Today I woke up at the back of once a famous hotel in Kenmare county Kerry, which is now abandoned even before the economic crash of 2008, which has been as sign of what to come next, which is all now boarded up and a lot of locals know about what the ‘Celtic tigers’ did in the past.
So I left my #earthianpeace tent in the hands of the universe and I made my way by walking back to the town after visiting the pier and through the back of the harbour I managed to find my way at the back of the stone circle into the town and visited the organic place again to see whether was there any more places for me to visit before I set off my journey to couple of places which I got from there yesterday, and after talking for a bit I said goodbye to the place and headed towards the two organic places, but before there I came across an art exhibition next to the main library and after that visited the library itself which wasn’t much use to me after I was asking them if I could use internet and they’re asking for a passport, so I left in a hope of finding my next border.
After walking for a few miles I made it to an organic farm which I was told from before that it is a family run and I wanted to visit this person as I was told he is a real organic farmer and as I found him after few more enquiries, I met the person himself close to his 60th year and very formal not speaking much, and after I was telling and showing my card to him about my story, he was much more reserved as I said to him if I help and see how you are doing real organic things and then I can pass the knowledge as I go along with my peace journey.
I could see he wasn’t happy with that and he also showed no indication of me even staying around there. I felt he is thinking I am there to take his organic business and as soon as I felt that I said goodbye and headed out to my next destination, which he was quite happy as soon as I said to him I am going to see such a person and he was in no hurry to tell me the direction, so I said goodbye to him and headed out of his so-called organic farm.
Then after another mile or so walking and asking again I got to the next organic farmer, which he was much more younger and had some younger wwoofers around to help him and as I introduced myself to him, then he showed some interest in what I was doing unlike the last farmer, and I told him a bit about my story and he mentioned the moneyless man and was asking me for the name which I told him (Mark Boyle), and also I told him I am hoping to visit him, he was telling me a remark like “he made a lot of money out of his book and then he bought land and now he is making a living with some of his friends”, and I told him “if he is creating an alternative to what we have I welcome what he is doing”.
Then to cut the long story short he told me he has a lot of wwoofers at the moment and after asking where I stay and I told him, he said I don’t have much in my garden but he offered me some wild rhubarbs, which himself couldn’t eat it and as I picked one and start eating it I said goodbye to him and started walking back to the town. On my way back I came across an old burial cemetery with a ruined tower, then into a place which shows a lot of racing and sports which I managed to charge my devices that I carry to update and take photos.
Then I headed back to my #earthianpeace tent which was safe and intact in its place, and after update of few days I said goodnight to the universe and all my surroundings.
Today after waking up and seeing the weather was permitting me to move on and as I was packing my wonderful #earthianpeace tent I got a phone call from Donald from radio Tarmore (www.radiotarmore.ie) to ask me if it is okay for him to call me tomorrow 10 am for their live Saturday show, and asking few questions in that regards, and then after packing and respecting my place of rest for the last 2 nights I headed back towards the town of Kenmare and on my way I came across a place (citizen information), which usually I visit to find information about places I go and this happened to be inside an adult learning centre, and as I got there it was about 1pm, so I didn’t check their time schedules and as I found a bathroom I said to myself let me shave and refreshing myself before I go in, but by the time I finished and checked their time tables I realised they close at 1:30pm, so I missed that and as put my devices to charge I did some enquiries and even at the time I was in the bathroom I got into a conversation with a wonderful person who gave me the name KAT (Kerry Alternative Technology), and it was because of this kind person I got connected with the place, and met a few other interesting people including a student who has seen me through the town yesterday as I have given out my card and has read my blog and she kindly brought me an orange my first fruit of the day contributed by this kind person, and as she was busy with her course studies we couldn’t talk much. I met another person from Devon England, who was living in Kenmare and was studying an art course which she showed me one of her fine art making of Tutemkhanem burial chamber and also telling me about a film about white feathers saying I was reminding her of the film, and I told her about six senses film. Then I got in touch with main office of the education centre to see whether I can connect to internet, and I came across a wonderful person called Michael who very kindly showed me the kitchen and making tea/ coffee facilities after asking for some water and also he connected me to their network and I managed to update my situation through there, and after thanking him again and by now time was about 4pm and sun was out and I told him this is my time to move on.
So after walking all the way to outside the town I found out I have gone to the wrong direction this known to me after a wonderful local pointed out to me that I am heading towards different directions and he kindly helped me to get back to the right direction, after goodbye to him I walked for a bit more before I found a place so I could rest and as I was highlighting my board a wonderful person called Thomas from Czech Republic with his dog and some serious logs in his left handed steering wheel car turned up and as he kindly introduced himself and the dog to me I did so to both and guess what? He was going to the place that I was going, so we got into some conversation and then here we are in KAT and I introduced myself to this wonderful person called Bab who has been around since late 90s and he told me he should speak to his partner before make a decision and I respected that and it wasn’t long before he comes back with a positive news of I can put up my #earthianpeace tent in a field that he kindly showed and also invited me for the dinner with the family after me putting my tent up, so at about 7pm I went back to their place through a wonderful baking place and the wonderful smell to the kitchen and it was here that I met wonderful Eileen his partner and a table full of food from many varieties, which that my first hot meal since I have left the Long Island, and I was so happy I didn’t know how to thanks them, a bit afterwards Connor their wonderful son just joined us as he was in a birthday party he was a bit under the influence of some home made wine, but I have to say he was very nice and polite, so we all had our wonderful evening meal as Bob was talking about their travelling in an armed-lookalike vehicle in today’s Turkey in mid 90s, and some other stories and as I was telling them about some part of my peace journey as well.
As the time was approaching 9:30pm and they have to wake up early for the bakery I thanked them again for their wonderful hospitality and even I told them if they don’t mind I’ll mention them tomorrow on my live radio show interview, and they said they don’t mind, so I said goodbye and goodnight to them all and headed back to my wonderful #earthianpeace tent, to write about yesterday and today event.
