We travelled up to Londonderry this Tuesday for district meeting. We had a good meeting with the young Elders and sisters and had a great lunch of burritos and Rice Krispie squares prepared by Maurene. After the district meeting the Elders from Omagh caught the bus home and we inpsected the apartments of the Londonderry Elders and then drove to Letterkenny to see the sisters' apartment. They both did a great job of looking after and cleaning their apartments which makes our job so much easier and more enjoyable.
We had a special treat on Thursday. The Fosters invited us over to their house for supper and then took us to the Strule Arts Centre for an evening of Irish music and dance. As usual, we were treated to a really nice meal and the musical program was very enjoyable. There were a real variety of performers and they performed quite a bit of Christmas music which was nice. A lot of the songs were sung in Irish but were great to listen to nonetheless. There was a woman vocalist accompanied by a guy playing the acoutic guitar who were both very good. There was a girls school choir who were just excellent. The last act was a choir with a band who were very good also. There were two young people doing Irish dancing with them who were All Ireland champions. We wished we could have seen more of them. It was an enjoyable evening. The most unusual act of the night was a ukelele band!
We were assigned to inspect the apartment of the Elders who serve in Coleraine, which is about a two hour drive from here on the north coast of Ireland. So we decided to drive up there on Friday. There had a beautiful apartment on the ground flood of an apartment building that is located right by the river that flows through the city. We had a good inspection although we had to give them serveral things to look after since they did not keep the place as clean as they should.
We found out that the Giant's Causeway was only about a 20 minute drive away from Coleraine. So since we had already driven all the way up there, we decided to go have a look at it after we had inspected the apartment. We were certainly glad that we did since it was a very impressive sight indeed. It was an overcast day but not too cold. They had a nice visitors centre there and it was about a 15 minute walk to where the causeway started down by the ocean. It was fun to explore the structures and to hike along the coast. There were a few other people there but it was far from being crowded. Seeing those long hexagon shaped structures was fascinating. We were glad we made the effort to go there.
We decided to drive along a bit more of the north coast on our way back to Omagh from the Giant's Causeway. Only a few miles along the coast we came upon Dunluce Castle which was an unexpected surprise. It was a beautiful spot and we enjoyed seeing it.
As we continued our drive back to Omagh we saw a beautiful sunset over the river just south of Londonderry. We couldn't stop to capture a better photo of it but it was a beautiful end to a great day.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.