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... saw Our Lady (Mary, Jesus' mother) in 1879 on the back wall of the church. It was my first visit to a Marian apparition sight. Today we visited Croagh Patrick, a mountain that tradition says that St Patrick had a 40 day retreat on the summit in the 400s. It was raining, windy and cold so we didn't climb it. This evening we went to a performance of Handel's Messiah. Such beautiful music! I travel to Dublin tomorrow and fly home on ...
update on 10/16 - went to dinner on the quay (pronounced "key" for those of you in the Bronx. - Had some oysters and scallops right from the Bay.
Went to Matt Maloy's Bar - the flutist from the Chieftains owns it or that is the rumor - met some folks from Belfast.
Went to the bar next store - the Portush - nice Irish music -
update 10/17 - Marian made us soup for lunch - went to an Italinan restaurant for dinner in town - food was great - La Belle Vita ...
... to check that Naomi (our Tomtom) hadn't had too much Baileys. All was good so we continued west through a scattering of country towns. There were various statues of Mary along the way, including some very impressive monuments to the year of Mary in 1954. Our Lady of the Roundabout as seen in Mark and Bern's blog remains elusive and part of the goal of this pilgrimage, I mean birthday sojourn. As we drove through some cute towns, we noticed there were often large flocks of black birds ...
... br> The cliffs surrounding the light are beautiful and well worth the drive. The best part was that there were almost no other visitors and the car park doesn't even have places for buses! A very cute local lady gave us the Cook's tour of the light and suggested a walking route around the cliffs. A highly worthwhile 90 minutes.
Historical note: the light was used during WW II as an aid for aircraft coming from the USA ...
... attacked by Oliver Cromwell in the mid 1600’s which left it in a state similar to what we see now. The castle had belonged to the Butler family for many centuries until the last of the line died in 1981, and they had lived here in the private apartments. As castles go there really wasn’t much to see. However, the family had a quirky summerhouse about a mile or so along the river and that was really worth seeing. It was also a very pleasant walk along a ...