfarne

There are some impressive views of waterfalls on the way to Sligo

Fred looks out over the valley

The ruins of Sligo Abbey

A small stone detail

Stone columns

More stone carvings in Sligo Abbey

A derelict and very wonky house

A weeping angel

A boarded up shop turned into an advert for an arts festival that was

A dude plays the banjo on a street corner

O'Connell Street in Sligo

An empty shop with a hint of 1920's tiling

The 1901 Post Office on Lower Knox Street

The Garavogue River

The Knox Street Bridge

The Glasshouse, and a bit of the Yeats Building to the left

Another bridge over the Garavogue on, er, Bridge Street

Pigeon feature

Some backstreet graffiti

The wreck of a former night club

Some fine carvings on a church

A slightly-malevolent-looking bishop leers from out of a wall

A building is being knocked down near the Clayton Hotel

We're on the stairs to nowhere

Back at W8, the unused underground car park has been left open

Teapot Lane in Manorhamilton

Some old carved stone sign

Fred oozes ennui as he stares out of the pizza-shop window

We see Noddy walking down Main Street

Harry - Gappy McGap-Face - and Isobel in Ósta Restaurant

Ósta's restaurant

The old sculpture centre, and previously off-licence

Noddy's on tin whistle in Connolly's Bar

It's very retro in Connolly's

Isobel and Noddy at the bar

Outside the legend that is Connolly's

Another Manor-H pub

Jak's Casino doesn't look like it's very happening these days

The Proclamation of the Irish Republic, plus the nearby cottage of one of the signatories

The mystery of McMorrow Meats

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The woods at Florence Court