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On the M1 from Dublin to Carrickmacross

This day was a day of contrasts.  I started out running late, but had a chance to enjoy the beauty of a spring morning in Amsterdam.  Once I got to work the stress and craziness hit and I was stressed.  I had to leave for the airport, but had the timing down.  Never works out like you plan.  I just made my flight.  It was a good flight though.  I was able to read some and had a quick cat nap.  I arrived in Dublin and got through the airport with little fuss or muss. Things were looking up.  As I walked to the rental car I remember that Ireland is a left hand drive country.  NO problem!  I did it for a couple of years (almost 18 years ago) when I was station in the UK for the Air Force.

Bridge over the River Boyne
I had also survived driving the narrow Irish roads last December for a week in Cork and Kerry.  I did scare my husband, Brian, a few times. 

 

I got the rental can and as I was setting the navigation and I got a call for a reference.  I was happy to be able to give a good reference for a fabulous person.  With that done , I was not off and running.  The drive down the M1 to Carrickmacross was very nice.  The rolling green hills of Ireland always make me feel at peace.  Spring has started here in full force.  The pastures were all lush green and some fields were freshly plowed for planting.  Along the road there were strips of daffodils showing off their yellow bonnets.

Main Street in Carrickmacross
  I exited the M1 and started to snake my way into the rural countryside of the Mid Lands.

 

When I arrived in Carrickmacross the St Patrick’s Day parade had ended, but the streets were still full.  I checked into the hotel, grabbed my camera and headed out to get a few shots before the precious daylight faded.  I walked around and found a couple of churches and a convent.  In the grounds of the convent there were more spring blooms to admire. 

 

As I wondered around, I spotted Elvis in a take-away shop.  It explained his still full figure after being dead for so many years.  There were still a number of people milling about from the parade.  The large number of young people gave me an idea of why I had seen a couple of youth center/organizations.

Guinness Anyone?
  I managed to meet some of the members of this years best band (2nd year in a row apparently) and snapped a picture.  As I was moving on a guy said “take my picture”.  When I asked why he said “I’m a superhero and I’m Irish”.  He  grabbed his drunken buddies and I took the picture.  They asked where I was from and when I told them the US they whooped it up a little.  Then I told them I live in Amsterdam and they went crazy with excitement.  They think it is incredibly cool you can smoke pot there.  Even though it is illegal here they manage to find a way.  In the end Craig, Craig, Jack and Joe moved on with some girls that showed up. 

 

I headed back to the hotel for dinner and a couple of pints.  I had a great meal and the pints made me feel much more relaxed.  Overall it was much more low key than I expected.  There were loads of people out and celebrating.  You saw multiple generations together.  Parents have their kids with them in the pubs.  It was fantastic.  I have to assume that in a larger city it would be more rowdy and loud.  I did notice a small carnival behind the hotel.  All in all it was a nice end to a very mixed bag of a day.

delsol67 says:
Very nice blog and pics, too!
Posted on: Mar 31, 2009
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On the M1 from Dublin to Carrickma…
On the M1 from Dublin to Carrickm…
Bridge over the River Boyne
Bridge over the River Boyne
Main Street in Carrickmacross
Main Street in Carrickmacross
Guinness Anyone?
Guinness Anyone?
St Josephs Church Carrickmacross
St Josephs Church Carrickmacross
Mural on a youth center
Mural on a youth center
St Josephs Church Carrickmacross
St Josephs Church Carrickmacross
St Josephs Church Carrickmacross
St Josephs Church Carrickmacross
Daffodils waking up to spring
Daffodils waking up to spring
Daffodil in the yard of St Joseph…
Daffodil in the yard of St Joseph…
Sweet little heat shaped leaves
Sweet little heat shaped leaves
Statue in the garden of St Joseph…
Statue in the garden of St Joseph…
Mailbox, green of course
Mailbox, green of course
Even the littliest Irish were happ…
Even the littliest Irish were hap…
Church of Ireland - St Finnbars C…
Church of Ireland - St Finnbar's …
Elvis in a takeout - What a surpri…
Elvis in a takeout - What a surpr…
Convent of Saint Louis
Convent of Saint Louis
Daffodils in the garden of the con…
Daffodils in the garden of the co…
Sculpture on the side of St Louis …
Sculpture on the side of St Louis…
Close-up of St Louis
Close-up of St Louis
Slope of flowers in the garden of …
Slope of flowers in the garden of…
Cute litlte buds
Cute litlte buds
A hint of pink
A hint of pink
Stairwell exit from the convent - …
Stairwell exit from the convent -…
Srping buds in full bloom
Srping buds in full bloom
The good shepard in the garden of …
The good shepard in the garden of…
Pub advertising live music for St …
Pub advertising live music for St…
Weeping tree in bloom
Weeping tree in bloom
Prickly blooms on the weeping tree
Prickly blooms on the weeping tree
One of the local saying hello
One of the local saying hello
Welcome wagon comes to say hi
Welcome wagon comes to say hi
Which way is my hotel?
Which way is my hotel?
Members of St Jarliths Band - Win…
Members of St Jarlith's Band - Wi…
Happy St Pattys Day
Happy St Patty's Day
Craig, Joe Jack, and Craig - Drunk…
Craig, Joe Jack, and Craig - Drun…
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