Ireland Day 1.5, Ennis

Ennis (from Inis meaning “island”) is the “county town” of County Clare, with a population of around 25,000. The town started on an island in the river Fergus.Having checked into our B&B, we decided to quickly shower then check out the town. Taking jet lag into account, I think we made a wise choice in deciding to walk rather than jump right into biking on the left side of the road. We saw a funny Dr. Who themed mural (above), and the following pub sign:

On either side of Ciaran’s Bar, it says “ceol” and “craic.” (Sorry I cut off the end in the picture.) These mean “music” and “good times”, and are pronounced like “hyeeohl” and “crack.” The latter sounds especially funny to American ears since it is used as a loanword in Hiberno-English, e.g, “we had plenty of craic last night.” Ceol agus craic, meaning “music and good times” seems to be a common phrase in Irish.

Here’s a closeup of the sign, which features a hurling match between pint glasses, with Guinness winning and spilling the poor pint glass goalie:

We heard the first of many accordion playing buskers (although this guy was the only one playing a piano accordion, the others all played button accordions)And we saw a heron catch and eat an eel! This is on the bank of the Fergus.

Eel still wriggling around after being thwacked against the ground a few times by the heron.

Down it goes. Bye bye eel.

Despite being weighed down by his dinner, the heron easily flew away.

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2 Comments on “Ireland Day 1.5, Ennis”

  1. Kyle Says:

    Great captures and story! I initially noticed your “heron vs eel” shots. So was the bird really able to gulp that huge eel and was okay afterward? Did the eel put up a good fight, once swallowed, was it desperately wriggling the whole way down as well!? I can’t help but pity the poor prey alittle but the bird must have been hungry! Keep up the interesting posts! 😉

    -Kyle

    reply: mexicankyle35@gmail.com

    • bpatricksullivan Says:

      Thanks. The heron seemed entirely unphased by the experience, and the eel was wriggly, but not nearly so much as I might have expected. I wondered if some unwitnessed fight had previously worn down the eel.


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