So watch out for tomorrow’s event and updates. Out there is a windy night and hope my wonderful #earthianpeace tent will survive, goodnight to the universe and everyone else around it.
Today after waking up I started to do a slug cleaning up operation after last night’s invasion of my #earthianpeace tent, socks and shoes (which I have to abundant in my socks) and then headed towards wonderful Bob and Eileen place to use the bathroom and then have a breakfast after Eileen kindly prepared something, and then I went back to my #earthianpeace tent to be ready for a live interview from radio TCR FM (www.tcrfm.ie), which while I was in my #earthianpeace tent after 10am I was called and I spoke to Donald the presenter of the show to many of his listeners and then as before the rain starts I put down my #earthianpeace tent and ready to say goodbye to the wonderful couples and they kindly prepared me a bag of flapjacks for my way, which it could make me going for days if not weeks, then after goodbye I headed towards my next destination which was a Dutch cheese maker near the village of Sneem, which after a short lift by a wonderful local man from Sneem close to the cheese making place, so after about few miles walk I managed to connect to Harry who had a guest and as I arrived shortly after he left then Harry kindly took me to a special room full of different type of cheese in terms of age and very kindly gave me a sample of a year old and six month old cheese and as he said as it gets older it should taste better, then after taking some photos and thanking Harry for having me there I said goodbye to him and headed towards the village of Sneem, where there was a 30 and 50 miles walk events and I spoke to some of the people who has organised the event about my peace journey and they were so much busy with their event they were totally blanking me out and I stayed there till the first 50 miles walker came and I shook his hand then I said goodbye to Sneem and headed out of the village.
Then after walking for another few miles someone kindly stopped for me and he was going to Castlecove, but he was under influence of some alcohol, and later I realised his family were looking out for him in front of us and in the village they stopped and they took him somewhere to drink some coffee, before that I thanked him and I said goodbye to him.
Then just before I set off for the next village of Caherdaniel wonderful Branden gave me a lift there and as I told him about my story then he kindly offered me some milk and bread then we said goodbye after a heart to heart hug, and as I was walking towards my next little town of Waterville a wonderful couple very kindly offered me a lift.
In the little town I looked around and I found Dillon’s wonderful hostel where he kindly offered me a place to shelter for the night, which I managed to wash and be ready for next day journey, I managed to briefly update my current situation, and exchange one of my peace flags with the planet flag that he had.
Today I started my journey by walking towards outside the town after taking some photos from the place of my stay from last night.
After a bit of wait a wonderful person with 3 young people gave me a lift 10 kilometres closer to the next town of Cahersiveen, then after not a long time waiting a wonderful young man connected me with the town, and after walking towards outside of the town I managed to get connected to a local who was running back to his place who kindly offered me some drinks and then after a bit of wait I managed to get connected to a group of wonderful young people who were going back to Cork and they very kindly helped me to get connected to the town of Killarney.
It was here that as soon as I entered the town I saw signs of capitalism everywhere the sign of McDonald and burger king and many other sign of this system. Then after coming across few good people I came across few individuals who weren’t happy with what I was doing I have to say some were under the influence of alcohol.
But I managed to survive after apple and food were thrown at my peace tent last night.
On the other hand I got connected to couple of wonderful people from Centra market who helped me with some food and drink and next day breakfast as well.
Today I started my day by having an offer of breakfast by wonderful John owner of a local Centra market in a service station, then I started packing my peace tent after an eventful night and surviving from apple and food thrown at me inside my peace tent, then headed outside the town towards Dingle.
My first call of the day was from wonderful Paul a peacekeeping human being to Killorglin then after saying goodbye to him and taken some photo of the little town historic icon of a golden goat, then not far from there just after a roundabout I was offered a lift to the town of Tralee by a wonderful family from Pakistan, after arriving there and saying goodbye to them I managed to walk out of the town very close to a village of Blennerville, then my second wonderful Irish name Niamh kindly stopped for me and offered me a lift to a place called Camp, then she kindly gave me some connections which found useful, before she says goodbye to me.
Then after a bit of wait in this little place I got connected with the next village name Annascaul birth place of an explorer to south pole.
After walking to the outside of the village and near to a junction that connects R561 to N86 I got my final lift of the day by wonderful Billy to my final destination of little town of Dingle.
After saying goodbye to him and looking around the town I managed to get connected to the global village restaurant (www.globalvillagedingle.com) and after speaking to the management of the place about my journey they arranged some take away food for me and after thanking them I said goodbye to them and outside as the sun was shining I enjoyed the meal and for my drink I got a connection to another local market, before I head out towards the outside the town to find another place to see I can get a shelter for the night.
I got to the place which is called Camphill Dingle and after speaking to people in there they kindly offered me a piece of land to put up my peace tent on it and they kindly offered me meals for next day as well.
Today I couldn’t make my first meal call of the day but later after helping with putting up a marquee for an event I was offered a second meal of the day, which I managed to make it to this one, and then later I went to the town of Dingle again to find out about the boats to some islands which, if I can connect would love to see one, so hoping tomorrow will be a good start to carry on with my peace journey.
Later this evening I managed to connect with a music event without knowing about it but it was a good experience despite I wasn’t invited to it, and then coming back to my peace tent to rest for my second night in the Camphill community farm.
Today I started my wonderful sunny day by taking down my peace tent, and after having a cup of tea and saying goodbye to those wonderful people there I managed to head on towards Dingle, which as soon as I came out of the farm I was offered by couple of wonderful builders a lift to the town, and from there after saying goodbye to those wonderful people then I managed to walk outside the town and from there I got connected with some wonderful people in a guest house and they kindly offered me a wonderful cup of tea and a scones with jam and butter, then after thanking them I said goodbye to them and walked further away from the town, then it was here by a service station which a kind German person helped me to connect halfway to Dunquin by a Celtic prehistoric museum.
