Ireland 2: Day 11

04.20.18 | Limerick, Ireland | 21:04

Today was absolutely amazing! As I walked around exploring Limerick, I came across a barbershop called Modern Man. All of a sudden, a memory came back from my trip to Ireland, eleven years ago. I was just leaving a small town called Sixmilebridge, waiting for a bus. This bus was going to take through Limerick and to my next destination (I think I was heading to Cork). While at the bus stope, I started chatting with a man called Colm.

The only reason I remember meeting him is because I snapped a picture of him, and over the last eleven years, I have occasionally come across the picture. I don’t remember what we talked about, but he sat near me not he bus and we chatted all the way into Limerick. I remember him telling me he was a barber at Modern Man. I remember seeing him walk into the shop as the bus pulled away.

So, all this came back to me in such a fast memory… I was wondering why this was happening. I figured this was a good enough excuse to go in and get my haircut freshened up. I walk into the room and a lady is cutting someone’s hair. I ask if she takes walk-ins and she says she does, so I sat down to wait my turn.

A few minutes later, the guy has left and I sit down in her chair. As she’s working on my hair, I tell her about my memory of the man that works here… before I could say his name, she asks me, “Did he have a tattoo on his neck?” I was trying to remember what the picture looked like, so I told her I wasn’t sure, but asked if she knew anyone named ‘Colm’. She says she does know him well.

She tells me that he no longer works here, but he has his own shop in Shannon, Ireland, not very far from Limerick. She tells me that he was getting such a demand for his haircuts that he needed his own place, but he stops by Modern Man from time to time to say hello. I’m amazed now that she not only remember him, but is still close to her. So, I tell her the story of our meeting eleven years ago.

She tells me that Colm is in a band, and they’re very good and very popular, in this part of Ireland. I’m laughing now, as she’s trying to cut my hair. She told me that the name of the band is “Protobaby”. So I pull out my iPhone and check to see if they’re in Apple Music store. Sure enough, they have a few albums there. So, I add the albums to my library. I sampled the music and they sound really good- they are an alternative/ rock band… I will really listen to their music soon.

I found the band’s facebook page and looked up Colm to send him a message. I heard back from him a few hours later- he said he was sorry that he didn’t’ really remember me, and I told him that’s ok, and the only reason I remembered him was because I took that picture.

So there’s my small-world incident from earlier today. Isn’t that the craziest thing? I’m hoping to get to one of his concerts someday. Any excuse to plan another trip to Ireland, right?

After leaving the shop, I headed back over to St. Mary’s Cathedral, that I had visited the previous day, but this time I actually went inside. Those stained glass windows were calling my name. The cathedral was so beautiful! I took the self-guided tour and learned a lot about the building. Yes, I’ll forget the stories, but I wont’ forget these windows!

I continued down the road until I came to King John’s Castle, which was started sometime in the 1200s. It was cool to explore all around, including under the floors… they show you the original base- it was very cool, knowing that all these stones were placed there so long ago!

Dinner was at a restaurant called Katie Daly’s. This place is a tribute to the family of Katherine Rose Daly, who made a famous illegal moonshine during the days of prohibition. It was the funniest place to find a restaurant dedicated to her, as I didn’t see what the link to Ireland was. Katie ended up in prison in Alcatraz, being the only woman who ever served time there. Unfortunately, Alcatraz is the place she died.

Ireland 2: Day 10

04.19.18 | Place | Time

I love Limerick! Everyone here sounds like Colin Farrell- it’s outstanding! The temperature got up into the 60s today! It felt wonderful! This is the first day on this vacation that I was able to wear shorts and leave the jacket and coat behind.

I have to admit, I got a late start to the day. I’m not always good a relaxing and I sometimes have to remind myself that I don’t need to run a million miles per hour. The movie of the morning was Everything Is Illuminated. Very interesting, but I don’t’ think I want to buy it.

I walked over to look at St Mary’s Cathedral. I didn’t go inside because I was distracted by the cemetery outside. I’m all about the dead people. Also, I thought going into the cathedral, a place of worship, would be disrespectful in the shorts I was wearing. So I decided that I’ll come back tomorrow in long pants. While I was reading the headstones, I did another live stream on Periscope.

Ireland 2: Day 10

04.19.18 | Place | Time

I love Limerick! Everyone here sounds like Colin Farrell- it’s outstanding! The temperature got up into the 60s today! It felt wonderful! This is the first day on this vacation that I was able to wear shorts and leave the jacket and coat behind.

I have to admit, I got a late start to the day. I’m not always good a relaxing and I sometimes have to remind myself that I don’t need to run a million miles per hour. The movie of the morning was Everything Is Illuminated. Very interesting, but I don’t’ think I want to buy it.

I walked over to look at St Mary’s Cathedral. I didn’t go inside because I was distracted by the cemetery outside. I’m all about the dead people. Also, I thought going into the cathedral, a place of worship, would be disrespectful in the shorts I was wearing. So I decided that I’ll come back tomorrow in long pants. While I was reading the headstones, I did another live stream on Periscope. Click here to watch.

I walked near that place where the canal meets The River Shannon. It was a great view of a little marina, a walking trail, a park, and eventually a distant view of the cathedral and a castle, which I plan on checking out tomorrow.

Ireland 2: Day 9

04.18.18 | Limerick Hotel | 21:14

This morning, I had to take a bus and two trains to get from Dingle to Limerick. It was an early morning, and I guess I wasn’t quite awake, because as I was about to board the first train, I realized that I had left my large duffel bag on the bus! I raced across the parking lot to the bus station and told the attendant what I had done. She told me that this bus had already left to it’s next route, and so there was no way they could retrieve it until it came back to the Tralee station.

This is horrible! Now I only had the clothes I was wearing, and in my pursuit of the silver lining, I was thankful that I had my money, credit cards, and passport in my backpack, which I hadn’t left behind.

Then the attendant told me to cross over to the management office and give them a description of the bag, and I told her that it probably wasn’t worth it because I’m not finished up in Tralee I would be going to Limerick. She then told me that there was no way they’d send the bag to meet me.

I crossed the street, hoping that she didn’t give me the correct information. When I got to the office, I explained my predicament. A manager told me he’d be right back, and he walked over to a bunch of busses, leaving me near the office.

All of a sudden, the angels started singing and he came back with my duffle bag! The attendant was wrong. The bus hadn’t left, was just moved to the other side of the parking lot! I told the manager that he is my new best friend. He laughed at me, but I think it wasn’t a, “you’re funny” laugh. It was more of a, “bless your heart” style of laugh. I thanked him and ran back across to the train station, boarding my train about a minute and a half before it left the station.

Now I’m in Limerick. This is a cool city! I was slightly worried because the clerk at the Dingle hostel told me that Limerick was boring and I should have gone to Killarney instead. I’m glad he was wrong, but then again, it doesn’t take much to entertain me. Dinner was at Cornstore, which is a restaurant that I also at at when I was in Cork. Apparently there’s two locations. The Cork version was incredible (albeit a little overpriced). I thought I’d give this one a try. Amazing!

Ireland 2007: Day 4

03.31.2007 | Sixmilebridge, Ireland

Today, I was leaving Sixmilebridge, headed to Limerick to catch a train down to Cork.

This is Colm- he was on the bus with me into Limerick where he works as a hair stylist.

Limerick, Ireland

The Train Station in Limerick

Limerick > Cork

Cork, Ireland

Walking from the Cork train station to my hostel
My Hostel
Exploring Downtown Cork, Ireland
Some Hostel Mates
More Hostel Mates