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Our brief stop at Kilkee

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The International Education Division (the people who organized the trip) arranged lunch for us at the Kilkee Hotel.  We had the choice of beef, salmon, or pasta. I decided to go with the safe bet...pasta. Man did I get the short end of the stick! Maggie ordered the salmon and had a huge piece, potatoes and steamed veggies (the beef came with the same sides and had gravy). What was in my pasta? Noodles and a lil' sauce. What were my sides? Didn't have any.

After lunch we were supposed to load onto a boat and go dolphin watching, but the weather was bad (it was pouring on and off and had huge wind gusts) so we had to cancel and they took us on a 1.5 hr drive to the caves instead.  Here's a bit of info on the town anyways!:

"About 150 years ago Kilkee was a little fishing village where at the west end the local landed aristocracy and the "merchant princes" of the neighbouring city of Limerick built a number of summer lodges. The canoes and currachs used for fishing were made from a frame of light timber on strong wicker wood covered with sailcloth and rendered waterproof with pitch and tar. In the 19th century the men were generally clad in grey frieze coats, the women in coarse home made flannel gowns and petticoats and very few of them wore stockings or shoes. In those early days the men did not fish on the Sabbath. Interestingly, up to the mid-19th century, Kilkee was an Irish-speaking village. Mary J. Knott in her 1836 book, Two Months at Kilkee stated that "few people can speak English". Fishing was very important in the locality."


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Monastery, "flying boats," sea towns, & caves

Askeaton, Foynes, Kilkee, the Burren, Ireland