First I need to add an addendum to this posting – I think the fellow who told us the Mayor of Boston was on the boat was incorrect. The Mayor of Seattle is traveling with the Pipe band so I suspect he is the Mayor who was out on the Galway Hooker with the Mayor of Galway. Makes more sense.
What a day, they get better and better. We started the day by going to the Farmers Market. It was wonderful and we finally got the little gifts we wanted for the grandgirls. So they will get their new home gifts and we got some yummy food. We walked down Shop Street and went into the music store. We checked out the Galway made Bodhrans and will probably purchase one of them. They are good. Not all decorated like some of them but will be good to have. We all walked down to the water and then up the river to the bridge and back home.
We came back to the apt and had some lunch and then put Joyce and Jean in a cab and bid them a fairwell. I think they had a great time, saw some things they had not expected to and all around had a change of pace for a week.
Denis, Sheila and I headed for the museum to see a free program about the Galway Hooker’s. It turned out to be the introduction of a documentary movie about how a group of men from the Claddagh got together in about 2012 and over 18 months of weekends built a brand new Hooker. They documented it on film and through interviews. It was so interesting. I bought a CD of the film because I want Ed Lowans to see it as he is into boat restoration etc. And I found it fascinating. At the end of the film they told us that the Mayor of Boston and the Mayor of Galway were out sailing in a Galway Hooker. We have had several great laughs about it this afternoon.
So then we decided we had time for a coffee and a bit to eat so we wandered up an alley to a little cafe and sat outside and ate. As we were chatting Beverly from our drum class walked by and I called to her and she came over and chatted. She was telling us about Human Trafficking problems in Ireland and throughout the EU. I later looked on line and sure enough they are bringing in girls from Eastern Europe and selling them in Ireland to pimps. They are working on strengthening the laws here against prostitution and human trafficking.
Our next stop was at Frenneys to watch the hurling championship. We went to the back lounge area and sat with our pints and cheered for Tipperary to no avail. The second half it was obvious Kilkenny had come out to win and they did. Tipperary looked like they had lost their umph.
After that sad experience we walked down to the bay to see if the hooker was back but did not see it. As we were walking along we heard drumming and found a fellow who was teaching folks to drum, not like we are learning but African drumming. It was just like we learned this past summer at the Maclaughlan Wood Working Museum in Kingston. Then Denis called to me to tell me about the plaque that was right by there that states that Galway and Seattle Washington are sister cities. That explains the Seattle PD Pipe Band being in Galway this weekend.
Decided to go back to the apt for an hour before heading out again. We cleaned up and went up to St. Nicholas Church to a fund raiser for a festival to take place in Letterfrack in Conamara. It was a lovely evening of traditional music, dancing and singing. At the end I purchased the CD of the music from out there since it is part of our every day life here so by the end of December will have relevance to us both.
After today I am not sure the days can get any better. Tomorrow we are going to the Church of Ireland to hear a choir that is world renowned. I am sure the Pope will forgive us.
Just having a lemon tea with some local honey and a mixed berry spelt muffin that is just soooo good with butter and raspberry jam. Denis is already asleep. Of course he got up and ran this morning. Sheila was able to increase her beer glass collection this evening. Do you know that the kids drink in the street with glasses from what ever pub they were in and then leave the glasses in the street or on window sills no where near a pub? Yes, they do….
Well, after a fabulous day I will say good night.