The coastal town of Bundoran is enigmatic of any small town that has a high and low season. As we enter into the summer months there are signs that this town is slowly coming to life through the clamor for restaurant seating and general street congestion of a once sleepy seaside town.
A group of us went on a morning coastal walk to explore the tide pools, rock formations and sea cliffs exposing the green, blue Atlantic waters.
On the three-mile trek we encountered a monument to King Lir (see button below for more information), algae and small amounts of dulse in the tide pools, and ragged sea cliffs that are reminiscence of the east side of Oahu like Makapu'u.
Ancient and modern Irish do not commonly eat algae even though it is plentiful along the shoreline. Slowly this practice is growing in addition to finding new ways to use the algae---spa treatments, food products and biomass for biofuel. Many of the fossils embedded in the rocks are polyps or feather fans and small shells.
One of the many surprising experiences of my visit to Ireland has been the heritage locations managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW). These government offices commandingly handle the education for tours with highly trained and passionate guides. So far my visits to Donegal Castle, Knowth Passagetombs and Kilmainham Gaol/Jail were amazing and some of the best tour I've had to a heritage or cultural site.
The other governing system that has been impressive are the mandates and grants offered by the European Union (EU) to encourage Ireland and other EU countries to clean up longstanding environmental issues like sewage, erosion and preservation of natural resources. I wonder how Hawai'i's cultural sites could be better handled with a stronger infrastructure of support and outreach.