Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Tourists Have Docked

This week, we'll have two cruise ships docking in town. On Friday, the Queen Elizabeth will arrive--that is apparently a massive ship. Today is the MS Oriana, a ship that has been coming here for a few years, I think. It carries 1800 passengers (more than the population of the town) and 760 crew members.
The passengers have various options when they disembark. They can take a bus to Donegal Town or the one to Slieve League and Glencolmcille. They can also choose to stay in town. We saw a lot of them today. Some were studying the walking tour map, some were taking pictures on the pier, some were enjoy coffee/tea and baked goods at a local cafe, some were having fish and chips at The Seafood Shack by the pier. The Bayview Hotel always has an arts and crafts fair. The town seems to be doing a good job of promoting itself, because the number of cruise ships docking here has been increasing year on year.
We walked down on one of the piers and I was struck by the lines on this ship--they make a nice abstract design.
As we were walking towards the pier, I noticed this commemorative stone. I must've passed it many times since we've been back and had not noticed it until today.
Last year was the centenary of the Easter Rising--an important step towards Ireland gaining independence and there were a lot of commemorations of various kinds around the country. 

By now the passengers will be getting back on the boat if they haven't already done so, since it'll be setting sail soon. Looks like it was a good day for all the little businesses in town and tomorrow everyone can start to prepare for the huge ship on Friday. I hope the passengers enjoyed their visit to Killybegs and this part of Co Donegal.

I hope this day brings you some new experiences, too.

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