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A Sunny Day in Galway.

The air was cool but pleasant; the wind was mild. We went to the Burren and the scary cliffs of Moher.

All around us as we drove, the long stone fields of Clare fell away to the ocean.


At night, in Galway City, we keep seeing belligerent drunks getting into fights.

Everyone’s talking about the economic collapse. People are furious, frustrated. They shake their heads, take long drags on their cigarettes. “There’ll be no getting out of it for ages.” Their faces swell with rage.

Margaret Soltan, March 16, 2011 4:02PM
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7 Responses to “A Sunny Day in Galway.”

  1. dmf Says:

    very sad, i had been there in the 80’s when things were pretty grim and so was quite happy for them when they seemed to be on an upswing….

  2. Barney Carroll Says:

    My forebears left County Clare in the 1840s for Australia. I got to visit the auld sod in the 1980s. Your term “the long stone fields of Clare” is accurate. My main impression was to recognize for the first time why they left.

  3. Polish Peter Says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The Cliffs of Moher give me the willies, but the sea cliffs at Dun Aengus on Inishmore of the Aran Islands are just as high, with no wall like the one they recently built at Moher.

  4. Erin O'Connor Says:

    Is the ferry to Inishmore running this time of year? Have you been? It’s amazing. And a remarkable companion is Tim Robinson’s cartographically obsessive Stones of Aran.

  5. Polish Peter Says:

    Thanks for calling Stones of Aran to my attention, Erin! I’m headed to the library now to find it.

  6. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Erin\; \i’m on \inishmore even as we speak. \i’m relaxing in an internet cafe at the harbor; \i’m rather tired after the Dún Aenghusa walk. We’ve just seen some seals as well. Another glorious sunny day. Go figure.

  7. Erin O'Connor Says:

    Margaret, I am jealous! And I am delighted it was a glorious day.

    PP: Enjoy! Robinson just appealed to my own obsessive relationship to Irish ordinance survey maps. He writes about every rock and cliff and half-made path on the island, giving you history and geology at once.

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