We left Killarney this morning under bluish skys. Our journey was towards Ballydehob where our friends on the island of Paros, Karin and Michael, lived and ran a small supermarket. I had emailed Karin about a possible visit there and she sent directions. Even so, we wandered around a bit taking in the sights while we looked for their place. We really enjoyed the beauty of the surroundings in this area down south. We drove through Macroom, Ballylickey, Bantry and Leap before finally arriving in Ballydehob.
Sign on the building: Drink First & Then The Story.
Karin had mentioned a place called Vaughn's Hardware and that if we found it, we had gone too far. I stopped one guy and asked if he knew where it was. "Up the street on your left, but it's gone out of business." We did look for it anyway but couldn't find it. Finally, I went into the small post office--Karin had said that she thought their store might have become the post office.
There was a friendly woman inside on the phone but she put it down to talk to me. I asked her if this used to be a supermarket. She said yes and I told her I knew the former owners. She instantly asked, "Karin and Michael?" We found the place! Her name is Bridy and she said to give her best regards to them.
This is Danno. He was the heavyweight wrestling champion of the World 1935-1936. He defended his title 133 times and was a weight lifter and the World's Strongest Man. This is also the side of their building with their apartment upstairs.
I see there is a supermarket in need of owners.
Now sweetly lies old Ireland
Emerald green beyond the foam,
Awakening sweet memories,
Calling the heart back home.