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I have been staying with a university friend of mine who is working in Ireland. We have travelled around the county of Mayo seeing abbeys that have Mass said in them since 1216, and ruins of old monasteries and churches. You leave with a sense how constant the Church has been through the centuries. We had afternoon tea at Ashford Castle including scones and clotted cream! On Saturday, we went to Knock where 15 people from the ages of 5 ...
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 ...
... the crowds. We turned on the GPS, Lilith, by name, and let her do the navigating. Lilith is named after the character in the TV program, Frazier, the totally drab and monotone sounding wife. Anyway, one thing that we have learned about Lilith is that she will send us down almost any type of road or lane regardless of its size as long as she considers it the shortest route. Consequently, we have seen some lanes that had ...
... in a local, chatted to a couple of ladies who said the locals are loving the Indian summer as usually they have their fires going all September.
Returned via Castlebar, (diesel) again a main highway, thru a one lane, one way, street, see pics. stopped for a break in Ballinrobe and were back in Cong by 6pm.
7.30pm we went to a local pub for dinner, only because it was my birthday. Very nice. See ...
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