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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 ...
... in our room before the sun set at about 7.20. I worked out why the hotel was modestly priced for what it offered when we looked out our window. Across the road is a verdant necropolis, complete with a 3 metre high Calvary scene. Talk about ideas for the garden! While Pol had her hair done, I retraced our way into town. I had glimpsed what I thought was the elusive Our Lady of the Roundabout. It was a large statue of Our Lady of the terrace houses. The monument was built beside a row ...
... by a trust from the Benedictine Order of the church. It passed through a lot of hands to get there, but now it is home to 11 little monkettes (nuns) who, in addition to having millions in the bank, make soap, jams and chocolates to add to their portfolio and to sell to the tourists in the visitors center.
Dayna's note: Kylemore Abbey, for many years, was an all-girl's Catholic school administered ...
... loop and go to Bellmullet for a preview.
Left at 9.50am, via Clonbur, see pics. Kids had better wake us from now on! Was quite foggy and damp this morning, but cleared later in the day.
Well, we certainly went the long way around, but it was fast home, so no matter. We went thru Leenane, then up to Westport. Liked Westport, walked down the street intending to come back up the other side but ...