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Summer Camping at Donoughmore - Pistahan sa Tribu

Updated on April 24, 2018
#pistahansaTRIBU. DIY banner to welcome everyone.
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Summer in Ireland is like any other day of the year. Temperature goes up but there is always a big chance of having rain. Getting a warm and dry weather is a rare event. When this happens, people go out and enjoy it while it lasts. There is so much to do during summer, one of them is to go camping. Although there are a lot of places to go to, it's best to do it in your backyard. In this case, your friend's backyard. Thanks to the hosts, the Daly family, "Ang Mga Anak at Apo ni Aida at Marte" went camping at Donoughmore, #pistahansaTRIBU.

Erin and Steph Had a Chat with Some People in the Event

It took months for the event to take place, nights were spent with laying the plan. Most of these gatherings, though, were spent not just on planning; but, also on small talks, huge laughter, and several cups of tea. It is difficult to plan this kind of event because, again, how many times will you get a good sunny weather in Ireland? Not even Met Eireann could give a heads up on when to do it.

The hosts. Tom, Joy and Connor getting their family portrait with the boodle fight as background.
The hosts. Tom, Joy and Connor getting their family portrait with the boodle fight as background.

Night 1 - First taste of the cold night out

A few families set up their tents Friday night. This is no usual backpackers tent. You will see pillows (lots of them!), duvets, blankets, extra pillows. Other tents have divisions, a mini sitting room perhaps, or areas to put luggage and extra food - notwithstanding that food is overflowing. You can just imagine how much time was spent on this alone. The night concluded with a bonfire and s'mores, of course.

Camping Tents All Lined Up

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Harry Potter tents. It's magic inside: mattresses, pillows, duvets, blankets, name them.
Harry Potter tents. It's magic inside: mattresses, pillows, duvets, blankets, name them.
Harry Potter tents. It's magic inside: mattresses, pillows, duvets, blankets, name them.

Day 1 - All Prepped Up for the Day Ahead

The weather was just perfect. Warm and bright, bit of wind, and most importantly, dry. What better way to start the day but with a bit of exercise? A zumba class was done early in the morning to wake up sleepy bones.

The rest of the people have arrived and set up their 'homes'. There is a giant bouncy castle for the kids - alright, for the kids at heart, too. Committees were in place for several tasks: preparing and cooking the food, setting up the dinner table, keeping the place tidy, minding the kids, games and entertainment, the whole lot. Food was just overwhelming, whoever planned this did not want to go hungry. In the evening, when everything and everyone had settled down, the adults played bingo. It started to drizzle (no surprise here), but this didn't stop the kids from having some s'mores in front of the bonfire.

Kid-friendly Event

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Kids enjoying the bouncy castle. The adults couldn't help themselves and joined the fun.Remember to wear socks when playing in the bouncy castle. A few kids got the blisters but this didn't stop them from playing.These three are inseparable. One of them would go up to their parents any moment because he/she was hurt. Then, you'd see them 3 again playing together like nothing happened.Myself and the kids relaxing under the shade of a tree.
Kids enjoying the bouncy castle. The adults couldn't help themselves and joined the fun.
Kids enjoying the bouncy castle. The adults couldn't help themselves and joined the fun.
Remember to wear socks when playing in the bouncy castle. A few kids got the blisters but this didn't stop them from playing.
Remember to wear socks when playing in the bouncy castle. A few kids got the blisters but this didn't stop them from playing.
These three are inseparable. One of them would go up to their parents any moment because he/she was hurt. Then, you'd see them 3 again playing together like nothing happened.
These three are inseparable. One of them would go up to their parents any moment because he/she was hurt. Then, you'd see them 3 again playing together like nothing happened.
Myself and the kids relaxing under the shade of a tree.
Myself and the kids relaxing under the shade of a tree.

Day 2 - Sunday of More Food, Games, More Laughter

A very sunny Sunday, just the best weather to do some outdoor games. One of the games the kids played was "Longest Line". The highlight of this game was Matthew getting naked (save for his underwear), just to win. The adults also enjoyed their own kind of games. Who would forget the witty names of each group?

Food was never scarce here. Sunday was boodle fight day. A long table was set up, banana leaves served as food trays, and the food beautifully arranged to really perk up your taste buds. As is tradition, you will only use your hands to eat.

Never Go Hungry

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Esprit de Corps. The spirit of camaraderie is highlighted with a boodle fight. Everyone gathers around the table and eat with bare hands. Lovely ladies stopped for a moment to take a photo. Food items vary where you do the boodle fight. You make do of what is available in the grocery store.
Esprit de Corps. The spirit of camaraderie is highlighted with a boodle fight. Everyone gathers around the table and eat with bare hands.
Esprit de Corps. The spirit of camaraderie is highlighted with a boodle fight. Everyone gathers around the table and eat with bare hands.
Lovely ladies stopped for a moment to take a photo.
Lovely ladies stopped for a moment to take a photo.
Food items vary where you do the boodle fight. You make do of what is available in the grocery store.
Food items vary where you do the boodle fight. You make do of what is available in the grocery store.

What's the Craic?

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Maute, Tokhang, De Lima. The groups with their witty names.The kids all had a great time with some games. Everyone got treats, of course.
Maute, Tokhang, De Lima. The groups with their witty names.
Maute, Tokhang, De Lima. The groups with their witty names.
The kids all had a great time with some games. Everyone got treats, of course.
The kids all had a great time with some games. Everyone got treats, of course.

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Time to Go Home

Alas, it was time to pack up and go home. All good things come to an end, they say. It was indeed wonderful experience, no one wanted to go home just yet. It was evident on how each other's shoulders were slumped and the legs were dragged while tidying up the surroundings, bringing down the tents, washing the wares. Yet, the smiles on the faces would tell otherwise. The experience and the memories etched would remain forever. It was exhausting yet you wouldn't feel tired one bit. It was a lovely summer indeed, but even lovelier because it was spent with family. Until the next camping.

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    • Jess N Yas profile imageAUTHOR

      Elias Ruairi 

      7 months ago from Cork

      Haven't seen any 1 restaurant but you can buy the ingredients. There is 1 Filipino I know who will cater to events and do Filipino dishes.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 months ago from Germany

      That´s a wonderful event. I see and assume that you can buy Filipino food in Cork. I have been there before but have not seen Asian shop.

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      Cielo 

      8 months ago

      Very nice, Jess n Yas, luv it!!

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