Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Nov 08, 2005

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Left on a ferry from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead this morning.  (On the ferry I was wearing my Sydney Swans scarf with pride and was asked by someone if I was Welsh, apparently they have a team called the Swans or something there too!)

Cs uncle Ivan and his wife Lou picked us up, and we drove to their house in Holyhead :)
They lived in this amazing white, castle like house perched high on the cliffs...was AMAZING!!  His cousins were there too, and we took a walk along the windy coastal cliffs, past centuries-old stone walls, paddocks full of sheep with long tails (sheep don't have long tails in Australia, we took photos to show our familie!), the 18th century grave of a dog named Tyger who saved a whole boat full of people from crashing into the cliffs, and gave his own life (yes, I had tears), and a roman bath (that supposedly heals mental illness if you touch the water).

Tyger`s Memorial 
Near Rhoscolyn, Holyhead, Anglesey LL65 - Wales, UK

Walkers following the cliffs between Borthwen and Trearddur Bay may notice a low inscribed stone between White Arch (Bwa Gwyn) and Black Arch (Bwa Du). Overlooking the sea, it is inscribed `Tyger Sep 17th 1819`, and commemorates the bravery of a dog that guided his master and crew to safety when their ketch sank half a mile offshore in mist. One of the younger crew hung on to his collar and, after taking him to land, the retriever dragged another man onto the rocks. Although all the men survived, Tyger died from exhaustion. 
We stopped for a beer at the local Welsh pub, then walked back to the house.  We went back to the same pub for dinner later.  A splendid evening in great company!
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