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Sunday leaving Dromahair by Ann Treacy
June 11, 2008, 11:55 am
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Sunday morning I had a walk around Dromahair. It is a nice town but I could see that some suburban looking development was on its way, which is kind of a shame. In the pub I heard that folks would really like the town to remain a rural village but the development is starting to take over. Dromahair is close to Sligo so I suspect that it the draw for many people.

Sunday morning we took a boat trip around Lough Gill. The weather was perfect! Lough Gill’s most famous island is Innisfree. I suspect many people will recognize:

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade. (see more)

The boat ride was really nice. The baot was nearly empty so we could run around – those of us who felt like we needed to run. George, the boat captain, gave a nice running commentary on what we were seeing, which including some poems and music. But it wasn’t too much – and the area is really beautiful.

After the boat ride we toured Parke’s Castle, which is really where the boat docks. It was fun to tour too. The Jordan girls knew the tour by heart – but they seemed to enjoy it too. They’ve done a good job of preserving the different ages of the castle. My favorite part was the pigeon’s tower. There they kept pigeons from other castles in case they needed to send a message via carrier pigeon. However, in time of strife or famine, they could eat the pgieons. (I’d be training those pigeons to go to pick up pizza in times of strife or famine!)

After the castle we headed to Dooney Rock, which reminded me of Northern Minnesota in a lot of ways. It’s giant rock (think Wisconsin Dells) that you climb up to see a view of the lake (this Lake Superior). We had the quickest picnic lunch thanks to the bugs but a nice climb with a beautiful view.

It was just what the doctor ordered before a 3 hour train ride home.

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