We left Dublin early this morning for Galway. It was great to travel throughout the countryside and see all of the livestock and greenery. Ireland is the 4th largest exporter of beef in the world!

On the way to Galway, we stopped in Ballinasloe to celebrate Mass inside the beautiful church of St. Michael. The acoustics were incredible and it is a very traditional church with beautiful stain glass windows.

Our next stop was to the old church of St. Brendan in Clonfert. It was built in the 13th century and St. Brendan was once buried there.

Inside the church there is a mermaid on the wall. (I immediately thought of the Starbucks logo – probably not the most holy thought to have.)

We then were on our way to Galway where my parents tried to run ahead of everyone else for the famous fish and chips at McDonagh’s restaurant. Unfortunately, my dad took a wrong turn so he wasn’t the first in the door. The verdict, “Wasn’t worth the ten bucks and you had to buy your own tarter sauce.” Keep in mind this is from a man who was excused from a food tasting employment job at WSU. They said no one had the same tastes that he did:)

Tomorrow we are on our way to Knock where I will have the privilege of celebrating a Mass in the “Chapel of Apparitions.”

Have a blessed day and stay away from too much blarney.