Then after getting going a bit more a wonderful French couple helped me to connect to near Bally David village. Then after another 12 km walk finally after visiting St. Brendan pier and then the last village before the St. Brendan mountain, and after walking and looking and talking around my way for somewhere to put my head down I got connected with this wonderful human being called Dara, who very kindly offered me a piece of land to put up my peace tent, and also he offered me some food and drink, and after a heart to heart hug just in case I couldn’t see him tomorrow, and then after eating and writing for the blog the event of the day I said goodnight to everyone out there and the universe hope tomorrow will be another wonderful day full of sunshine.
I woke up by wonderful Dara, at about 8am to ask me if I’d like to use the bathroom and have a breakfast with them before they go out for the whole day of activities.
So I welcomed it and went to their place and he kindly introduced me to his wonderful family, and I had a wonderful breakfast with a nice cup of coffee, which after that I said goodbye to the whole family, and coming back to my peace tent, when I woke up this morning there’s a similar heavy fog like the the long island near Schull, but hoping that should clear soon before I bring down my peace tent and carry on a long peace journey walk over the Brandon mountain to the other side of the mountain near Brandon point before I head on back towards the town of Tralee and further north hoping to entering county Clare.
The fog never got cleared completely even after 10am so I slowly put down my peace tent as long as it wasn’t raining so I could more or less dry it, then I headed on the way and on my way I recognised Dara’s dad near his house and I told him to thank Dara and his family and thanking him for having such a wonderful son, then headed towards the mountain.
It took me more than 6 hours to cross it and then on the other side of the mountain I came across a wonderful gallery which was run by Mary and after a short chat as I got her card (www.teergallery.com), then I handed one of my cards to her as well and she kindly offered me some water and food and I have to say the hospitality of both sides of the mountain’s villages were absolutely wonderful, also on my way on top of the mountain I came in contact with 3 wonderful German speaking people which I told them about my story as well.
Then I said goodbye to Mary after a heart to heart hug and I headed on the road again. After some walk again I got my 1st lift of the day by a wonderful person to the next village of Clochan, then after a bit more walk, a wonderful local who has seen me coming down half way from the mountain very kindly offered me a lift to a junction that he hoped it might increases my chances of getting a lift back towards Tralee, so after thanking and saying goodbye to him, I waited there for a bit but with no chance of getting any lift and here midges almost were going to eat me alive so I had to move on and after few more kilometres of walk I managed to speak to a farm about 6 miles before Castlegregory village and he kindly offered me a field to put up my peace tent to rest for the night hope tomorrow the universe will connect me with county Clare.
Today I woke up with a wonderful sun hitting inside my tent and it was one of those night that I managed to sleep without waking up In the middle of the night due to a long and tiring day after yesterday’s mount Brandon climbing, then I put down my wonderful peace tent to get ready for another long day of events and connectivities.
By about 11am I was ready to get on the road again and after a bit of walk I got connected with a wonderful mini bus driver and he very kindly offered me a lift to Castlegregory, then after saying goodbye to him, I stayed in a junction just outside the village and it wasn’t very long before wonderful Pat did stop and offered me a lift back to the town of Tralee, which I passed on the side of it to Dingle few days ago.
Then as we’re talking I found out Pat is distributing a local newspaper called Kerry’s Eye (people’s power), and after I spoke to him about my peace journey, he told me it has been almost more than 6 years that he hasn’t picked up a hitchhiker, but there was something unusual about you and he has stopped and I told him about yesterday I came across a woman, who was going opposite direction, and she told me the same thing, so anyway he told me about few things in the town and name of a street which the newspaper was located, and he asked me if I have a chance I should speak to the editor so they might be interested in my story and somehow my way to the next town was through the same street and I did contact them, but back to wonderful Pat who very kindly crossed me through one of the oldest windmill in the Ireland in a village between Derrymore and Tralee where he kindly dropped me and I said goodbye to him.
Then walked through the town and stopped in a few place, which I found difficult to interact with people who were busy with their shopping and other activities across the town, and it was here near a busy main street that a wonderful human being came to me and asked about my peace sign and what I was doing which after some talk he very kindly offered me a wonderful drink and some lunch, which I enjoyed and then we said goodbye to one another and I headed on towards my next destination across a street where the Kerry’s Eye was located and then I got in touch with the wonderful editor who kindly came out to me and as we were walking and talking he did interview me and also took some photos which then we said goodbye to one another, and I carried on walking right to outside of the town and it wasn’t long before a wonderful person who I have met at my first connection to the town a few days back and he said to me he recognised me after that day and he wanted to help me to get closer to my next destination.
Then after saying goodbye to him I waited for not a long time before my 4th connection of the day arrives and he very kindly connected me with the town of Listowel, where he told me a festival of writers’ week is happening and he kindly offered me the programme and asked me if I am around for next day to visit, which I thanked him for everything and I said goodbye to him as well, and it wasn’t long before as I was walking came across a local tv station presenter came to me and interviewed me and then after a rest a bit I managed to head out of the town as I found out I couldn’t find a place to put my head down for the night.
So as I was walking towards my next destination I found difficult to connect or walk as the sun has set so I decided to try to ask some locals for the night of my shelter which soon I found out no one is willing to find such shelter, and finally a local recommended there was a big empty building which doesn’t belong to them, but I can camp in their garden, which I stayed there and I didn’t put up my peace tent as I didn’t know whether I could dry my peace tent next day or not which I decided try to sleep a bit out in the elements and so I didn’t sleep much and as I was keen to get out of the area and get closer to a port town of Tarbert.
