Day 87: Arboreal Tryst?

Kilkee is a seaside town in County Clare. Though they are not as well-known as the Cliffs of Moher, near Kilkee are cliffs that are just as spectacular, with some lovely stretches of sandy beach. Laetitia and her group spent the day doing beach and cliff walks. Laetitia usually made it a point in Ireland to go to a pub sometime in late afternoon before going to dinner. The gossip she picked up at pubs was unreliable, but sometimes made for interesting limericks. Today’s offering is one such example.

When a randy colleen from Kilkee
Was desirous of sex in a tree
Said her boyfriend young Earl,
“I ain’t no bloody squirrel,”
And “you’d best let that idea be.”

Day 52: Work Jerk

Kanturk is a market town located where the Allow and Dallow Rivers join before flowing into the Blackwater. The town’s emblem is the boar’s head; the translation of Deann Toirc, the town’s name in Gaelic.

Near the town is a fortified manor house built in 1609 called Kanturk Castle. Laetitia and her group visited the castle, which is now a ruin. Later they did a hike on the Brown Mountain Trail that skirts along the edge of Lough Dan with highland scenery and waterfalls. At the pub that afternoon, Laetitia heard a group of women complaining about a man they worked with, and the conversation became the limerick of the day.

An aggressive young clerk from Kanturk
Had a penchant to lurk after work
Trying vainly to date
Each colleen who worked late
But they mostly just smirked at the jerk.

Day 40: Rude Dude

Laetitia took her group to the Gallarus Oratory. It is an exquisitely crafted dry stone building likely built during the twelfth century. The building was constructed entirely without mortar, and the stones fit so tightly together that the building is waterproof. The term “oratory” usually describes a place for private prayer rather than a church. While they were there, a spat between a visitor named Ian and his girlfriend gave Laetitia the limerick of the day.

At the stone oratory Gallarus
Ian raved ‘bout the ladies of Paris
‘Til his Irish colleen
Swore an oath so obscene
That it did the rude bloke much embarrass.