Day 5: Dingle Peninsula

Friday, October 12th

We began today with Irish breakfast, then hit the road.  

 Cow delay

Cow delay

We soon arrived at St. Mary’s in Listowel. The choir got set up in the loft as the rest of the group explored the grounds. 

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 The tiny pipe organ

The tiny pipe organ

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 the choir sang for a nice crowd at the morning Mass.

the choir sang for a nice crowd at the morning Mass.

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After Mass, the people of the parish invited us to tea and scones in the parish center. 

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 Jeremy spent some time chatting and exchanging music tips with Sister Consolata, the music director at St. Mary’s.

Jeremy spent some time chatting and exchanging music tips with Sister Consolata, the music director at St. Mary’s.

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 Holy Water on tap

Holy Water on tap

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We then stopped in the town of Dingle for lunch. Traditional Irish pub fare with chips and a Guinness!

 Dingle Town

Dingle Town

 Beef pie with chips at Benny’s Pub, Dingle.

Beef pie with chips at Benny’s Pub, Dingle.

 Learning all about “Fungie”, the dolphin that lives in the bay.

Learning all about “Fungie”, the dolphin that lives in the bay.

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Then it was back to the bus for a long drive through the countryside around the Dingle Peninsula. We drove (literaly) along a cliff on the western seaboard. 

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 Along the road we learned about traditional thatched-roof house building. Above is an example of a modern house with a TRADITIONAL roof.

Along the road we learned about traditional thatched-roof house building. Above is an example of a modern house with a TRADITIONAL roof.

Our next stop was the Gallarus Oratory. Historians believe this was a church built by early Irish Christians over 1200 years ago. 

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After another long and scenic bus ride through the country, we checked into our hotel and had dinner. 

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Mary, our friend and former choir member, moved back to Ireland a few months ago. She made the 3hr journey to join us at Killarney. We celebrated our reunion at the pub, and presented her with an award for her ministry in choir. 

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 it’s good to see you Mary!

it’s good to see you Mary!