After a rough night and without much sleep I headed on the road again as soon as the dawn came and after some good walking I stopped in a service station about 8 miles from the port town and after having something to eat, with this kind person offering me some hot water at the service station, I managed to keep up with the start of the day.
Then it wasn’t long before a wonderful person called Mossie came a long and he told me put everything in the car and I am taking you to the port, so later on he told me he has seen me around and he has promised himself if I am still there when he is not so busy he will take me where I wanted to go, so he very kindly dropped me at the port and as we got there the ferry left the port and as he took some photos another driver arrived who kindly took our photo and then as I said goodbye to one person, I said hello to the next, who was wonderful Yones, who took our photo, he kindly accepted to take me with his car across the mouth of the Shannon water, and also after some talk and taking some photos with him as well, he very kindly offered me some food and drink and further lift from next port village of Killmer to Kilrush before we said goodbye with my usual heart to heart hug.
It was here in this wonderful little market town that I came across a wonderful person who was in county Clare (www.clare.ie) for an international jazz music festival of Doonbeg, and after offer of a wonderful cup of coffee and couples of scones with jam and butter, he introduced me to this wonderful place, the B0oghill Centr,e which I am writing for the blog from here, then after goodbye to him I came across another French couple who were cycling and I met them before the ferry and they offered me some money which I told them about what I do and only food and drink which they kindly offered me some dried pasta in the ferry and after telling them I don’t carry any cooking equipment as well, so I saw them again in this town and I signed a souvenir bag for one of the couple which she asked me, before we say goodbye to one another and we went to a different direction.
Then I managed to walk to outside the town again and from there I got connected to a wonderful person called Michael who very kindly took me through few places due to a road closure and he very kindly let me walk around the next touristic town of Killkee before he kindly pick me up and dropping me by a village of Cross on my way to the Loop Head.
So after saying goodbye to Michael and walking and connecting to a local person to use a bathroom in the old school, he kindly offered me a map of the area with all the attraction, then after saying goodbye to him further down just after the village I got connected to wonderful Paddy Keating from Loop Head with his blue van and he kindly gave me a personal tour around the area as he was looking after his farm as well, so I really had a wonderful time with Paddy and he very kindly dropped me not far from the touristic town of Killkee again and I wasn’t waiting for long that I got connected to wonderful Eileen, who kindly dropped me in the town and after goodbye to her I walked towards the outside town which I got connected with a wonderful surfer who offered me my 6th lift of the day and he even kindly offered me my next destination if I am still in Doonbeg next day, so we said goodbye to one another and I explored the famous village of Doonbeg for its jazz festival and the music, but it was too loud for me and after speaking to a local pub manager he didn’t have any place for me to put my head down for the night but he kindly offered me a meal of fish and chips and after thanking them in the village I headed out to my next destination as I still had 2 more hours of daylight, so it wasn’t long before I got connected to a wonderful young lifeguard who very kindly connected me to the village of Spanish Point, then after a walk around the place and seeing a festival site there as well and not much to offer from the place in terms of putting my head down I headed out and soon I got connected with wonderful Jimi the barber who very kindly connected me to the town of Ennistymon, and finally after goodbye to him I got connected with wonderful Donal Hynes as my 9th lift of the day and he very kindly connected me with my final destination of my day the boghill centre (www.boghill.com), after an enquiry in the village of Kilfenora and asking someone look alike father Ted a comedy program which they were celebrating it in the village where the series has been made.
Then after goodbye to my wonderful person who took me to the centre I said hello to a group of woofers in the centre and they very kindly accepted me after telling them my story and very kindly provided me with a shelter for the night, and some food was offered to me well, so I thanked everyone and the universe and slept like a baby log for the night.
Today I woke up and I had a wonderful breakfast in the centre and then I went for a wonderful walk around the site and by the time I got back, it was about the lunch time and I had a wonderfully made lunch by Lora and help of some of the wwoofers in the centre, then I managed to do some clothes washing and also have a shower and a shave, then we had a wonderful dinner as well, then as the group went to watch a film I stayed in the place that I was resting and did some writing for the blog, and I said goodnight to everyone.
Today I woke up a bit late so all I had for the breakfast was a cup of coffee and then I handed in a catalogue of stone circles around county Cork and Kerry, as the centre had their stone circle and I thought that might be a good contribution towards people who are visiting the place and hope they’ll visit them, plus 3 stones which I found around the centre when I walked around the place yesterday, and then a postcard from Glencree Peace and Reconciliation centre, my web details and a resource based economy information leaflet and I gave these to wonderful Gella a Dutch person who has been in the centre for almost 7 years, and he knew where to put the information so visitors will make a note of them and it will be part of the centre.
Then as I said goodbye to most of the wwoofers and Lora a chef then they took some photos after my heart to heart hug and I left the centre towards the cliffs of Moher, on my way I came across a wonderful local who kindly offered me another cup of coffee and this time I had it with my last flapjack from wonderful Bob and Eileen in KAT.
Then I said goodbye to the local and walked again towards the Cliffs and after about 6 km walk I got my first lift of the day by wonderful David from county Clare to the visitors centre of the cliffs, then I visited and walked along the coastal side of the cliffs all the way very close to the village of Liscannor than wonderful Alan very kindly stopped for me and he brought me back to the centre and from there I tried to walk the opposite side of the cliffs this time towards Doolin, but as I got to the castle it was about to get dark and I put up my peace tent beside the castle and I hoped it’ll survivor the strong wind of the night and hoped the universe will be with me till next day, which I hope to connect with the Aran Islands and then Mark Boyle moneyless man before I head on towards county Galway.
Last night I have to move my peace tent because strong wind did collapse the tent and nearly tried to break it at about 1am and it did get worse after 2am, so I have to move it to a safer place and by the time I managed to put everything back together it was nearly 5am then at about 8am I was told by the security people at the cliffs that I have to move on before any tourists turn up, so I managed to put down my peace tent again and got ready to head on towards further west.
