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The Beautiful Places in Co. Mayo, Ireland

Updated on August 13, 2017
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Thelma had lived and worked for almost 3 years in the Republic of Ireland as a Wellness Massage Therapist in a Spa.

Views of Co. Mayo, Ireland

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Atlantic Drive, Achill IslandCarne Rock BeachErris HeadMe in Atlantic Drive, Achill IslandMe in Anagh HeadAtlantic Drive, Achill IslandCarne Golf LinksCarne Rock BeachView of Belmullet from up the hill of Carne RockBlocksod or Aoighlem???The street going to Carne Golf Links where I used to walk with Angus when the weather was great ;-)))Geesala
Atlantic Drive, Achill Island
Atlantic Drive, Achill Island | Source
Carne Rock Beach
Carne Rock Beach | Source
Erris Head
Erris Head | Source
Me in Atlantic Drive, Achill Island
Me in Atlantic Drive, Achill Island | Source
Me in Anagh Head
Me in Anagh Head | Source
Atlantic Drive, Achill Island
Atlantic Drive, Achill Island | Source
Carne Golf Links
Carne Golf Links | Source
Carne Rock Beach
Carne Rock Beach | Source
View of Belmullet from up the hill of Carne Rock
View of Belmullet from up the hill of Carne Rock | Source
Blocksod or Aoighlem???
Blocksod or Aoighlem??? | Source
The street going to Carne Golf Links where I used to walk with Angus when the weather was great ;-)))
The street going to Carne Golf Links where I used to walk with Angus when the weather was great ;-))) | Source
Geesala
Geesala | Source

Living in Ireland


In April 11, 2008, My husband and I with our King Charles Spaniel dog Angus were on our way to our "new" life which was Ireland. We moved from Germany to Ireland. We knew this country from our holidays. In fact, I know and visited more places in this country than I do know about the Philippines. Sad to say, but it`s the truth. Since is in Europe and far more cheaper than flying to my hometown, so we often travel with our car from Germany-Rotterdam (Netherlands)-England- Ireland. From Rotterdam with an overnight ferry to Dover, England. Then hours of driving across England to the port in Wales, Holyhead. We usually stayed overnight in a Bed and Breakfast hotel near the port. It depends on what time of the day we arrived in Holyhead or how tired we are that we had to rest for a while before starting our final journey. Having a rest is good for us to recover the strength that we need. The next day, we continue our travel with an irish ferry for about 3 hours to port of Dublin, Ireland. Angus is of course inside our car, in the garage of the ferry.

Angus

Angus, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Angus, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel | Source

On the Road From Dublin Port

We arrived in Dublin Port on the 13th of April. But still, we had to be on the road for 4 to 5 hours until reaching our destination which was our holiday home in Geesala, Co. Mayo. We were 3 days on the road, fresh from our overnight sleep in Holyhead and happy to welcome our new life in another country, with the irish people, irish weather but most of all with an irish environment which has hundreds of different green colors. Amazing Landscape!!! Only God knows how HE created this kind of beauty. If there would be heaven...It should be like the Atlantic Drive in Achill Island...

Have you ever gone to a foreign country without a map or a travel guide? Well, if you have, you have surely found out how difficult to travel without knowing in which way you are traveling. This travel guide book has helped me a lot when traveling. A must have!

Geesala, County Mayo

Our first rented house in Geesala.
Our first rented house in Geesala. | Source

Geesala, County Mayo

Our holiday home in Geesala, which we rented for 6 weeks until we could find the appropriate house near my future work place was very cute. It was good for 2 persons with a dog. It has a very cosy kitchen and a living room with an open fireplace. Upstairs were the 2 twin beds were very near to the roof that we had to be careful not to hit our head by getting up. There were 2 cupboards where we stored our things and the most important thing for me was the bathroom. The surroundings was quiet that I could hear the chirpping of the birds, the air fresh as it should be and the view was great that I spent much time walking with Angus. Angus enjoyed his life there as well.

Where I Worked

The banner of the spa where I worked in Belmullet, Ireland.
The banner of the spa where I worked in Belmullet, Ireland. | Source

Job in a Spa

We were not yet 1 week in Geesala that our landlady told us that there´s a spa in Belmullet where I could apply for a job. I applied for the job as a massage therapist and was accepted as a part time jobber. I started my new job on the 19th of that month. Actually, I was planning to rest for a month for I was still exhausted from my last work in Germany. But then, why not? Why waste the chance that might never come back again?

