Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

I couldn’t wait to see the Aran Islands and they were truly impressive. We took a little van tour because between our bumpy ferry ride and reaching Kilronan the weather became windy and wet. Our guide, Tomás O’Toole had lived on Inis Mor his whole life, which was great because he pointed out houses where he used to live, have school, have dances in, it really made the experience that much more enjoyable. The sight to see here really is Dún Aengus. This ancient fort on the edge of the cliff is beautiful and scary at the same time. The waves of the Atlantic are crashing onto the rocks below and the wind when you peer over the cliff is so strong you feel like you’ve had a face lift. It was so interesting to see the layers of these concentric walls that were maybe built in the Iron Age. It is so great to see such a wonder that you really feel you are embracing a part of the Celtic history and a bit of the Irish mythology. (Aengus, is said to be the god of love, youth, and poetic inspiration). After our excursion, we hit up the American Bar on the island and took the ferry back to Galway.



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