It was here in the cliffs which a wonderful person gave me a first lift of the day and it brought me closer to a little place named Doolin.
But before I get there I was enquiring the best way to get to the port see if I can visit one of the wonderful Aran islands, which as I was enquiring another wonderful person offered me the second lift of my day into Doolin.
It was here that I went to a ferry company called Bill O’Brien (www.obrienline.com), and he kindly arranged for me to cross to the smallest one at about 1330 hours, so I walked for about 2km to the port and then through the ferry into the Inisheer, then in there I heard for the first time locals were speaking to one another in Irish language, and the locals were very friendly, so I managed after speaking to some people of the island tried to get in touch with the eldest of the island to try to find and hear from them the history of the island, but with no luck, I came back to near the port, and in there was a local food place which after speaking to the manager she kindly arranged a meal for me so after almost 24 having nothing, then after thanking them I headed back to the port hoping I can cross to a port in Galway, but after speaking to a manager of last ferry to Galway at about 1630 hours and explaining what I was doing but they refused to cross me and they were telling me I have paid to Bill O’Brien ferry company and they can’t take me so I had to wait there and after asking another more manager to where I came from the mainland to get back there, but I was refused and I had to wait till 1730 hours last ferry back to the main island with same company after explaining what has happened. So anyway I managed to get back into the port of Doolin and walk another 2km to get back to the village and hoped I can connect to the moneyless man.
So after 7pm I tried to head further north into county Galway, and it was after 7pm that I got my third lift of the day towards the town of Lisdoonvarna famous for the matchmaking every year in September.
On our way this wonderful man who runs Doolin Cycling offered me a nice cup of tea and a cheese sandwich from his place before we say goodbye to one another a few kilometres outside the town.
Then after waiting for a bit I got connected to my fourth lift of the day by a wonderful person to the next village of Ballyvaughan, which after saying goodbye to one another and as I was walking through the village, a wonderful German speaking couple helped me to connect with Galway city.
In the city I found a place to put up my peace tent which about 11pm I found myself in a situation which I had to move from the place which has been someone’s driveway so at about midnight I have to walk towards the city centre and got connected to some wonderful young boys and they helped me with some food and I got connected with Savoy hostel in which he very kindly provided me with a bed for the night and breakfast next day, after explaining what I was doing.
So after saying goodnight to the wonderful people and the universe I slept like a baby log.
Today I woke up a bit early again and after having a breakfast and then quickly using the Savoy hostel’s internet, and having a shower then I said goodbye to the hostel people after thanking them again, and then headed out into the Galway city street and was looking for a place which I thought it might be interested to connect with, which I found out about it last night and it was called Galway’s people resource centre, but it turned out it’s a place for those people who want to find a job and you have to pay money as well to use internet, and I didn’t fancy to stay there a minute.
Before going to this centre I found a place where they very kindly helped me to produce hundreds of my new internet connection cards, so I can let people connect with me when I get connected to them. Last time I produced these cards were in Bantry, so I managed to even wait outside a charity place for the duration I was waiting for the cards to get ready, and I was reminded by one of the charity place to get in touch with the Nuns and after collecting my cards from the wonderful printing place in merchant rd. Then I headed towards the nuns (www.poorclares.ie)/(www.clarinibochta) on my way through the docks then I got connected to the wonderful nuns and after speaking with one of them I got connected to another wonderful sister from an NGO organisation called PLANT (Pernet Lay Associates Networking Together), then she kindly took me to her place and I had a wonderful lunch before she wrote something for their annual pamphlet, and took a photo of me for their next issue of the annual magazine, then she very kindly dropped me close to a way towards my next destination further west towards Clifden, then after goodbye and a heart to heart hug I walked for few kilometres before I got my second lift of the day by a wonderful person from Australia living in Cork city now to the next town of Oughterard, and then some more walk before my third lift of the day by wonderful Gerald to Maam Cross, then from here I got connected to a wonder and beauty of west of Ireland including a little island from time of the bronze age in a local lake then wonderful Joe dropped me at the Recess.
Then I waited here till about 2030 hours before I get connected to my last lift of the day by wonderful Brandon, and after some talk about the area and my peace journey and other talking before I get to my final destination town of Clifden.
Here in the town I managed to get connected to some wonderful people who helped me with amazing food (www.offthesquare.ie), and a bed for the night in a Clive’s B&B, then I said goodnight to all and may tomorrow bring another wonderful and beautiful day to us all.
today I started my wonderful day by having a breakfast from the lodge B&B of Clive who kindly helped me with some toast and butter, and some cornflakes and a nice cup of coffee, then I moved out and as I was taking in some vitamin d from the sun, which was shining out and started a good day, and it was here that a local journalist for Connemara area passed by and Clive mentioned my journey to him so he got my card and phone number and took a photo of Clive and I then after goodbye to him and then Clive I headed on the road towards westport.
So I walked almost outside the little town and waited there for a bit before a wonderful German couple Andi and Julia gave me a lift to the Connemara national park and after goodbye to them I walked through the village of Letterfrack and just outside it after a bit of waiting a wonderful local Irish man gave me a lift to a junction towards Delphi, then from there I managed to walk and speak to some French young people and walked a bit more then I got my third lift of the day by wonderful person from Latvia close to a village of Louisburgh (Corrownisey), then after goodbye to him I walked for a few more kilometres before I was offered a lift by another wonderful local Irish person to the Louisburgh, and after some enquiries there I headed out of the village and then I was given my fifth lift of the day by another local engineer from Westport to the little village of Murrisk, and from here I went to a local community cafe and explained what I was doing and they kindly offered me some sandwich and a cup of tea, then after thanking them I left my gear in a local pub called Campbell’s and headed up to the peak of the mountain Creagh Patrick and after coming down I rested a bit in the pub which earlier I left on its ceiling my card with date and after getting my gear back I visited the memorial in a peace millennium park and then I headed towards the town of Westport and on my way towards the village of Murrisk I was given a lift by wonderful Brandon as my today last lift of the day, and as I was walking to the town I saw a super value market and I went to speak to the manager and he kindly helped me with some food and drink after explaining what I was doing, then I headed further into the town in a hope of getting a place to put my head down for the night and after going to few places including the Old Mill hostel and right now that I am writing this in front of the Abbey Wood hostel and none of them were able to help me with a bed for the night so now the time is close to midnight and with no place to go, hope I’ll get some rest before tomorrow next episode of my peace journey.
