Roma, Kate, Vicki, and I spent last weekend in Mayo - we stayed in Roma's brother Bryan's holiday house in Rosmoney. The occasion of this rare visit West was an anniversary mass for Billy (16th) and Mary Rose Bourke (2nd) - my mother and father in law. This was held in Islandeady Church on Saturday morning.
We spent most of the afternoon in Westport - we had a late lunch in Cosy Joe's on Bridge Street. After this I watched the Wexford vs Armagh game on TV in the bar (Wexford won 1-14 to 0-12 - hurray!!!). In the evening we had a barbecue dinner in Bryan's house - Roma's other brothers Peter and Angus were also there with their families.
I took the above photograph to get as many of the Bourke cousins together as possible - it was quite an effort and after several attempts the above came out the best. David Bourke could not be persuaded to join in. From left (all Bourkes except Kate and Vicki): Kate, Rory, Cecille (French exchange student), Vicki, Emma, Sarah, Marina, Maeve, Laura, James, and Conor. Other cousins that are missing are Karen, Billy, Ruth, and Claire (O'Loughlin).
On Sunday we went for a walk down to the Mayo Sailing Club where I looked at some boats - I fancy something like a Laser 16 and got some expert advice from Bryan on the workings of such a boat. I've decided to look further into the possibility learning how to sail and perhaps even owning a boat. Bryan also took me out into Clew Bay on his Rib inflatable boat - this is a fast machine. Great buzz when Bryan opened it up!
On our way back to Dublin we stopped off at the Knockranny Hotel in Westport for an excellent lunch. We bumped into two old friends (Sheila and Ger Ber) as we were leaving.
All in all - a nice weekend away. The only drag is the distance - it takes 3.5 hours to drive either way, I'm glad I don't have to do this too often.