The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Thursday, August 14, 2003
Carndonagh is a bit of a surprise. They have this very new Library with Internet access. The sleepy little town is bustling and there appear to be many changes. Ireland must be going through some kind of economic boom time. There is a great deal of construction of new homes. We are waiting to get into our B&B here. There seems to be a Golf tournement going on and everything is booked so we do not have a place to stay yet for Friday night. We have reservations in Dublin but that is not until Saturday. We were having lunch in the same pub where we ate a lot of our meals in 1998. The place has doubled in size with a huge new dance hall and it was packed for lunch at 2:00pm. I could not believe the number of people in the pub, and there was gridlock trying to drive through Carndonaugh.

This part of Ireland is incredibly beautiful. We are heading up to Malin Head as soon as we get our luggage dropped off.




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Special Days

August 15, 1815

With the singing of the Te Deum in the Abbey Chapel of the Abbey of San Felice, Giano del Umbria, Gaspar del Bufalo and three companions began the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Happy Anniversary everyone!

Two days after this illustrious feast, I will celebrate my birthday with an Irish Feast and great Irish music at
Gogarty's in Temple Bar, Dublin. My sister is making a great deal of what she refers to as the sunset days of my 40s. Yes, on August 17 I turn 50. yikes! I could not think of a better way to celebrate it. I am going to have a great party with more Irish Music on August 23rd when I return home to California.



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Greetings from Donegal. We stayed at Castle Murray House on St. John's Point nearl Dunkineely. The views were fabulous. It was inhabited with a lot of French and the restaurant was a French Restaurant. So today on the trip to Carndonaugh is like a return to the Irish Countryside. Yesterday we had a gloroius day in the Irish outback with trips to Glencollumkille and Ardara. The woman who helped me buy a sweater there five years ago was still there, and helped my sister buy a few sweaters. She did the same thing, took one look at us, asked us what we were looking for and returned several minutes later with just the right sweater in the right size. If you are looking for Hand knitted Aran sweaters, Kennedy's in Ardara is the place to go.

Internet access in the Irish Country side is slow and not too reliable. The blogging I did yesterday is lost in Cyberspace. I may blog a bit from Dublin when we get there on Saturday.



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