It's a little cooler now, maybe 70's. What a reprieve! This is probably the least favorite
of the places we've stayed. It was an extremely warm night, and there was no ventilation.
We leave Mrs. Dowd's and head northwest from Donegal Town. We might make Derry by
lunch.....Our friends, the Blacks, live there. We met them several years ago on the coast
in Florida. We have lunch with Ciara, Seamus and the girls, Aiofe, Rignach and Eimile.
Rignach's not feeling well, so she stays behind as we're off to Donegal, Mamore Gap, Malin
Head, and to meet the family.................
||As we drive into Derry, it is quickly apparent that the "troubles" are
far from over. We are surprised there is no check point driving into Northern Ireland at
the border. They say a cease fire ended the need for check points. The political graffiti
and murals show the unrest that still festers. Our visit is before the "marching
|This is a view from the Bogside of the wall that surrounds the city. The 18 foot
thick wall remains from the 17th century, when the City often came under siege (as it was
so close to open sea). The City of London sent over master-builders and money to rebuild
the medieval town. That is how the city became known as Londonderry.
||We have a great lunch with the Blacks, the Mac Man drops in to say hello, and then
we head north. They are taking us to the northern most point of Ireland. This is a view
from Malin Head. You can see Eire drawn out on the hill. You can't see here, but all over,
people have spelled out their names in stones. Environmentally safe graffiti!
|Seamus, Eimile, Ciara & Mike at Malin Head.
It is freezing cold here! I think we're next to Iceland or something :)
||A view from Malin Head.
Isn't this awesome?
|Another view from Malin Head.
Can you tell we really like this place?
||Leaving Malin Head.
|We drop in on Ciara's family at their cottage in Donegal. We meet the whole crew!
Good People! Mamore Gap was next.
It's about 9:00 pm, I've hit the wall....Seamus, Mike & McCool head out to the
pubs. Ciara, the girls and myself stay in. Ciara's folks drop in, as does sister Mura, and
her friend Magella. Nice evening. At 11:00 pm, it's still