After midnight I tried couple of more hotels and B&B with no connection but on my third hotel what I was doing made open up human heart to heart connection, and wonderful Peter helped me to stay for the night and rest after a long day of connections and a climb to the holy mountain this place of rest just was on time and right. So I managed to write about my day update and my current place through Facebook and Twitter.
Then slept for a few hours before I wake up and shave then go for my wonderful breakfast.
I headed out of the Wyatt hotel at about midday towards Newport and after some walk and a bit of wait got connected by a wonderful local woman to Westport to Newport.
Then in Newport I walked for a bit and waited for a short time before I get connected to my second destination of Mulrany by another wonderful man local to Achill.
Then after another mile walk I got to a main junction towards Bangor, in there first I got a lift with another wonderful local for a few miles, then wonderful Vincent Browne (www.charliebyrne.com)/(@byrnesbooks) to Bangor.
In Bangor I walked outside and waited not for long that another wonderful Vincent turned up and he very kindly offered me a lift all the way to Ballina, and after goodbye to him I walked not very far that outside the town near a service station towards the town of Sligo, and as I wanted to approach the service station someone called me if I wanted to go to Sligo I can join him and I accepted with much respect, this wonderful person was Brian Kelly, and he very kindly offered me couples of banana after explaining what I was doing. Then at the entrance to the town we said goodbye to each other, and I headed towards the town centre which on my way I came across a place of food and drink called Centra, and I went into the place and I tried to explain what I was doing and how people help me and despite the main manager wasn’t there wonderful people in there very kindly helped me with food and drink, and after thanking them I said goodbye to them and headed out to see I can now find a place to put my head down for the night.
After almost checking every hotel and a hostel in the area I found none of them were ready to offer, and I was told either they don’t have a bed or room or the main manager isn’t there, and the manager of the hostel told me we are a business and without money we can’t help.
Then I headed towards outside the town, which on my way I saw a sign for another hotel, and as I was looking for it I came across some local kids who were playing football and it was near a health centre, and as I asked them where about is the hostel? and they told me a direction and then as I was going to pick up my stuff and go there, but as it was raining I stopped and tried to shelter under my umbrella, but very soon the boys started to throw stones at me and I was surprised why they abandoned their game and throwing stones and as the direction was thorough the place they were there, then I felt I shouldn’t pass through there as they might do it again, and later I had a chance to speak to two of them and I was told they have done it for fun, and I told one of them, please tell them what I was doing and if they want to ask me a question would be great but why stone throwing it isn’t the way forward.
Then I said goodbye and headed further out and I was sitting in a service station at the moment I was writing this and earlier couple of medical people turned up and after telling them my story they kindly helped me with a blanket, so hoping I can finish the night and tomorrow is another day which I hope to head on towards Donegal, and before there is a peace garden in a little village called Rosslugh and I hope I can connect with them.
Today as I couldn’t sleep all night, because of the position I was in this closed service station outside the town I wrote on a piece of paper my direction towards Donegal.
It wasn’t very long before wonderful David Mc Gowan a wonderful lorry turned up at about 7am and he offered me a lift straight to outside Donegal, and even he very kindly took me to the Nuns village of Rossonwlagh and I saw their monastery, but as David thought to leave me in the main village, but there wasn’t one so we missed it and I told him not to worry it meant to be this way and we carried on till outside Donegal, and in there I said goodbye to him and I left the blanket with him as a little gift and then goodbye to him.
As I walked towards the town on my way I came across a Lidl and after asking the manager she kindly helped me with some bread and water and some meat, then I carried on towards the town, and after a bit rest outside a Centra market place I ate some food which I was given and then headed towards the town centre, on my way I came across a famine burial site which I visited and then town centre.
It was here that I met another wonderful David (Davin), who very kindly offered me a worm drink and some homemade apple pie in a local cafe, and he very kindly introduced me to the editor of Donegal times who has seen me coming towards the town this morning, which later Margaret a journalist for the Times had an interview with me and taken some photo before I say goodbye to the town.
Then I headed out of the town and on my way out I saw an Irish wedding, and it was a nice feelings, then as I headed out from the town and I waited by a service station outside the town and after a bit David turned up again and after a bit more chat and given my connection to him to get in touch when he sees the article on the Donegal Times and he’ll let me know, then after a good suggestion from him to say I should move a bit further we said goodbye and just a bit further up I got connected to wonderful Judith (www.network.ie), who very kindly offered to connect me with another fishing port of Killybegs, and after some good conversation she kindly offered me some strawberry, and some other connections before we say goodbye to one another.
After walking to outside of the town I got my third lift of the day by a wonderful German couple with their little child to a very close to a village of Carrick, and then a wonderful local woman with her wonderful children gave me my final lift of the day to the village.
