Today is actually June 11, my birthday. It’s been a wonderful day and I am looking forward to spending the next few months in Dunquin. Our amazing Honors Maymester class finished up on the evening of June 6, and I’ll post a few more missives to get caught up! It was a great class and the students were all just phenomenal. More about that later; for now, let me tell you about the rest of this incredible day 17 of our learning journey.
On the morning of June 4, first our wonderful island guide Tommy Long, and later, Micheál de Mórdha spent a good deal of time with students in the Blasket Centre. After watching the documentary film about the Blasket people, Micheál talked with us about the beautiful art glass piece at the font of the entrance to the centre – Róisín de Buitléar’s art glass wall, “The Journey” – the largest secular glass work in Ireland. He welcomed the students and gave an introduction to the centre and its exhibits, and they had a bit of time to explore on their own.
We had a delightful group lunch in the café – our friend, Christy Mac Gearailt runs the café (the An tIascaire Restaurant) and makes delicious cakes and deserts and the best fish and chips I’ve ever tasted. Students loved the fish and chips and were delighted to have some time to slow down a bit and have a good meal. The café is a lovely place – situated so that you can see the Great Blasket out of large windows all along one wall. They were excited about going out to the island, the next day. It was good to see their engagement with the history and culture of the Blasket people and I was eager for them to experience the island.