Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Google Trip Map for Ireland Pilgrimage

Updated March 23, 2009, to correct the location of Blarney.

The Google Map, below, shows the entire Ireland Pilgrimage Itinerary, with one pre-trip day from Dublin to Bulgaden. The official trip starts at Shannon Airport, marked as placemark "C."

Use the navigation toolbar (the "+" symbol) to zoom in on each destination of our trip including placemarkers for the exact location of hotels, and the general driving routes from place to place.

Click Here to View Larger Map for More Detail!

On the larger map, you can zoom in, "pull the map around" by holding your left mouse button down while dragging your mouse, etc. Using the "satellite view" you can take a virtual tour!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Our Lady of Sorrows Choir: Updates

Update on December 31, 2009:
Our Lady of Sorrows Choir Christmas Concert -- December 23, 24, 2009 -- is now posted with links to YouTube videos and downloadable MP3's

Update on June 13, 2009: See Cathy's photos and the link to her Shutterfly slide show:

Update on June 9, 2009:
At long last, a blog update!! Alas, our Ireland choir pilgrimage didn't leave enough time to update our blog while in Ireland (between daytime singing and touring and nighttime searches for Irish music!) But then the blogmeister was off to Holland, Belgium, France, California, and Illinois for three weeks after the end of the choir tour of Ireland, and has been in "catch-up mode" ever since. Now, finally, some updates! With many many thanks to Dan Ruffin and his first experimentation with a new camera, see videos of the choir singing across Ireland: Dan Ruffin's Videos of OLOS Choir in Ireland at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=oloschoir

In other postings from today:
See also a slide show of some of Bev Fuss's photos, and sheepdogs rounding up sheep on the Kissane Farm, Molls Gap, Kenmare. (See: http://oloschoir.blogspot.com/search/label/Photos%20by%20Bev%20Fuss)

Updates on March 27, 2009:
Dublin Temperature and 4-day forecast added at top right column.
Maryland and Ireland time clocks moved to just below the "Topics/Labels Links" on the right column.
"Learn an Irish Word a Day" feature added to the bottom of the page! You can read, click and listen to Irish phrases.

Update on March 23, 2009: Corrected location for Blarney Castle on the Google Map.

Updates on St Patrick's Day: March 17, 2009:
See the Google Map of Ireland with placemarkers showing all the main itinerary destinations for the entire trip! The Google Map shows the entire Ireland Pilgrimage Itinerary, with one pre-trip day from Dublin to Bulgaden. The official trip starts at Shannon Airport. Zoom in on map details, including the pinpointed location for our hotels!

Click here or see the new map on this blog

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Pilgrimage to Ireland: Hotels

Updated April 23, 2009: Quality Inn at Killarney only has "pay as you go" internet access. See details, below.
Updated March 7, 2009: Confirmed hotels, including websites and locations
Updated March 9, 2009: Angela of Peter's Way confirms internet access in Killarney.

Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2: Clayton Hotel, Galway
Website: http://www.claytonhotelgalway.ie/
Address: Clayton Hotel - Ballybrit - Galway - Tel: (from US) 011 353 91 721 900 (Calls locally in Ireland: 091 721 900)
Internet access: Free wireless internet in lobby, free broadband connection in rooms; charge for internet access from the in-room TV.

Sunday, May 3: Absolute Hotel in Limerick
Website: http://www.absolutehotel.com/
Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick, Ireland Tel: 011 353 61 463-600 Fax: 011 353 61 463-601 Email: info@absolutehotel.com
Internet access: free web access broadband in rooms, and wi-fi throughout hotel; charge for internet access from the in-room TV.

Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5: Quality Hotel in Killarney
Cork Road , Killarney, IE | Phone: From US: 011 353 64 31555 Fax: 011 353 64 32438
Websites: http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-killarney-ireland-IE064
NO Internet access (wired/wireless) in the hotel, but there are "pay as you go" computers in lobby and business center, at 1 euro per minute (about $1.40 per minute)

Wednesday, May 6: Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny
Website: http://www.newparkhotel.com/Newpark_Hotel/index.html
Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny, Ireland
Tel: (from US) 011 353 56 7760500, Fax: (from US) 011 353 56 7760555
Internet access: free web access broadband in some rooms, and wi-fi in other rooms and throughout the hotel; charge for internet access from an internet computer in the public area.

Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8: Jurys Inn Parnell Hotel in Dublin
Website: http://dublinhotels.jurysinns.com/jurysinn_parnellstreet
Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin, 1, Ireland
Tel: from US: 011 353 1 878 4900 Fax: 011 353 1 878 4999
Internet access: In-room access: 5 euros for 1 hour, 10 euros for 24 hrs (broadband); wireless in lobby and 2nd floor bar, at same prices.

NOTES on telephoning Ireland:
From the US, all calls to Ireland start with 011 (international access code) 353 (Ireland's country code) and then the rest of the number, dropping the leading "0".

Within Ireland, use the leading "0"

Example: Phone our hotel in Dublin from the US: 011 353 1 878 4900
Phone locally from Dublin: 01 878 4900

Updated: March 7, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

Variety Show, March 28, 2009, 6:30pm, at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall:

Variety Show, March 28, 2009, 6:30pm, at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall:
Leprechauns led all to a night of
Variety Show, March 28, 2009, 6:30pm, at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall

at our famous Dinner and Variety Show Hosted by the Our Lady of Sorrows Choir

Location: Our Lady of Sorrows Church - Parish Hall

Saturday March 28, 2009, at 6:30pm
featuring scrumptious home cooked foods,
a delightful assortment of local talent & a cash bar.

This evening of fun and congeniality supported the Choir's pilgrimage to Ireland in May 2009.

Photos and sound tracks to be posted soon!