It's really hot here...After breakfast with Ms. Tiernan, we're off to Penny's to buy some
shorts, and lighter tops. We ask to change there in the store, we just know that the sales
people are thinking "strange Americans"....then we're off to see Galway
Cathedral. It is beautiful. Sure we wish we had our Pentax, with slide film. We light
candles (electric again) for everyone, and hit the road. Nice lunch in Claremorris, pub
grub is not bad at all ...At three we're in Knock, County Mayo. Just in time for a church
service. Sligo is next, gorgeous area....then Drumcliff, and Donegal Town.
||Galway Cathedral is a modern cathedral with lots off beautiful mosaics, stained
glass and sculpture, all by contemporary Irish artists.
|This is the interior of the Cathedral.
Would really be nice if we had the Pentax.
||A great rose window in the Cathedral.
Did we mention the Pentax?
|The River Corrib, runs through the center of Galway City.
It is so neat. It runs right out to Galway Bay, and every
evening, people gather along the river, near the Spanish Arch,
to see the sunset. We did not get to do this. We were enjoying the locals.
||This a nice monument in Knock. There is a beautiful shrine there, but services are
underway and we don't want to interfere with a flash indoors. If we'd had the Pentax we
wouldn't have needed a flash...:(
|Sligo is Yeats country. All over you can see the beauty that must have inspired
him...I think the Kerins are from Sligo, that's a nice thought. Two spectacular mountains
flank Sligo, and can be seen to the north and south of Drumcliff. This is a view of
Knockarea from the churchyard (to the south).
||Our personal fave, Benbulben as seen from Drumcliff Churchyard.
|This is a shot of some of the monuments in the churchyard. Yeats's grave is so
dark, and eroded. It looks older than some of the REALLY old graves. The cemetery contains
the ruins of an early Christian monastery founded by St. Columba in 745 A.D. Someone
has used white paint to outline his famous epitaph "Cast a cold eye on life, on
death; Horseman pass by." If we'd only had the Pentax.......
By 6:00pm, we're in Donegal Town. Having trouble finding a B&B. Hey, ATM's work
just as well in another country as they do at home! We find a place! great! We
head for a SuperValue (a grocery chain). They look really confused when ask for a bag
Back to our room at Mrs. Dowds'. We get SOME ice, about 6 cubes!!! They think they're
really doing good.... We have an excellent view from our room. It is terribly warm.
Early to bed.............