Traditional Irish Music Session and Trad on Prom-S

Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
Trip End Jul 25, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Thursday, July 23, 2009

I got to sleep in!!!! Yeah!  We didn't need to report to class until 2:00.  I still ended up getting up around 8:45, but it was not as early as the usual.  I took my time getting ready and had to head over to campus to drop something off at Fiona’s office.  I happened to run into Regina on the way so we headed into town together from there.  I had a few hours to shop around and pick up my ring.  I found this terrific trench coat/raincoat, but it was pretty pricey.  I resisted and headed back into campus for the 2 PM session. 

We got an "up close and personal" presentation from the people who do a very popular show in Galway.  The one man is the main composer of Riverdance.  The dancer was the World Champion for at least 2 years.  She was amazing.  The man played and instrument called the Elbow Pipes.  It does have another name, in Irish, but I cannot remember it.  It is sort of like a bagpipe, but you don’t blow into it.  He had to bags on either side of his waist and he squeezed them with his elbows while moving his fingers to cover holes to change the sound.  It had a “haunting” sound.  I purchased one of his CDs.

After class I was still thinking about that raincoat, so I convinced Barbara to head back into town with me and shop around.  We looked all over Galway for a cool trenchcoat.  Can you believe it, they told me that it wasn’t in season?  Come on, it rains almost everyday in Galway for at least a short period, so how can a raincoat not be in season??  Alas, I found one.  It was white, which is something that I will probably live to regret, but I bought it.

Barb, Regina and I had dinner at home.  We cooked up all of the remaining food items.  Julie joined us too.  We were responsible for getting our own transportation to the Salthill Hotel, so we had to hire a taxi. It was 5 euro each, one way.  Yikes!  It was pretty cloudy and drizzling out when we arrived, so we were unable to walk along the shore.  Salthill is a very beautiful area.  The show started at 9 and we were entertained for two hours.  Several of the performers were relatives.  They put on an amazing show.  The dancers were especially impressive!  After the show everyone decided we should go out for awhile so we took a taxi into town and met up at The Quays pub.  Julie, Regina and I didn’t stay long as I was tired and they were ready to head home too.  It’s a good thing we left when we did because the sky opened up shortly after walking through our front door.
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