Here are some photos and video of traveling to Ireland for a wedding along with some
business as well. These are from Carlingford in county Louth, a beautiful sea-side town where Tina's parents reside.


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After arriving from a decent flight (the 'Rouge' plan was definitely no frills), I decided to go for a wander
rather than succumb to going to bed too early. I thought this sign in town was pretty fun.


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As soon as I got into Carlingford, I decided that I wanted to walk up this hill, so before having dinner, I went
up to explore the area while the sun was still out. You get a bit of a look down the path to the seaside. I thought
these flowers were nice.


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The entire hillside was covered with sheep as they graze the hills in between the rock fences.


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The view down to the harbour as I started climbing higher.


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The rocks and shrubs in this area were mostly a yellow-flowering cactus-like plant along with these low bushes.


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As I started going higher, there were a few signs like this to guide the way.


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A look at the rock slopes along with the peak I'm heading to.


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The ground itself was pretty boggy and soft, due to the large amount of rain this area (and all of Ireland) gets.


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The view from the top of Slieve Foy (or Carlingford Mountain) looking to the south to Dublin.


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This mound was up at the top of the mountain so I had to pee off of it. Elevation 588 metres.


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A geological survey marker on the top of the concrete structure. Did I mention I ran up here in about an hour?

Video of the view from the top of Slieve Foy



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There was a decent amount of heat haze around so the view from the top wasn't as good, but it was still
pretty terrific.


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Sheep along the hillside.


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These yellow-flowering cactus-like bushes. I'm not sure what they are yet.


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The mama sheep was bleating at me here.


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I saw this little three-wheeled oyster cart in Carlingford and thought it was funny.


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This company calls inflatable castles 'disco domes', which I found funny.


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The later evening can be my favourite time of day for the light levels around water. This is Carlingford
harbour.


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An older battlement still in Castleford. This town is considered one of the older intact Medieval towns
and I definitely enjoyed wandering around in it.


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My friend Justin Zhao also made the trip from San Jose. Here he is at the Four Seasons Carlingford, looking
out onto the back garden.


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Here is Maurice and Alan, about 30 minutes before Maurice's wedding.


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Steve was gracious enough to drive Justin and I all around Ireland. Here he is in front of the beautiful
church that Maurice and Tina would be wed in.


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Yes, I wore my wife's favourite tie, even though she wasn't with me.


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Steve, Maurice, and I just before the big event.


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The classic getaway car.


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Inside the church, you could see that it has been exceptionally well-maintained.


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Maurice and Tina in the church. I keep telling myself that church photos never turn out, but I still feel
compelled to capture some of the moment.


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Maurice and Tina exchanging vows.


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Maurice and Tina signing the register.


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Alan, congratulating the lucky couple.


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In between the wedding and reception, we did what most Irish would do and retired to the pub. Here's
Steve in front of PJ's.


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Alan, Nigel, and Justin enjoying some Guinness (Alan said that only in Ireland will he drink Guinness so
he had been waiting 1 year, 7 months, and 4 days to enjoy this one).


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Maurice and Tina wandering around their guests at their reception.


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The day after the wedding (the bride and groom danced until 5:30am!), the boys and I were invited to
spend the afternoon visiting in Tina's parents' back yard. This is the view they have from their
garden! Justin, Steve, and Alan are enjoying the view.


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Add Maurice and look back towards the water. They call this a 'Lough', even though it's seawater and is
properly a bay.


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Me, Maurice, Justin, Steve, and Alan from Denmark (really from Cork).

A few videos of the music-making at Tina's parents' place


Making music - 'Grace'


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Maurice and his beautiful bride Tina.


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I actually convinced Maurice to take his shades off and get a bit of a smile in here.


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One of Maurice's uncles brought an accordion to the BBQ that the hotel hosted for them that evening.


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Alan and I, along with Steve and Justin at the BBQ.


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After the BBQ, we made our way to another pub and found quite a number of hen and stag parties. I also found
the best dodgeballer in history.


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The bar actually managed to stick an electric keyboard and a full drum set under the stairs, so we sang along
with some great music while we were merry-making.


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I was taking a photo of my friend Eamon when this photo bomb happened. Yowza! Them's some crazy eyes!


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Maurice and a couple of his friends.


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Maurice and Tina dancing and visiting.


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Alan and Maurice's cousin.


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These guys carried my favourite board for awhile outside the bar.


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After fighting our way through a pretty tough crowd, I earned myself some curry chips! No night is complete
in Ireland without curry chips. The boys call this 'soakage'.


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Later, when we got back to our hotel, we found this interesting snack.


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On hangover day 2, we were treated to a terrific hurling match between Tipperary and Limerick. Alan
hosted 9 of his colleagues and had to teach them about the match. This is Navdeep, Yasmin, Alan, and Abhinay.


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The hurling pitch at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.


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The boys playing hurling. Check out the bright Tip jerseys.

Video looking around the hurling pitch



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Anoop, Abhinay, and Alan at the match. It was SOOO bright that I burned my big forehead on this day, even
through two layers of sunscreen.

Video of the hurling match of Limerick v Tip



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After a tough back-and-forth game, Limerick pulled off an upset and beat the better-ranked Tipperary. Then the
fans stormed the field.


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It got a little nutty in the stands. Shockingly, there is no beer served at the match at all. My buddy Dave Tobin
tells me it's because these games are crazy enough without beer involved.

Video of the aftermath of the game



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We stayed at the University of Limerick dorms, so I picked up some Canadian for the common fridge. 20 Euro for
20 beer! Much cheaper than Canada!

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