Saturday, July 11, 2009
Took a tour of Dublin Castle on Saturday afternoon. Here I am inside the castle, looking out onto the beautiful courtyard.
We went underground to see older ruins of the original Dublin Castle, as well as the remains of some Viking structures.
The group from William and Mary took a tour of Trinity College on Saturday morning which was led by a young student who was both informative and delightfully irreverent when talking about his school.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Went ont the Literary Pub Crawl. Two actors lead you around the city to pubs frequented by Dublin's notable writers, and act out scenes from their work along the way. There was also a pub quiz at the end to try and win a free t-shirt. The young lads and lasses from William and Mary competed valiantly, but were eventually vanquished by a gent from Denmark!
Stopped by Clonmacnoise monastic site on our way to Dublin for the weekend. Here I am in front of some castle ruins- the first thing you see when you pull into the car park.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Went with the Geology class to visit Glengowla Mines - the only showmine open to visitors in Ireland.
Met a new friend named Sean- the grandson of the mine owner. He was a fine lad- even let me ride on his tractor!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
We ventured to the Cottage Bar in Salthill to hear a storyteller spin some Celtic yarns for us as we ate dinner...
The storyteller's name was Rab Swannock Fulton - a Scottish lad who had the good sense to move to the Emerald Isle a few years back...
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The death of Michael Jackson has definitely taken England and Ireland by storm. We must have heard that "Thriller" tune at least once a day in various shops and pubs since the news of his death first broke, and the story has been all over the papers, the radio, and the "telly." The folks from William and Mary all gathered today to watch the memorial service as it was broadcast from Los Angeles.
Monday, July 6, 2009
The girls will be volunteering at the 2009 Galway Film Fleadh (Irish for "Festival") this coming week, and they had their orientation meeting today at the Town Hall Theatre. Sadly the festival staff wasn't convinced that I needed a name badge of me' own- so I suppose I'll just have to make do with sharing Caitlin's...
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Some of the lasses from William and Mary decided to spend their free Sunday in the small town of Loughrea where they trekked across the Irish countryside on Connemara Ponies. Their ride was overseen by famous Irish horseman Willie Leahy, and his dashing younger cohort who the young ladies just might have fancied a wee bit.
While waiting for the bus back to Galway, the girls explored the quaint shops of Laughrea. Megan even found a mug with me' name on it!