The best way to start an ACCS conference is with a round of golf and when Rosslare Golf Links is the venue it takes a lot of beating. There was quite a good turn out and the threatened rain did not appear, however the off shore “breeze” made for some interesting approach shots. The bunkers also made a deep impression!
The conference was held at the end of March in Whites Hotel in the centre of Wexford town and it is certainly to be commended for both service and food.
We always enjoy this conference as the delegates are a really friendly crowd and the officers and staff of the association are a pleasure to work with.
It is a time to catch up with many acquaintances that one only sees once a year, both clients and other exhibitors.
The first day ended with an excellent dinner followed by the inevitable poker school. As usual we hjad to borrow a deck from reception as nobody had thought to secrete one on their person!
Of course the highlight of any conference is the Gala Banquet on the second and the hotel did us proud with a superb six course meal. A copy of the menu is displayed here. No prizes for the error which was missed by most people, including me, until well after the event!
A few horth speeches followed, the Bishop making a definite play to be considered for a spot on Comedy Club, and these being completed the music department of Gorey Community School entertained us . Both the choir and musicians were absolutely outstanding and would have held their own om any professional stage.
Of course the evening ended with another obligatory poker school in one corner and a ceili in the bar.
We had decided to stay on for an extra couple of nights so, once the conference was more or less wrapped up on Saturday morning we took off on a tour to our old camping haunt at Carne Beach. I used to leave Josephine and Maggie Shore and the two children there, in a tent, for August and commute at weekends.
Another landmark of the area was the Lobster Pot restaurant and this appears not to have changed to any degree in the past 23 years!
Following this we motored on round the coast to Kylemore Quay for lunch and then back to Whites for a snooze before venturing out for dinner.
We had chosen a French restaurant, Jacques Bistro, at the Greenacres gallery just around the corner from the Hotel.
It is unique in as much as many of the tables are set in the wine shop so one is surrounded by racks of wine! The food and wine were excellent, though the cheapest wine on the list was €29! I went for one of the specials, a Casoulet of Toulouse sausage, pork belly and duck on a bed of beans – unbelievably filling! Josephine picked another special, Black Sole Muniere. Needless to say I managed their Crème Brulee.
Altogether a most satisfactory few days.