Tuesday, April 07, 2009

*Great News*

The government have agreed to honour their promise to build a unit for patients in Ireland who have cystic fibrosis. It goes to show just what can be accomplished if people unite for common purpose. Of course, one is cautiously optimistic when taking in this information as promises do, and have been in the past, get broken. The money still doesn't exist for the building of the unit, but it will be built, just paid for in a different way than was previously agreed. I'm not too sure on the details as I went on a spontaneous vacation while all this was going on, and could only make out the news based on the emails I received.

On Saturday night, my friend rang me and suggested we took a break to Drumoland Castle in the west of Ireland for a few days. I'm on Easter break and naturally have a pile of study to be doing, so it was obvious that this would be the perfect distraction. Drumoland Castle is a magnificent place and the beauty of the place is truly breathtaking.

We went on a horse riding trek whilst we were there which was fun. I have only ever really sat on a horse once, so when he (the instructor) was judging our abilities, I had to stretch the truth a bit because I was afraid I'd get stuck in the arena place. The minute I was on the horse, riding it alone, I questioned why I always have to exaggerate my abilities to instructors! But I was fine.

Then we took bicycles that afternoon and cycled around the castle grounds, or a fraction of them at least.

We then went for the tastiest, most delicious afternoon tea in the castle I have ever had. In. My. LIFE. If they made afternoon tea in drive-thru form, I would buy a parking space to get it every day. Seriously.

Following afternoon tea, we played a game of tennis. That was quite tiring, as we were already feeling the effects of horses and bicycles, and neither of us could play tennis to much of a standard, but we both insisted on seeing who was better. I think it was the constant walking to pick up the ball which wore me out.

Today, we checked out of the castle and went to the cliffs of Moher. They were scary but amazing. They have a very high peak of the cliff blocked off because there are no barriers, and you're about a zillion feet up high, but about a few feet from your death should you slip. So that was terrifying. And I shall not be telling everyone I know that because a lot of other people were doing it, we too climbed the barrier and went for the dangerous 'do not go beyond this point' walk. Oh wait....

Well, I just won't post photos.

And now that I'm home, it's back to planning study.