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Ireland

Ireland

all seasons in one day 18 °C

We finally made it to Ireland and I would have to say "just in the nick of time". After the time in the camper we were a little tired and were looking forward to spending time with family. One thing about the Irish is you will always feel welcome. We knew this would be a special time for us and it certainly didn't disappoint. We were met at the airport and from the time we got into Dublin until the time we left we were made welcome everywhere we went. The boys were accepted into friendships that i'm sure will last a long time and it was a tonic that although was very tiring ( more than a few mornings sunrises were seen) It was needed for our sanity. P1050217

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Brenton reached a milestone in his life and turned eighteen while we were in Dublin. He celebrated by spending five days at a music festival ( Oxegen) with his cousin Karen and about 20 of her closest friends. Always keeping his cards close to his chest he returned after the five days looking like he'd spent the entire time awake and after much prodding he said " yeah, it was alright". After a few days the stories slowly began to emerge and I think his parents see him in a slightly different light now. P1050226

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He spent his time in Ireland going to a few parties and hanging out with kids his own age, playing a bit of football and generally enjoying the freedom of being eighteen. It is always a good sign on a holiday when you don't want to leave.

Matt spent his time doing all the things he missed the most from his normal everyday life like eating, sleeping and watching TV. He was in the city a fair bit and did the usual teenage boy things like movies, staring at girls and having his feet nibbled by these little Pirana fish that take all the scale off. He should have paid extra, size 11.5. He loved every minute of his time in Ireland and enjoyed the fuss they all made of him.

Patti enjoyed the shopping in Dublin. The Summer is so short here that Summer dresses and shoes are on sale almost immediately they are released. Unfortunately she can only carry so much and although she would love to become the next Imelda Marcos the old addage of " if you want to carry it, you can have it" came to the fro'. She may have had a small attack of the guilts' due to the fact that the men in the group are already taking some of her load. I think a few items are already on the slow boat home. We managed to squeeze in quite a bit whilst we were here without feeling rushed. We all went to a beautiful wedding and had a cracking time at the reception.P1050257

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Family weddings are the best and the day went off without a hitch. Patti and I managed to sneak off for a couple of days into the Irish countryside across to Galway and Dingle and taking in the Cliffs of Moher. P1050105

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It was a bit of a nostalgic tour for us as we had done a similar trip on our honeymoon twenty years ago. Once again we had a great time staying in B&B's and going to the pub at night to join in the Craic and enjoy the atmosphere. The Dingle Peninsula has to be one of the prettiest places in Ireland and we were blessed with good weather. P1050115

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My brother Brendan and his partner Donna joined us in Dublin aswell as my sister Audrey and my mum Lil'. It was Lil's 70th birthday so we all celebrated with a great night out at " WockyOkey" a chinese karoke restaurant. It was great fun with everyone getting up to sing and dance. I met a few cousins i hadn't met before and a few that I had and although it was twenty years ago no one had changed a bit. All kissing the Blarney stone i think.

Although all of the things mentioned so far were terrific I think the highlight for me was a day I spent with my cousins Johnny and Breda. They took me around the area where my parents were raised and into the pubs where my old dad used to go and where my grandparents used to go. I stood at the bar and had a Guinness for their memories and even managed to chat to a few old timers who knew them all.P1050023_face0

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It was very heartwarming to hear some old stories and to refresh some ghosts of memories I had wandering around in my mind. I went into the old Temple Bar and sang a few songs, wandered over the Halfpenny ( haypney) bridge crossing the Liffey and through the market streets of Henry, Grafton and O'connell. It was an odd feeling of somehow being connected but also of being a tourist. Our time here ended too quickly but that has to be a sign that we had a great time . Thanks to all who put us up and made us feel so welcome. Cheers

Posted by mike1967 12:06 Archived in Ireland Comments (0)

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