Friday, 17 March 2006

If you Irish come into the Parlour

 

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St Patrick’s day, Killarney …after the torrential rain of the last few days, well maybe not torrential, but certainly a steady rain but I was warned! We woke, drew back the curtains to the view of a beautiful rainbow over towards the Kerry hills, yes the sun was shining, made a coffee for me and tea for Maurice ,blew some smoke out of the window ,then got ready and down for breakfast ,We were told the parades would begin around mid day ,so off we went to explore ,found the most beautiful Cathedral and went in side and had a look around and some time for some quiet meditation .Walked back looking at shops and places of interest on route ,people were in the party mood ,handing out beads~ lovely green popper beads ,every one dressed in their best ,and funny hats were in abundance too ,We found a good place to stand and see the parade ,and then it began !The floats ,were amazing depicting lots of Irish history ,representing everything ,youth groups ,football ,Rugby , Hurley ,dancing girls ,and boys ,the bands ,the pipers ,the little Irish colleens dancing ,and the boys ,all the budding Michael Flattleys ,and singing along to the music, all the Irish songs and ballads, one little fellow who stood near me ,sang ‘The fields of Athenrie‘ really did make me shed a tear ,and then we saw HIM !  on the opposite side of the road to us! a colleague of Maurice’s  you come all this way, and you see some one who only lives a few miles away back home ! We wandered around after girls so fleet of foot it was a joy to see ,and the groups ,playing and singing all the favourite Irish songs ,and of course we’re are enjoying our Guinness ,what a day! One I shall never forget      With love Jan xx     and of course thank you Donna,(Donna's name in my side bar )     

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14 comments:

jeadie05 said...

Once again I cant get back to this entry to get rid of all the additional dross ..Jan xx

ally123130585918 said...

What a lovely day you had ~ the parade sounded wonderful ~ small world seeing someone you know ~ when so far away from home ~ Donna's graphics are lovely ~ Ally

mllevl said...

I can almost hear you dancing about singing"I've had the time of my life".  A great time had by all.. and what a coincidence to meet Maurices colleague!!  Obviously a case of great minds thinking alike!  Eve

sdrogerson said...

souds nice not been to Ireland since the 60's

haileen2003 said...

Thank you for 'painting' such a delightful picture of your Irish Holiday..
We were there in 2004.
Enjoy your Day
Aileen....X

dklars said...

Thanks for sharing the memory, sounds like you had a smashing time in Ireland!
~~Kath~~

jaymact1 said...

Lovely entry and the graphics are super. You really did enjoy that hoiday in Ireland. I was there for a week when I was 15 and had a great time we stayed in Dublin and we too went to see the Blarney Stone but I was too small to reach it. Love Joan.

jules19642001 said...

happy St Patricks day................Jules xx
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nedmoh said...

A very Happy St Patricks Day to you and Maurice.Have enjoyed reading about your trip to Ireland.The parade sounded really good.Good luck be yours today,with all those shamrocks..........Love Jeanxx

labdancer51 said...

A very Happy St Patrick`s day Jan, I`m so glad you and Maurice had such a lovely time in Ireland.  I`ve enjoyed hearing all about it. :o)

Sandra xxxxx

madcobug said...

Happy St. Paddy's Day to you! Imagine going all that distance and seeing someone you know. Helen

jmoqueen said...

I bet it's something to be experienced St Paddy's day in Ireland :-)  I know that song field's of athenrie :-)  Fancy seeing Maurice's colleague out there.......

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faircolleen said...

By a lonely prison wall,  
I heard a young girl calling,  
"Michael, they have taken you away.  
For you stole Trevelyan's corn,  
So the young might see the morn.  
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay."  

Aww,got carried away there Jan,I love this song,it goves me goosebumps especially when everyone joins in singing.I love all things Irish. . .now I wonder why that is lol. . .Colleen

adlessor said...

Hey Jan, I enjoyed reading all about your trip to Ireland.  Lucky you, I would love to go there one day.  Thanks for leaving a comment in my journal.   Dawn