Ireland Athy
October 2015

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Tuesday 20 October 2015. Around noon headed for the bus terminal west of Nashua. Boston Express to Logan. Checked in and then went to Legal Seafoods for an expensive but relaxing dinner of tasty scallops, shrimp and crab cake plus a bottle of Vouvray. Same choice as a year ago and perhaps the year before that.

Dinner at Logan

Wednesday 21 October 2015. Uneventful flight. Ever faithful Joe O'Farrell was there to fetch me and we headed for Enniskerry. Had the usual fry-up upon arrival and then a snooze until just after 2pm. Went into Bray with Joe to do some errands. Drove south a bit to Greystones, along the sea front. Back to Enniskerry and a nice meal of pork steak, carrots & parsnips, cabbage, roast potatoes, apple sauce, followed by apple, blackberry and raspberry pie.

A big Irish dinner with Joe and Barbara, and here they are behind their house on the newly refurbished patio.

Thursday 22 October 2015. Into Bray to ReadÕs where Joe dealt with the certificates for Athy. Drove to Leopardstown Racecourse and had a look at the setup. Very nice.

Joe at Leopardstown.

And to a shopping mall to pick up some things and a drive through the recycling centre.

Ballyogan: The best organized and neatest dump I've ever seen.

For dinner we went off to Ouzos in Dalkey. Excellent fish and chips. The town, between Dublin and Bray, is attractive with a good collection of shops, restaurants and architecture.

Dinner at Ouzos in Dalkey.

Friday 23 October 2015. After breakfast Joe and I worked on the Athy certificates. Into Bray to pick up chocolates, then on to Athy arriving in the afternoon. Checked into the Clanard Court hotel. Went to the Council chambers for a reception, then off to Seamus and MiriamÕs for dinner. Followed by the opening reception at the Heritage Centre. Packed as usual. To O'Brien's afterwards where we stayed until about 2am.

Friday afternoon reception in Athy: Rob, Bryan Lintott, Frank Taaffe, Bob Headland.

Geraldine and Miriam overseeing Friday's dinner at the Taaffe's. Irish stew.

Friday night's opening at the Heritage Centre. Geraldine McAdam and Ann Strathie

Frank O'Brien and daughter Judith 2015 and 2013. Nothing much changes.

Judith and her dog.

Irish conversation at O'Brien's.

Saturday 24 October 2015. All day at Athy. A pretty good array of presentations.

Saturday morning start of the Autumn School.

Pint at OÕBriens at lunchtime. To the TaaffeÕs as usual for drinks before the banquet, then to the hotel for the festivities. Food disappointing. Sat next to Kevin and Gail McKenna. They lived in Newton for awhile when Kevin was at Harvard Medical School.

Enjoying things at the Taaffe's Saturday night party.
Zaz Shackleton and Jonathan Shackleton.

Sunday 25 October 2015. The last day for Jonathan and me at Athy.

Jonathan Shackleton at the Open Forum on Sunday.

Lunch at OÕBriens then at the end of the day off to Arthur and CarolÕs. Nice dinner of steak with Ion and Monica in attendance.

Sunday night dinner at Fruitlawn: Ion, Carol, Arthur and Monica.

Monday 26 October 2015. Had our usual fry-up at Arthur and CarolÕs, then off with Jonathan to Mullagh. Stopped near Naas for Jonathan to pick up a photo album. On to Mullagh arriving at one or so. Did up a lunch and relaxed the rest of the day, catching up with e-mail, etc. Daphne and Jane were off buying sheep and got back at the end of the day. Had a lovely lamb dinner with mash, carrots, etc. Read in the lounge and then to bed. Burma does a mess on the bathroom floor. Bad dog!

Tuesday 27 October 2015. Rainy and dreary morning. After breakfast did some e-mail. Stayed around the house much of the day. That evening went out to dinner in Mullagh at the Kilians Lodge, with a drink beforehand at McNamees

Rob, Jonathan and Daphne at McNamee's in Mullagh.

We had dinner at the Kilian's Lodge.

Wednesday 28 October 2015. A much better day. About mid-morning Jonathan and I set out to Ashfield to find the grave of Clements MarkhamÕs mother. We did find it—stopping off to see the recently spiffed-up Kilian's Well on the way—in a lovely churchyard in a very rural area near Cootehill.

St Kilian's Well on the edge of Lakeview Farm.

The church at Ashfield with Markham's mother's grave in enclosure.

Afterwards we had lunch at Errigal Country House Hotel on the outskirts of Cootehill. Headed back to Lakeview with a stop on the way at the County Caven Museum, in Ballyjamesduff, located in the former Convent of St Clare.

County Caven Museum.

Daphne went off to play cards. Jonathan and I survived nicely on a lamb stir-fry with veg. Crisis at JoeÕs old house where a chimney fire sends the French Woofers to Lakeview to sound the alarm. Jonathan went off and I eventually headed off to bed. Next morning I got a report: Chimney will probably have to be rebuilt; hasnÕt been cleaned in years.

Thursday 29 October 2015. Up early and Jonathan drove me up to Virginia where I got the bus to Dublin Airport in plenty of time. Off to the UK.

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