12.06.2015 - 14.06.2015
Dallan and I got to Galway late in the afternoon on Friday, June 12. By the time we got settled in at the hostel and got out to find dinner, it was pretty late and all the bars were packed. Since the pubs were full and weren't serving food, and the other restaurants were quite pricey, we got McDonalds for dinner before calling it a night!
Our next day was a tour devoted to the Cliffs of Moher, about an hour and a half south of Galway. The tour started with a scenic drive through the Irish countryside and a photo stop at some other cliffs that were along the way. We then stopped at a pub for a good lunch of beef stew, which unsurprisingly went quite well with a pint of Guinness! We then went on to the Cliffs of Moher, which are giant towering cliffs at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. They range from 300 to over 700 feet high and are quite spectacular. We did a nice little walk around and took a few good photos before heading back to the bus to return to Galway. That night we had dinner and found a pub with good Irish music. They did an Irish cover of Blink 182 songs which was hilarious and pretty awesome.
The Sunday morning, I woke up early and headed out to meet my Uncle Greg's friend, Father Barry. They met when Uncle Greg was in Rome getting his doctorate. He picked me up and took me on a wonderful drive around town that took us through the National University of Ireland (where he is chaplain), to the Salthill Promenade and the Spanish Arches. We got a quick coffee and headed to 11 o'clock Mass at the beautiful Galway Cathedral. He dropped me off back at the hostel, where I collected my stuff and Dallan, and we headed out to catch our bus for the 5 hour trip to Belfast.