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Thursday at Beaufield Mews by Ann Treacy
May 30, 2008, 7:57 pm
Filed under: Dublin

Thursday night we went for a nice dinner at a place called the Beaufield Mews. It’s not far from the house in Stillorgan, which is an area I usually associate with the bowling alley, not nice dinners but this restaurant was like a place in the country.

There was an art gallery upstairs. We saw one painting that cost €10,000. There was also a big garden in the back – in fact we saw a fox in the garden.

The food was good and the waiter was a character. We had a very nice night.



Kinky Friedman at Whelan’s in Dublin by Ann Treacy
May 23, 2008, 11:25 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

On Wednesday I went into town with Mom and Dad. We successfully drove into town and found parking and we got back in time to pick up the girls from school. We walked around Grafton Street and Trinity College so that was fun. We had a light lunch at Beweley’s Café – but really we scoped the ground for our night out.

We actually took the Luas (train) from Mom and Dad’s place in Sandyford into town. The Luas is super slick – I wish that we lived near it. It only took 20 minutes to get into town at 7:00! We had a really nice dinner and il Primo. It’s a funky place off Harcourt Street with really good risotto and chocolate cake. Then it was a quick walk to Whelan’s to see Kinky Friedman and the Jewboys. He is a singer, writer and former candidate for Texas Governor. His slogan was – how hard can it be?

It was a fun concert. We were lucky in that we got seats – in the balcony but seats nonetheless. Most people had to stand. The best line of the night was about John McCain – who “is old enough to hide his own Easter eggs”. I mostly knew Kinky from his profile on 60 Minutes years ago – but his stories were funny and the music was good! It was just dumb luck that I happened to see that he was playing.

Then we took the Luas home with the Manchester United fans, who were celebrating the big win in the Champions League game. They were rowdy but friendly. We were nearly nicked by the ticket police on the train. I had purchased the wrong tickets for us. I bought return tickets to and from the third zone – what we needed was return tickets from zone one to three. Luckily I caught this before we got on the train home. So we got tickets for zone one to two to match our zone three and the ticket police did get on the Luas to check. I haven’t been on the Luas before but I have to think that ticket collectors are rare. They only inspect periodically – and they caught quite a few people without tickets, including a very funny Man Utd supporter who had been sitting with us.



Tuesday in Dalkey by Ann Treacy
May 23, 2008, 10:22 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

On Tuesday Aine and I went to Dalkey with Grandma and Grandpa. It was fun to drive down the Vico Road (coast road) to see the amazing views and the super fancy houses. We had a nice lunch at a pub called IN. Soup for Aine was only €1.50. No food is ever that cheap here.

After Dalkey we picked up the big girls from school and headed for the park.

Tuesday night Patrick and I met up with our neigbors from home (Therese & Jack) and their friends (Mary & Rusty) for dinner and drinks in town. It was great to see friends from home and hear the news.



Doon – home to the Treacys by Ann Treacy
May 23, 2008, 9:56 am
Filed under: Doon

On Monday we drove home to Dublin. On the way we stopped in Doon – between Limerick and Tipperary. Grandpa Treacy’s grandpa came from Doon. We tracked down a grave in the cemetery for the Treacys. We walked through the town – there were a couple of pubs, a Treacy Butcher, a few shops and a stoplight.

We stopped for lunch in Thurles. And we arrived very tired in Dublin!



Moher Hill Farm by Ann Treacy
May 23, 2008, 9:40 am
Filed under: Clare

Sunday was our final full day in Lahinch. It was a little rainy and kind of cold – so we pretty much ruled out a day at the beach, which was very OK with us. Patrick took the bus back to Dublin on Saturday to get some work done and the beach would have been tricky without him.

We decide to visit Moher Hill Farm. It’s about 5-7 miles from where we were staying. There were a bunch of animals, most of which the kids could feed. There were ponies, sheep, llamas, goats, rabbits, chickens, roosters, a peacock, and more. Aine was pretty much jumping over the fences to feed the animals. While I can’t believe I got a picture of Kate feeding the animal she dared to feed.

There was also a bouncy house, play area inside and out, and a go kart track. So the kids had a great time playing. We were the only non-nationals at the farm, so while it may not make many of the guidebooks, it’s a fun place for kids.

Sunday night we had a nice dinner at the Atlantic Hotel.



Saturday in Galway by Ann Treacy
May 18, 2008, 11:47 am
Filed under: Clare, Galway

On Saturday we took off for Galway and the Early Music Festival. It was about a two hour drive, which surprised us since in was only 10 miles. Not quite – but nearly. The roads around Galway Bay and the Burren were crazy. I’ve included a picture of us on Corkscrew Hill overlooking Galway Bay. If Kate looks a little green, it’s not your computer screen – she was.

We thought we were late – but thanks to my keen sense of direction in Galway (Anita and Darla would have been impressed with how well I remembered it!) we were there on time for the kid’s play about Noah. Well, my keen sense and the fact that nothing starts on time in Ireland. The play was in the King’s Head Pub, it was free, and we really enjoyed it. Aine and I scored some seats with our new best friend stranger in the front.

The show was very cute – and includes a remark of Summer Night that you can watch below.

After the play, we saw s demonstration of early music (recorders and bagpipes) and some dancing. Aine was quick to jump up and partake. The rest of us were active viewers. The music demonstration was in the Galway Museum. We didn’t see much of it – but we liked what we saw. They have a fun interactive kiosk where you can take a picture of yourself to get added to their digital montage. Also they had a beautiful display of glass balls like water drops hanging from the ceiling.

After the museum we took a walk in the medieval part of the city. We had pizza for lunch in Fat Freddie’s. Patrick duped me into sharing a potato pizza with him – thankfully Aine took pity on me and gave me some of her pizza. Patrick can be evil.

Galway is a great city for walking. The people-watching was great. Lots of people were celebrating with beer – even before noon, which was something I remembered from my trip with Anita and Darla. (That is, I remember observing this – not joining in.) We walked through the market and to Eyre Square and eventually headed back to Lahinch.

We took a longer, yet quicker route home, which included a stop in Coole Pak, near Gort (in honor of WB Yeats). The we got home and enjoyed a mean game of Cluedo while we relaxed.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Friday Lahinch Aquarium and Pool by Ann Treacy
May 18, 2008, 11:10 am
Filed under: Clare

The aquarium and pool are under one roof – though we didn’t get to actually swim with the fishes. The aquarium was pretty cool. My favorites were the camouflage fish- I have a video of them.

The ugliest fish was the baby conger eel. The fact that they are hanging out in the North Atlantic is enough to keep me out of the deep. We also saw some baby lobsters. They were tiny – about the size of a quarter – and they are slow to slow. At about two and a half years, they were still small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The staff members were feeding them with a tweezers. Lobsters live to be about 50 or 60.

We were there during the feeding and that was fun to see too. We were the only ones there for the feeding but the guy feeding the fish gave us a nice explanation about the fish and what they eat. Apparently they only eat twice a week.

After the aquarium tour we went into the swimming pool.

Friday night we had a nice dinner at the Liscannor Hotel – which is halfway between our place and the Cliffs of Moher. Grandma and Grandpa are staying at the hotel in about a week when they come back to go golfing.

 

 

 




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