The short article that caught my attention was entitled “New Year’s Day Swim”. I discovered it while flipping through The Mayo News. Its first sentence read: “The annual charity swim in aid of the Achill Island Lifeboat will take place on New Year’s Day at the Blue Flag Silver Strand Beach, Dugort at 1 pm.” I had often heard about this special event and knew immediately that I would take part this year.
It is a beautiful Sunday morning. Munich is covered with a thin layer of snow. We are sitting on the train, enjoying the view and looking forward to our winter hike on the Schliersberg.
Just after seven we leave our appartment. We walk to the train station and take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. We want to hike through the Partnachklamm up to Eckbauer.
Just before six we enter the church. It is absolutely packed. People are lining up behind the last row of seats. This is no ordinary mass.
On Monday – while visiting my parents in Peiting – I realised once again how beautiful the area is in which I grew up. I felt that very vigorously on the Kalvarienberg (calvary hill).
One year ago, I started blogging here on IrishBayrisch. A lot of things have happened since then. Surprises included. Time for a little reflection.
The UEFA EURO 2016 in France is over. Portugal is European football champion. For the first time ever. European football fan champions in my opinion are the Irish. Again. With their merry and creative singing and activities, they showed the world how wonderful and entertaining it can be to support and celebrate your own team with full dedication. One song out of their repertoire woke up very special memories: The Fields of Athenry.
During the last two weeks, work brought me up to Erlangen for a couple days. So I finally was able to visit the Kitzmann BräuSchänke (brew pub) after passing it dozens of times.
100 years ago today, on 24 April 1916, a minority of Irish men and women led an armed insurrection against British rule to gain independence. While the series of events, that are now known as the Easter Rising, were neither the start nor the end on the long path to a free Ireland, they have a very special place in Irish history and the hearts of Irish people all over the world.