Galway Girl~

Time and Tide

Even the rafters in the pubs, offer you words of wisdom.
Even the rafters in the pubs, offer you words of wisdom. | Source

Sing Along in Temple Bar

Singing along to Galway Girl, for the this Galway girl at heart.
Singing along to Galway Girl, for the this Galway girl at heart. | Source

Galway Girl - Temple Bar

Temple Bar - Living the dream.

Upon arriving in Dublin after a three week tour of Paris, London, Oxford and Northern Wales we were ready to get in touch with our roots. We checked into our hotel (which let me just say their marketing director was a genius), the room we stayed in and the club they advertised were drastically different in scale and size. I normally book through Expedia when traveling to places that I’ve never been to see the consumer reviews, but alas I found the place on my own with no reviews – lesson learned. The one thing this hotel had going for it was its location, it was on the edge of Temple Bar.

It was early evening in Temple Bar but time of day makes no difference there, the party happens from dawn to dusk. We set out to discover what Temple Bar had in store for us. The places were packed with standing room only and all abuzz with music - I was instantly in love! We went inside “The Temple Bar” where we found the line for drinks were endless, but no fear just standing behind someone who actually found a seat would ensure you’d get the bartenders notice. Everyone was friendly and willing to help out. With our ciders in hand (I know it should have been Irish whiskey or Guinness but we weren’t ready for either of those), we were off to find where the music was coming from? We entered what looked to be an atrium again packed with people, but we noticed that farther inside was another part of the bar where the music was being played. It was congested, with no place to sit, standing within inches of every other person in the bar and it was glorious.

I don’t know the name of the band that played, but every song I ever heard was played in those hours we stood there. To say there was audience participation is an understatement. Sometimes the crowd was singing so loud, it was a wonder we ever heard the band? And then it happened, the one song I came all the way to Ireland to hear started up. The crowd noticed within the first few chords and a yell went up that I am sure God himself heard. Galway Girl… As they sang what seemed to be the crowd favorite, I was splendidly and miraculously taken out that place and time and was standing on the shores of Galway all the while singing along in my loudest voice. That is why I had come for that one moment. All that we had witnessed all that we had done seemed to dwindle off in the distance. Every women/girl who has watched PS I Love You knows exactly what I am talking about, you got the sense that something special was happening. As the song came to a close and the crowd quieted, I had the thought that if our trip had to end in just that moment it would have been worth it, but it didn't and the band effortlessly began to flow into another song.

We stood there another few hours singing and before I knew it it was the wee hours of the morning and my darling daughter was ready to head back to our room. With much reluctance we left, I didn't want to lose the feeling, the high per say, but not from drinking from having completed a check off my bucket list. Lucky for me we had three more days to discover that Galway Girl is played in every pub every night of the week. So I was able to live that feeling again and again.

Fleet Street- Temple Bar Area
Fleet Street- Temple Bar Area | Source

Fleet Street

Fleet Street in Temple Bar
Fleet Street in Temple Bar | Source

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Music, even the average Joe seemed enchanting.

I love how music seemed to radiate from every where.
I love how music seemed to radiate from every where. | Source

The Temple Bar~

Our first stop~
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LCaverson 2 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA. Author

It is amazing, if you ever have the opportunity to go you should go. And thank you, I appreciate the feedback.


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Anne Harrison 2 years ago from Australia

Sounds an amazing place! thanks for sharing


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LCaverson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA. Author

Caverson~ It was a great deal of fun! And I agree it would be awesome if we had more places like that here in the US. May I ask you whether you have family in Michigan and/or up in Canada?


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Caverson 5 years ago from Left Coast

Looks like a lot of fun... Too bad we don't have to many places like that here in the US


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LCaverson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA. Author

It was something to remember Nell, I have never been to Majorca, will have to look into that. Cheers, to you as well.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, sounds like you had a great time! I remember going to Majorca, and there was a lot of Irish pubs there, I had the best time! cheers nell


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LCaverson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA. Author

Thank you nighthag, I am glad you enjoyed it. =)


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

A wonderful read, thanks for sharing your experince :)


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LCaverson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA. Author

Now you have time to think of one? And thank you, it was great fun.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Sounds like it was an awesome time - I don't know what song I would be looking for as an equivalent.

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