Hi Freebirds,


This week, we cross the River Shannon to Limerick, a city which has gone through a transformation in recent years. Access by air is easy, as Shannon Airport is close by. Shannon was the first airport in the world to have Duty Free shopping. If you are a rugby fan, contact Peter. He lives within walking distance of Thomond Park, home of Munster rugby. Sample Limerick's cafe culture or travel outside the city to visit Lough Gur architectural site. Limerick is close to the Burren in County Clare, an area of botanical importance as it has a mixture of Mediterranean and Arctic-alpine plant life: a must for nature lovers.

 

I’ve decided to head north up to County Cavan and visit Ann in Virginia, home to Virginia Pumpkin Festival leading up to Hallowe’en. Cavan is the lake county of Ireland with myriad water pursuits available, boat hire, or if you have your own vessel, there is a marina. Fishing is a very popular pursuit in these parts. For those who appreciate history, a visit to Cavan County Museum is a must.

 

Heading northwest, I arrive in beautiful County Sligo, now home to Kathy and a place of inspiration to W.B.Yeats, one of our best-loved poets. Sligo is overshadowed by Ben Bulben, an imposing table-mountain left by the ice-age. Quite a sight, especially when snow-capped in winter. Lissadell House is here too, home to one of Ireland’s Arctic explorers whose daughter was the infamous Countess Markievicz. Since then, it has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is open to the public. While you are there, treat yourself to a seaweed bath, a truly restorative experience. For the surfers among us, Sligo is world famous for surfing too!

 

You can't get any further north than Donegal. Marion is in Ramelton, a beautiful, historic town near Malin Head with another famous lighthouse. Lighthouses are a feature of the Irish coastline and have helped to keep Mariners safe for generations. Donegal’s beaches are truly stupendous, in fact, Ballymastoker beach was voted 2nd most beautiful beach in the world. Visit Glenveagh National Park where you can enjoy nature at its most picturesque. It’s especially wonderful in its autumnal colours at the minute. For more, visit www.Ramelton.net.

Well, home now and I hope I haven't left anyone out. If any host, anywhere, has anything they would like included in my musings, please let me know. I intend to talk about our offerings in the United Kingdom next week.

Be as free as a bird!

 

Gaetano  

The Freebird Club Team

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