Ghosts from the past....

Trip Start May 18, 2011
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Trip End Aug 25, 2011


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Surf Lodge

Flag of Ireland  , Sligo,
Monday, August 1, 2011

Looking up family ancestry and came across some interesting information on the Lindsay family, and where some of the Australian branch came from back in the early 800AD....so decided to go that way....just near where we were..... So found the country roads to St. Johnston.... Just a small country town on the rivers edge....drove past a large old creamery..(dairy farming) ...metal working sheds, and cemeteries.... Two churches in town..... Much the size of Wardell.... Took photos of course, and looked in one cemetery.... Lots of Gaelic crosses....

Headed south west via country and main roads. the country ones are much nicer....through Sligo and out to Strandhill..... A surfing village.... Seriously....have photos to prove it....where they surf all year round....
We are told they surf when it's minus 10deg. There is an intelligence factor here....but Aussies come often.....
Our landlady's son runs the Hostel and Surf School next door.....no swimming allowed at the beach as the currants are too strong...
Toured Sligo for some medication as feeling shit with head cold...and public holiday....lots of one way streets, single lane bridges, roads were probably originally horse cart tracks here..... Marvelled at Merv's patience....

02/08/2011
Day tour to Ballina and Belmullet.....decided to head down and see Irish Ballina..... And called at the tourist bureau on the river Moy. Lots of fishermen, fly fishing for salmon, in the centre of town. Seems they haven't had a good season in a couple of years, but obviously a popular pastime by the number of men arriving to fish. didn't see any caught though. Ballina is the Salmon capital of Ireland.....then drove the coast road to Belmullet. (Beal an Muirhead) where Sandy's Mum was born....
we stopped along the way at Ceide Fields, an ancient farming community... 5000 years old, buried under the peat. there was a visitors centre here explaining what has been found, and how it has all been carbon dated. Really interesting.

The land around just looks like Bog Marshes along the coast, and the cliff faces are sheer drops, and now and
again a sandy beach... And lots of pebble beaches...
Belmullet was a very busy town....and like lots of Ireland, the trucks just park and deliver their goods, and you just have to sit and wait....
Which we did....
It's a fishing town, and when the tide is out lots of mudflats...
Headed back towards Ballina on a different road, stopped at a wee village for lunch....(poor choice) ...Ballina was really busy..3pm....traffic everywhere..snail pace..... And then found the coast road back to Strandhill...which was just a beautiful drive. Lots of stone fences, old stone houses, farming, beaches, drove in a few roads down to the beach..only wide enough for one car....and met a car....fun...he was good and backed up..... Found a pottery...and
bought two goblets....took too many photos....and basically had a lovely day...and covered nearly 300 kms..
Home for tea....only two places to eat....closely..
Pizza or two restaurants...one booked till 9pm so we had pizza night before, no choice. Fish and chips were just beautiful, with classy chardonnay....
More echinacea before bed....overdosed but at least feel better..... We had a great day.....
Our wee car is a Turbo diesel VW Golf 4 door, and thigh not as cute as the last one, goes very well and is very economical.e
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