It’s been a relaxing few days.
I took a walk up a long, steep hill to the Catholic Church which sits above the town. Like about every other church in Ireland, it is called St Mary’s, this time St Mary’s of the Visitation. It’s imposing from the outside, and being up on the hill, it was windy. I nearly lost my sunhat! Inside it is absolutely beautiful. They have recently done a renovation project, and the church is all white and light wood, with lovely stained glass windows. There was a list of all the rectors who had served there, which went back to 1350. It was peaceful and quiet while I was there, and I enjoyed the visit very much.
I continued up the hill to St John’s, which is the Anglican Church in town, but it was closed, and I wasn’t able to see inside.
Today we visited the farmers market in Killybegs. It was really more of a craft fair with bakery items. I’ve included a picture of something at least related to farming! Afterwards, we walked on to the fruit and veg man who drives in a large flatbed with, of course, fresh fruits and vegetables. It all looks delicious, especially the berries. He had strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, and probably some others that I can’t remember.
It was also a day when a bunch of motorcyclists were in town for Sandra’s Run. They were here to raise money for leukemia research. It is named after a young girl who died of leukemia just before her 18th birthday. There were plush animals attached to many of the bikes, as well as to various buildings and signs. We could hear the motorcycles roar past from the house.
I went to church with one of Bill and Shari’s friends Tim at the Methodist Church in Dunkineely, a couple of towns up from Killybegs. It was the first service by the new pastor, so that was interesting.
Later in the afternoon we went to Fintra Beach, which is only about three miles from Killybegs. It is a nice beach with rocks out in the water, much like the Oregon coast. But when you turned towards the land, there were all these wonderful Irish houses in a bright green setting. It was magical. The picture with the houses was taken by Bill, by the way.
I was actually warm today as well. Not so much on the beach, which was naturally windy, but inland.