Listening to the kids

Matt Molloy is a member of the famous group called The Chieftains, and his pub in Westport is known as a venue for really good Irish music, so you have to give the kid points for chutzpah. He got a lot of attention and quite a few contributions in the time we watched him.

The sculpture in Rosses Point is called “Waiting on Shore” and according to the plaque at its base, it “reflects the age-old anguish of a seafaring people who watched and waited for the safe return of loved ones.” I was touched by the pathos of the arms stretched out toward the sea, but I didn’t know quite what to make of the way the dress stuck straight out to a point behind her. It took a child to see it as a the perfect grab hold for climbing.

We’ve encountered some delightful children on this trip. Yesterday one of our fellow passengers on the shuttle bus to Glenveagh Castle was a little guy who was very unimpressed by the idea of visiting a castle but just thrilled to be on a bus. It seems that buses are his passion, and he had a lot to say about them. 

We were in the back of the bus and he was in the front, so we couldn’t see him but we could hear him very clearly as spoke with great enthusiasm about buses in general and about different types of buses including race buses. I don’t know if there really is such a thing but I love the idea that something we think of as basically rather cumbersome could be sleek and swift. Maybe there’s hope for all dreams.