Co Dublin

4 Jul 2012 – Happy 4th

To those who are celebrating, enjoy and stay safe!

Wed: thank you to Stephen & Trisha for their kind hospitality and it is great to finally catch up after nearly 40yrs! Good to meet their daughter Samantha and grandson Stephen.

Dep DUB 0700hrs in rain and arrived OSL on schedule in lovely summer weather after 2hrs on Ryanair. Took about 1min and got this cheerful recognition smile from Olai. He will be 10months tomorrow and a joy to be with. The last 2 days in Ireland was a journey to face issues which have finally come to a closure!

Back tracking the Ireland trip…

Tue: wet and grey. Lunched at Waterside House Hotel Cafe & Bristol**in Domhnach Bat/Donabate=fort of the ferry, a small suburban coastal town app 20km NE of DUB. Stephen & Trisha got married at the St Patrick’s RC Church here. Was hoping to do the cliff walk but unfortunately the winds and rains picked up when we got to the coast.

Newbridge House(1736) located on 145hectare park & the ruins of Lanestown Castle.

Loreto Convent in Baile Brigín/Balbriggan (1909). Downloaded from:

http://www.emerald-isle-gifts.com/vintage-irish-town-prints/religious-vintage-photographs/balbriggan—dublin—loreto-convent.asp

Drove down another memory lane, Loreto Convent in Balbriggan, 32km N of DUB where my teaching days in 1972-73 took place. The memory was not coherent and the new red-brick buildings did not help. Eventually found the main gate and there was a slight opening in the memory 🙂

More memory lanes on this trip to be posted and editing to some of the Ireland trip postings. It has been a wonderful trip but need to rest and get the thoughts together to close this chapter 🙂 🙂

Ambiguity is necessary in some of my stories, not in all. In those, it certainly contributes to the richness of the story. I doubt that thematic closure is never attainable – Gene Wolfe

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