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Saturday, 17th June started warm, dry but a little overcast as members boarded the coach in Crossgar. However, the weather forecast was for sunshine later in the day and well before lunch the light cloud evaporated and the sun broke through. We enjoyed a short break at Frenchies Restaurant in Clough for coffee and scones before heading onward to Newry. Roll call before departing for Carlingford

Aboard the coach and ready for shopping and sightseeing
Arriving in Newry shortly after mid-day visits to the two shopping malls were high on the agenda. The Buttercrane and Quays centres are on opposite sides of the main Dundalk Road and boast a large number of familiar high street names together with a variety of local shops and traders. Members and guests took the opportunity to visit both malls browsing the shops and making a few purchases. Clearly this interlude was thoroughly enjoyed before returning to the coach in the early afternoon to make our way along the canal towards Carlingford. Following our shopping spree it was refreshing to sit down and enjoy the scenery as we drove along the canal and the shores of Carlingford Lough. Bounded by the Lough on one side and the steep inclines of the Cooley Mountains on the other the views were inspiring as we looked north towards Warrenpoint and Rostrevor set against the backdrop of the Mourne Mountains with clear blue skies above.
Carlingford is only a short drive from Newry and the town really looked its best when we arrived on what can only be described as a balmy summer afternoon. The town takes its name from the Norse - the fjord of Carlinn - and can be classified as one of Ireland's best preserved medieval towns which was originally founded by the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century.
What secrets are these ladies hiding?
A relaxing afternoon spent visiting the 
quaint shops in Carlingford
The setting was delightful with its narrow streets and beautiful views of the sea and mountains while the stone medieval buildings transported us back in time. The small shops have a lot of character and exude a feeling of tranquillity and friendliness that somehow seems absent in the large, modern shopping complexes which we had left behind a short time earlier. Our sojourn in Carlingford reminded us of the much more relaxed pace of life that prevailed in rural villages throughout the country many years ago. It was a beautiful afternoon and many members took time to explore the streets and byways and to enjoy the beauty of the setting in such a peaceful atmosphere.
The warm weather combined with several hours of arduous shopping eventually took its toll encouraging some members to seek refreshment in the local coffee shops while others enjoyed a cooling ice cream.

Reluctantly we departed Carlingford and made our way to the other side of the Lough passing through Warrenpoint and Rostrevor this time looking south towards the Cooley Mountains. As we headed north towards Newcastle the sea on our right glistened in the brilliant sunshine while on our left the Mourne Mountains towered majestically above us.  On arrival at the Enniskeen Hotel in Newcastle members were in relaxed mood and looking forward to the very enjoyable high tea that unfortunately also signalled that our day was drawing towards its conclusion.

Before heading home many members purchased plants that were available for sale and our coach looked like a horticultural arrangement as we returned to Crossgar. From the conversation and comments made during the final leg of our journey it was evident that the day had been enjoyed by all.

Anyone for ice cream?

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