Kylemore Pass Hotel
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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 ...
... was simply a way of promoting local artists and craft shops. Connemara National Park was the next stop on the Connemara Loop. It was a bastion for the seemingly endangered peat bogs which we had seen along the road in inhospitable looking land. It had a display that explained their history and the use of the peat. We noticed stacks of it in the fields and saw it close up. It is much lighter than I expected. Solid fuel heating seems ...
... an awesome big shaggy dog named Finn.
One day while we were here we drove into Westport, which is a bigger town than Clifden, but still somewhat small. Westport is a very scenic old town with a lot of shops and restaurants. It was a very good place for us to just get lost for a little while and enjoy each others company as we wandered around.
... as what we were looking at was just magical. He explained that the lake we were driving around had the best salmon and trout. Noel pointed out the spot where a camera takes photos of fish swimming up stream to sporn. This is to try and monitor their fish stocks in the lake. We just love the Irish humour. We went to a site where Connamara have placed Conn the statue which states "On this site in 1897 nothing happened". Home at 5pm for an afternoon nap then ...