Green, Wet Ireland

Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
Trip End Jul 17, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Greetings from Dublin where we finally have Internet!   It has been a couple of fun -filled days.  Yesterday and today were especially full of activities and fun!  I asked the boys this morning in our group at the B&B to rate yesterday and Robert said "I'd give it at 10 but then I'd have to give the next great one a 12.  It was a fun day.  

We dug peat in the rain (we got very wet!),  Next we went to the community center where we were divided into groups.  Some of the groups got well acquainted with games.  Another group watched a video on the Ring of Kerry, the area where Caherciveen is located.  They also met with Mary & Anna who explained their system for caring for the elderly.  Their goal is to keep elderly individuals in their homes by taking meals to them and/or bringing them to the center for meals and day care.  We had a chance to interact with several of the indivuals who were there having lunch.

Aftrer lunch we were hiked high above the city to learn about some of the historical points of the area.  (It was quite a hike, too, with some really slipperty slopes coming down!)

Our next stop with the football field to play Gaelic-style football with the help of three local players.  We divided into three (pronounced like "tree") groups and after learning the fundamentals (ha!) we played.  It was great fun and the young, handsome Irish lads, made it pretty easy on the eyes.  (Just ask the girls!)

Next the delegates were divided into teams and sent on a scavenger hunt to learn about Caherciveen by asking questions of the local people.  

Our final event of the day (after supper) was to learn about Irish music and dance.  I have video clips.  After I get them loaded you can see what a great time they had.

And this was one day--and what a great day it was!

Following this are some of our "scribe of the day" comments:

Day 1 by Robert:

Today we are flying to Ireland and today I saw more peanuts and clear plastic cups than I ever have!  The layover in Atlanta wasn't too bad with the food and shopping.  It proved to be a good source of entertainment.  By the time I got to JFK in New York I was over airports!  Though known for being a big airport, it seems to be about the same as Atlanta, maybe even smaller.  But with this flight's end the layovers will be worth it as we are closer to the green pastures of Ireland and the adventures ahead.

Day 2 by Tashia

As the glimmers of day's beginning shine through a half-closed airplane window, it spurs the sleeping and annowys the one who couldn't sleep at all.  This is how we began our day-- flying from New York to Ireland.  Hours later we landed at Shannon Airport and sailed through customs like a breeze.  All the luggage was safely there awaiting us!  

Our first stop was Bunratty Castle, where we toured the centuries old rooms, tapesteries, and unique statues.  We learned from a guide some of the items that wouldn't be noticed by ordinary people, like that the walls have ears.  They had small circles carved into the stone which were used to listen in on conversations.  After lunch we started our journey to our guest housing, which were like bed and breakfast inns.  That evening we listened to our coordinator about what we would be doing the next day.  After dropping off each of the groups at their guest houses for the night.  And here I sit writing aboutg our day, dying to go to sleep, which is exactly what I am doing after I finish this sentence.

Day 3 by Hunter:

The wear and tear of the flights to Ireland have finally decided to relinguish the attitudes and minds fo the delegates who got a good night's sleep last night.  We awoke to a bright Irish sun, got dressed and ate breakfast.  Off to the turf fields, we went to cut peat which was very interesting.  Next we went to the Cahersiveen Community Center where we got to create a game with the locals.  Magnificient views of Cahersiveen from the side of the mountain were next.  The hike eventually turned slippery and several delegates had interesting falls.  After our adventure on the mountain we went to a 1,200 year old ring fort.  Tackling, throwing and kicking awaited us as we tried our hand at Gaelic football, which was amazing.  Next we undertook a scavenger hunt.  Chicken curry or beef casserole was our dinner.  We had a very entertaining Gaelic young people to teach us to dance and sing.  I'm going to bed now.

Day 4 by Chase:

In what seems only hours since our arrival we have finished our fourth day.  We woke up to see the sun shining but of course, lik,e every day we have been in Ireland, it rained--lots!  Our day started with breakfast and then we embarked on a cruise across the tranquil lakes--getting soaked!  After lunch we took a seven mile horse-drawn jounty car through the countryside and glaciers near the lake of Killarney.  We also saw colored sheep!   

Next we set off for Dublin, the capital of the Repubic of Ireland.  It rained the whole 3.5 hour drive where most delegates slept or updated their travel journals or wrote postcards.  We finally arrived in Dublin where we ate dinner and booked into our rooms.  After a long rainy day of site seeing and sitting we ended our fourth day.
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