A bit of craic through Ireland with mum & Sean

Trip Start May 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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With our Irish rellies - cousin Jennifer in Bantry and cousin Pat & Peggy in Dublin.

Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This story has been inspired by the tune 'Lisdoonvarna' by Irish folk legend Christy Moore who we saw live during our stay in Bantry, West Cork, as part of the Masters of Tradition Festival...

From Australia, Spain and America to Dublin
A family reunion in Ireland was somethin'
Mum had popped a pill and was ready to go
With not a single haircut in 10 months, Sean had a bit of a 'fro
We were here to meet extended family
And enjoy a bit of a west coast spree
We hadn't heard of the town that was to take our hearts
And provide us through our trip with so many laughs
The name of it was...

Oh, Lisdoonvarna
Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna!

First stop was Dublin at Peggy & Pat's
Then straight down to Bantry, County Cork, after that
It was here from where mum's grandfather hailed
Before to the land down under he did sail
A lovely time spent with so many rellies to see
Jennifer, Mary, Charlotte, John, Marion and Mary T
Day jaunts around the Beara, to Killarny, Muckross House and back
In the evenings sharing stories and photos - what a craic!
It was in Bantry where we first heard the song
That would stay in our heads forever long
A big family night out to the Masters of Tradition
Christy Moore one of the marvellous musicians
And he sang...

Oh, Lisdoonvarna
Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna!

Soon off on our own, but not without Barry's tea
We were determined to put this place on our itinerary
A teary farewell to Jennifer and Co.
Only 5 minutes down the road for me to shout, "S&#@, where did my passport go?"
Pulled over on the side, my bags turned upside down
Passers-by no doubt thinking me some sort of clown!
Sooner or later we were off on our way
Getting going had taken most of the day!
Our destination Waterville along the Ring of Kerry
Two drinks on arrival and we were already merry!
Still thinking of...

Oh, Lisdoonvarna
Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna!

A mistake we made in not booking Skellig Rock ahead
The next day turned into an adventure instead
Down the narrowest of roads, around the tightest of bends
At the end of the earth with only sheep as our friends
"Black Betty" ran well not revealing her load
Until out the back mum and some of our luggage would explode!
A chance phone call with a cancellation of three
We were bound for the Skelligs to climb the 12th century monastry
A long drive after that landed us in Dingle
Famous for Fungie the dolphin & a traditional Irish jingle
Slea Head the peninsula here to see
And two oldies in the middle of nowhere serving apple pie & coffee
The next night we pushed onto Lahinch in County Clare
To be all hit on by a bachelor affair!
With only one to share from amongst a man and an "old duck"
We old them matchmaking might provide them better luck

Oh, Lisdoonvarna
Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna!

Little did we know but the next day was the day
We were so close not to go just a bit out the way
The Cliffs of Moher in the morning - spectacular in the sun
Then out to the Burren for a bit of rocky fun
Not knowing what we were looking for, we came a bit unstuck
A sign to Lisdoonvarna saw us back in luck
The excitement rose with the CD on standby for the last mile
As we drove through the town song blaring out in typical Aussie bogan style!
But Christy's voice was not even one verse passed
We were there and out again that fast!
And that was...

Oh, Lisdoonvarna
Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna!

With that off our list and out of the way
We continued up to Clifden the very next day
An all Irish fiddler playing that night in town
Sean too tired, alone mum and I went down
So cute was this fiddler I did think
That I returned after the show to offer him a drink
But the mistaken glances taken as pure attraction
Only came as rejection masked in a scuba diving lesson!
With my confidence taking a severe wack
Sean joked that for singles there was only one way back

Oh, Lisdoonvarna
Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna!

South bound to Cork as quick as we could leave
To meet up for dinner with cousins Bobby & Steve
In toe were Marion, Suzie, Christine, Robert, Roy...the whole clan
The restaurant we went to so incredibly grand
That night was mum's first hostel in 20 years
But that didn't stop us from having to put plugs in our ears
On our last day Marion came at 11 o'clock
To take us to kiss the Blarney rock
We braved the weather to the top through the rain & fog
To press our lips against something touched by every man & his dog
Two weeks was over and we were flying out
But not without one final shout

Oh, Lisdoonvarna
Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna!

For the real version of 'Lisdoonvarna' by Christy Moore see - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCd16mQO32M

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Charlotte on

Hi Amy, Colleen and Shaun,

Hope one and all are keeping well. Have just read your song lyrics and I'm loving it! Your pics remind me of the summer hols. Brilliant!

Adrian on

Struggling to keep up with all these blogs - it is amazing how you have squeezed so much into such a short period of time. Your friends at Alcoa are very much enjoying the updates and photos and we look foward to hearing more about your new job on the cruise ship.

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