But as I arrived in the village, I spoke to some local and they told me it’s too late to go and see the Slieve League cliffs, and also the the weather wasn’t very good as well, so I did enquire for a place to stay for a night and I ended up in a pub again and it reminded me of the village of Allihies down in county Kerry, where money was speaking and humanity was long forgotten due to so called economical recession or depression or you named so either you have to be a tourist there and have to spend money or you shouldn’t have entered the area, and that’s how the area has become and due to their local circumstance only summer they can make money in there and if you are there for any other reason will not be acceptable to locals mindset, and they were looking at me in a very different way and as soon as the news has gone around the village that why I was there, so that has made me after a long hours of spending time in the area and talking and listening to some including 2 musicians who were there from there neighbouring village of Ardara, who were playing not Irish music but more westernised music till about 1am next day, which I asked them if they can play “imagine” for me as they were keep asking any request?, but I was told they can’t do it!?
Anyway after a long conversation with a person who running the bar we were in a different point of view of looking at today’s world economy, and finally at 4am after my very cold reception of the local I had to abandon my visit to the cliffs and other place, and I headed out of the village in a hope to get to the next village of Ardara, which earlier the musicians couldn’t take me there with themselves.
So after a 5 km of walk I got to a fishing process factory and in there due to my tiredness and empty stomach for long hours I sat there and waited to see I can connect to places of people, which at about 9am a wonderful young man name Jonathan helped me to connect back to a bigger village of Kilcar,& from there after another mile of walk I got connected to another wonderful person who very kindly connected me back very close to the fishing town of Killybegs, and from there after waiting not for a long time I got connected with a very nice family of Rachel who very kindly offered me a lift to a little place called Glenties, where they were going for their Sunday mass and after speaking to them and telling them about my story I asked them if I can go with them, and they kindly welcomed me, so I joined them for my first ever mass in Ireland, which I was told throughout my peace journey that I should visit a wedding, funeral , and a mass while I am in Ireland, and yesterday I came across a wedding and now the only remaining items left for me is a funeral, which I was told they celebrate death and they’ll happy about it, but anyway after the mass I was invited for a nice cup of tea and cake and also a bowl of soup and an Easter scones, also my introduction to Rachel’s extended family and afterwards and a heart to heart hug, Rachel kindly dropped me off a place towards my next destination.
In there after waiting for a bit I got a connection by a wonderful couples who has been together for more than 40 years from a north county, to about 30km outside (Lifford) the famous town of Derry with it’s historic town wall.
Then at about 4pm I got a lift from a wonderful couple of police officers from the neighbouring county of Tyrone to the footsteps of old walls of Derry town.
Then after a walk on the wall I visited the new peace bridge and peace flame, then I went to the town bus station hoping to connect with my next peace centre of corrymeela in Ballycastle, but I was told they can connect me there, but they very kindly offered me to connect me to Coleraine, so I welcomed it and I was offered a bus connection to the train station and then from there by train to the town of Coleraine which I arrived at about 9pm, then at the station I was helped by a very helpful inspector to connect with a hostel to stay for the night, and in his office I came to know a local musician who kindly came with me to the hostel before we say goodbye to one another.
Then I introduced myself to very kind and helpful Ricki, who runs the hostel in this little town of Portstewart, where he very kindly introduced me to things to know in the hostel, then due to my tiredness of not sleeping for the last 60 hours, I said goodnight to the universe and everyone else around me.
Today after waking up and having some food I managed to catch up with writing some of my days which I haven’t had a chance to jot them down, and in the afternoon after cooking some spare food in the hostel, then I headed out to do a peace walk around the town of portstewart, and through my walk I spoke to some people and then headed back to my resting place and after having a shower and rest a bit I warmed the food I cooked earlier and doing some web update I started to prepare myself for the next day to head towards my next destination in Ballycastle to visit my second peace centre here in north of Ireland.
Today after waking up and having something to eat, I prepared myself and after leaving some peace related booklets with Rick and thanking him for his kind hospitality, I said goodbye to him and started walking towards my next peace centre and my destination in Ballycastle, about 25 miles away from Portstewart, so after a long walk of more than 10 miles almost half way to the peace centre I rested and put my head down in front of the giant’s causeway office as it was sheltered, after visiting many places and with no place for me to put my head down indoor for the night. so I hope tomorrow after a look at the causeway I can carry on towards my destination, but I have to say here what I have noticed here from north that people don’t want to stop and also they don’t want to talk to you overall, so despite I have tried very hard to connect here it is just I can’t resonate with an energy to connect, but also people who are looking after things and when I go to them and ask for help they try hard to help of course if they can, also it’s reminds me back in England which I found it’s difficult to connect on the road.
But I hope tomorrow will be another wonderful day and may universe connect me to where my vision is to be.
Today a few places after leaving Rick’s wonderful hostel have helped me with food and drink including wee cottage cafe by the dunluce castle, and the co operative place of food least to mention in the village of Bushmills, and that’s how I could walk for more than 10 miles with over 20 kilos on my back to carry.
Today after waking up in front of the Giants Causeway office I went back to the Causeway hotel to use the bathroom and I asked receptionist if I can speak to the manager of the hotel, so I managed to speak to him and explaining what I was doing, after last night where people in the reception of the hotel told me they can’t make a decision on my stay, and I decided to sleep outside the giant’s causeway, so the manager kindly offered me a wonderful breakfast so I started my wonderful sunny day with a stomach full of food, and then after goodbye to the hotel people, back to my place of rest since last night and by this time the office for the giant’s causeway has been opened and I spoke to the people in there to find out information about the place and then I started my walk around the site which was a beautiful place of historical happenings, and then I headed on the road again towards the town of Ballycastle.
It wasn’t long before a wonderful local man stopped and asked me if I wanted to be given 3 miles lift which I welcomed it and he told me my Earthian sign caught his eye and wanted to know more about my story so I did explain who am I and why I was on the road, and surprisingly he was the first person I have come across since the start of my journey, who was supporter of fracking and he was keep telling me it is an ssp operational and it is needed and he told me he has done oil drilling well in the number of 19 countries as he put it, and equivalent to number of nations I have visited.
