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wojazz3: Thanks for your views on how to discover great sessions which might include "sean-nos" singing.
I would love to stay on one of the Aran islands someday. My husband isn't so sure about that idea, as being a biologist, he is imagining the islands are pretty barren...I don't think he can imagine how unique the experience of a couple nights on the Aran islands would be.
During this trip we will be in Clifden during the Clifden Arts Week. Because of that festival, I'm trying to guess whether that means it would be more or less likely to find great music during an overnight on Inishmore! Right now our itinerary includes 4 nights in Clifden...but doesn't include the Aran islands.
I"d love to stay on Inishmore someday...I'd also like to do a day-trip to the Blasket Islands off Dingle.
I guess it really is luck partly when it comes to music. We heard incredible music in Matt Malloy's pub in Westport...but in Dingle, where I expected tons of great music...we basically only found what I would call some "tourist" music...which surprised me.
Yes by the way you are right...I was thinking of the web-site irishmusicbars, which isn't the same any more!
To fit an overnight on Inishmore for this September trip, we would have to lose something else...
Thanks for your ideas. No matter how final my itinerary seems...I'm always trying to massage it and I'm always finding new wrinkles! It's fun to consider all sorts of possibilities. i"m always open to possible improvements.
Melissa, mo chara,
I can tell your husband that he is mistaken about the Arans. They aren't Barren at all. Inis Mor is one of the top nesting grounds for Blue Herons in Ireland. I have photographed jellyfish in Kilronan harbour. I have some grand wildflower photos from tehre, as well. Inis Oirr is very biologically diverse. You need to go in May when you go to stay over.
You can find Bloodycranesbill, Spring Gentian, and Horryrockrose in abundance in the spring. In addition, they have noted a regrowth of cornflower, bristle oat, darnel and smooth brome, which were all though to be extinct in Ireland
CowboyCraic: Oh, I'm so excited! Thanks for telling me about the wildlflowers on the Aran Islands in May, especially the rare flora which were thought to be extinct, which you mentioned. When you said "Inis Oirr" is very biologically diverse...was that a typo and did you mean Inis Mor? I am putting the Aran islands on my list for our 3rd trip to Ireland, which will be in May (or early June) in a few years. I'm excited because now you have provided me with enough info so that I can please both my husband and me with a couple of overnights on Inishmore. I will definitely file this info and look further into this for our 3rd trip.
Do you think early June would still be good for the flora blooming on Inis Mor? (Sometimes May is my husband's busiest month for work, so we might have to go in early June instead of May.) And are the blue herons still nesting in early June on Inis Mor?
Meanwhile...here I am, still planning our 2nd trip to Ireland, for September 2011. (I hope nobody is confused...looks like I'm planning 2 trips to Ireland at once!
Melissa,You are doing it again! Two trips at once. Michele
Each of the Islands has their own unique biodiversity. The blue Herons nest through the summer on Inis Mor. They were there in abundance when we were there in mid July.
On an interesting note, the Aran Islands have their own unique species of bumblebee. The only places similar bumbles have been found are in the Channel Islands, and the Islands off of Norway and Scotland.
Not strange to already be planning the next trip. I am not yet on my eleventh and am already looking to next July and my twelfth trip! July 2012, the Cowboys will be invading Ireland once again!
I will have to see if I can find my heron pictures for you!
next time any of you are in the vicinity of Limerick City drop in to Pa McGrath's pub at Boher 10 or 12 kilometres from the city on the road to Tipperary any where a session has continuously taken place every Wednesday night for the past 40 years.