Taking Tea at Enniscorthy Castle

Tuesday 30 May, 2017 Morning

The sun is shining, the birds are singing. What could be a better way to start the day for such an historical event? High Tea at Enniscorthy Castle.
Whilst serving me yet another delicious breakfast, Moira greeted me with a “Good morning bride”. And, yes I do feel as a bride does on her special day.

Just as a wedding day takes many hours of planning and there are many people involved, so has the High Tea celebration that will be held at Enniscorthy Castle this afternoon.
There are a number of people who have been involved that I would like to thank.

In Ireland –
Firstly Mary O’Higgins of Enniscorthy Castle who was delighted for me to host the High Tea in the Roche Room of Enniscorthy Castle.Without Mary, this event would not be happening.
Cathy Keane of Wexford Historical tours for all her support. Cathy has allowed me borrow her TV to screen the two videos that will be played today. She is in charge of the technology and photography.
Maria Nolan local Enniscorthy Reporter and photographer who will record and report this historical event.
David Hasslacher, member of the last family to reside in Enniscorthy who is delighted to be taking my guests on a walking tour of the Enniscorthy Castle along with his two friends Betty and Bernadette whose families were staff at the Castle when David’s family lived there. Their memories of life in the castle will be very interesting.
William Kinsella of Wildflower Cafe who will be creating the most delicious and beautifully presented High Tea treats and has gone “over and above” to visit the castle on several occasions to Email photograph of the room to me and also to meet with me to discuss the menu.
Annette and Nessa of “Annette’s florist” who are arranging some beautiful flowers for the Roche room as I write.
The always happy and helpful staff of Enniscorthy Castle, Mary, Greta,Mary and Moira who have been in a flurry to get everything organized for today’s celebration.
Aer Lingus for allowing me “Priority Check in” to ensure my gifts from the Mayors arrived safely.

In Australia –
Mayor of the city of the Hawkesbury Mary Buckett-Lyons for taking the time to meet with me and offer words of encouragement and the lovely gift to present to Cllr. Paddy Kavanagh
Administrator of the Snowy Monaro Shire Dean Lynch, who on such short notice, met with me during my visit to Cooma and penned a warm letter to Cllr. Kavanagh. He also sent me with a beautiful book featuring the Snowy Monaro region.
Mayor of East Gippsland Shire, Joe Rettino who made a special video with his warm greeting from the people of East Gippsland to the people of Enniscorthy. He also sent me with a lovely gift for Cllr. Kavanagh
Mayor of the Whitsunday Regional Council, Andrew Willcox who although under a great deal of pressure so soon after Cyclone Debbie struck, still made time to see me to inscribe a lovely Airlie Beach book and write a warm and welcoming letter to the people of Ireland.
Alissa Fitzsimon of the Australian Embassy in Dublin who emailed me to wish me all the best for today
My darling Mum Lorna Prendergast who made sure that I packed one of my dad Jim Prendergast’s fabulous “R.A.A.F Bairnsdale” books to present to Cllr Kavanagh, my Irish Grandmother’s Rosary beads to keep me safe and $50 for anything that might pop up.
And last but not least, Barry my wonderful husband and blog master who, even though he is thousands of miles away, compiles my words and photos to post on my blog every day and skypes me every night.
Thank you so much to all concerned, your love and support is greatly appreciated.

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