fualán iontach eile

When yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, after close to 24 hours of travel , we finally landed in Shannon prepared to head to Dingle to start our 2 week family Irish adventure*, you can guess the first place I sought out after clearing customs and heading to baggage claim.  SNN is a charming airport – all direction signs are in Gaelic as first language – with over 75 years of history.  In 1935, the Irish Government took a decision to initiate a survey “to find suitable bases for the operation of seaplanes and landplanes on a transatlantic service” (1).   By 1939, the first planes were landing.

I wasn’t expecting my little necessary jaunt to take me back in time.  As you may recall from previous posts, the old ways of handling men’s emissions have a real pull on me (2).  So you can imagine my delight as I came through the door and saw these magnificent white slabs standing ready to take what I could offer.  I don’t know if they were porcelain or marble, but I was ready to attempt to slam them down in a contest which of course they would always win. Yes, they go all the way to the floor.

Alas, the orange plastic barrier signifying repair in progress.  Well, even Mt. Rushmore is closed for repairs sometimes.

I’ll pass back through Shannon if about 2 weeks.  Maybe they’ll be done by then.  I’ll be ready, as always. If not, there’s always next time. This Irish charm and my Irish blood will definitely bring me back.  But, please don’t fuss with the design!


  1. Shannon Airport.  History https://www.shannonairport.ie/corporate/about/history/

My birth mother will turn 90 7/16/22.  We’ll celebrate in a castle I. Killarney,  prceded by a week in Dingle and followed by a week in Beaufort

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

3 thoughts on “fualán iontach eile

  1. Bob and KC Have a wonderful time. Ireland is my favorite destination ever! Please take pictures and post. Killarney is beautiful, never been through Beaufort. Can’t wait to get together and hear about your trip.

    Drink a shot or two of Slain for me!

    Sent from my iPhone



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