I am now taking a three day Paddy Wagon bus tour. The backpackers rate was $280US. That means I stay the nights in a Hostel. It was a pretty long drive from Dublin to Galway, but we had several stops. One was the city Cong where the movie Quiet Man was filmed with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Cong also features a ruined medieval abbey, Cong Abbey, build 1120, where Rory O'Connor, the last High King of Ireland, spent his last years. Of course the roof had been removed to save on taxes so not much was left except Abby ruins and a beautiful park like area where the monks used to fish.
We reached Galway in the late afternoon and I had time to check out the Spanish Arches. So named, our bus driver says, because the Spanish Armada wrecked nearby and the sailors rescued were later killed. Part of the complicated history of Ireland. Spain was going to help Ireland (Catholics) leave the control of England. Galway citizens were mostly English and did not support the effort.
I spent my evening in the Latin Quarter, a pedestrian area for tourists full of Pubs, restaurants and shops. Since it was Friday and payday it had a busy crowd. I was able to find the Tig Coili, meaning Collin’s house, Pub with some more good Irish Folk music. And since it was Osyster Festival time for Galway had some deliciousl oysters fresh from the Galway Bay. Then met up with tour friends Liz and Pat for dinner at the old Kings Head Pub and restaurant.
Our first stop on Saturday was at the Dunguaire Castle. Used in the movie Birds in the Heather with Kurt Russel. What was interesting to me was the water gushing out of the ground into the bay.