While on my second trip to Ireland in 2002, I read a humorous Irish welcome sign pinned to the wall in Tony McGann’s pub in Doolin, County Clare. I created my own version of the sign as a free offer to encourage you to sign up for my newsletter, and to follow my blog, or social media accounts about my writing journey.
McGann’s Pub in Doolin is still one of my fondest memories of Ireland, so I’ll share my story with you.
Six of us pulled into the pub’s parking lot on a Wednesday eve, just as the sun set over the sea. Tony, the owner, came out to meet us. He asked how we found his pub and we showed him the article written about him in a travel book. He borrowed a pair of our glasses, slipped them on, and was stunned to read about himself in the book.
Inside the pub were two or three customers, a barkeeper and one server. Our family group chatted about our plans, and how we wished we could remain in Doolin and explore. We ordered fresh fish chowder—the absolute BEST I’ve ever eaten, but my tongue went numb. I asked if there were scallops in it, (allergy) and sure enough there were. My heart dropped that I would miss out, it was so delicious!
The server returned and told me Tony would make my own bowl without scallops, if I’d wait for it. He would? You bet!
By this time, a band played cheerful tunes, and I noticed the pub was filled to the brim with customers—they all smiled and nodded at us, when we glanced at them. Our poor server was run off her feet! When Tony brought me my customized bowl of fish chowder, I asked him where all the people came from. There weren’t many homes or buildings, and Doolin had one main street.
“Darlin’,” Tony grinned, “word got out we had Americans visitin’ us. No one wants to miss out on catchin’ a glimpse of ya. We love Americans.”
🙂 And we love the Irish.
*The debut novel I’m writing, the first book in a three-book series, begins in Ireland circa 1860s. This series is based on my quirky relatives—from my great grandfather as he emigrated from County Kerry with his siblings, to my grandfather, born here in the USA.