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Ireland Day 16: There's Goodness In It

rain 63 °F

Note: It is just under a year since our last entry. When we came home we got back to our regular, day-to-day lives, and it was hard to blog. However, we wanted to finish our blog so that we could use it as a photo album, and so that we could use it to show other people our trip.

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We ate a delicious breakfast, including Mary Kathleen's treacle bread and coconut bread. It was a beautiful rainy day, and we spent most of the morning and afternoon visiting with the Morans in front of the cozy turf fire.
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We did make one outing, to Claremorris. We wanted to buy one last gift: a Mayo jersey for Aubrey. Attracta had made some calls to track down small sizes. We were not able to find one in a baby size, but we found one that was sized for a three-year-old. Thankfully, going to Claremorris gave us the opportunity to try the best chipper in Mayo (according to a recent poll): Val's. Adrian and Fr. Eugene worked there as teenagers, and Val talked with us about them when we told him we knew them. The chips were absolutely delicious: ever since, we have often wished we could eat Val's chips again.
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Jillian, who does Irish dance, gave a demonstration of her skills.
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Daniel, imitating his cousin Robbie. Apparently, when Daniel's family all visited together in 2003, Robbie was fascinated by the turf fire. Catherine and Mary Kathleen had Daniel recreate the way Robbie sat waiting for the fire to start.
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Some views of the cloudy and rainy weather outside. It was wonderfully warm and cozy within.
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We spent some time playing cards and talking with everyone. It was a wonderful day, and we were happy we had the chance to return to Kilkelly after our first visit. Later that night, we sat by the fire with Attracta and Mary Kathleen. Mary Kathleen started feeling sick, and got up for a moment. Shortly after we heard a yell, and Attracta went to help her. A moment later, Attracta called to us to come help. Mary Kathleen had fallen. Marie came down to the house, and we did everything we could to help Attracta and Marie. Mary Kathleen seemed to be feeling a little bit stronger after a while. Although it was scary, we were glad there were people in the house to help her.

Posted by danielcatherine 22:18 Archived in Ireland Tagged marie chips mayo turf jillian kilkelly mary_kathleen attracta ciaran val's claremorris Comments (0)

Ireland Day 10: God Bless Our Daniel

overcast 67 °F

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First, we drove to Gort na Coiribe, where Daniel lived when he was attending National University of Ireland, Galway. The houses are student housing during the college terms, and holiday rentals in the summer. We had thought about trying to stay there but their minimum stay was slightly too long. However, it was nice to see it again. We took some pictures in front of the flat where Daniel lived, and then went over to Dunne's Stores across the street.
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Years ago, Daniel had told Catherine of a brand of juice called Fruice. She never believed it was real for some reason. At Dunne's Stores, the truth was revealed.
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We turned down a side street while trying to find a place to park, and encountered this banner. We have no idea what the actual intention was of the people who put it up. But it seemed like a nice "welcome back" from the people of Galway.
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From Dunne's Stores we walked to the University, along the route Daniel would take when he was here. These are a couple pictures of the River Corrib from the bridge.
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The old Quadrangle building at NUIG. THis is the most photogenic building on campus, but Daniel didn't actually have any classes there when he attended. However, it was a nice spot to take some pictures and look at the historic part of the campus.
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Just past the campus, a canal that runs beside the campus and a view of the cathedral. This was the route Daniel would often take to go to lunch.
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The Galway cathedral. It is not as old as it looks, having been built in the sixties. It is a beautiful building, deliberately built as a sort of Irish-Mediterranean (especially Spanish) hybrid to emphasize the historic links between Galway and Spain. It is quite large and has a variety of artwork, including stained glass windows and murals on the walls. We used a paper "self-guided tour" booklet to tour the cathedral, then went on to lunch.
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On our way, we saw this evidence that someone doesn't know how to read a sign.
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When Daniel was here before, he and his friend Adrian would often visit An Tobar Nua, a small cafe in Galway. We went in to have lunch there. It was started by an American, and the food seems to reflect that, as some menu items that are not particularly common in Ireland are available here.
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Us at An Tobar Nua.
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Ran into one of Adrian's friends and heard some amusing stories.
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DInner/snacks at Monroe's Tavern, right across from An Tobar Nua. It's one of the places Daniel went on his twenty-first birthday, and we were happy to go there now.
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Catherine tried a beer called "bogman" in commemoration of her adventures in the bog in Glencolumcille.
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The beginning of our "pub crawl" in Galway.
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A view towards the cathedral from the Claddagh.
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Some buskers playing the song "Wagon Wheel" as well as some traditional Irish and American songs.
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Drinks at The King's Head, a popular pub in Galway.
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From Breaking Bad?
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Drinks at Sally Long's at the end of the night. Pubs seem to close fairly early here.
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Capital Turkish Kebab House for some chips to finish the night.
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The relatively empty and quiet street late at night. From here, we got a taxi back to our room and headed to bed to rest for our trip to the Aran Islands!

Posted by danielcatherine 16:05 Archived in Ireland Tagged rain clothes college chips laundry memories galway kebab pub_crawl irish_pubs monroe's king's_head sally_long's Comments (0)

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