the abbey by the muckross house, killarney
I had yet another extraordinary full Irish breakfast at globetrotters and was off to the Dublin airport to Cork
. Gate A might as well have been on pluto. It was literally a mile long, or so it seems with a heavy bag on your back. Boarded, flew, landed and was told by a few locals not to speand any time in Cork but to spend more time in Killarney
and Dingle instead so I took their advise. Father Dan, my parish priest from Davis, picked me up and off we were to Killarney. It was wonderful to see an old face in a new place!!
The drive to Killarney was like a movie. Green grass everywhere, castles and ruins on the way, and sheep and holsteins grazing in the background.
typical ireland weather
We arrived at the house around 4:00pm where Mary, F. Dan´s sister greeted us. She looked jsut like him and for the next few days she was my mother in Ireland. She had prepared a delicious spagetti which we had with wine. After the meal, we all went out to the pub. I tried a Smithx with Mary since I was a bit tired of Guiness and had two pints! that´s a lot for me in case you didnt know. There was an Irish band (not like a band band) that consisted on a fiddle, a banjo and a guitar and they were playing some traditional songs. An old man started singing an Irish song and everything went silent. It was so cool. Then, when he was finished, he pointed at some random guy to sing or tell a story or to recite a poem and I was informed by my hosts that this is the "noble call" very Irish. If you want to check out a traditional puy in Killarney the place is called Buckley´s, there are more older people but you really get the sense of the culture there. As we were chattin gthere was an older couple in their 60´s from Marin COunty California. The guy Jay was a hoot and was being a typical loud American, but ya know what? The Irish guys loved him and took pics and drinks with him. Jay even bought us a round! Whew...what a night....can´t keep up with these people who are 3 times my age!