Westport Plaza 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 ...
... here, because it is considered a real job, unlike in the USA, especially Utah where Patrick earns a whopping $2.13/hr. So, all in all, it was an expensive meal, but not a deal breaker.
We have been averaging 5 - 8 miles a day walking, according to Dayna's FitBit pedometer. Today we didn't cover as much ground, maybe a little over a mile. We'll do better tomorrow. We head to the Dingle Peninsula in the a.m. for the day.
... 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 is ...