Galway: Who needs roadsigns,anyway?!!!
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One idle Friday morning Mother decided she wanted to go find Padraig Pearse's House in connemara, Co.Gaway. This was the place he used to bring his students from Dublin to learn and experience the Irish language, which at that time was not being taught in most irish schools. I was due back in Italy a few days later so we figured we'd take a road trip. We set off 9-ish and after 2 hours arrived in Galway city, but kept going on towards the desolate, no-man's-land that is Connemara.
For anyone that has never been to or heard of it, Connemara is true Ireland at it's 'picture postcard' best.
We first stopped off at The coral beach which, I'm almost certain, is the only one of it's kind in the country. Instead of sand, the beach is made from broken down coral. It's very much off the beaten track and even though we had 2 maps in front of us we still had to ask locals for the exact location. We decided to eat our sandwiches there and then collected some coral to take home for the garden.
Then, we were back on the search for Padraig Pearse. It took us another hour of driving in circles to find it (again having to resort to asking the locals).
Next was the 'Alcock and Brown Memorial' . Alcock and Brown took off from Lesterâ��s Field in St. John's Newfoundland on June 14, 1919 and crash landed in a bog at Clifden, Ireland on June 15, 1919.
From there we decided to head towards civilization for dinner. The nearest town was Clifden. Now, to get to Clifden from where we were we had to take a road, which I SWEAR to God, was called 'The Bog Road'. We drove 8 miles through peat and sheep (yes, sheep) to finally find a road with with a white-line down the middle (I was never so glad to see a white-line!!). We found a roadsign, a rare find in Galway, that pointed to Clifden and lo and behold , it actually led to Clifden!!
Clifden...a venus-fly-trap of a town!!(welcomes you in, but won't let you out) We found our way there easily enough and didn't have to think twice about stopped for something to eat.
It was a very enjoyable day and I'd recommend anyone traveling in Ireland to throw away your maps and guide books and just go get yourselves lost because the most beautiful parts of the country are stumbled upon and certainly not lead to by roadsigns!.