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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 ...
... 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 ...
... Benedictine nuns. It closed in 2010.
Pretty cool place, overall, but the weather was closing in -- What's new? This is Ireland! -- and light was going to fade as we returned to Galway. The Connemara is not a place to be driving at night unless you really know the roads.
Our B&B tonight is the Grange House in Galway. It is a more modern establishment located on a short cul-de-sac that ...
... 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 ...