Syndia and I went exploring to Adare today. It's billed as Ireland's most picturesque village, and although we haven't seen much of the rest of the country yet, it's certainly very pretty.

The Adare Manor was recently refurbished into an exclusive hotel. Unfortunately that meant we didn't get to poke around inside it, but we at least trespassed on the grounds long enough to have a good look at it from the outside.

The town itself has a fascinating history but I'm just too tired to summarise it. Suffice it to say that the successive Earls of Dunraven are practically worshipped for their efforts in its development.