Wifi in the Wilds of Ireland

I’m a bit behind on my posts as I’ve had some wifi issues.  And now I’m going to write about them!  🙂

Day nineteen – Kinvara

After all the activity of Ruth’s wedding, I had a lovely two days planned at a quiet country B&B with free wifi so that I could seriously work on my assignment, the draft of which is due next Monday.  For my last assignment, the most I could manage for the draft was an introduction and a couple of section headings so this time I wanted to get the full assignment written so I could take advantage of the feedback and really make sure I don’t overshoot effort wise with another B.  This time, I want that C!

Unfortunately the B&B only just has wifi.  Basically, you get half a bar if you stand on one leg at the back of the stairs on the first floor. I’ve also been told that right next to the tv where the grumpy farmer is watching his team lose at gaelic football in the lounge is a good spot for another half a bar.  A full bar is absolutely out of the question.  I spent twenty minutes trying to send one email and gave up.  I decided instead to head into town to see how Kinvara rates compared to Whitstable as a place to study your masters.

As you know, I found Whitstable and Seasalter very conducive to studying.  Kinvara was not so well accommodating.  It was Sunday morning which may have had something to do with it, but most of the cafés were closed and the one pub I could find that was operating didn’t have wifi.  I asked if they could recommend a place with wifi and the only suggestion they had was a nearby café called ‘The Junction’.  I drove around for a while trying to find this place without any luck.  I went back and asked again and this time the girl took me outside and pointed out where to go to ‘The Junction’ and I realised there had been some language confusion.  She was pointing to a café called ‘The Gentian’!

This café was packed to the hilt with tourists who had flocked there to use the internet.  And it was very noisy but I persisted anyway.  The cakes were delicious!

Day twenty – Kinvara still


A wifi oasis!

I ran this morning in the rain and then hightailed it back to ‘The Gentian’ for a chat with a masters buddy.  Again, it was packed and noisy so our conversation was difficult at times to understand despite my headphones.  I’m now wondering how much more tea I can possibly fit in before I am forced to leave and free up a table for the hordes of locals and tourists who are desperate to use the only free and fast wifi in town.  I’m also too scared to go to the toilet in case they give my table away.  This is causing me to be quite uncomfortable and is adding to the not ideal conditions to be attempting to work under.

Five hours later…

I just went to pay for my two pots of tea, scone, muffin and soup that I’ve used to justify my possession of a table in the café for so long and the landlady from my B&B appeared and insisted on paying my bill for me!  How lovely is that!  Oh Ireland – you are too nice!

Ruth’s Wedding

Day seventeen – Galway


The Bishop of Mulberry – a dead ringer for the priest!

What a wedding!  What a night!

Finally I had an opportunity to get my jeans and hoodie washed as I needed to wear my dress for the wedding.  The sun came out in patches which lit the church during the service and meant that I wasn’t too cold in my summer dress.

The priest gave an excellent sermon.  He reminded me in looks of Bishop Mulberry from the Vicar of Dibley and he was very funny too.  He opened by giving everyone the usual reminders to switch off phones etc, so when someone’s phone rang loudly in the middle of the sermon, we were all looking around to see which member of the congregation had messed up.  It got a huge whoop of laughter when after several seconds of ringing, the priest finally confessed to it being his own phone that was sitting on the podium!

Ruth looked stunning and she and Séanín are perfect for each other and obviously very happy.  The reception was lots of fun with great food and an excellent band.  I really pushed the boat out and the sprinkler, lawn mower and shopping trolley all made an appearance.  I didn’t leave the party until…

Day Eighteen – Galway

…the early hours of the morning.  It was about 2am when a strange piece of music that I didn’t recognise and certainly couldn’t dance to started playing.  Everyone was quiet and still so I asked Kieren what it was.  He said it was the national anthem.  It finished and the crowd started chanting “one more tune, on more tune”.  This didn’t last long though because the lights came up and we suddenly noticed that the band had scarpered long ago!  The music had been taken over by a computer well before the final song and the playlist had been exhausted!

It was at this point I knew it was time to walk back to my B&B, recover and then return that evening for the bbq.  The final wedding event was an indoor affair due to appalling weather.  I got to watch my first gaelic football match which I very much enjoyed whilst drinking pints of diet coke at the bar.  All in all, a great wedding weekend!

Congratulations Ruth and Séanín!

Ruth's Wedding

The happy couple

Ruth's Wedding

The mother of the bride and the bride

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The Ghana table with Ruthie

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Chance for a quick chat!

Image credits

Wedding photos taken by MerilynW and shared on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)