Ireland Memories

Saturday, June 14, 2008 - written by Pat and Howard Pigee

Saturday was bright and sunny as we made our way to an early breakfast and early ride into Dublin. Michelle, Patrick’s wife came along with us. Dublin isn’t a huge city by US standards, but is the biggest city in Ireland. We were lucky to be first in line to see the book of Kells at Trinity University. We even had time to explore the student union building for soda, WC, and the internet. Our tour guide was informative about Trinity and then once we were back on the bus headed for St. Patrick’s Cathedral he went with us.

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We had about an hour and a half to shop after viewing the exhibit and the “Long Hall upstairs” in the library. St. Patrick’s Cathedral was very impressive with all the memorial plaques, crypts and stained glass windows.( It even had bathrooms…we were running a little close on time, and there still was quite a line for the ladies, so Howard stood guard and Ginny and I used the men’s). There was a fragment of an ancient door which they titled the door of reconciliation: The spot where the Fitzgerald and Butler families made peace.

We were let into a small chapel to dress and get ready for our concert…we wore our turquoise shirts and black pants. Jean started singing a lovely, haunting song while in the back of the cathedral to get the attention of those folks wandering around and focus them for our concert. The sound wasn’t too reverberating and the concert went well.

During the drive to and from the hotel we collected the tip money for Pat and Chris, our driver and tour guide. After a quick light dinner we were on the bus for a short ride to the church nearby in Bray. The church was in the middle of renovations and a platform had been put in for our concert which included some local girls playing and dancing. There was a very nice turnout and the audience seemed to really enjoy everything, including mouthing the words to Jean’s songs. We stayed quite awhile chatting with the audience and church people who were so kind and provided us with juice and water.

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Once we returned to the hotel we had another light meal complete with desert…then the fun began! I can’t believe how clever everyone is…the song of Pat’s bus to the tune of Jacob’s Ladder was so good! The limericks and poems, the really inspired history of the different regions of the continent (bus) made us all laugh until we cried…then came the speeches which really made us cry! We presented Chris and Patrick with turquoise Chorale shirts and their tip money. We bid ‘good bye’ to Michelle & to Jan. The night ended with a singing of Go Ye Now in Peace.

Pat and Howard .