Sunday, 31 March 2013

Easter in Connemara

It's a rainy Easter Sunday in Connemara.  I walked out in the rain to take some pictures and nearly blew away in the wind.  For the most part we stuck around the house and watched River Cottage, Top Gear and some mystery shows.  We drove into town to do a bit of shopping and had a pretty relaxing day.

Little fishing boat tied up in the bay

The tide is out, rocks & seaweed exposed

This stone fence is likely hundreds of years old

Currach tied up waiting for a better fishing day

Friday, 29 March 2013

Good Friday

Apparently you can't buy beer on Good Friday.  Some kind of law in Ireland bans alcohol sales today.

Lots of people think it's a needless ban.  I mean, come on... you can still buy a pack of smokes at the corner shop, but you can't buy a beer?  I see.  So the Irish lawmakers think it's fine to destroy your lungs, but not your liver on certain days of the year. I'm just bummed because I had a crappy day and I wanted to get a beer after work.  Then I come to the shop and find this; the beer aisle has curtains over it.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Dhaoibh

Festive fish from the Galway farmers' market

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  We are in Connemara this weekend.  My awesomer half and I have a book called Sacred Ireland that is full of megalithic sites, stone circles, and old friaries.  We visited the Moyne graveyard and in County Mayo and Annaghkeen Castle in County Galway today.

An early Christian graveyard in Co. Mayo (approx. 8th century)

Annaghkeen Castle in Co. Galway (14th century)