meeting kind new friends, Paddy & Angela Fitzpatrick
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Continuing south to Downpatrick, my first stop was the cemetery around Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Down to honor the 12th century grave of Saint Patrick. His tomb is covered with a small area of coble stones around a large hunk of granite etched on the surface with a Celtic cross above his name. I browsed more of the cemetery, reading some markers and taking in the hilltop views, before turning back to find a accommodations for the night.
Heading for my car, I spotted an older couple getting out of theirs and went over to ask directions to the local hostel.
We walked down English Street to Justines Restaurant where I enjoyed a delectable grouper dinner and more stimulating conversation. I also sampled some of Angela’s duck, which to me closely resembled steak. For desert; I had a “Rough & Tumble;” I do not remember what it was exactly, but I know it was good.
After our fine meal, we went back to the cars and I followed Paddy and Angela to their local hangout for a couple of pints. The roads to and from the bar were pitch black in the moonless night and I relied on their taillights like a duckling behind its mother goose. With white walls, dark curtains, and sparse decorations, the public house had a fell like that of an Elks Club. Aside from the staff, I had to have been the youngest person in there by 30 years, but it was still fun to sit and gab with my new friends and watch them dance.
Through the course of the evening, I had had the most enjoyable time with new friends. Retiring at last to the Fitzpatrick homestead in Loughineland village (on Annadoran Road), my hospitable and generous hosts showed me around their lovely house and entertained my inquiry about the magnificent marble fireplace, which Paddy had salvaged from an old castle. We were all winding down as the hour drew late, so Angela showed me to my room. For the first time in a week, I would sleep in a real bed. Except for a slight sore throat, which had recently developed, I slept comfortably throughout the night.