In the afternoon we took a boat ride (glass enclosed, so no fear about cold or wind), on Lough Leane near Killarney. I had envisioned a peaceful, serene private journey. Here's what we had: in the open back of the boat was an animated 'hen party' with mimosas and laughter. Our captain and guide would occasionally broadcast the big national horse race, in between pointing out people fishing and naming the islands. (His horse did not win) At first, my unmet expectations caused a bit of frustration.... Then I looked around and realized that "we are on a beautiful lake, on a gorgeous day, in IRELAND, of all places!!!!" So I said hello to a young woman behind me, learned about the June wedding, readjusted my expectations, and enjoyed the ride, Irish style!
I fully expect (there go those expectations again) to regain the ability to post photos once we reach our Waterford hotel tomorrow night. Be prepared for the onslaught!!