I’m finally back in Ireland. It’s so good to be back here and to know that I’ve got a good holiday to look forward too!
Finally back on the Emerald Isle
I’ve been spending the last few easters in Ireland, visiting family and friends. And I midt say that it is an easter traditions I hope to hold on to.
On the menu for the next days is seeing friends and family, doing some sightseeing and eating easter eggs. The weather that greated us yesterday was good and the forecast looks fine, but if the weather won’t cooperate I know I’ll still have a wonderful time.
Hope you’re all enjoying a lovely easter!
I am really enjoying easter here in Ireland. So far we have spent our time being invited out to good friends for good food, drinks and lovely company.
The weather haven’t been the best. We’ve had rain, wind and a few showers of hail stones. But the sun has come through on occations.
Easter decorated Pub window
This easter is quite special in Ireland as they are marking the centennial of the Easter Rising that led to irish independence
Guinness are testing old recipes
St. Patrick's day sweets
I made it to Ireland. Even if my flight from Stavanger was late and only sheer luck and nice air hosteses helped me catch my connecting flight in London. My bag wasn’t as lucky as me and did not make the flight. We stayed at a lovely hotel in Dublin Airport that we usually use when the flight arrives late at night or leave early in the morning. It’s now called Clayton Hotel, but it used to be called Bewleys so we sometimes mix up the names.
Good morning Ireland
The next day was used to meet up with people in Dublin and as we where turning our noses west I got a call from the airline saying that my bag was now in Tuam, five hours before the prearranged time. The driver didn’t concider this a problem because he knew the guy working in the local Subway shop and he could leave it there. So when I got to Tuam my bag was there waiting for me!
Today I had my first day at the new job. I know that it is going to take some time to find out if I enjoy it or not, but first impressions are also important and everyone at the office was very welcoming and the group I’m going to work with seems like a group of very nice people. Looking forward to going back tomorrow to learn more!
Streets of Tuam
Once again I had my base in the wonderful little town of Tuam. Visiting family and friends and enjoying the little town where you can enjoy some peace and quiet, but also go out to party, should you wish to. As I was there to charge batteries a full night on the town was not penciled in this time around, but I know from previous experience that the Irish sure know how to go to the pub!
The Palace – a lovely park to walk in
After a nice breakfast with good friends, I decided to take advantage of the lovely sunny weather and went for a lovely walk in the nearby park called The Palace.
Colors of autumn
Beauty dies where litter lies
We had a lovely dinner at a great restaurant called Bia Bella, the food was really tasty and the atmosphere was great and I got to try some Irish craft beer. We ended up very happy and very full.
I was so full, in fact, that after the meal and the craft beer I had to limit myself to one pint of Guinness at the pub after because there was no more room left in my stomach! But I was very glad the next day that we decided to call it a relatively early night.
Irish Pale Ale
This extended weekend I’ve had after my last day at work, has been really good. Thursday we went for dinner at my parents and started the long overdue process of defrosting the freezer. Friday I treated myself to a massage and after that we headed for the summer-house to fix a little problem with the roof so that it will stay dry inside for the winter. We stayed till yesterday evening and enjoyed the lovely autumn weather we were getting.
Lovely October morning!
And since I decided to have some time off to regroup between jobs, I found the time to go for a quick visit to Ireland! I’m leaving Tuesday morning and will go back saturday morning to get ready for work the following monday. But a short visit is much better than no visit.
If you’re wondering what I get up to in Ireland here is some clues from my trip last autumn:
Autumn in Ireland part 1
Autumn in Ireland part 2: Tuam
Autumn in Ireland part 3: Headford
Autumn in Ireland part 4: Knock and County Mayo
My first time in Ireland outside of Dublin last summer is recapped in the four posts Holiday in Ireland:
Holiday to Ireland Part 1: Galway
Holiday to Ireland part 2: Tuam
Holiday to Ireland part 3: Dublin
And last, but not least I visited Ireland earlier this year as well Easter in Ireland:
Easter in Ireland Part 1
Easter in Ireland Part 2: Tuam and Oranmore
Easter in Ireland Part 3: Galway
Easter in Ireland Part 4: Castle Hacket and Lough Corrib
View from the sun room
Our base for my stay in Ireland was a nice house in Tuam where the back yard neighbours where sheep and their little lambs. We had a lot of good weather and I got to spend some time in the sunshine or in the sun room to read and relax only disturbed by the little lambs falling down from their field in to a pound and needed to be rescued.
Edge of the fence
I also took a stroll down to the centre of town to have a look at the shops and to enjoy a good lunch and some great coffee at the Galway roast cafe. Being in a small Irish town is really nice. People will smile and greet you as if they knew you and they make you feel like you belong there.
We went up to a suburb of Galway called Oranmore to visit some friends that live there. It’s a very typical suburb and where they live you have even have a system where you have to register the plates of your visitors so that they won’t get fined or towed away.
We ate good food, had good drinks and talked, laughed and enjoyed each others company.
Easter cupcakes in Ireland needs green frosting
Autumn in the park
Tuam has a great park right next to the leisure centre. It’s very nice looking and has good routes for walking. When I was over now the park had just started to get its autumnal colours and was truly a sight to see.
Cool looking shop in Tuam town centre
Tuam might not be a shopper’s paradise. but it has quite a few nice little shops that I found really nice. The one in the picture above McManus TV and quilt shop was one of them. They also have some good cafès, if you ever go over there i can recommend Galway roast. Great coffee, good food and a nice staff. And like everywhere in Ireland (or so it seems to me) there are plenty of nice little pubs.
When I was over I decided to go for a few walks and enjoy the weather, so I got to see a lot of the town. And to move myself around trying to digest some of the Irish food. What seems to decide the quality of the restaurant in Ireland seem to be determined by the size of the portions.
Outside St. Jarlath