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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 ...
... town. Pol was reminded of Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds and did not want me to stop the car even when I offered to show her the Royal Canal that ran beside the road. It is difficult to get a good look at the landscape as the small paddocks beside the road are usually lined with trees or hedges. We did get a look at a lookout over Lough Owel. I expected a magnificent lake. It was big, about 1000 acres, but large parts of it seemed quite shallow. There was an interesting sculpture ...
... here, because it is considered a real job, unlike in the USA, especially Utah where Patrick earns a whopping $2.13/hr. So, all in all, it was an expensive meal, but not a deal breaker.
We have been averaging 5 - 8 miles a day walking, according to Dayna's FitBit pedometer. Today we didn't cover as much ground, maybe a little over a mile. We'll do better tomorrow. We head to the Dingle Peninsula in the a.m. for the day.
... 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 ...