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Hello Sligo by Ann Treacy
June 29, 2009, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Sligo

We brought the car into be fixed in Sligo today. First I can’t say enough good things about Pit Stop Express in Sligo. If you ever wreck a car in this part of the world – push your car here. Actually we didn’t wreck the car at all. He was able to pound out and repair the dmage and it was surprisingly cheap!

But while we was working we went walking. Mostly we walked in circles but that was OK. It was a beautiful day. We went to the Yeats Building where Patrick wanted to see a video on Yeats. The big thrill was that his advisor was in the video – Tony Roche.

The girls and I walked around a bit during part of the video. So we got some nice pictures of the river and the town in general. You can see a statue of Yeats and I think we got the Sligo Cathedral.

We had a nice lunch at a pub. And off we went to the beach – but without suits so mostly to scope the scene for tomorrow. We went to Rosses Point – as you can see it’s beautiful!

Very long Leitrim Way by Ann Treacy
June 29, 2009, 8:35 pm
Filed under: Dromahair

On Sunday we decided to go for a way. We wanted to walk up to O’Donnell’s Rock. We had a map and while the walk was long (9 km, which I think it 4miles or so), it was also pegged as moderate – not hard. So 9 of us set out to Manorhamilton, the next town over from where we are staying in Dromahair.

We parked and we started off. Our first hint should have been when within 10 minutes we had second guessed the map twice and were walking down a super narrow road to get to the trail. You know the kind of road you imagine in Ireland with just enough room for 2 cars.

Patrick found the trail. Julie and I would have missed it because for some reason this was the only sign that was a part of this journey that was in Irish.

So we started off straight up hill for about an hour. The view was beautiful! The kids were relatively spunky. Kate unfortunately has really been sick the 2 weeks she has been here – so it was tough on her but she was OK. So after an hour or so we got to the first marker. The markers (we thought) we great we followed them then through most of the walk.

We climbed over a fence to see the megalithic tombs, which it turns out look a lot like any other ruins you have seen. But they are thousands of years old – and aside from the view this was our first sighting of anything – so they were cool. So we walk for another hour – uphill but at least on the grass this time so the kids especially were much happier. Also we were in a sheep field – with the sheep so that was kind of exciting too.

Aine lost her shoes. So she went barefoot and/or got a lift on Patrick’s shoulders – as time wore on there was less bare feet walking and more shoulder time. Also she cried about the darn flip flops as if they cost more than $2 at Target.

We walked through a bog, which was pretty cool. Then we walked through a pretty murky bog, which was OK. We got to a place where we thought maybe we were looking at O’Donnell’s rocks. Everyone had a piece of well deserved fruit.

We trudged on. We walked through a forest, which was also pretty cool. It turns out that forest are very, very dark even during the middle of the day. We weren’t in darkness but we could see the darkness of the forest on either side of us.

The Julie looked at the map again. Hmmm. Seems following our beloved markers was not such a good idea. The markers led us through the Leitrim Way – but that’s not the walk we were taking and it’s not the map we had. And we didn’t know at all where that might lead.

So we turned around. If anyone had read “We Going on a Bear Hunt”, you’ll know what we did – expect no bear was chasing us. We booked it back past the forest, past the rocks, past the murky bog, past the bog, into the sheep field where we found Aine’s shoes and she cried again because this meant she had to walk, then past the megalith tombs, and down the hill.

All is all the walk took about 4 hours. It was hot. We made into back to Manorhamiton just in time – the Centra shop closed 2 minutes after we got our treats and it started to really rain about 4 minutes later.

The good news is that we really earned the beautiful meal that we had that night at the River Bank between Dromahair and Manorhamilton. If you ever find yourself near this area you will have to stop in. I had tiger prawns, salmon, sticky toffee pudding and wine. It was my belated birthday dinner from Patrick’s mom.

Road to Dromahair by Ann Treacy
June 29, 2009, 8:35 am
Filed under: Dromahair

Patrick was doing well until…

Pretty much we’re just glad that no one got injured in the changing of the tire!

Kilmainham Hospital – IMMA by Ann Treacy
June 29, 2009, 7:24 am
Filed under: Dublin

On Friday the big girls were to school and then to Ailbhe’s house. In fact they ended up spending the night there. Ailbhe’s family are just about the nicest people in the world. When he dropped them home today, Ailbhe’s dad mentioned that they hadn’t stayed up too late – maybe 1 am. I liked other parents who think nothing of late hours.

Anyways that left me, Aine and Patrick to hang with the Australians. We went to the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the old Kilmainhim Hospital. I love modern art! I had 3 faves:

Filament by Ann Hamilton. Really this was just a muslin-type drape hung up like a gauzy tent from the ceiling. It spun around periodically in different directions. So visitors were invited to stand in the middle of the tent while it swooped around. There was enough room for two people; Aine and I loved it. It felt like a breezy summer day.

There was a giant head carve out of wood. It was a little like a giant Pinocchio head – maybe a little creepier but I liked it.

