Started our Paddy Wagon tour today. Another sunny day! First stop was a little town called Drogheda. Went into St Peters Church which holds the head of St Oliver Plunkett, a Roman Catholic Archbishop who was hanged in 1681. The skull is perfectly preserved in a glass box at the front of the church.
Next stop was Monasterboice, to view the historic ruins of the round tower and Celtic crosses dating back to the 10th century. The celtic crosses, 5.5m high show biblical carvings and were used to teach people the bible as they could not read.
We then crossed the border to Northern Ireland and headed for Derry. As we drove through the town we passed at least 15 police, all with large machine guns. The town was on high alert as the police station was blown up only last month by a car bomb. We were staying only a few hundred metres down the road!
We then went on a walking tour through Derry, extremely interesting town and one of the best walking tours i have ever been on. The town is made up of 100,000 people, 80,000 Catholics who want to be part of Ireland and 20,000 protestants who want to be linked to England. Catholics live on one side of the river and the Protestants live on the other and they will not mix at all. 302 Protestants live on the Catholic side of the river and they have to have a 10m fence around them for protection.
It is an unbelievable situation as the catholic side will not even support Northern Ireland in sport, barracking for the other country.