We've got a lovely weekend planned...and three days to play here in lush and lovely Ireland!
We kicked it off last night with Pub Theater (of course). But before that, while Diane taught a class, I set out with local legend Damien Stack for a whirlwind 4 hour tour.
Now there is nothing quite like a tour from someone who has grown up in Listowel. The history of the town, its place in the larger context of the history of Ireland and a bit of blarney all rolled into one rolling narrative. Think Saturday Night Live and Monty Python rolled into a National Geographic special. The most delightful tour I've ever had.
As a last stop, when there was barely light left, we pulled into a famine cemetery and viewed the mound outside of it with a small placard of poetry. Under the mound were babies from centuries past, when the unbaptized could not be buried within the cemetery walls. A somber reminder of the huge toll of the famine on this country, and a place I plan to revisit in the daylight.
The piece of art at the beginning of this narrative was inspired by a view walking the streets a week ago, when a man on a ladder in front of a brightly colored building seemed to pose for a photo mid window repair. Another scene from lovely, poetic Listowel!