A warm welcome to Enniscorthy

Why everyone got in to Dublin so early is anyone’s guess, Richard swears it was the tail winds we caught from some hurricane. Whatever the reason everyone was on the ground by 8am and we were fed and on the bus to county Wexford by 10am. It’s a 2 hour ride into town and we have plenty of time to talk about how our trips went, we’ve all been in the air about 12 hours so there’s no shortage of things to say.

We arrived at the familiar home where Keara’s mom grew up with her sisters and Liz is now the the matriarch. Throughout the next two days all the members of the Byrne clan pop in to say hello and share a beer or a brandy, they all want to have a quick laugh before the main event on Saturday night. We are here for Val and Rich’s 40th wedding anniversary and you can tell how excited everyone is for the celebration. You see, Val and Rich got married here and this place has been abuzz with stories of those days, the pictures are pretty hilarious. I can’t stop jabbing Rich about his mutton chops.

Although I’ve been here a few times, I have very little exposure to the town outside of Liz’s place so John thought it would be a good idea to show me the town. He took me up to vinegar hill which sits high atop Enniscorthy and has a fantastic view of the entire town. Here is a top down view of the place.

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It’s a beautiful place and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be here. The hill itself provides some pretty decent views as well.

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That’s Rich and John going through the town, it’s amazing to me how much Rich knows about this place and it becomes immediately apparent that he’s spent a great deal of time here. It’s one thing for John to know everyone’s names and who is who’s father or sister but for Rich to know who used to own what shops or how their families are doing is pretty impressive.

On the way home we stopped by the cemetery, it feels like we have to see at least one every time we come here. This time is was more relevant because of the jokes made about Nole’s plot. The place is somber and beautiful, much more well kept than any cemeteries I pass by back home.

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But like most things around here, you won’t go far before there is some traveler (Tinker, Pikey, Gypsy) influence. You might notice that the plots are rather small and most of the headstones are just that and have enough room to list the names and ages of those buried here, then you get to the Traveler tombs and they are just insane, especially when you consider how much these plots and monuments cost. Here are some examples.

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Also funny to note is that most of the Traveler tombs are under the names O’Brian and Connors, can’t wait to let Mike know that he’s probably part Gypsy.

Well, time to get ready for the party.

Cojelo,

Rob

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