KATHLEEN AND HER FAMILY IN GREEN CASTLE
I traveled north by bus to Limerick, then Galway, through the charming town of Donegal, where I would like to return some day, to Derry and on to the rural home of lovely Kathleen, her husband Brendan and her three children. Brendan built their home of hemp and limestone, and it is a hub of spirituality and sociability. From the house, you can view where the River Foyle meets the Atlantic and see Northern Ireland. From the beach, the Big White Bay by Shroove Lighthouse near the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, less than one mile away, you see Scotland, my next destination.
I connected with Kathleen, Liz in Cornwall and Anne in Wicklow through Tara, an American working in Madrid, who went to University with my dear, former employer in Austin, Texas. Delightful synchronicity is frequently part of my journey.
Kathleen’s home is in Donegal, north of Derry (which is in the UK, Northern Ireland), on the Inishowen peninsula. I must admit that the weather is the worst that I have experienced in my travels. I understand that it will be much more pleasant when I return next month to Dublin and two cities further south.
I have enjoyed being a member of the family, along with McKinley, a cellist from Boston. During the week we celebated Easter with friends and family.
My first full day we went with a group of friends to Port a Doras.
It was marvelous and a welcome change to stay for a relatively long period of time, a week,with a generous and gentle family on their beautiful land, meeting their warm and kind family and friends, who visited for the Easter holiday. I even got to cut willow for basket making with Brendan. Kathleen introduced me to many aspects of community in Ireland,which was very welcome indeed.
I love Ireland and its people. However I look forward to Edinburgh, Scotland, and then my visit to mythical Findhorn Community.