BC: May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night. ~Irish Blessing
FC: The Traveling Treacys Ireland 2011
1: "For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way- Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day."
3: We arrived in Galway on May 1st, 2011 to our home away from home at 44 Ros Caoin. Not long after settling in, we decided to check out the local flavor by attending 6pm Mass at the beautiful St. Nicholas Catholic Church ("Galway Cathedral"), which was rebuilt in 1967. Wasting no time, we headed to downtown Galway to mingle with the locals and grab a true Irish pint of Guinness!
5: After grabbing a pint at Thomas Byrne Pub with "cousin" Pat McWalter, we made our way to the old site Treacy homestead. It is currently owned by Pat's sons and nephews. All that remains of the Treacy homestead is a field with a group of trees. It was fun seeing where Maurice's (Dad/Grandad/Graya) father was born! We then stopped by Pat's mother's (Kathleen's) house to have a traditional Irish tea around a fire fueled with Peat wood. This is what they use instead of wood - made up of leaves, twigs, and earth, cut right out of the ground and put into the fire for fuel! Monica (Pat's wife) was a wonderful host and Kathleen was so appreciative to have had us stop by!
6: The Windy Cliffs of Moher
7: The Cliffs of Moher are located on the South West edge of Burren, in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 394 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, reaching their maximal height at 700 feet. The Cliffs are almost vertical in shape and they stretch approximately 5 miles South from the village called Doolin. The view from the Cliffs of Moher is a really breath-taking one. On a clear day, you can see the Aran Island in the distance and the valleys and hills of Connemara are also visible. In order to get a better view, try the observatory point known as the O’Brien Tower. Built by Sir Cornelius O’Brien this round stone tower is approximately at the midpoint of the Cliffs of Moher.
8: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...
12: In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone As she wheeled her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O! A-live a-live O! A-live a-live O! Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!
17: Sláinte! When in Ireland, drink as the Irish do!
18: May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.