Friday, March 16, 2012

We watched The Matchmaker this St. Patrick's Day Eve. The movie is about a senator from Boston who is running for re-election and he's losing.
Since Boston is a big Irish town, he sends an aide to Ireland to find his ancestors in hopes that it would win him votes in the upcoming election.
The aide goes to Ireland on the quest. The movie was filmed in Ballinagra, Ireland which is a place we visited when we traveled there.
We could have gone with a tour group but that wasn't the way we wanted to experience Ireland. We deplaned at Shannon airport, and rented a car.
It was an Opel and as you know, the steering wheel and foot controls were on the opposite side of the car. 
The first few miles were touch and go, as well as when I made my first right turn and run a lane of oncoming traffic off of the road. But other than that it was fairly seamless.
There must be a million miles of stone walls on that small island and a million shades of green.
There was a photograph around every turn.
In a story that Jilda wrote for the local paper, she said that leaving Ireland after almost two weeks, was like leaving home.
I must have felt that too, because watching The Matchmaker tonight made me a little homesick.


  1. Matchmaker - I'm not familiar with the movie but will have to check into it. I love a good movie recommendation.
    Lucky you to have been to Ireland!

  2. A year ago now we were in Ireland for St. Pat's Day, and we are missing it this week.

    St. Pat's Day is the LOC's birthday so we will celebrate as if we were in Galway! :)

  3. I haven't heard of this movie either - I'm stopping by to say hello and wishing you a happy St. Pat's day! sandie

  4. Did you get to kiss the Blarney stone?

  5. Considering I live so close, I'm ashamed to say I've never been to Ireland. Maybe I'll get there one day :-)


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