Sunday, October 14th
We began today with some shopping at Blarney Wollen Mills, known as the “largest Irish shop in the world”.
Then it was off to Church of the Immaculate Conception, just a few steps away, for Mass. The choir loft was very tight, even for our small group, but it featured a beautiful rose window of St. Cecilia and an interesting little organ. Mass was well attended and everyone was very welcoming. One lady did complain that I” played the organ too loud” at the end of Mass. I guess they aren’t used to bombastic postludes!
After Mass we headed to Blarney Castle, home of the famous Blarney Stone. It is said that those who kiss the stone will have 7 years of the gift of gab, that is, being able to speak well and convincingly. We’re not sure that the choir needs much help in this department, but we kissed the stone nonetheless.
After we explored Blarney, we headed to Dublin, where we checked into our hotel and had dinner. After dinner, we decided to get a taste of Dublin nightlife.
After a fun evening, we retired to our hotel to recharge for the day ahead. Good night, Dublin!