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A Couple of Clarifications

It turns out that the annual Ballyvaughan music festival is entirely due to kismet. It started when some Irish musicians invited their Welsh friends to play one weekend several years ago and it’s grown from there.

Also, there is more than one Martello tower along the Bay. The British built them to repel a potential invasion from Napoleon. They also built a straight road (a rarity in the Burren) from Gort to the sea so that the garrison stationed there could get to the towers in an emergency. Although Napoleon’s troops were used to mud and snow, I wonder what they would have made of the rocky surface of the Burren.

And now, finally, that the sheep in Ballyvaughan have gotten closer to God, they are starting to swear in the Irish way, beginning their oaths with “Jesus, Joseph, and Mary.”