Thursday, January 29, 2009

A day in Killkenny

Early start today after a night of fun last night. We nearly missed the bus this morning on the side of the highway but we made it! Then we journeyed into Killkenny and from the bus station you can see all four cathedrals and the castle reaching to the sky! It's a beautiful town indeed. So we began our day with 30 minutes of prayer in a GORGEOUS Irish Church followed by a beautiful Mass. The priest spoke movingly and the congregation sang with angel's voices. I was uplifted from the rainy green outside to a heavenly paradise. I hesitate to take pictures inside churches with people so as to be reverent. After Mass we spoke to the priest and he told us a little bit about the history of the church and then we went into town. The tiny streets and bustling people brought the day to life. We took a tour of the Killkenny Castle with the English John! He was full of whit and he brought the portraits on the walls to life. He told us about a good place in town called Lanigan's and we went there for lunch. We OF COURSE had a pint of Guinness and I enjoyed my first meal of bangers and mash... DELICIOUS!!! The bartender tried to lure us back to the traditional Irish music night with 7 free shots but we had to catch the bus. After lunch we journeyed through the cobblestone streets to a little restaurant where we enjoyed hot tea, hot chocolate and scones. After that we went to St. Mary's at the top of the city. The inside was beautiful and we took a little bit of time out of our day to pray. There's a real connection with the spiritual here. God is surely knocking. We made it back to the bus and got dropped off at the wrong bus stop, a minor detour. Tonight is supposed to be pub karaoke night. All I can think of is the scene from P.S. I love you where she sings and falls off stage. Ireland is the best!!! Peace be with you!!!

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