Sunday, 4 March 2012

Phil Kelly exhibition

A retrospective exhibition for Phil Kelly is on show in Dublin. The first night preview was attended by YC, Emma, and Andrew & Diane Walker. For those not quite au fait with the connection, Phil Kelly was YC's mother's cousin. Phil was married to Ruth who organised the exhibition at the Mexican Embassy. It was very interesting and enjoyable. Both the Mexican ambassador and Seamus Heaney gave very moving speeches about Phil. Afterwards we adjourned to Bewley's Hotel for a convivial meal with Ruth and friends.

left - Emma, Andrew, Diane (photo of Phil Kelly in background)
right - Emma, Ruth

YC and Emma stayed a couple of extra days. When they were not walking on the coastal path at Howth (spotting gannets and hooded crows), they took in a rugby match in the shadow of the Aviva Stadium [former Lansdowne Road] and visited the odd pub or two. YC doesn't usually touch a drop unless the weather is particularly hot. But on this occasion he felt it diplomatic to keep Emma company with the odd half or two of Guinness and locally brewed stout. To his surprise, he enjoyed it, and will have to keep trying new brews. On that note, he ran a fell race today. The raging fellrunner's thirst now needs slaking...

left - Aviva Stadium from Lansdowne Road DART station
right - Wanderers FC on the charge against Boyne FC (a highly entertaining game which Wanderers won with the last drop kick of the game)