It’s a long way to Tipperary…

August 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm 1 comment

Well actually it isn’t…..an hours flight by Ryan Air bus (not airbus!) from Gatwick to Cork, Hertz car hire from the airport and a straight and easy 90 minute run on the M8 towards Dublin….I love Ireland and all things Irish…time has no meaning here – there is no sense of urgency. Irish people are the friendliest I have ever encountered, and readily chat to strangers in the street, in a coffee shop or bar or even the hotel sauna! Every second building in a town seems to be a pub…the predominant bookie is called Paddy Power. In Tipperary Town, blue and yellow chequered flags proudly flutter from every gatepost and window – hurling is taken more seriously than life or death. There is a reason why the rolling countryside is so green and lush…an awful lot of precipitation! I have spent a glorious four days here – catching up with my cousin (who lives in Tipp Town) old friends (principally the lovely bride, my reason for this trip), friends from Dubai and Beijing, and new friends made (the groom and the entire extended family), sightseeing, eating and reflecting. Wise words spoken by the priests at the wedding – it is not our presents but our presence required by the happy couple….and my own thought; that beautiful church in Ardmayle was filled with love not only radiating from the bridal pair but indeed the whole congregation. No wonder the sun broke through lit up the grey skies! I even got the chance to dance the Siege of Ennis (albeit badly!) led by fleet footed bride’s father and uncle. I seized the chance to explore Kilkenny (no not the bottom of a pint glass but the castle!) and the Glen of Aherlow and was reminded of a favourite childhood poem; “Up the airy mountain, down the rushy glen; We dare not go a-hunting for fear of little men”. Well there were no little men around earlier today as they would have gone rusty, but I did take some quite dramatic photos of the cloud on the peaks….I will be sad to leave tomorrow. and am looking forward to a celebratory dinner tonight and no doubt more toasts to the bride and groom.

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Half Century School Reunion Up the Airy Mountain, Down the Rushy Glen

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  • 1. laurahartson  |  August 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    hahah when i was a child i always thought tiperrary was near china. im not sure why!

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