Clew Bay Hotel
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Today we drove through some breath-taking country side in the Connemara region of the county of Mayo. We stopped for lunch in Cong, a charming little village outside of Ashford Castle. As beautiful as the scenery was, my favorite activity of this whole trip took place today at the Ashford Castle. (Summer home of the Guinness family years ago). It …
... 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 ...
... A huge rock sign was whitewashed in front of the light ("EIRE") to let the flyers know they were still short of England and not to land. (Ireland was a neutral country during the war and would have interned the crews if they had landed.)
Now about noon, we headed for the ferry crossing on the River Shannon. By the time we got there it was closing in on 2 p.m. and the ferry only runs every hour, on the hour, going ...