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Published: June 20th 2012
A wonderful idea. Sails Sculpture in Eyre Square, Galway yesterday.e
The iconic sails sculpture in Eyre Square has received a makeover this week thanks to students from Tirellan Heights National School.
The students’ colourful patchwork project, which contains 2,086 patches, was unveiled on Monday, with Mayor of Galway City Hildegarde Naughton officially launching the initiative in Eyre Square yesterday.
The poor scooter is feeling quite neglected. We left it shut in the Tandy garage today and took the 402 bus into Galway town as bus stop conveniently located just outside the campsite.
We were very, very happy to see sunshine and blue sky when we woke having an unobscured view of the sea through our bedroom window. No need to shut the curtains, nobody can see in.
The bus dropped us in Eyre Square so we made a quick note where to catch our return bus as we are not really very accustomed to catching buses, we usually use the scooter.
We like Galway very much. A lovely, lively city. Never seen so many buskers and all but one, who sang or rather wailed as though tone deaf, were producing some excellent music.
We became quite friendly with Patrick, a farmer he said, and his horse, Bobby, which was harnessed to a carriage. He was offering carriage rides for €10 so we jumped aboard for a 10 minute mini-circular tour. Loved it and as instructed by Patrick we did royal waves to the people we passed. We went past Patrick and Bobby several times later so
stopped to chat and pass the time of day. There is no doubt that the Irish people are extremely friendly, certainly without exception everyone we have spoken to anyway.
We wandered round the town, stopping to listen to the buskers, to admire the brightly coloured shops and pubs and to choose the best Guinness bar for our lunch. As it was so lovely and sunny I insisted on sitting outside in the sun and actually the sun was so bright I had trouble reading my phone which I was using on the bar’s free wifi as no wifi on this campsite.
I apologise here to Jenny for not rushing to her aid when she slept through an earthquake in Australia but I was having quite enough trouble deciphering her messages about pancakes while eating my own truly delicious garlic mushrooms and as usual, photographing Bob drinking his Guinness. I was not being uncaring, just blinded by the unexpected and glorious sunshine !
After walking down to the harbour via the bustling streets of the Latin quarter, we walked back to Galway Cathedral which has a very modern interior in all aspects of its decoration. The cathedral was
only dedicated in 1965 so is the youngest of Europe's great stone cathedrals. From there we crossed a bridge over the river with a view to a rushing weir and watched several fishermen salmon fishing. Several salmon got away, we know as we watched them leaping.
Then back down to the main square to find a post box so I could post the cards and hopefully get them home before us. Post boxes in Ireland are rather oddly ‘camouflaged’, painted green in such a green country makes them very tricky to spot.
Time for a coffee and a pudding sitting outside an Italian café and then we caught the bus back to the campsite.
Tomorrow we will drive right across the island back to the East Coast. This lovely weather is forecast not to last, 100%!c(MISSING)hance of precipitation on Thursday. Nothing new there then.
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