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Ireland 2007: Day One - Adare and Killarney

We then headed to the small town of Adare. With thatched roofs on cottages and rows of shops, most of us enjoyed lunch in one of the local establishments. By the way, there was more shopping - and perhaps another Guiness.

We then boarded our home away from home (luxury motor coach) and drove about 90 minutes to Killarney. Folks are now checking into their rooms (ask us about the lights and how many Stonehill alums it takes to find the solution!) and resting before our first communal dinner.

From there some will retire for the evening (we're running on fumes) and others will take a short walk into the heart of Killarney to sample the singing pubs that the area is known for.

The weather today has been PERFECT. After hearing about the summer-long rains, we had not one drop, with very few clouds. The blue sky over the horizon of green pastures and fields made the time in our motor coach fly by.

Everyone sends their love to family back home. A few messages: Do your homework (you know who you are), Pick up your room (you too!), and watch all the Sox and Pats games for us!!


annesant said…
Hello alumni travelers! I'm glad that everything is going smoothly to date. We're thinking of you all back here in the Alumni Office and will continue to send our best wishes your way!


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First our morning started with an alarm - or a lack of one; as Mary Jane and Pat's room never received a wakeup call.  So everyone else was on the bus ready to go when they finally got a knock on the door.  What troopers they were, though!  In 15 minutes they were on the bus with everyone and not long after they were able to laugh at the 'chaos' of it all.

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