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Ireland 2007: Day 4, Early Risers

This morning we had a group wake up call at 6:30AM to get an early start to a full day. Everyone enjoyed breakfast while the porters and Johnny loaded our luggage onto the motor coach. Those who went to see the Liam O'Connor show returned with rave reviews -- and agree.... he probably does have the fastest fingers in the world!

We began our drive with a few stories from Doris including the Salmon of Knowledge Legend while we drove through the town of Macroom.

We drove for about 90 minutes until we reached the town of Cobh (pronounced Cove). This little port has served as the epicenter of Irish emmigration for hunderds of years. They have converted an old railway station into a very moving immigration museum. Several in our group have relatives from Ireland and most likely, this is the last place those relatives were before heading to the states.

The town also houses St. Colman Cathedral and many visited here while others enjoyed - you guessed it - a few gift shops! This cathedral boasts 47 bells which ranks it among the most in all of Europe.


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