Thursday…Co. Donegal to the Connemara in Co. Galway.

We dined in an Italian place Wednesday night in Donegal town. Our local waiter spends each Thanksgiving in Langhorne, PA…go figure.  After dinner, a bit of Irish music in a wee pub finally gives us that missing taste.

Must show you Sky Roach’s photo taking technique…she was trying to capture us drinking shots and Guinness beer along with the guy singing the Irish songs.  Her pinky extensions are particularly intriguing…always graceful is our lady.img_1865

Today is a drive of 4 hours to make it to Cashel House in the Connemara in County Galway.  Mike Roach is our hero…a driver extraordinaire on these testing, tiny Irish roads…not to even mention that he is sitting in the wrong seat and driving on the wrong side of the road.  Perhaps, Mike’s driving is one of my biggest birthday gifts.

The scenery is amazing along the way…that Seven Shades of Irish Green again…and the stone walls, sheep, mountains, too.

We lunch and stroll in a village, named Roundstone, on the southern coast of this peninsula of Connemara.  O’Dowd’s Pub is another great food/great service place and is generations-owned.  Look at the writing in the menu regarding their methodology….just like the “farm to table” movement in the states.


Roundstone is a tiny port and fishing village…much newer than most towns in Ireland…only built in the 1830’s.


Sky borrowed Amy’s blue glasses for reading…they suited her for drinking, too.

Our destination for the evening (our penultimate night) was Cashel House Hotel in Cashel; just a few minutes from the town of Roundstone.  It’s another tasteful remake of a mansion house with lots of history – British Prime Ministers and French Presidents have been visitors here.  Gardens galore…and the lady owner, as she called on our table, told us she had attended the Philadelphia Flower Show.  The grounds of the house are exquisitely planted.

All is well except the wifi is swamped when folks arise here.

More later.  Must give you more on the day in Derry and some more on the ancestor’s location.



Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.

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