We have become completely at home here in our new Irish community. Days are spent doing odd jobs around the holding (small farm) and evenings are for conversation and stories. Neighbors drop by to see the progress on our projects and “meet the Americans”. Tonight we are going to a Party for about 12-15 people and will meet many more of our charming hosts’ friends. The friendliness and warmth of the Irish people is legendary and I have to say we are thoroughly enjoying our firsthand exposure. We had a day off on Thursday and went driving around Sligo County to visit some sites that have significance for my family history. The old Corcagh Church and Burial Ground near Aughris Head has the graves of over 500 years of Flannellys. It now sits in the middle of a cow pasture and the sign on the gate says “Beware of Bull”. We had lunch at the Beach Bar near there and I also visited Portavaud which in older times was a protected harbor used by smugglers and pirates. I think there may have been a couple in our history. Tomorrow they are
having Horse races on the beach in Enniscrone when the tide goes out. It should be a wonderful spectacle with everyone sitting on the dunes and hills surrounding the ocean and the riders sprinting thru the surf. The Irish love of horse racing is well documented, but this will be a first for us. It is something that has happened there in Enniscrone for hundreds of years.