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last night we had boiled dinner at Chrislyn and Jason's house.
Chrislyn made Nigella's Guinness chocolate cake.
my father had the videos of our trip to Ireland, eighteen years ago,
converted to digital. we revisited the house near Recess...now a stable, where my
great grandfather Sullivan was born. our cousin took us fly fishing on
Lough Corrib, after we caught Mayflies on Rabbit Island for bait.
we visited "the west", Clifden, Cong... (where The Quiet Man was filmed)...near
Corr Na Mona, my great grandmother's birthplace. we danced and sang until closing time
in Castlebar. (in "the west", the Irish sing their National Anthem at closing time.)
we traveled to the Dingle Peninsula and Limerick.
we sang "alive...alive O", next to sweet Molly Malone on Grafton street in Dublin.
when the movie ended, Holland stood up and said,
"this party's over!"
...today, THE party begins and IRELAND INSPIRES!
is a word literally translating as "health"