Thursday, September 20, 2018

November Coffee Nights!

So how does hosting a coffee or tea work? It's really very simple. You provide the location and invite friends, and Keith & I will provide drinks, treats, and entertainment. You can host any time of day, and for as long or as short a time as you'd like. The time is really based upon you and what you feel will work best for those you've invited. Entertainment can include anything from a laid back time of Irish music, relaxing with a movie, fun games, an actual lesson plan for Sunday schools, small groups or classes, or even a formal dinner or question and answer session. I'll be in contact with you about what will best suit you and your guests.
We are more than willing to travel, so don't let distance stop you from hosting!
Contact me for more info or to schedule!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tourist Tuesday: We Drove Across the Ocean to Coney Island (yes, really)

Coney Island. The smell of salt water, the sand between your toes, and whale bones on the beach...What? Not the Coney Island you remember? Ah, yes. That's because the Coney Island I'm talking about is here in Ireland --in Sligo to be exact. They also claim to be the original Coney Island for which New York's is named. It's said that Captain Peter O'Connor, who captained a ship between Sligo and New York, named Coney Island for his own back in Co. Sligo because of the massive quantity of rabbits living there. The island now has only one family of permanent residents, but people do stay on the island temporarily in the warmer months. 
 
There are only two ways to reach the island -- by boat or across the Cummeen Strand when the tide is low. On a hot 33°C (that's roughly 91°F), Keith and I decided to make the drive to Coney Island at low tide for a picnic and the lovely beaches that look untouched. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea. We ended up just driving out, finding no parking, and driving back again, but, oh, was it worth it just for the drive! Fourteen pillars guided our way across the ocean floor to Coney Island and back again. 

Below is a video of our drive sped up to show you the whole drive (which took about 10 minutes each way) within a minute. So, come along to Coney Island with us, and drive across the ocean floor!  

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tourist Tuesday: Trim Castle


FREEEDDOOOOOM!!! Fancy a trip to the castle where Braveheart was filmed? Come with me to Trim! Don't forget to click on the photos to enlarge them. 


On the south bank of the River Boyne in Trim, Co. Meath, stands the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland (or rather, what's left of it). The castle was constructed by Hugh de Lacy over a thirty year period.

The keep, which is available for tours (photographs are not allowed inside), is three stories, and it's construction began in 1176. It's unique twenty-sided design is cruciform in shape.


A curtain wall and moat surround the massive keep. 


If parts of the castle look familiar, it shouldn't surprise you to find that Trim Castle was one of the filming sites for Braveheart in 1994. The production crew added to the castle to form the set for the city of York in the movie, and it truly must have felt like taking a step back in time. There is a sign outside of the curtain wall at Trim that depicts the castle as built up with the movie set (below). 



Don't forget to join me for more Tourist Tuesdays in the future. And, as always, feel free to leave any questions or comments below!

***This is part of a series of posts. As part of my integration into the Irish culture, it was recommended that I see the well-known (and a few off the beaten path) sights of Ireland to get a better idea of Irish culture and history. Some of these posts may be longer and focus on history, others may be relatively short and focus on a natural landmark such as the Cliffs of Moher. So sit back and enjoy the sights of Ireland with me. ***