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Monday, December 3, 2012


Ok, I want to hear you pronounce this: Feile Chois Cuain  Yes, Eileen and I are Ireland bound in the Spring.  This traditional Irish music festival is on our list of things to do there.  We'll have a house sitter to take care of the cats while we're gone and to watch out for things for us.  The Irish language has to be one of the more difficult to understand and pronounce.  For me, it's difficult to wrap my brain around how a word is pronounce compared to how it looks in written form.  It's probably not the most difficult, but definitely up there on the list.  For example, "Tiocfaidh ar la" is pronounced, phonetically, "Chucky are la"...which means, "Our day will come." and it's the slogan of the IRA.  Now, tell me the truth here, would you have known how to pronounce that?  And do you agree that pronunciation and spelling are totally different?  Yikes!  I'm going to have to listen to some Irish people speaking English with their Irish accent before we go so I'll have a chance of understanding whoever's talking to me!!!

We want to spend some time in Dublin, Galway, Louisburgh (where the music fest is), Clifden, Spiddal, Tralee, and the Dingle Peninsula and areas around Connemara.  Eileen is bringing her fiddle and hopes to take some classes and partake of some sessions, as well.  According to Eileen, no traditional Irish music fiddler is considered seriously until they've done a pilgrimage to Ireland and watched in awe while the masters play tunes.  The hope is to get invited to sit in on a session of good traditional Irish musicians.  Eileen is going to swoon over all of this.  I'll have to make sure she doesn't faint on me.  LOL...

I'm very interested in seeing/talking to the people there.  It'll probably be like visiting long, lost cousins.  Seeing all those faces that look Irish like Eileen and I do should be an experience.  The music, the architecture, the food, the beer (ah, yes, the beer!), and the countryside.  And some of those sites that I've only read about.  To see them up close and real will be wonderful.  To see my heritage in all its glory.  Sorry that I've taken this long to do this, but glad that I'm finally doing it.  

Now, flying over the ocean does seem a bit intimidating to me, to be honest.  I'm one of those types that likes to be at the controls, but, in this case, I'll let the pilots do the job.  Thank you.  So, we'll bring some sleep aids to help us snooze while en route to Dublin.  We arrive at 0800, so we'll have two full days in Dublin before taking the bus to Galway and renting a car there for the rest of our time in the West of Ireland.

Over the next week or so, Eileen and I will wrap up the details of our trip and make the arrangements for lodging, etc., and then I can sit back and relax.  Being somewhat obsessive compulsive, I do have a strong urge to have things in place.f

Ok, a tune to close this post with...traditional Irish fiddle music, of course...A traditional Irish music session in Dublin on St. Patrick's Day!  Enjoy!