Ireland Day 3: Bunratty Castle, Limericks in Limerick, Mass in Adare, Arrival in Sneem

by Steve Ray on October 2, 2014

One day gets better than the next. Today we started at Bunratty castle and stepped back 600 years in history. Bunratty village takes a while to wander through as you place yourself in a village in medieval Ireland. Watch the animals, smell the smoke from peat burning in the fireplaces and enjoy the magnificent Irish food.

Then to Adare one of the most beautiful towns in Ireland. We had Mass at the Trinitarian church where the Trinitarian monks used to purchase Christians from the Muslims during the Crusades after the Christians have been turned into slaves. That was their ministry. Seems like we need some Trinitarian monks today!

Then we drove south through Ireland past the city of Limerick where we told limericks on the bus. I told two of my favorite limericks.

Here is one of them for my questioning grandson:

Was there really a man named Jesus?
Or do the Catholics just try to tease us?
I went to the places,
Studied books for all traces,
And discovered he’s real which should please us.

Along the way we had great fun with Patrick Coffin and myself who set up a Catholic Answers Live show on the bus. He was the host and people asked questions and myself and Fr. Conlon answer them. We will do more of this tomorrow and the next day :-)

Then we arrived in Sneem in the far southwest corner of Ireland. It is austere and beautiful land with lochs and lakes and beautiful mountains. Heather and Gorse color the hillsides. This is the hometown of Batt Burns and he is proud to share it with us.

Our hotel is light and spacious and marvelous. It overlooks the bay and the dinner was exceptional and wonderful fellowship was had by all and Patrick often shared his gift of magic dazzling everyone.

Tomorrow we drive around the Ring of Kerryand have dinner in the local pub where the local folks will play their music and teach us how to dance while we eat their home cooked foods.

Enjoy the movie of today…

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Darrell October 3, 2014 at 10:29 PM

What was the other limerick you told?

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