We boarded the bus from the ruins to make the final leg of the journey to Galway. Richard hosted his daily bus lecture - this time an overview of Irish Literature.
A few suggested readings are "Ballroom of Desire," "Amongst Women," of any of the Rodney Doyle books. He began his chat by surveying the group - what category of sang terms used by young people does Doris fall into... the reply: Phashi.
On the drive we passed through Balliansloe - which happened to be hosting a horse fair. In addition to the hundreds of horses for sale (accompanied by the many buyers and sellers) there were a few scary amusement rides!
We reached Galway and enjoyed some lunch and shopping (surprise! - I'm sure all our readers are anxiously awaiting all these great gifts!). Several of us joined Richard and walked through University of Galway to the Irish Studies Centre where we were treated to a guest lecture by noted poet Dr. Louis de Paor, Director of the Centre for Irish Studies. By the way - a very nice campus that many Stonehill students experience each semester.
Our lecture began with information about the history of the Irish Language and specifically, Irish writing. Some general information about the most recent Irish census provided a backdrop for the lecture. The Dr. then read a few poems from influencial Irish poets Mac Piarais, Sean O'Riordain and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. He also explained the significance of their importance to this genre.
After answering questions, he concluded the session by reading one of his own poems. Again, a brilliant session. Many thanks to Richard for coordinating it!
We walked back to our home away from home and many stopped in the Cathedral - which was most impressive with its domed roof, interior columns and marble stations of the cross.