Week 1 Ireland – Dublin
Highlights from my first week in Ireland.
First, I think I left out one tiny detail in explaining my plans for Ireland. I guess I should mention that assisting me in doing all that stuff I mentioned in previous posts, is my travel companion Greg Wright: part-time research assistant, part-time body guard (my mom thinks I need one?), part-time 2 am sounding board, and full-time boyfriend.
We arrived in Dublin around 8 am on Thursday June 7. While I was still smiling then, I definitely would not advise arriving in a new country in the morning hours if it can be helped. Unfortunately for me, the cheapest airfare didn’t really give me any options on timing. If you do arrive in the morning, make sure you’ve worked it out in advance so that you have bed upon arrival. Everyone may not need a place to crash after a 13 plus hour flight, but honestly it is a good safety precaution either way because even if you don’t pass out you need a safe place for your luggage. No one wants to be dragging a suitcase any further than necessary.
That said, we got a great deal on a hostel in Dublin and were able to rest up and try to coop with the jet lag. It was situated in the older part of the city which had lots of interesting things to see while getting adjusted to the country.
We stayed in Dublin near the River Liffey, while I met with a professor at the University College Dublin and explored the UCD’s Folklore Collection as a potential resource for my research.
I spoke with Dr. Ronnie Moore and got clear direction about the possibilities of my research. These meetings were immensely informative for my research. Perhaps, the biggest take away for me from our talks was a realization that focusing on “healers” per-say is not really the way to go. In regard to Irish folk cures, the people who “have a cure” for the most part possess it because of unusual characteristic or circumstance or as a birth right of sorts. Instead, I think I will give my attention to the knowledge of folk medicine and the use of folk healing by the average person. More on the contemplation of this talk later.