The Cliffs of Moher, Irish music, and a man named Timmy

Today was definitely a highlight of the trip so far and a great first full day of our Rick Steve’s tour. That is saying something considering we spent about 4 hours on a bus and we both had motion sickness for most of that.

Our first stop was the Cliffs of Moher. Happily we went pretty early in the morning so we were able to appreciate the full majesty of it all without a crowd. It was one of those places where you feel the need to stop and take a photo after every step because the view just keeps getting more gorgeous.

During our stop for lunch in a small town we happened upon a wedding full of Irish travelers (the polite term for Irish gypsies). We all had to stop and stare at the fantastical nature of the dresses those women were wearing (and wonder how they were managing to defy gravity to such a degree). Unfortunately I didn’t get a great photo, but I will try to get one from someone else and share it tomorrow.

After that it was straight on to Dingle, the hometown of our tour guide. We have heard a lot about this place from Dara – including its rich musical life, its prominence of Irish/Gaelic speakers, and a few of its unique characters, all of whom seem to be related in one way or another to Dara. We got to meet a few of those characters today, including Dara’s father who regaled us with Irish sayings and accordion renditions of the Tennessee Waltz.

After another delicious dinner we went into town to spend some time at a Dingle institution: Currans Pub.

At the pub we heard some excellent Irish music from some famous Dingle musicians:

And also from the infamous Timmy. This gentlemen is over 90 and still coming to the pub every night to socialize – and sing by request!

As we returned home to our hotel, we had to remind ourselves once again that it can look like this outside and still be 10 p.m.:


About The 1st Draft

I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.
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2 Responses to The Cliffs of Moher, Irish music, and a man named Timmy

  1. The Cliffs of Moher are so incredible, no matter of the wheater. Sounds like you had a really interesting time on your trip. Beautiful pictures!

  2. unclelawwy says:

    If you don’t pay the Travelers for the photo, they jinx your camera so you can’t get a good shot… or so I’ve heard.

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