In terms of my Irish skills the weekend was immensely helpful! My host-mother spent the time to repeat questions and slow down on certain words so I could answer properly. She was patient with all of us and taught us some new phrases. We also got to do some group line dances and hear old-style music which was beyond great. I wish I could find more of that in Galway!
We also got to go on a cold, rainy walking tour of Ballynahinch Castle, which is now a luxury hotel. I'm sure I would have appreciated it more had the weather been better but it was still a nice walk.
|Backyard of the home I stayed in|
|Local teenagers (who are VERY talented) came to play Sean-Nos, or old style, music to us|
|And they attempted to teach us all to dance|
|My friend Rachel has been taking an Irish step class at the University so she got up to give it a whirl!|
|Ripples in the water from where a salmon had just jumped up-- the castle runs a fishery and the salmon come here to spawn|
|Tobar Feithin, the holy well on the castle grounds--this area was once ruled by the O'Flaherty clan and was a gathering place for matchmaking and celebration|
|The sun went down very quickly on us; I forget that it will only keep getting darker earlier|