One of the things I find most daunting about Noah being in a wheelchair is using public transport.
Don’t get me wrong this doesn’t put me off, and I have used public transport both here and abroad albeit sometimes its been more hassle than it has been worth.
However one of the methods of public transport I had yet to use here in Ireland was the train with Irish Rail.
There was no particular reason just, we have to drive to get to the train station so it was easier to just keep driving to our destination.
So, as it was the Easter Holidays, I decided lets head off to Killarney for the day and lets use the train.
I have to admit I was nervous, but from the minute we got back there (I had my mam, the kids Nana with me for the trip) and bought our tickets everything couldn’t have gone more smoothly.
The ramp was put out for Noah both times without having to ask, and both journeys to and from Killarney were comfortable and pleasant.
I really have to commend Irish Rail on their service and I would have no qualms about using their service with Noah again.
So aside from our mode of transport the other highlight of our trip was afternoon tea in the Great Southern Killarney (formerly known as The Malton).
Sophie is getting her confirmation this coming Wednesday, and as she had never had afternoon tea before I thought it would be a nice treat, and plus I didn’t mind having it myself either!
The hotel is just gorgeous and has that never want to leave feeling.
The afternoon tea was excellent value and it came with all the bells and whistles, not to mention enough food to feed 10 people not the four of us.
What we loved the most was the service.
The lady who served us (I’m afraid we didn’t get her name) was what gave the experience full marks.
She went out of her way to make sure the kids had more than enough food and drinks (they are the plainest of eaters so she had to substitute a few bits for them), not to mention keeping my mam and I topped up with enough coffee to do us for a year (not to forget the cute takeaway boxes that they gave us).
Noah enjoying his cup of tea
The afternoon tea was great value with the kids package priced at €13.50 ( we only purchased one because it was enough for both kids) and €22.50 per adult.
Killarney is one of those places where no matter the time of year there always seems to be such an atmosphere around, and were looking forward to heading back there for a parents only weekend in May.
Hopefully ill have another few recommendations for you then.
All our love
Our Wheely Big Journey