Category Archives: Ireland – Dublin and Publin’

It Is A Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Indeed!

Five years ago today, my sister Lib had to cancel her annual St. Patrick’s Day party.  Our hometown always has a big parade, and her apartment is right on the parade route, the perfect location for viewing and celebrating.  She … Continue reading

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Home Sweet McHome

This was one of the first posts I ever did, back when I started a blog as a way to tell my family about my sister Lib and my trip to Ireland.  It’s only fitting that I repost it this … Continue reading

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Farewell to Ireland

It was Monday, after 5, and our last day in Ireland. We zipped along for about 10 miles toward Dublin on one of the few stretches of true highway in Ireland. And, of course, whenever you have true highway, you … Continue reading

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Maynooth College

Maynooth College Sorry I haven’t written in a while. When last we left our intrepid travelers, they were enjoying a light lunch and conversation with an Athlone teacher. After leaving the café, we navigated the narrow streets of Athlone, trying … Continue reading

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To Athlone and Beyond

We needed to get all the way across Ireland on that Monday, and wanted to leave time for shopping, church, dinner and pubbing in Dublin. We were stuck with the small, R roads so we couldn’t make great time. We … Continue reading

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The Quiet Man

Do you remember the movie The Quiet Man? It starred John Wayne as an ex-boxer from America who moves to a little Irish town. He meets up with Maureen O’Hara and the sparks fly. Well, most of that movie was … Continue reading

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The Soul of Ireland

Dear Friends, Sunday was another nice day, dry and in the 50s. We got up early despite being out half the night, and our landlady, Moira, laid out the usual, substantial spread. The night before we had asked her the … Continue reading

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The Craic

Dear Friends, At last report, Lib and I had met our cousin Mary and her partner, Alex, and were on our way to dinner. The restaurant was right on Galway Bay, and the boat used to catch our dinner was … Continue reading

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Wherein We Meet Our Cousin….

“It’s almost 5!” shrieked Peg to Lib “Call Mary and tell her a fib.” The castle was great, But now we were late. “I won’t lie,” said Squib “I’ll just ad-lib!” And so we left Limerick. We made pretty good … Continue reading

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From Cork to Cobh to Limerick

We got up early on Saturday, knowing we had a lot of ground to cover. We wanted to see the harbor town of Cobh, which was southeast, then we had to head northwest to get to the Galway area by … Continue reading

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