|Me/Megan, May, Niamh, Jimmy, Aj, Tim/Dad, Dan, Ning|
|Random-Germans, Niamh, Jimmy, and Aj|
listening to the great-castle-guide
If I'm counting right, these cousins-of-a-sort share great-great-great-grandparents with me, because my great-great-grandparents Thomas and Mary McCormack left Limerick for the States, but Thomas's brother Dominic stayed behind in Ireland. These brother's children were proper cousin (my dad's grandfather and Jimmy's grandmother). Jimmy's kids and I are the same generation, and therefore cousins-of-a-sort. If that made any sense at all you are quite clever and "good on ya". To add one more tiny bit of confusion the McCormack side of my family that we visited are Kellys.
|May exploring the Folk-park on the castle grounds|
|Ning looking over the bulwarks at the River Shannon|
'Round the table for an amazing meal with the cousins-of-a-sort
After the wonderful day at the castle we had a little adventure searching the shops for an extra bag to bring home gifts. Once that mission was accomplished we sat down to an amazing dinner of mashed-potato-salmon-amazingness. Aj was suffering pretty badly from his cough-of-doom and then he was introduced to the incredible healing powers of Lemsip with hot water and lemon. He perked right up and impressed us all. Yay for Irish cough meds! Lemsip for the win!
Limerick has not-so-wonderful-reputation, to the point that local Irish friends refer to Limerick as Stab-City. Not the greatest term of endearment. But hey, DC was the Murder-Capital of the states not long ago and let's just say that Baltimore has not always had the greatest of reputations either. There are extremely tight gun laws in Ireland (the police/gaurda don't even get to carry them) so most of the gang violence and "anti-social behavior" is carried out with knives instead. After we ate, my little-cousin-of-a-sort-May introduced us to a bit more Irish culture with the local Limerick band the Rubberbandits. She showed us their most famous song "Horse Outside", it's all poking fun of Limerick City and was number one in Ireland. There is a ton of swearing and the rest of it was pretty hard to catch through their heavy city accents, but it's great Irish humor and Limerick references. There is no good explanation for the shopping bags on their heads, the Rubberbandits always wear them. Enjoy the video, but ye've been warned. And apparently there really are people that ride horses bareback around less-than-classy-parts of the city. Luckily my branch of the family are not criminals and they are quite social.