The Mysterious Exhibition from the Children’s Hospital from Ilya & Emilia Kabakov. It  was a scene set up with a hospital bed in a hospital room circa 1930. There was a diorama set up with a little scene. It creeped out Aine but I liked it. Apparently they used to use dioramas like that to cheer up kids in the hospital.

For the interested minority you can see a picture of Filament and Mysterious Exhibition here: http://www.imma.ie/en/page_197017.htm 

Aine, Kilian and Aidan also enjoyed the response room – where there are art supplies for folks to make their own art.

We also liked the back gardens. It is beautiful there. We played a little hide and seek in the mazes. We took some pictures as you can see. We walked down to the cemetery on the edge of the grounds. It’s called Bully’s Acre. It was open to dignitaries and poor folk alike – but it was also know for body snatchers. So I guess you get what you pay for.

I called home at night and Grandma told Aine to remind Patrick that it was my birthday. So readers who are used to seeing me at the Saints game and are wondering what I did here to celebrate in Dublin – the answer would be a big goose egg. Plans are being made for a big party in August!!

Ann & Aine in Merrion Square by Ann Treacy
June 25, 2009, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Dublin

The big girls went to school today. So the rest of us went with the Australian cousins into town. Patrick and the Australians went to the Georgian House. It’s nice – but I have been there twice so Aine and I decided to hang out in the neighboring park, Merrion Square.

We found a playground, a statue for the Defense Forces that seemed to include an internal flame and of course the famous statue of Oscar Wilde. The park is very lush so Aine found it a little scary but we had fun. Then we trekked over to the National Gallery. They have a great kids pack that you can pick up and use anytime. It include a scavenger hunt type thing and some crayons and paper. We found exactly one painting on the list – the Little Green Fields by Gerard Dillon. Aine drew a picture of the Earth as her scavenger task.

Eventually we met up with the others for a quick lunch.

Killiney Hill & Beach by Ann Treacy
June 25, 2009, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Dublin

After the girls got out of school we headed to Killiney. Killiney is a beautiful part of Dublin. It feel more like Wicklow, which is next door and more remote and hilly than Dublin.

We walked along the Vico Road. It boasts a view that people like to compare to Naples. In fact, lots of the roads have Italian sounding names. The homes in the area are amazing too.

We climbed up Killiney Hill. It’s not too strenuous but is a bit of a hike. The view from there is amazing. You can see the Sugar Loaf (mountain in Wicklow), you can see across the Dublin City Center, you can see across to Howth (where regular readers may remember we saw the seals last year). There are many WPA-like structures in the area where folks were employed to create monuments. Patrick has a story that if you walk around a specific monument 3 times that you’ll get your wish.

Aine wished to be back in Minnesota. That’s a Mama’s girl. Not that we aren’t enjoying Dublin – we are.

After the hill we climbed down to the beach. Aine was the only one who was prepared with her swimsuit under her clothes. Usually I have my swimsuit handy too but it just didn’t work out for me this time. We did wade through the water. Kate and I worked on our skipping skills. The rest of the crew dug a hole for Aine and then we buried Aidan up to his neck. It was pretty impressive!

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Cabinteely Park by Ann Treacy
June 24, 2009, 1:31 pm
Filed under: Dublin

I arrived n Dublin early morning on Tuesday. Patrick, Lily, Aine and Michael came to pick me up, which was very nice.

To celebrate the big arrival, we had a nice lunch at the Italian restaurant in Cabinteely. I know few readers will be eating there anytime soon – but they now have a great patio in the back. It was almost too hot and sunny to eat outside – not that we’d complain. After lunch we went to Cabinteely Park. It is a beautiful park.

They are starting to add some sculptures, as you can see.

After the park we went to the library – where I could get online. It had been nearly 24 hours since I had been online in NY, so I was starting to shake.

Kinder Camp by Ann Treacy
June 24, 2009, 12:35 pm
Filed under: St Paul

Kinder Camp is the pre-kindergarten event at Nativity. It happens for 4 days. The pre-kinders get to go to school and check things out.

Aine went (in her hat of course). On her second day she “made up a friend”. I asked about any new friends on her third day but she patiently explained that she had her old friend (from day 2).

Aine is very ready for kindergarten.

Bakken Museum by Ann Treacy
June 24, 2009, 12:33 pm
Filed under: Minneapolis

The Bakken Museum is a “one of a kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world.” We had never been there. It’s in a beautiful old house near the lakes in Minneapolis. They had a happy hour there and I decided it was OK to bring kids because they also had the Raptor Center there.

It’s very cool. There’s a super cool exhibit on Frankenstein – but it was a little too scary for Aine so I wasn’t able to hang there too much. We got to see a very early pacemaker and try some electrical experiments.

Madison Wisconsin by Ann Treacy
June 22, 2009, 3:29 am
Filed under: Uncategorized, Wisconsin | Tags:

This weekend we met with our girl cousins in Madison. We stayed at a Holiday Inn with a small water park. All we did was swim and relax. We ate pizza on the pool deck. We tried some local beer and it was good. Of course Wisconsin knows beer. We watched TV at night.

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