galway bay
Thursday, July 7, 2005, 01:12 PM
Just back from three day trip to the west of Ireland - Clare and Galway and what a beautiful place it is.Galway bay is fabulous place for diving and swimming out from.
Salthill.
They are so relaxed about things there not like up here in Dublin, where it is regarded as practically suicide to dive into the sea' in case a rock would come up and hit you'.
The Atlantic off the west coast is much warmer than our poor Irish sea of the east too. They have it nice over there by Galway bay.
'If you ever go across the sea to Ireland;
It may be at the closing of your days,
Just to sit and watch the girls in the cities
and see the sun go down on Galway bay'

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impressions of the sea
Friday, July 1, 2005, 03:38 PM
We were sitting on DunLaoghaire beach today with a young German-austrialian friend when we came to thinking how lucky we are to live on an island in this beautiful Atlantic sea. Perhaps, it is true that Ireland or Éire, to give it its old and correct name was the site of the fabled city of Atlantis. It was once called the Island of saints and scholars and it is a good place to get away from the mad world and even the leading American magizine has said that Kerry is one of the best places in the world to retire to. There is an old Irish sayng "May you die in Ireland" said not as a threat, hopefully, but maybe because its nextdoor to Heaven and you won't have a long journey getting there


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silky sea
Thursday, June 30, 2005, 04:01 PM
The sea here is beautiful and fresh these summer days a cool 15 degrees or so but refreshing in these humid hot days. Its such a pity that so few 'ordinary' people bother with swimming at least not in the sea. It is so health-giving containing so many life giving properties. I even see my goldfish become very energetic after I introduced seaweed to their pool. I'm not sure whether they were made drunk or poisoned by the seaweed but they sure became very frisky like people at a party - party on goldfish " says I to them, as I gave them another lot of the weed when I got back from Dun Laoghaire beach today. And, interestingly, this is the only place that I have seen such a profusion of fresh weed in Dublin bay.

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from lovely pier to ugly wall
Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 02:24 PM
This is what they want to take away from us:



and this is what they want to give us in return or something even worse:



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The sea, oh the sea, is grá geall mo chroi
Sunday, June 26, 2005, 03:37 PM
A little Irish ditty about how the sea has protected us from total domination by the English over all these years - its so nice to have so much sea per inhabitant. But, of course that ratio is changing rapidly as the public costline is being eroded by privateers and the population is ballooning.
We may become like the old landlady and her daughter living in the centre of Rumania, xho always longed for a little house by the sea and poisoned every rich traveller staying overnight so as to get enough money to buy their dream, as told in a story by Camus. Unfortunately, their last victim turned out to be the longlost well-heeled son and brother in cognito, whose identity they only learned from his papers after he had drunk the poisoned tea.
Of course, the old lady and her daughter couldn't live with themselves so the threw themselves into the weir where they usually disposed of their benefactors' bodies.
Anyway it was a beautiful sunny fay by the beach at Dunlaoghaire this Sunday for which we can thank Alla and those great British Marines who built the Dunlaoghaire Pier and beach back in 1817 or so. Of course we Irish had a part in it too but not on the design, if what we have done since and are planning to do now is anything to go by.

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