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Ireland Trip - Day 5 - Ireland

N 51.65078°, W 09.90935°

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=loc:51.65078%2C-09.90935

We're back at Castletownbere on the quay alongside many very serious fishing vessels. We intend to overnight here and go over to Bear Island for tomorrow's parkrun.

It's fair to say the instructions on the parkrun website regarding making this happen are vague, and the logistics complicated. Basically, park runners have to get a foot ferry over to the island, then take a bus 8km to the start, do the parkrun, make an obligatory cafe visit, then make the return journey. None of the timings or logistics were clear so Emma rang the ferry operator to see if they could throw any light on the matter.

It turns out, in a very southwest Ireland kind of way, that the ferry boat owner knows the 'critical link' bus driver, and the organiser of the parkrun; and indeed even does the parkrun himself. Furthermore, the ferry sailing timings are 'flexible' and he sails back and forth to the island as needs must, in addition to and sometimes instead of the times shown in his published timetable. He even offered to take the truck over on a one-off journey if that suited us best.

We're now much clearer and simultaneously none the wiser on what tomorrow ought to bring.

I'm sure it all makes sense if you are Irish.

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