Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day #13 - Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, and Cleggan

Hello again, and thanks for checking back!

Today, we went to Kylemore Abbey, which is a castle and Gothic church that was built in the 1820's.  To this day, it is still used as a nunnery and a boarding school for girls.  (Thankfully, my parents decided against sending me there;  it was very pretty there, though!)

After that, we went to the lovely Connemara National Park.

And...drumroll please...there was a park there! *Audience cheers*

And here's me, "ignoring my brothers and pretending I wasn't related to them."  (My mom's words.)

Later, we stopped at Cleggan Strand.  The sun came out just as we arrived, so we got very lucky!

Following our beach exploration, we ate dinner at a place called Oliver's Restaurant in Cleggan.  

My mom wants you all to know that she tried Guiness with Black Currant today for the first time and couldn't believe that she waited so long.  (Don't ask me why she waited.)

Before we went home and settled down for the night, we made a quick trip to SuperValu.  

My mom and I would also like to note that we have been to a lot of grocery stores in Ireland (Aldi, Tesco, Lidl, etc.), but SuperValu is by far the best.  It has a great selection and unbeatable prices, and is unrivaled by the rest of the stores.  

Well, today has been pretty exciting. (Two blog posts in one day?!  Unbelievable!)  But now it has come to an end, and I must get some rest.  

I hope you enjoyed your day, too!  

Oiche mhaith!



  1. Get thee to a nunnery, go: farewell. Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go,and quickly too. Farewell.

    ...and, scene!

    Really?? A nunnery?? I can't remember the last time I even saw a nun. Did you get a picture of one? They are pretty much like sighting Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster.

    Uh O'Megan, I hate to break this to you, but you don't need to 'pretend'.

    Finally Jen, now that's Irish!

    Hey, are you trying to talk smack about Grocery Outlet?

    Not bad O'Megan...keep it up!

  2. Hi Megan
    Your cousin, Sineid Mehigan went to Kylemore Abbey. Her mother was Eithne, sister of Colette. Colette can tell you about Eithne's family---or I can. I visited Kylemore when I was about Holden's age. I went with a nice couple who were staying at the same small hotel in Connemara that my family were staying. i remember we could not go into the Abbey because the woman I was with was wearing pants---not acceptable in the 1950s!!
    I made 2 visits to your house today. Sadie is there. The Brown family had fed her at 5 pm. She went in the front yard while I was there, so I enticed her back into the kitchen with some dogfood!! She does not bark when I arrive!! M & M are safe upstairs---lots of stuff blocking Sadie!! I finally notice 2 plants in the LR and watered them!!

  3. P.S. Did your Mom drink all that glassful? How was the blackcurrent flavor??