March 31, 2008

Welcome to the third world - Galway

Most people go to Nimmo's Pier to feed the swans and the ducks. But there are always plenty of scavengers there to lend a beak or two, like these two Jackdaws.

There are times when I wonder if we're are living in a modern city at all. Yet another water outage occurred on Friday on Galway's Westside - due to a burst pipe, apparently [and suspiciously close to nearby roadworks]. Between power outages and a clapped-out water supply, there are times when one's patience runs thin with some of Galway's raggedy-arsed 'charm'.

On the plus side [for me, at least], the onset of Spring means that I get to travel to work [well, travel to the train station] in daylight - around 6.45am every morning. It's not a bad trip either - along Salthill Prom, down by South Park and the Claddagh and then over Wolfe Tone bridge and past the Spanish Arch. These mornings, there's usually a few swans flying in formation along the path of the river, and there's nothing quite like a group of swans in flight.

Posted by monasset at March 31, 2008 08:25 PM

Greetings from Canada,

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I like seeing your pictures and reading your words. I can't tell you how much I would love to take that train trip myself. Outstanding work & thanks for taking the time to share it with us! All the best.

Posted by: Gord at April 1, 2008 09:10 AM

i love these pictures. it's been about five years now since i've been to galway and walked down to the claddagh and seen perhaps the parents of these very swans... i love your photos.

Posted by: laurie at April 1, 2008 02:34 PM

Great photo John!
heard on Galway Bay FM yesterday that there is an outbreak of Cryptosporidium in Connemara now...third world indeed...

Posted by: Michelle at April 1, 2008 04:12 PM