The Journey

Ireland Trip 2017 Blog

Moville Community Performance

The night we were in Moville, there was a fundraising community performance, and our group was invited to share the stage. It opened with a group of young trad musicians, some the same age as our group, much like Young Traditions VT. They were amazing - harps and...

read more

The Crown Chakra of Ireland

The unique peninsula of Inishowen in Donegal, is the North of the North, where people live gracefully and with kindness. We were welcomed at the most delightful hostel, with camping by a river next to the oldest bridge in Ireland. The hostel kitchen was spectacular,...

read more

Queen Maeve’s Tomb

The way from Ennis to Donegal is long, and on small roads. We took an impulsive break in Galway for some shopping and busking, eliciting squeals of delight. Then, on to our real adventure of the day. Queen Maeve (who reputably inspired the character of Shakespeare's...

read more

The Rocky Burren

Coming back from going all the way over the blanket of rounded rocks to the ocean, Keenan said this was the best moment so far. So many of those moments where the essence of joy is so strong.

read more

Ennis Town

After nearly two weeks walking in the country, we hit the town with euros in our pockets and BOOKSHOPS to visit! With the Rowan Tree Hostel right in the center, making navigation easy, the kids broke into groups and headed out to explore. Nearly every pub had live...

read more

Open Mic Story Slam and Tune Jam

It was the brainchild of Madeline and Keenan that instead of drumming up an audience for our performance at the beautiful hall at Boghill, we should invite locals to come for an open mic story slam / tune jam. The people at Boghill put the word out, and we audaciously...

read more

Boghill

We had two nights, one full day, and a lifetime at the Boghill Centre. We walked into their ecclectic round rooms filled with books for the reading, with pots of tea and heaps of the best vegetarian food in the country lovingly prepared for us, and we just spread out...

read more

The Road to Lisdoonvarna

There's a classic tune every beginning Irish musician learns - The Road to Lisdoonvarna. Well, that road runs from the rocky coast of Doolin high over the Burren to Lisdoonvarna, and it was our path for the day. But first, the Aran Sweater Shop! We found a small shop...

read more

Cliffwalking

Leaving Crann Og on Saturday morning, we rode the bus across the county of Clare to the coast, where we all got out at the trailhead - which happened to be at a glorious rock shop. Okay, a few minutes shopping never hurts. Then we started walking along the edge of the...

read more

Visiting the Kilbeacanty School

Spontaneously, our last day at Crann Og, we got permission to try out our performance at the local elementary school. Three classes, with children from 3 years old through sixth grade, we were welcomed with enthusiasm by the kids under 7, and with expertly raised...

read more