Day 85: A Rock and a Hard Place

Laetitia took her group to The Burren National Park. The name is derived from the Gaelic word bhoireann, which means “stony place.” The park features bare and fissured expanses of carboniferous limestone, hiding caves underneath. It is an area of Bronze Age and Iron Age fortresses, ancient monuments, tombs, and burial grounds. It was a great place to hide out.

During the English Civil War, Sir Henry Ludlow, a member of Cromwell’s army, described the Burren as “a country where there is not enough water to drown a man, wood to hang one, nor earth to bury him.” The group spent the day in the area and got back to their lodgings too late to have a drink in the bar, so Laetitia simply made up a limerick to be presented at dinner.

An Ulsterman who came from Curran
Enticed a young lass to the Burren
But the rock was too hard
And he wasn’t a bard
So she caught a plane back to Van Buren.