So I told him about my opinion and people’s concerns about and how we can overcome it, then I said goodbye to him and in a junction closer to my destination, then again it wasn’t long before a wonderful woman police officer turned up and she kindly offered me a lift to my next destination and on our way I talked to her what I was doing and where I wanted to go and she very kindly dropped me off in front of the Corrymeela peace centre (www.corrymeela.org)/(@corrycentre)/(www.facebook.com/corrycommunity) building just outside the town of Ballycastle, and after thanking her and goodbye I said hello to the people in the centre, and a wonderful woman called Alison kindly gave me a tour around the site, and then offered me a wonderful cup of tea and some biscuits, then regarding to my quarries about my stay and see more of the center’s activities she very kindly connected me with another wonderful woman called Aileen and she did explain about 2 family groups with their children were there and doing different activities and they are quite sensitive about who they can interact with and also a group of Palestinian and Israeli students who studying in the city university in London were there, and I wanted to see them and hear their story, but after she kindly enquired about them I was told they were out to visit Derry, and then after she very kindly offered me some lunch and another cup of tea and some biscuits, while we were talking about our stories, and exchanging of our web details for future contact, I thanked them all and after a heart to heart hug said goodbye to them and the centre, then started walking back to the town and in a hope of a connection to Scotland, so I can carry on with the rest of my peace journey, on my way I came across a wonderful woman who was interested in what I was doing and she has taken some photos and I have given my web details.
Then after arriving in the town I went to the harbour and enquired about my crossing journey to Scotland, and I was told by the people of the marina and fisherman, I should get in touch and they might let me know if anyone going there, so I left It there and for now it was the matter of waiting and hope to connect.
Meanwhile I have to say here people in the town are generally very helpful and friendly and they would love to help, as the sign of that a person who’s looking after the marina kindly provided me with a place for me to leave the stuff that I carry in a place which people from the marina using the facilities there, also I went to see if I can find a place in a local hostel to rest for the night and despite there wasn’t any vacancy in the place I was offered a bed in the house of the person who is running the backpackers hostel, which was very kind of them, so now that I am resting in this wonderful family’s place and hope tomorrow the universe will connect me to a world of possibilities.
Today I woke up after a good night sleep and after a wonderful breakfast of porridge with the family who I was staying I headed out towards the harbour to find out if there is any news on my departure from here to Scotland.
After enquiring around the area, there wasn’t any boat leaving the harbour to my destination, but I was told there is a boat which leaving here to Scotland at 2pm and has to be booked online, so by this time wonderful Brian has turned up (the person who I was staying in their place) and he was kindly made some phone calls and was coming with me to information centre to find a way for me to cross over to Scotland.
After exhaustion of many channels we were sitting down with john the senior harbour master and talking about my crossing and he said the best way is to contribute towards my crossing and sending me via the company which, the online booking has to be done, and he kindly contributed almost all of the fare to Brian towards my crossing so now that we knew I am going to cross and it is just matter of time and booking, so Brian very kindly made a phone call to the person who runs the mainland ballycastle to rathlin island and asked a wonderful person called Mary who he knew her and explained what I am doing and asked her if I can visit this last island of north of Ireland before my crossing to Scotland, and she very kindly agreed and everything was arranged for 12pm, so that’s how I got connected to the wonderful island of rathlin, and in there I managed to visit west and east side of the island, but there was no time for me to visit south which on each side they have lighthouse, also during my stay I managed to talk to some local and visitors and tell them about my peace journey.
On my way back I came across a wonderful person called Alan who very kindly offered me a meal and bed for the night If I could go back to the island, and I thanked him and I told him by you offering it to me is like I have had it, which later on he very kindly provided some food for my way in the mainland.
As I came back to the mainland at about 6pm after more than 10 miles of walk in the island from the morning I had an offer of fish and chips from wonderful Morton’s fish and chips shop which runs by John senior who very kindly contributed towards my crossing to Scotland as well, so after having a wonderful fish and chips and thanking them for their kindness I headed back towards the backpackers hostel, which runs by Anne’s Mary and Brian wonderful people who have very kindly offered me a bed in their home, so I could use some internet and update on my immediate position to those wonderful people who are caring and watching out for my peace journey, while I was eating my wonderful fish and chips as my evening meal.
Then headed back to my resting place, and after watching the opening match between Brazil and Croatia with Brian with a wonderful cup of tea and then the news of middle east and a new turmoil specially close to Kurdistan a place of my birth and highlighting the place to Brian and talking about the situation, then we said goodnight to one another and we hoped tomorrow will bring more hope, love peace and joy.
Today after a wonderful breakfast in my resting place again, we checked the harbour for the final time and with no connection, and complication of booking system, I decided to welcome wonderful Brian’s offer of a lift to the town of Larne as he was heading south to a funeral so after a wonderful heart to heart hug to Brian’s partner, we headed towards Larne (my next sea port connection to Scotland).
After about an hour of a beautiful glens, and coastal journey and talking about our past, present, and future I finally said goodbye and a heart to heart hug to my wonderful brother Brian near to the port of Larne, then I walked to towards the port and after a connection and a wonderful meal from the P&O ferry I managed to get connected to a port in Scotland (Cairnryan), and after some walk wonderful Matt Cross very kindly connected me to a little town of Girvan.
Then after another mile or two I got a connection to a wonderful family (www.milestonegirvan.org), which very kindly offered me a shelter for the night, and after a shower and washing of my clothes I said goodnight to universe, them and everyone else around me.
So here I’d like to say thank you for everyone who has very kindly contributed towards my world peace and made it possible for me to connect to my 20th nation across almost quarter of the planet and hope to carry on and with the help of more wonderful people to finish half of the planet by end of 2014 this is just a vision.
so may love and peace and harmonious way of life overcome conflicts and every negativity around us.
your humbled Earthian brother