Fenechs et al in Ireland: Goodbye Galway…Goodbye Ireland

29 04 2011

Our last day in Galway, Easter Monday, dawned. After our breakfast we decided to head to Dublin for my family’s last day in Ireland. We dropped our luggage at my apartment and then headed to Dublin City centre, where our first stop was LUNCH :). After that we did some shopping (we needed to update my sister’s wardrobe, so Bernard, Michele, mum and myself set on that task, whilst my bro and her boyfriend scuttled off). We managed to make her spend quite a lot of money (Ireland needs to recuperate its economy) and I again ended up buying some stuff. That occupied most of the afternoon. After that we went back to my apartment where we relaxed a bit and discussed plans for my brother’s wedding in August, and we booked accomodation for our stays in Tallinn (for my, Ann’s, Michael’s, Bernard’s and mum’s pre wedding trip) and Helsinki, where my brother is getting married.

We then went to Eddie Rockets since Bernard had been wanted and Oreo Milkshake and then came back home to sleep :). 7 people managed to successfully sleep in my room (and in comfort I must say). Thanks to Monika and Rachel (my apartment mate) who supplied me with inflatable mattresses and David (my other apartment mate, who offered but there was no place to put any more). We had a short night’s sleep, cos at 4:45 am we all woke up to go to the airport.

Thankfully all flights were within a short time frame, so we got the car and headed towards the airport. We dropped off Stephen and Michele (departure 7:10am to Helsinki), Mum and Bernard (departure 7:20am to Malta) and Ann (departure 7:30am to Berlin). Then Michael and myself took the car to the car hire place, which opens at 6am, and dropped off the car. No issues there wippie 🙂 We were then dropped off at the airport where I said goodbye to Michael (departure 8:15am to London) and I got the bus back to DCU, where I snuggled back into bed for a couple more hours of sleep before heading back to Uni to get back to my daily routine.

Overall, I must say it was a really successful trip, especially considering it was our first trip as a family in ages, and the first ever with the extended family. I was expecting it to be much more stressful, which it was not, and I think everyone had a great time. The next time we will all be together is at my brother’s wedding in August. However we are already planning our next family Easter trip in 2 years’ time. Destination: Unknown. Depending on where the different components of this family are (which is not easy to say 🙂 ).

Thank you all for coming to visit 🙂 Come again 🙂

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Fenechs et al in Ireland: in Galway

29 04 2011

In our first (and only) full day in Galway, we decided to visit Connemara, and more specifically Kylemore Abbey. But before leaving to make our way there, we were informed by our Danish informant that the Easter bunny had successfully made the trip to Galway. So he left to meet up with him in the nearby park whilst we finished our breakfast. We then went to the park where we went on our Easter egg hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

I am pleased to say that I found the most eggs (7 small, 3 big), followed by Bernard (8 small, 2 big). The others trailed miserably behind. So I guess Bernard and I make a good team…goooo team 🙂 Happy with our chocolates, we made our way to Kylemore abbey. Where we got to meet the Easter Bunny ourselves:

Kylemore Easter Bunnies

Kylemore Easter Bunnies

Apart from the Easter bunnies, Kylemore is really breath taking, as can be seen below:

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey

We took a tour of the Abbey, had tea in the tea house, walked around the vast area and visited the walled garden (followed a tour organised by Mr Bernard Brincat himself and his ‘posh’ accent). After a couple of hours here, we then started our way back, taking the long route through Clifden, and then back to Galway, where we headed back to town for some lunch/dinner, and walked round for a bit.

In the evening, mum, Stephen and Michele went home early as they were tired, but all of us remaining wanted to take in Galway for just a bit more, and so we stayed in town. At 9:30pm we however made our way to The Crane where we got to experience some great Irish music in the upstairs room, which was really nicely decorated (simple but nice) with candles. We got chatting to the people around us whilst waiting for the music to start (being Ireland it started more than 30minutes late I think). However we had around 8 musicians, most of which switched instruments continuously. The music was great, the atmosphere was great and we really enjoyed ourselves. Have a listen yourselves. The quality is not really that good, but you can get an idea of the amount of people playing, the amount of people listening and the general atmosphere.

We were all tired but tried to stay as long as possible, but when they stopped for a 30minute break we decided to head home to our beds.





Fenechs et al in Ireland: Kerry Days contd

28 04 2011

On our second day in Kerry, we again started our day with a delicious breakfast. Then we made our way to the car as today was the ring of Kerry day. I had often heard about how beautiful this place is, but in all honesty had expected it to be all made up hype. But it was a really enjoyable day. The fact that we had great weather certainly helped. But look at these photos (taken by Michael 🙂 ), and see for yourself. My suggestion to others taking on the Ring of Kerry: go to Valentia Island, go a bit away form the main roads, and you will be rewarded. Our 30min detour turned into at least 1.5hours and it was really great fun:

First up was the Kerry Bog Village Museum, where we got to see the Irish Wolfhound, and enormous specimen of a dog. We also got to see the way that people lived in bygone eras. The museum is not much, but quite interesting nonetheless, especially if you read the information available, as you may be able to understand how these people lived. After that we did not visit any other museum, but just enjoyed the views:

The Vast and Expansive Ferry Terminal for Valentia:

Valentia Island Terminal

Valentia Island Terminal

Views from Valentia Island:

The whole family on Valentia

The whole family on Valentia

Apparently there is a Top Toilet Award…we must say that this toilet is truly deserving. Whilst there Michele noticed that the hand dryer was not working. A lady who was there cleaning said that it was working that morning and that it could not be and that she needs to call somoene to fix it ASAP. Whilst having some snacks outside, i.e. within 10mins, someone in an Electricity Department van came and fixed it. We are truly impressed.

Top Toilet

Top Toilet

On the beach, where we paddled in the Atlantic for the first time (OK wet our feet), I had a surprise message (thanks to Bee 🙂 ) and we saw what we concluded to be (lots of) fish eggs, but we are not so sure are we:

Sand art especially for me

Sand art especially for me

Fish Eggs?

Fish Eggs?

At one of the last towns we had some dinner (lunch was sandwiches and fruit) and then made our way to the B&B where we just freshened up and made our way to church for the Maundy Thursday service at Milltown. After church it was straight to bed. A successful day 🙂





Exciting Times

14 04 2011

Exciting times ahead 🙂 In less than an hour I should be off to pick up my mum and Bernard from the airport (thank you Ross: Big Hug) and then the Easter adventure begins. My whole family will be descending on Ireland slowly for our Easter trip 🙂 I cannot wait. It will be chaotic…definitely, but hopefully fun.