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Monday, September 18, 2017

It Was Time to Say Goodbye




It was Friday early morning, July 14, 2017.
It was time to leave this beautiful resort and the great people we met while touring together.
Everyone was moving on in different directions. We were being driven to Ennis to catch a train to Galway. 






This was our train, so we thought...
One direction goes to Galway the other to Limerick. 
We discovered about 15 to 20 minutes into the ride that we were going to Limerick instead of Galway. GEEZ!!!
We got off at the next stop which was just a minute further.
It wasn't a station.
It was the Nine Mile Bridge stop, a sheltered stop, but just a stop!
There was a shelter, a nice long bench and  a schedule. 
That schedule was not our friend for it was the bearer of bad news...two hours+ before the next train from Limerick to Ennis. And then another near two hour wait from Ennis to Galway!
There went our early arrival in Galway!



It was a bit chilly and my husband was just thrilled to be stuck, for what felt like, forever.



Here comes a train, but not ours.
It was also going to Limerick.
It occupied a few moments as a photo op!



The Gaelic language is amusing to me...this photo  amused me for a moment.







Flowers to photograph helped pass a few minutes!
No, I wasn't pulling off petals for each minute ๐ŸŒบ

We had fully flexible tickets so we only needed to purchase a ticket back to Ennis. The fully flexible tickets were good the rest of the way.
So, we bought the ticket from the machine on the platform. We used up a few minutes taking care of ticket business๐Ÿ˜Š



Another distraction...I like signs!



What a glorious sight! Here comes our train! 
Right on time!
Yay! Back to Ennis!



Ennis!
We got a coffee and waited.
And, here comes our train!
We were finally on our way to Galway!
What a day but we laugh about it so all is well. 
Our first late afternoon and evening in Galway was perfect!
No more problems!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland


We had a very nice late lunch at Nuala's Bar and Restaurant in Tuamgraney, Scariff, County Clare, Ireland.
It was our last day with the tour group in County Clare. We were feeling a little melancholy and also a bit of excitement to move onward with our journey across Ireland.

Here, our guide is trying to move the hanging plant off the name of the restaurant for me. He is quite tall but not tall enough :)



Nuala's Bar and Restaurant 
After lunch we took a walk down the street to a local 10th century church to attend a concert of traditional Irish music.



The little village of Tuamgraney is very beautifully decorated with flowers. 
If a boat doesn't float, fill it with flowers! ๐ŸŒบ 



It was a short 10 minute walk to the church which included time to admire the gardens along the way.



This is a small park beside the church and it is beautiful and so peaceful.






And, a creek was filled with peaceful reflections.



Some people entered the church right away and others, including me, wandered around the old cemetery. 
This church has been in continuous use longer than any other church in Ireland or the U.K.
Some of the graves were rather recent while others went back centuries. 
Many gravestones are so old and weather beaten that they can no longer be read. 




A Recent and Simple Marker













































Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cool Cat


Cool Cat
The friendliest of the five resort cats that are fed and loved by all who work and visit there. 
This kitty would run across the property for some love from us. 
This early morning visit was from a rooftop window. 
What a sweet kitty๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’•











Sunday, September 10, 2017

Pepper's Bar


An Evening at Pepper's Bar
Feakle, County Clare, Ireland



Our guide was dressed for an Irish night out!






Lively Traditional Music
The photos of the dancers (below) are selected frames from my video.
I will have to find out how to include video on this site.



Irish Dancers 












Second Dancer



Dancing Over and With a Broom















The girl in green danced with soft shoes and this girl dances with hard tap shoes.



What a fun evening of great food and drink, music and dance!
IRISH ๐Ÿ€ TRADITION