The return to Ireland
15.06.2015 - 15.06.2015 19 °C
"Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.
And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.
And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me."
Old Irish Folk Song
And so I come back to Ireland once again, not to find the place where Michael and Mary are lying, but to find the place from whence they came.
Got a fairly early start to the day and we left Birkenhead around 8am and started our drive to Holyhead for the ferry trip to Dublin. Along the way we took a diversion to Amlwch Wales, which was the birth place for Jane Jones, wife of John Hewton. We didn’t have a lot of time, so it was a quick snap an then onto Holyhead.
As it was, we became a bit short on time. Little things like finding a service station to refill the car become a logistical exercise, because the spatial geography is often very different to the Australia. So we virtually had to drop the car keys at the desk and make a bee line to the boat. So I hope they don’t stitch me up with damage reports.
On the boat you notice a big difference. The Irish accent prevails and there is that semi-controlled madness of kids running around and doing all sorts of things, while the adults amuse themselves.
Arrived in Dublin and we needed to pick up our hire car and head straight out to Tullamore. Our car navigation system took us along a funny way, so it took a bit longer to get here than what we expected. Anyway arrive at 7pm and we dropped our bags and headed off to dinner. Unfortunately, our accommodation is a bit outside of town, so I could not partake in much liquid refreshment.
Tomorrow begins the retracing of my Flanagan family footsteps.