Magical Ireland; Emerald Isle and home to some of the most hospitable people in the world.
My happy memories of seven and a half years spent among the medical students at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin have lasted a lifetime for this octogenarian.
Todays five minute walk took place in a mountainous area on the West coast. A place where in 1588 the ill-fated Spanish Armada sought refuge from a fierce storm in the Atlantic, and the British Empire to the east.
This is North County Mayo. Green fields filled with sheep, lakes, old ruins and very little else.
The April weather is dull, cloudy and mild around 15 degrees Celsius. The people are friendly and every passing car gets a nod of the head or a wave of the hand.
The fist swallow of the year fluttered by. A sign that spring is truly here and the leaves are starting to unfold, adding to the forever greening landscape. The larger birds are building their nests. The smaller song birds still singing their…
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