Thatched cottages and friendly folk
Glencolumbkille Travel Blog› entry 19 of 25 › view all entries
May 31st, 2005 – by: kingelvis14
The history of Glencolumbkille spans some 5,000 years; back to the Stone Age when the first farmers toiled the land here. With the coming of Christianity to Ireland from the 5th Century onwards, tradition has it that Columba (521-597 A.D.) established a monastery here and gave his name to the Glen.
Blue skies and bright sunshine brought the locals out in numbers, pushing baby strollers, walking up and down the narrow streets, sunbathing in shorts and tank top in treeless front yards. Des "des"perately wanted to find St. Columba's 5th century monestery and began asking some of the friendly folk if they might know anything about its where-abouts. It reminded me of a time Jerry and I were traveling to see my sister in Sarasota, Florida. This was in 1980, before the Skyway Bridge disaster, and we needed to find the bridge to cross Tampa Bay. We were traveling late and stopped at a late-night Burger King in Tampa to ask directions to the bridge. WRONG! No one in the Burger King had even heard of the world-famous bridge and they lived in Tampa! In Glencolumbkille the situation was very much the same.
We chose to take the loop road right down to the beach and ocean. The coastline is varied and dramatic with tiny inlets for local fishermen to harbour their boats. I climbed up on the stone wall that separated the Folk Museum complex from the beach and just savored the moment. Warm sun on my face and the azure ocean within a stone's throw of where I was standing. Today the wind was calm and the Atlantic was sleeping; gentle waves lapped onto the sand as if in no hurry to return to the sea.
The museum, of course, had a delightful gift shop and I quickly struck up a conversation with the pretty sales clerk. She wanted to know if we played instruments or sang. This was a natural thing to ask; everyone in Ireland is a musician. She played the fiddle in one of the local pubs several nights a week. Yes, we sing and dance and play the guitar and piano, just not very well. We're Irish, too, if only in spirit. It was easy for me to find something to take home ~ several pieces of Celtic jewelry. Some for giving and some for keeping.
Time to go. We had a date with Paddy at Teelin Harbour and couldn't be late.
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