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Ireland by Loretto on 23 May 2011 9:36pm
Hey folks we are in Ireland. The new volcano eruption in Iceland is causing problems already! Obama flew out of Dublin tonight because the ash cloud is supposed to reach Northern Ireland and cover UK tomorrow.

I have a funny feeling that we might be looking at an empty stage at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Wednesday. Oh well! 178 mph winds were measured in the North of Ireland today! Does that come under "blustery conditions" I wonder?
Re: Ireland by Ken Dunn on 23 May 2011 11:50pm
I'm not sure but I didn't think he was to stay too long in Ireland. I remember seeing aircraft taking off from Belfast City Airport while the ferry was still delayed in port due to the strong winds.
Re: Ireland by suzulu on 24 May 2011 6:54pm
Hope you enjoy yourself, Loretto!
Re: Ireland by TERRY S on 24 May 2011 9:07pm
Oh, you are so lucky. Have fun there. How much of the island are doing; all of it, or just the south or just the North? I want to hear everything you do (not quite everything!).
Re: Ireland by Ken Dunn on 24 May 2011 10:29pm
Sorry loretto. It didn't click with me that you have come over from the USA recently. Is it a Michael Palin show at the Concert Hall? Have a lovely time.
Re: Ireland by Loretto on 25 May 2011 1:30am
Hey there guys! Two years ago we did a two week tour around Ireland, it was wonderful and I will post a video link of it when I go home. We finished that trip at Dromoand Castle in New Market on Fergus in County Clare. My husband is a big golfer and was disappointed on that trip because there was extreme flooding in Clare and the golf course at Dromoland was closed.

Kevin turned 50 in April and we decided to tie in our return trip to Dromoland with a Palin talk at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in Wednesday. My college room mate Anne will also be joining us there.

We stay in Dublin tomorrow night and return to Clare on Thursday. I always forget how ling it rakes for me to adjust to the time difference. Last night I was awake from 1-4 and even though I woke up at 7:30 am today and had a busy and hectic day, I still can't fall asleep and it is after 1 am. I don't know how people do this transatlantic journey regularly.

Anyways, the "blustery conditions" in the North of Ireland were 198 kilometers per hour winds not mph! Still pretty "blustery" though!

We don't plan to travel much Terry, but I did visit my home town and catch up with the family in Galway today.

Sue, I am so looking forward to the palin talk! My friend Anne and I were glued to the telly when ATWI80 Days was shown on RTE many years ago. I think it was our second year in University College Galway! Now that's not today nor yesterday!

I'll fill you in on the trip and do a video when I get back.
Re: Ireland by Loretto on 25 May 2011 1:33am
Sorry for any spelling mistakes. I hate the typing stuff on an iPhone.
Re: Ireland by Ken Dunn on 26 May 2011 4:55am
Thanks for the update L.
Re: Ireland by Loretto on 26 May 2011 3:52pm
Myself and my husband attended the talk at the National Concert Hall in Dublin last night. Michael was charming, witty and very interesting. We learned a couple of new things; his great grand mother, Brita Gallagher, was from Letterkenny in Donegal? (correct me if I am wrong) He said she was a "tough Irish woman" because she did not like the location of a tree at the vicarage so they moved the vicarage six feet!

A young man with a very strong foreign accent asked a question that was hard to understand, the audience laughed and I cringed when that happened, but Palin apologized for not understanding the question the first time, the man asked it again with perfect articulation and the audience clapped. It was one of the best questions if the night actually, about anti- authority feelings.

A few people asked really morbid questions which I thought were in very bad taste.

I raised my hand to ask a question, Michael pointed at me, but John Murray the interviewer picked someone else instead.

Here's the question:
in your opinion does political correctness hinder comedy writers or provide them with more fodder?

Anyway, thank you Michael Oalin for signing the books for me and my college room mate, Anne with an "ee."

We had dinner before the talk and drinks after, a wonderful way to celebrate friendship!

Thank you.
Re: Ireland by Loretto on 26 May 2011 3:58pm
I really really hate the typing on iPhones I mean who the heck is Michael Oalin?

I'll share one more thing, I asked him if he sticks his hand in ice after signing so many books?

"no I stick my head in ice!" :-)
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