Before my Journey
Well, I’m slowly getting used to this lovely language. I intend to be able to say a few words, greetings from Australia when I’m over in Ireland.
The clock is counting down. Everything booked. Just a few last minute details to attend to. I will be taking a walk with a small group around Eire very soon.
I’ll be taking loads of photographs in Connemara, Dublin, Mayo, Derry, Kilkenny and other places where my Irish families came from. I’m hoping to go right to the small towns where they lived. Of course, all of them travelled to the new world of Australia, America, New Zealand and one to Canada during the famine times. This trip will be a pleasure.
I’ve booked a literary pub crawl to listen to the poems and plays of famous literary giants – all played out in the places where they recited and acted.
I am also looking forward to visiting Trinity College and viewing the Book of Kells. You can follow along with me. I will be posting regular updates.
During my Journey
I have completed my Irish adventure. Travelled around the Wind Atlantic Way. Met friendly people and was able to use some basic Gaelic words of greeting, good byes and thank you. What a beautiful country Ireland is. My first day in Ireland was frustrating and rewarding. How can that be?
Unfortunately my taxi driver did not wait for me to arrive through the airport. I sought assistance from the airport information people who were helpful.
I caught a bus instead, however the ticket seller gave me the wrong information about my bus stop where I had to get off for my hotel – the Dylan.
I walked for at least half an hour, with my backpack and bag and called into another local hotel to get directions.
It would take another hour to walk to the Dylan hotel and I was very tired after my long haul flight.
My god-send was a young lady named Claire who was walking the same path. Clair asked me if I like some help with my bag. I must have looked tired by then.
I told Clair I was heading toward the Dylan hotel and bless the girl, she said she was “walking that way”.
Clair was my first introduction to the friendly people of Ireland.
A real blessing. Thank you Claire. I will never forget the friendship she offered to a stranger.