What I did on my holidays

Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, July 2000

Gleann Cholm Cille, July 2000


The best bit of my time in Glen this year was without doubt the people I met. Here are some of them doing various things...

My housemates

I spent the holiday sharing a house on a self-catering basis. Here are the happy band from the second week: me, Frances, Matylda, with Tok draped along the back of the sofa.

Hard at work

Some of the members of the level 3 Irish course hard at work in the college.

The ceilidh

We were allowed some fun: it wasn't all hard work. Personally I really enjoyed the dancing: practice on Monday evening then a ceilidh each Wednesday - really great fun...not too sure I can remember the details of everything though, but I can count to seven in Irish! Pity the photo is a wee bit blurred, but people kept moving while I took the shot. Can anyone recognise themselves?

Donegal Fiddling

Once or twice I made it into one of the local pubs, where there was usually a bit of a session on: this shot is of James Byrne and about six other fiddlers going at high speed in the Glen Head.

James Byrne

Here's yer man again, this time in Roarty's with, I think, his daughter(?). He really is an excellent fiddler.

Rusty Mackeral, Teelin

No, really, it wasn't all pubs! This was a cooling glass of Club lemon in the Rusty Mackeral at 5p.m. after the Environment class had climbed (a bit of) Sliabh Liag on a very hot day.
(left to right) Annie, Seán (the teacher), Maire,me,Oona, Tony, Molly and a bit of Susan.

The signal tower again

I climbed Glen Head to the tower three times this year! This happy band is: Paula, Tok, Michelle, me, Edel and Lisa. Notice the lack of footwear of certain people! How my little car got along the road with all this lot in I don't know.

Tok in the tower

Obviously they breed them healthy in Alaska: the door is about thirty feet up but Tok wanted to see inside so got up about 10 feet of wall to a window without mechanical assistance. Apparently there isn't much to see inside anyway.

Bedtime again

Nial from the Environment course trying out Colum Cille's bed for size

Paula in bed

That bed was really popular - and there was me saying it was a bit uncomfortable. Let's hope any prayers we said are answered.
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