So, I started working on that Saturday. It was a day full of surprises. My workmates welcomed me in joining their team. I was instructed what to do and don´ts in our job. I learned a lot on that day. Massaging the clients, listening to them speaking in irish english, talking to them and letting them understand my english with my own accent. My head was bursting on that day. When my husband collected me at 6 pm, my face was shining with joy. Then suddenly, somebody knock on our window car and said "Thelma, you forgot your wages. See you next week". Then my workmate left us. We started driving "home" laughing.

We were laughing for it had never happened before in my life that somebody ran after me just to give me my wages. In Germany, it was always me who kept on running after my wages until I got sick and quit the job.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 weeks ago from Germany

      Yes, it was indeed great Robert. I was just lucky. Thanks for your comment. Have a nice day!

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      Robert Sacchi 5 weeks ago

      That was great that you were able to get a job in a new country so easily.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Thank you very much for your comment and vote poetryman6969. Have a nice day!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Voted up.

      I enjoyed that little vignette about your work. It was nice.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Yes, I had Sandy and I was thankful to my hubby and God for that. Enjoy your day! Thanks.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Beautiful place. You have had such an interesting life with your travels.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      You are very welcome dghbrh. I hope you will really visit your friend in Ireland. It is an awesome country to visit and friendly people as well. Thanks for sharing, voting and of course reading. Enjoy your day!

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Nice read and thank you for allowing us to have a glimpse in your way of life. One of my friend is staying in Ireland and she has been inviting us since long. Your hub along with pictures are making it more alluring to think about it. Pics are really beautiful

      Sharing and voted up useful.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Yes, you got it right colorfulone. Some of the best years in my life were spent in Ireland. As you have seen it the photos, it was amazing country. You are welcome. Enjoy your Easter!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Sounds like Ireland got into your heart while living there, Thelma.

      Thank you for sharing a part of your life's experience and photos.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you Indian Chef. Happy weekend!

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thelma, very beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      FlourishAnyway, I was lucky to have lived there for a few years. How I wish I can go there again even only for a holiday. Thanks for dropping by. Have a nice week.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Ireland is truly the most beautiful place I've ever been. I've never seen such Technicolor green and so many shades of it. I cannot imagine being lucky enough to live there (if only for a brief time).

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Indian Chef,

      Yes, Ireland is very beautiful with loads of natural green awesome landscapes. Thanks for your visit. Have a nice weekend!

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Hi,

      I knew Ireland was beautiful but I didn't know it had such natural beauty. You put up great pictures.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Vinaya,

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Ireland is the best country I have travelled so far. Awesome landscape and the friendliest people I have ever met. Happy weekend!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Thelma,

      Ireland surely is a beautiful place. Many people from Nepal travel to Ireland to study and work. Thanks for this wonderful visual treat.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Hi Mark Bronze! Thanks for your stopping by and giving a comment. I only took photos in Ireland when it was not raining that is why the photos look good.

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      Mark Bronze 6 years ago

      Very interesting hub from my viewpoint I lived in Mayo for many years. My two daughters still live there so I visit it as often as I can. They are quite near Achill too. Your photos are lovely and it didn't rain, which is surprising!!

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Good day, Les Trois Chenes. Yes, Ireland is a beautiful country. I am chasing the sun like you but since I visited Ireland I keep on coming. Thanks for stopping by, giving comment and for your follow.

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      Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Ireland does look beautiful. I would love to go there but so far I've been chasing the sun.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you very much theirishobserver. I think you are the first irish I know here in Hubpages.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Thanks Coolmon2009 for dropping by and commenting to my Hub.

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      theirishobserver. 6 years ago from Ireland

      great hub, I know Mayo very well and you have presented it very well....Irish

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      I enjoyed reading your article and I enjoyed viewing your pictures :)

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Hi,daffodil2010! Thank you for dropping by and following me.

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      daffodil2010 6 years ago

      nice pictures! thanks for sharing

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for your comment, Cel. Yes, you can. With me;-)

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      cecelia Weigelt 6 years ago

      wow, maybe someday i can visit there again..

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you, Carol. I will indeed write more hubs. My tribute to Ireland...

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      Carolina 6 years ago from Switzerland

      hoping to read more hubs from you...

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      carolp 6 years ago

      beautiful nature

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you, mike6181. I´ll follow your advice and do it better next time. Your comment is a great help for me.

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      mike6181 6 years ago

      Wonderful photos! Beautiful country side in Ireland! Strange how I've come across this hub that is about a subject my wife and I are considering! Like to suggest that this hub is important, I'd like to see the text and photos integrated together. Lead with a short text capsule, then a photo, etc. Again, great article, just present text sooner!