Thursday, August 22, 2013
Irish Chauffeurdriven vacations in great demand in 2013
The view from the famous Conor Pass on the Dingle peninsula
This Summer has been a fantastic one for tourism in Ireland and how welcome it was in this year of The Gathering. The weather is one thing that you can never be sure about, or predict in any reliable way, especially in Ireland. We have had more than our share of disappointing Summers, and the general feeling leading up to this one, was, that once again the weather might be a spoilsport for our special year of The Gathering. How wonderfully wrong the pessimists were, and what a great year we have had to date. As i write, the sun is still shining at 20:00pm on the West Coast of Ireland where i live myself, and today was beautiful. The coming weekend is also forecast really nice, and at the rate we are going, i think we may be in for an Indian Summer in the fall. I have a really busy September and October ahead of me, and wouldn't it be lovely to think that there is more of this ahead of us.
Nancy with Charlie Chaplin in Waterville.
Waterville, on the Ring of Kerry, was a favourite holiday resort for the great Charlie Chaplin, and this bronze was erected there on the seafront in his memory.
The seafront in Salthill, on the outskirts of Galway city
This was where i "sported and played" as a youngster. We swam in Galway Bay all through the Summer in the warm waters of the Gulf stream, which flows along our western seaboard. Most tourists are amazed that we swim here. They think we are living in Artic waters....not true. When i look back at those times, there seems to be nothing but sunshine in those pictures in my mind. I was born right here on this promenade in a nursing home run by the nuns, a nursing home which unfortunately closed down many years ago. My home was on the hillside overlooking the bay with a wonderful view of the Clare Hills, and the Aran islands at the mouth of Galway Bay. I have wonderful memories of those times in this magical place.
Ireland, the land where a rainbow is a surprise to only our tourists. If you ever do come to Ireland, and if it rains, make sure that you take the time to look at our flowers and shrubs, our green grass and our well fed free ranging cattle and sheep, our lovely rivers and lakes, and our rainbows, and remember, without our rain, we would have none of those.
Come and see Ireland with me and we can enjoy all of these together.