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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 ...
... 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 ...
... grounds until everybody who wanted to try it was able to experience it. At one point the hawk spotted a tourist dog and flew high up and started squawking to alert us to the danger(thinks it's a predator). Once the dog ambled off, the bird was ready to resume the feeding game again. Another time, while up in the tree, the hawk spotted a mouse in the brush. She had it down her throat in a blink of an eye, then didn't want to leave the ...