Bundoran at Last!

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After our visit to Tara, we arrived at our new home for the remainder of the week Bundoran in Co. Donegal.   Western Ireland was epically beautiful.  The rolling green hills, the waves crashing against the sea cliffs.  It  looked, well actually, just like all the novels and movies portray it.


I arrived in Bundoran a bit travel weary.  We had traveled across the entire country of Ireland, stopping at Slane, Newgrange, and Tara along the way.   I was extremely grateful for our comfortable accomodations at the Apartotel.  Our arrival in Bundoran is when the Rock Star Tour group really starts to experience Irish culture 1st hand.  We meet Bundoran’s people.  The first resident, other than Niamh of course, we meet is John, the proprietor of our hotel.  John is a charming host for our visit, seeing to our needs settling into the hotel.

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Our group only takes a short siesta, because we have dinner plans!  Niamh takes us to La Sabbia, where her husband Paddy generously welcomes us with enthusiasm.  We have drinks, we have a scrumptious dinner and some lively conversation.  However, the day does not end!  John has arranged a party for us in 51 Pub, the gathering spot at Apartotel.  There is “trad” music (traditional Irish music) and pints of Guinness.  I think the entire town turned out to meet us.

I knew Ireland would be a nice experience, I knew that as long as the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland was providing a quality study experience that I would bring students, what I did not expect was to really enjoy the people as much as I did.  Bundoran surprised me.  Everyone was so interested in sharing their town, country, and culture with us.  That makes for a uniquely personal experience, one that will have a lasting effect on the students who journey to Ireland with me next summer.


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Chair of Social Science, Humanities,
& Foreign Languages

Liberal Arts & University Transfer
Craven Community College

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New Bern, NC 28562
Email: bellaceroc@cravencc.edu
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