Thursday, September 20, 2007

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We're back from Ireland

In Ireland green I caught the grippe
while touring onboard a famine ship.
In Waterford it was crystal clear
blogging would be light when I got here.
Bus to Dublin, a Chicago flight--
On to Columbus, to sleep all night.
When I’m back on top, I’ll check my notes,
photos upload and unload my totes.

The reconstructed Dunbrody which carried Irish immigrants to Canada, 1845-1870. Unlike some that were "coffin ships," this carrier had a good captain, and most arrived alive.

The trip, A-C
The trip, D-G
The trip, H-J
The trip, K-M
The trip, N-P
The trip, Q-R
The trip, S-T
The trip, U-Z
The trip, Thirteen things I noticed about Ireland

4 comments:

JAM said...

Did you really get sick? I hope not.

My college algebra instructor earned his Phd from Trinity College in Dublin. It fascinated me that he went to a college that's been a college for longer than there has been a USA.

Welcome back.

mdoneil said...

I am glad you enjoyed your trip to the Republic of Ireland.

I recall landing in Ireland on the Friday after 9/11/2001 -after a long travel through London, Belgium, France and Germany that was to be a three hour connection in LGW. Minutes after I arrived in London the first plane hit the towers. Flights began to cancel soon after that and I got the last flight out of the place on EasyJet to Brussels. I finally made it to Wurzburg Germany on the train. My parents lived there during the Korean war and they still had friends and there were still hotel rooms available.
When I finally got out to Dublin airport the Customs Officer told all of us as we arrived that we could stay "As long as you need, you are very welcome and safe here." Truer words were never spoken.

That day was also a National Day or Mourning declared by the President Mary McAleese and The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Shops were closed in the airport and on the way into town. I asked the bus driver why and he told me of the day of mourning. There was a mile long line in Phoenix Park to sign a book of condolence at the US Ambasador's residence.

I'm glad you saw my home and that of my family. While the States are my home too, I know that I and all peaceful people are very welcome to Ireland, you'll be safe there.

I read law at TCD.

mdoneil said...

Oh and one of Bertie's gorgeous daughters is an author and a certain library at which I was once head of adult services has many, many copies of her books.

One is soon to be a movie. So everyone go out and see PS. I Love You. I even read the book and that is generally not my cuppa.

Oh and if you see Cecelia tell her to return my calls.

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