Friday, May 25
by Chris Kimpston, sophomore bass
Without the expectation of a concert later during the day, Drake Choir departed for the destination of Killarney. After a lovely breakfast, we set our sights on the day ahead. While riding a couple of hours on the bus, we had the opportunity to see some of the beautiful landscape of Ireland. While all of Ireland has been beautiful so far, the free day of sightseeing provided the perfect opportunity to view the natural Ireland countryside in its full beauty. Additionally, the unnaturally warm and sunny weather allowed a clear view from our seats inside the coaches. As Anita, one of our tour guides, has told us, Ireland is known for having “40 shades of green.” Before this tour, I would have laughed and dismissed this as a clever turn-of-phrase on Ireland's lush natural landscape. However, after spending time touring both the city and the countryside, it is easy to see why Ireland is associated with the color green. While shamrocks and leprechauns occupy the imagination as defined by stereotypes, it’s evident why the color would inhabit the stereotypes of Ireland; as we drove past many different farms and wove through the roads of the different properties and towns, it was evident just how blessed the Irish land truly is.
We made a stop in Waterford for a coffee/bathroom break, and had enough time to make a stop at the famous Waterford Crystal store. Waterford Crystal, founded in 1783, is the best crystal in the world.
One interesting bit is that the solid pitch emitted by the object when struck lightly can identify the genuine quality of Waterford Crystal. It has been used for chandeliers in Westminster Abbey, the New Year’s giant crystal ball that drops every year in Times Square, and even the NCAA Football Championship trophy. Needless to say, it was a beautiful store, and I was sure not to touch anything. As my grandmother tells me, I can be a “bull in a china closet.”
After we departed from Waterford, we traveled to Blarney and some members of the choir took the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney
Stone. It’s located at Blarney Castle, and is said to give anyone who kisses it “the gift of gab,” meaning the ability to speak influentially/convincingly. Many of the future businessmen, salesman, and lawyers of the Drake Choir were sure to try to touch their lips to the rock in this tradition, and only time will tell if it’s true.
After arriving in the lovely town of Killarney, we had a great dinner together here in the International Hotel, and are now energized and refreshed for another day of touring, as well as another concert. With only two concerts left, we are enjoying every opportunity to sing, and will certainly enjoy doing so at St. Mary's Church tomorrow evening.
Here is the link to Friday, May 25th photos: