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Posted by spiceloft on February 15, 2004 at 17:46:36:
In Reply to: Re: Changing Town posted by Jean on February 15, 2004 at 17:31:26:
I was in Castlebar last weekend. Some parts looking very run down, especially the Mall end of Castle Street. I still gat saddened by the state of the convent. I happened to meet a retired nun here in Tralee yesterday who boarded in the convent many years ago and she was heart broken at the state of the site when she was passing through recently. Spencer Park is another black spot. All the trees that survuved the years of colonialism, famine and poverty are virtually wiped out.
It's still a friendly place though. I felt perfectly secure strolling down Main St at midnight, chatting to a few familar faces and some friendly taxi drivers. Pat Moran runs a clean and friendly house in Spencer St and Johnny's has enough of the auld stock left to feel at home. Tony and Anne keep the Welcome in the Inn. Sunday morning is a good time to stroll and meet and greet. The rugby crowd were assembled at the Mall and The Mall has enough character left to wander around and feel local. The old grave yard is fascinating to look around since the clean up. Wally Tighe showed me a grave of a Connaught Ranger, Cptn Sheridan, killed in action in France in 1916. It's best to face the lake though because if you turn around, the Golden Arches and Aldi, Tesco et al dominate the view.
A top class Sunday lunch in the Imperial set me up for the road home. It's still a great town!
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