We had a great week with a visit from Corey and Jay as part of their trip to Ireland, Scotland and England. It was so great to see them and be able to spend a few days with them showing them some of the sites here in Ireland. I travelled to Dublin on Tuesday morning to pick them up from the airport. We drove back to Limerick right away and since they were hungry stopped on the way at Obama Plaza for some breakfast. We got to Limerick and had some lunch and then we spent the afternoon walking around the old part of Limerick and visiting King John’s castle. We had a good time there. We drove out to Bunratty castle after that and then picked up some fish and chips at Luigi’s on the way home for supper. It was great! They headed to bed at 7:30 pm as they were exhausted.
On Wednesday morning, Corey and I started off with a run around the neighbourhood. After breakfast, we drove up to the Cliffs of Moher. On the way we stopped at the Clare Abbey for a visit. I think the cliffs were the highlight of their time in Ireland as they both really enjoyed them. They got a little too close to the edge for Maurene! We got a beautiful day which really helps out there. It was the first time we had been there in the summer and it was incredibly busy. Just finding a parking spot was a challenge. After visiting the cliffs we drove to Lahinch for some lunch at a beachside restaurant owned by a Canadian, and a walk on the beach. Corey went wading in the Atlantic but that was enough as the water was very cold. We also drove a little further down the coast and visited Spanish Point.
Thursday we went with Corey and Jay down to County Tipperary to the town of Cashel and visited the Rock of Cashel and the Hore Monastery. We had a really good time it was a great looking castle. We had a guided tour and then had time to visit it and the monastery. We went into the little town for a kebab lunch, it was really good. We had supper here tonight and played a game of hearts, I lost of course.
Sadly, on Friday we had to drive them back to Dublin to catch their flight to Glasgow for the next part of their adventure. It was so great to see them for a few days but difficult to say goodbye. After dropping them off at the airport we visited a Church of Ireland genealogy library and also the National Library for Maurene to do some research. While downtown we paid a visit to the National Museum and saw some interesting archeological artifacts.
We had another family visit on Sunday afternoon! My sister Joan is here in Ireland on a tour for a week and was spending Sunday evening here in Limerick. So we were able to go out to Bunratty for a short visit. She is off to Scotland for a two week visit when her tour is over.
Just to finish off, Corey and Jay have sent some photos from Scotland including a photo of the school that Dad attended in Glasgow and the church that he and his family attended in Mosspark. It was great that they got to visit those spots. It has been an exciting and exhausting week for us. So great to see family!
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.