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Ireland 2007: Day 2 - maybe 3 now

Alright, it is 0:40AM and we know this is the post you've been waiting for!

I just arrived back at the hotel from the pubs (yes, plural) and I am NOT the last to arrive back! I know several travelers have found "late night" spots to enjoy. Many of us found our way to the main section of Killarney and enjoyed a variety of local musical entertainment. It was great fun! (By the way, I've promised not to post any photos from the pub scene as many have mentioned the addage: What happens in Ireland, stays in Ireland.)

Great story though... Jen has been researching (mostly her grandfather has been researching) family history. In one of the pubs tonight, she mentioned this to a man who happened to be in the Irish military. He is familiar with the story she knows a part of and offered to research for her. So he accepted her email address and recorded the info she knows - promises to get back to her within 2 weeks. How great!?!? Even better... she offered to buy him a "pint" for his help. He would not accept - saying that it is bad luck to accept a drink from a lady without first buying her one. So he bought her a drink - and then he bought the rest of us one as well!

The group from Class of '05 just returned and say hello to everyone. But they are not the last to return to the hotel tonight.....

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