Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ireland: "An abiding sense of tragedy..."

"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy."
 ~ William Butler Yeats (or maybe not)

"We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."
 ~ Winston Churchill

Are these photos interesting enough to make a blog post out of? Hard for me to say - but they'll have to do. Jen and I are driving onto the ferry today, going from Rosslare, Ireland to Cherbourg, France. It's an 18 or 20 hour overnight trip, during which time we'll luxuriate in our reclining seats. Ah, what a life - the seats recline! The cabins were full, but we wouldn't spend the money anyway.

I really wanted to write about Irish Travelers, but ran out of time, darn it. A talkative olive vendor at a local market said to us, "I'll tell you one thing about them: they don't give a F*CK about anything. Not the police, nothing. They've got their own rules. And I like that." And when we saw the graveyard after the funeral in the last newsletter? Every pub in town closed for the entire day. We met a group of young travelers at a roadside parking lot. The 20-ish year-old father of two asked his reluctant three year-old daughter to dance for us. When she wouldn't, he said, "I'll give you a fiver [5 Euros] if you'll dance," which he did. Eventually, she danced - she swiveled and shook and ground her hips like a stripper. At three - wow. Fascinating!

Jen and I put together the video below of our encounter with Dusty the dolphin, the human-friendly dolphin from Clare, who spurns her own kind but loves to interact with people. Beautiful creatures - Dusty and Jen.

Love to YOU,

Beautiful natural erosion.

Ross Bridge - an impressive natural bridge.

When you see flat areas of rock at an angle like this? They've been formed when they were level, typically sediments. They harden over gazillions of years then get turned on their side from geologic forces. I hope that wasn't too specific and scientifically accurate for you!

But these curvy ones? I didn't go to class that day. Beautiful, though.

Thatched roofs in the village of Adare, County Limerick. The story is that the first Adair came from here. Grampa! According to my relatives who've done the research, it's true.

The ruins of a castle in Adare, built in 1200 A.D.

A sunny day. Almost "the" sunny day.

Notice the rusted wreck of a ship, wedged into the rocks in the lower part of the photo.

We went for a great walk around this peninsula on the Ring of Kerry.

Wildflowers, sea, and islands.

The sea was wild this day.

Sheeple are everywhere in Ireland.

There's an interesting story here, I bet. But my ship is getting read to sail... (Basically, it's old and still waterproof. Wiki info here.)

Some amazing traditional Irish music in Kenmare. Jen recognized the woman on the left, and it turns out she lives in Boulder, Colorado, same as Jen.

Wild camping in the Dunloe Gap, near Killarney National Park.

I told someone the other day that other people wanted to come with me to Ireland, but I chose Jen because of her size - the others were too big. But that's just a joke. Here's the REAL reason I brought Jen. She's a good cook!

In Derrynane National Park, on the Ring of Kerry, this ancient church has a cemetery with graves inside and outside the ruins.

Wildflowers on a ruined old house.

This village is referred to as one of the "famine villages," where the entire village was abandoned during the potato family in the mid-1800's. The houses have recently been restored for use as an artist retreat.

Sunset from our wild camping spot.

This kid loves that dog! And Jen and I love both of them.

This is the front room of an old pub.

These wildflowers are EVEN taller than Jen.

Our last night of music in Ireland, dagnabit. These guys were great, and we loved the old codger at the right, wearing a three piece suit.

(The End)


Shell said...

Thank you for sharing Davemo! Love IT! How was you BIRTHDAY?

Renawaterson said...

Dave, outstanding again.  Ireland is beautiful.  Looks like a fun trip.  I wanted to be at that pub listening to the music, dancing a jig!  Thanks again for the virtual trip.  

Thomas Riddle said...

David, as your guru I have to advise you to keep on doing what you are doing. Change will come, but you don't need to rush it. And if you see the new Spider Man movie, let me know how it is. Great pictures and nice dolphin movie. 

Nogueirahill2000 said...

Really wonderful!!!Thank you!
Seeing Ireland through your eyes has been a gift.

Tom Ready said...

great pictures...the abandoned village was haunting.  The day you took off from class they would have told you that the folded sedimentary rocks are due to lateral geologic forces.  I give you a B+ on your explanation of the flat sedimentary rocks. 

Dave Adair said...

Thanks everyone. That was some kind of world-record for completing a newsletter. It helps that the internet connection on my phone is about 5 times as fast as it is in most places in India or Nepal. And it helped to have a deadline! Right now we're sitting on the top deck of the ship, in our van, waiting to pull away, at which time we'll shift to our deluxe "reclining" seats! We can't wait. We're bringing enough food and clothes for a week's stay for our overnight journey...

Rusty said...

Dave, amazing pics. Loved Dusty, he's like a big puppy dog. Safe travels

Laurenvanham said...

Dusty made me cry...and what of that delapidated house with flowers on the roof?  Fairies and gnomes inside, I bet you.  Enjoy France!  Too much love for you, Lauren

LynO said...

It looks just liked I imagined....  Always wanted to go to Ireland (you too Annie?... what do you eat there?)....  Gorgeous...... Lovin' it....