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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Humorous Irish Quotes

This Week its Humorous Irish Quotes

In preparation for Pamposh's Quotable Thursday Meme over at Terataii Reiki and Councelling Blog -

"I think the
Irish woman was freed from slavery by bingo. They can go out now, dressed up, with their handbags and have a drink and play bingo. And they deserve it."
- Author John B. Keane

"I spent 90% of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted."
- Soccer superstar George Best

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

"It was a bold man who ate the first oyster."
- Jonathan Swift

"I am a drinker with a writing problem."
- Brendan Behan

"You know it's summer in Ireland when the rain gets warmer."
- Hal Roach

More Funny Quotes

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Reminiscences of Ireland - Part 3

Belcarra - Beginning - By Bob Donkins

On arrival at Belcarra we were shown the caravan that was to be our home for the next week. When we had settled in we were given a quick induction course on looking after the horse, caravan and the rules of the road. We were supplied the maps and our itinerary. We cooked our first meal in the caravan before an evening stroll in the village and off to bed.
The next day after a bit of amusement watching people chasing the horses round the field we were introduced to our travelling companion for the week - Blackie.  After the lessons on horse grooming and harnessing Blackie to the caravan it was decided that we should leave first,  the other vans following at 10 minute intervals. 
Each day we travelled about 10 miles which took about 3 hours so we arrived at Ballintober shortly early in the afternoon.  Having attended to Blackie and set him free in his paddock,  we borrowed the bikes that were available and cycled to  local shop to but fresh milk and eggs.  By the time we arrived back at the campsite all the other caravans had arrived.  We relinquished the bike to another family and set off to explore the the beautifull Ballintubber Abbey. 
We went back to the campsite for a shower then went to the local pub and restaurant.  We were so tired after all the excercise and fresh air we were in bed and asleep shortly before 10 pm.
It was with some trepidation following the previous day's antics that a I went with one of the other travellers to round up the horses.  To my amazement Blackie came running up to me and I was able to put on the leading rein with no problem.  As I lead Blackie back to the caravan the other horses follwed meekly behind him.  I was unanimously voted to be be the horse catcher for the rest of the trip.
We were soon ready to set off on our next leg to Castlecarra.
One of the rules we were given was that we should walk as much as possible so that we did not tire the horses too much so our feet were tired when we arrived at the campsite. 
After looking after Blackie we were content just to sit and watch the youngsters play ball.  We ate our evening meal in the fresh air and enjoyed the views of Lough Carra and chatted and watched the sunset.
The next day it was a day off for the horses so we went for a walk to the Lough and to see the castle. We just enjoyed the scenery and watched the butterflies and a well camouflaged frog.
Having eaten our picnic lunch we walked on to the ruins of Moore Hall and then headed back via Burriscara.

Reminiscences Of Ireland - Part 2

Third Visit to Ireland - Horsedrawn Caravan Trip - By Bob Donkin

I met Lynda in an MSN internet forum in 2000.  A few of us met up in Manchester but Lynda couldn't make it so I took a trip up to Glasgow to meet up with her and a couple of other members from Scotland.  We immediately hit if off and I started to visit her on a regular basis. In 2005 we took a holiday to Ireland.
I flew up to Glasow and then we both flew to Belfast airport where we were collected by friends and taken to Ballyclare where we stayed for a few days. 
We took the opportunity to visit Belfast.  I was amazed how different it was from my previous visit.  Everyone appeared so friendly and happy it was a world apart from the city I'd visited 30 years earlier.
For various reasons we decided not to hire a car so our journey in Ireland started by catching a bus to Enniskillen where we stayed at the Rossole Guest House B&B. The next day we looked around Enniskillen then took the bus to Sligo. It was late when we eventually arrived at our B&B so we didn't realy get a chance to see much of Sligo.  We did find a nice pub that served evening meals but had a chance to wander round the town late in evening.  Our bus to Castlebar left fairly early and we arrived there in time for lunch. We had a quick tour of the town before going to the supermarket to stock up on food for the week and getting a taxi to Belcarra.

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Reminiscences Of Ireland - By Bob Donkin

This is a travelers reminiscences of his visits to Ireland
A four part series by Bob Donkin, who has kindly agreed to share his Irish travel experience with us.

Part 1 - "Just passin thru"

First Visit
Back in the early 70's I worked for British Rail and got free train tickets so with a friend we decided to tour the British Isles.

Starting at London we went to Penzance in Cornwall from there we went up to Thurso in the north of scotland via Edinburgh and Inverness. Then via the the Isle of Skye and Glasgow down to Stranraer. We got the ferry to Larne and then on to Belfast. To be honest it was a bit of a scary experience. It was at the height of "The Troubles" and the evidence of it was all around. We caught the first possible train to Dublin. We found a campsite I think it was in Bray but can't remember exactly but we found a local pup and sampled the "Liffey Water". The next day we went back to Dublin to look around. We saw the usual sites, the museum, Dublin Castle etc ending up at O'donoghues pub. My overall impression of Dublin at that time was that it was very similar to a lot of the UK provincial cities, possibly a bit behind the times, and a funny mixture of friendliness and aloofness.

O'donoghues was possibly the highlight of the trip. After about half an hour sitting by ourselves we struck up a conversation with one of the locals. A short time later we "accepted" into the company and spent a good few hours in, somtimes heated, discussions putting the world to rights. We got invited to a students' party after the bar closed and ended up getting back to the campsite around dawn.

The next day we got the train to Rosslare and then home.

Second Visit
The second visit in 2003 was more fleeting than the first. I attended a funeral in Ballyclare. I was collected from Belfast ferry terminal, stayed 2 nights in Ballyclare then dropped off at the ferry terminal for the return trip home. The evidence of the troubles was still to be seen, Some streets decorated with Union Jacks and Ulster flags while other streets were decorated with the Irish tricolour and many murals from both sides.

To be continued... My third visit to Ireland

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