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Ireland Day 17: The Rocky Road to Dublin

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Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture with the whole Moran family. However, we had a time wonderful visiting with all the Morans. Daniel was happy to see everyone again, and Catherine loved meeting them. We took this picture with Mary Kathleen, who was a bit shaken from her fall but doing much better in the morning. We made so many cherished memories with her and the family. It was hard to leave. Our time there was one of the major highlights of our trip. We hope to go back as soon as we can.
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Isabella (Adrian and Mikal's daughter) introducing a feral cat at Knock Shrine to Peppa Pig.
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Isabella loved "flying" around the lawn at the shrine. Daniel tried to teach her to fly on her own, but she seemed to prefer being picked up and flying around that way.
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The beautiful grounds of Knock Shrine. This church means a great deal to Daniel, as it is the place he decided to become Catholic and where his great grandfather was baptized. It always has a serene and peaceful feeling. Adrian told us some stories about miracles at Knock, and we had a wonderful afternoon before leaving. It was another sad parting, but again we hope to return and visit our friends and family in Ireland as soon as we can.
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We then set off towards Dublin. We had an AirBnB for the night near the airport. We had a nice drive across the country, seeing the sights and listening to music as we went. We tried to find a place to stop for dinner on the way, but it got late and we ended up eating at a Traditional Irish Italian Chipper in the apartment complex where we were staying. We had a cozy room, and the place was close to the airport allowing us to get a decent night's sleep before flying the next morning.

Posted by danielcatherine 23:06 Archived in Ireland Tagged dublin adrian mikal knock isabella mary_kathleen feral_cat peppa_pig chippers Comments (0)

Ireland Day 5: Onward to Mayo

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First, a note to our readers: we couldn't get a solid internet connection in Achill Island, and in Kilkelly we were up visiting so late with family/friends. We are thus several days behind, but we will be updating regularly now.

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The famine pier and wall in Mountcharles. These were projects that the Quakers set up as a famine relief scheme. The local people built them and got paid for it, somewhat relieving the Famine.

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Some beautiful views of our drive through Co. Sligo on our way to Mayo.

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We saw a ruined Round Tower, which had clearly been broken at some point in its history.

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We stopped for gas and before we left we got a couple rolls of candies that aren't widely available in the United States.

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We arrived just in time for lunch at Daniel's cousin's house. Mary Kathleen, who is Daniel's grandpa's first cousin (thus Daniel's first cousin twice removed), had made us a very nice lunch and visited with us for some time. Her daughter, Attracta, came over as well. Catherine felt like Mary Kathleen reminded her a great deal of Daniel's grandpa, Tom. It was a wonderful lunch and we had a great time. We then went on to Daniel's friend Adrian's house. Adrian lives in Knock, the same village where there is a huge Marian shrine where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1879. Adrian made us a "traditional" Irish dinner of Pakistani curry, but not before tricking Catherine into thinking that Irish people traditionally eat a single boiled potato each on Fridays. We visited with Adrian and his family in their thatched-roof cottage. His brother, Fr. Eugene, came by as well, as did his sister Barbara's boyfriend Johnny. Eugene and Johnny are fixing up the house across the road for Barbara to live in. We had a very nice visit, talking about politics and current events and everything else imaginable. While we were visiting, news of the coup in Turkey came on. This was very much in line with Daniel and Adrian's interests, and so we stayed until almost 2 AM watching the coverage and analyzing the situation.
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Daniel, Catherine, Mikal, and Adrian.

Posted by danielcatherine 15:54 Archived in Ireland Tagged turkey adrian thatch donegal mikal mayo coup knock sligo kilkelly mary_kathleen attracta Comments (0)

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