Subject: re: Northwest Ireland

The Los Angeles Times published a nice feature article on The Burren two Sundays ago. They even included a description of wildflower walks. Here is a link to the article along with a link to the Burren's web site.

One of the highlights of my trip to NW Ireland (besides the golf) was a visit to the grave of William Butler Yeats. I studied Yeats in school and even wrote a paper on his work so I was keen to visit his grave at Drumcliffe Church near Sligo. It was a mystical kind of place in the shadow of Ben Bulben, one of the highest points in Ireland. Yeats wrote his own epitaph -

Under bare Ben Bulben's head In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid. An ancestor was rector there Long years ago, a church stands near, By the road an ancient cross. No marble, no conventional phrase; On limestone quarried near the spot By his command these words are cut: Cast a cold eye On life, on death. Horseman, pass by!

We saw no other tourists in the 30 minutes we were there. It was a very cool experience that is still vivid in my memory. I hope you get the chance to see it too!

Mark Los Angeles