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25 km from Galway city lies the small town of Athenry (Athenrai). As the bus whizzed past, our tour guide played a song (ballad) on the audio system that gave us a sense of the Great Irish Famine (1845 – 1850), the potato famine that had killed over a million men, women and children.
The song mentions a farmer, Michael from Athenry who stole a few heads of corn (from Lord Trevelyan’s field) to feed his starving children but got caught, imprisoned and deported to Australia (Botany Bay). In the ballad, Michael tells Mary to raise their child with dignity.
Watch the haunting Irish ballad on Youtube.
In 480 AD, St. Brigid arrived with her nuns and decided to build an 'abbey' in this quaint village under an oak tree. the name of the village evolves from Cill Dara or the Church of the oak. Kildare gradually developed into a market town.
Kildare village is a chic shopper's paradise sporting trendy designer labels such as DKNY, Calvin Klein, Hackett, Lacoste, Clarks... Factory outlets like Nike, Levi's, North West also have their presence there.
Take a look at what's in store for the eyes and of course for the pocket!!!
Dr Premanand M E
Into the wide wide open.
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