Westport Coast Hotel
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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 ...
With some good advice from various travel sources, we decided to bypass the hoards of tourists and tour buses at the top of the Cliffs of Moher. After all, we had already gotten the best view of the cliffs from our boat, yesterday. Our goal was the Loop Head Lighthouse 60 kilometers further down the coast. As the name implies, it is at the end of the peninsula and is reported to have cliffs as spectacular as the Cliffs of Moher ...
... then on to New York. Commercial flights lasted less than 10 years, from 1937 to 1946 because by that time many land bases were available having been well developed during the war years. Both Pam Am and Imperial (later to become BOAC the forerunner to British Airways) both flew out of here. The biggest aircraft was the Boeing B314, she carried 34 passengers and 9 or 10 crew. Even had a honeymoon suite:
It was in one of the rooms in this building ...