Members of our branch enjoyed a great day out last Sunday in Co Clare. This day was organised at short notice and most of the crew that had committed to the Aran trip came along. The bus picked up members along the way and we headed for the Cliffs of Moher. Conditions were very gusty but we were fortunate that it stayed dry for our walk. Back on the bus we all enjoyed our lunches and John Power was tea-lady for the day! Our musicians performed a short lively session in the Visitor Centre and this was enjoyed by the tourists and the staff at the centre, who were very accommodating. Anke Halmschlag did her best to keep law and order on the bus as we headed for the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon. While the adults met up with those who came by car, a friendly but competitive soccer match between our younger members took place in the tennis court. After a sit down meal in the restaurant, a session started in the bar. Over forty musicians played to the receptive audience and the sound was fantastic. Many games of pool were played between sets!
At the end of the night, the adult sing song was just beginning when we were forced on to the bus before we could start in earnest. The bus journey home was very eventful. The singing and banter was nonstop. Seamus Dunworth will go down in memory for his creative lyrics when he had the microphone. One of the many highlights was Caoimhe O’ Brien recounting her “Memories of a Wispy Flute” which was hilarious.
It was a great day out, enjoyed by all. Thanks to those who came by car to join us in the Hotel and to everyone who supported the venture. The junior members were very well behaved and the branch can be very proud of them. Thanks to the staff at the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre, the staff at the Falls Hotel, Davy our bus driver and all who helped make it a memorable day! Photos of the day can be seen here!
We hope to make it to Inis Oirr next year and will begin preparations in the New Year.