Day 50: Bunyan Trunnion

Ballybunion is a beach community famous for its world-class golf course at the Ballybunion Golf Club, founded in 1893. American President Bill Clinton played there, and a statue in the town commemorates the event. It is a small community with a population of about 1,300, with the usual pubs, amusement arcades, and fast-food stands typical of a beach town. It is host to the International Bachelor Festival that draws bachelors from around the world to Ballybunion every year for a week of events.

Laetitia and her group spent the day exploring the beaches, cliffs, and sea caves in the area. Late that afternoon the happy hour talk was about the Bachelor Festival, and there was a rumor circulating that the event was once attended by Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack from North America. Laetitia distilled the conversation in the limerick of the day.

Dreamed a maid from the town Ballybunion
Of wild love with that giant, Paul Bunyan
‘Til a lass from the woods
Who on Paul had the goods
Claimed his trunnion was small as a grunion.

Note: A grunion is a sardine-size Pacific Ocean fish found mostly off the coast of California

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