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Subject: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 01:57 PM

Hi folks - an information thread tying together all the things you might want to know before this weekend!

Date:


Friday 28 February - 3 March 2003

Hostel information:


Barholm Budget Self-catering Accommodation
http://www.barholmportaferry.co.uk/

11 The Strand, Portaferry, Co Down, N. Ireland, BT22 lPF
Telephone & +44 (0)28 427 29598 Fax +44 (0)28 427 29784
Email Reservations & Inquiries: info@barholmportaferry.co.uk

£12.00 GBP per person per night
Self-catering with fully-equipped kitchen, or meals can also be booked with the caterers for an extra charge.

Room 2 - sleeps 3/4 (3 single beds, visitor bed if required)
Room 3 - sleeps 2 (double bed, visitor bed if required)
Room 4 - sleeps 1 (single bed)
Room 5 - sleeps 4/5 (two single beds, set of bunk beds, visitor bed if required)
Room 6 - sleeps 1 (single bed)
Room 7 - sleeps 2/3 (one double bed and one single bed if required)
Room 8 - sleeps 3 (one double bed and one single bed)
Room 9 - sleeps 3 (one double bed and one single bed)
Room 10 - sleeps 1 (one single bed)
Room 11 - sleeps 7/9 (three single beds, two sets of bunk beds and two visitor beds if required)
Room 12 - sleeps 5/7 (three single beds, one set of bunk beds and two visitor beds if required)
Room 13 - sleeps 4 (one double bed, two single beds, visitor bed if required)
Room 14 - sleeps 4 (two single beds, one set of bunk beds)

Information from the previous thread:

Map:


multimap

To: Ireland from: USA, Europe, rest of the world.
Fly to Dublin or Belfast via London - Belfast City airport 30 miles (48Km) Belfast International 50 miles (80Km) from Portaferry.   
Both airports have regularly bus services into Belfast city centre.

To: Portaferry from: Belfast
Follow the A20 through Newtownards, Grayabbey, Kircubbin then Portaferry.   

To: Portaferry from: Dublin
Follow signs for The North/Newry, then through Downpatrick to Strangford - a 5 minute ferry crossing then takes you to Portaferry.

Ferry Crossings from Strangford - a half-hourly service runs every day, except Christmas Day - only very extreme weather conditions affect crossings.
Times are as follows: - for departures from Portaferry ADD 15 minutes.
First Sailing - Mon-Fri 07:30 Sat 08:00 Sun 09:30
Last Sailing - Mon-Fri 22:30 Sat 23:00 Sun 22:30

Airlines:


Buzz
British Airways
Easyjet
aer arann
British European
Ryanair
BMI (Bristish Midlands)
BMI Baby
Go
Aer Lingus
Sceptre Tours - as Claymore mentioned

Ferries:


Irish Ferries
Stena
Ferrybooker - an online ferry booking company

The area:


Strangford Lough
Strangford Lough (more of a tourism twist)
Some Portaferry info

Accommodation:


Barholm hostel
The Narrows (upmarket guest house)
Fiddlers Green - my local drinking spot, and they do B&B
GoIreland's page

Buses


Translink, the main (or rather, the only) transport company in N.I. runs Ulsterbus, the N.I. bus company.
Ulsterbus timetables
Belfast has 2 main bus stations: Europa (Glengall Street) and Laganside (Donegall Quay). To the best of my knowledge, Laganside is still the one that serves Portaferry.

There aren't any trains. N.I. has about 2 train tracks. Neither go anywhere near the Ards Peninsula.

The best bus route is probably the Belfast - Netwownards - Portaferry bus route, the one which goes via Kircubbin (NOT the one via Portavogie as that takes you right over to the other side of the peninsula).

As I posted in the other thread:

There's a good bus service from Belfast International to Belfast itself. Belfast City airport is only 10 minutes from the city centre.

The bus service to Portaferry is less good. Much less good. But there are buses, and that's the main thing. It takes about an hour or more to go the 30 miles from Belfast by the direct route. I think it's probably 1hr15 mins, and more than likely 1hr30mins given the state of the roads once past Kircubbin (local village where tarmac seems to stop).
The indirect route (serves the other side of the peninsula) takes a good bit longer.
As far as I know, these buses leave Belfast from Laganside bus station on Donegall Quay (NOT Europa bus station on Glengall Street).

From Dublin, it's probably easier to get to Belfast first, and then go to Portaferry, although it's theoretically possible to go Dublin --> Newry --> Newcastle (where the Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea) --> Downpatrick --> Strangford --> ferry boat (takes 10 mins) to Portaferry. The hardest part there is probably the very poor Downpatrick to Strangford bus service.

The big long thread I posted above with all the links in it has a link for Ulsterbus timetables.
Price is probably around 4 quid for a single ticket from Belfast - Portaferry.

Additional bus posting
Belfast has two main bus stations: Europa (Glengall Street) and Laganside (Donegall Quay).
You get the airport bus from just outside Arrivals at the airport. It takes maybe 30 - 45 minutes to get to Belfast. It will probably go to Europa but you need to catch the bus to Portaferry from Laganside. (NOTE - Fionn says that the airport bus does go to Laganside bus station.) There may be a linking bus between the two bus stations, but it's not that far - it can be walked. When getting the Portaferry bus at Laganside, try to get the more direct one - the one that goes via Kircubbin, rather than the long, windy, tedious one that goes via Portavogie or Ballywalter. Also, ask if you need to change at Newtownards (or in "Ards", as the town is also known). I think there should be direct buses via Kircubbin, but Newtownards is the biggest town along the way, and there's a bus station there that the bus might stop in for a while.

In Portaferry, the bus will drive into the town and will come to The Square - identifiable from the shape and the big Market House and a bus shelter. From there, walk behind the Market House and take the road that goes off to the right, downhill towards the sea and the castle (it will be signposted either "Castle Street" or "The Shambles"). Follow it down to the seafront and turn right. Barholm is on the right just past the lifeboat boathouse.

Driving

For those thinking of hiring a car and driving to Portaferry, here's some directions from the AA.
(Note - where it says "Kircubbin. 7.2 miles at roundabout take first exit" that refers to the roundabout as you reach Portaferry - it's a one way system in the town, and it starts at a roundabout which is actually a white dot in the road, just as you enter Portaferry. There's no roundabout near Kircubbin - it's just a road straight through. You'll know you're going the right way if you follow signs for the ferry from Newtownards onwards. If you're staying at Barholm hostel, it's just opposite the ferry slip. )

Message from CatsPHiddle about instruments:


EVERYONE WHO IS FLYING!!!......I have just got off the phone to easyjet to enquire abou their policy on instruments been taken into the cabin and not put in the hold with the other luggage.....Some airlines have different policies. Good news...they have a new policy and instruments can be taken on board BUT the must fit into the over head luggage bins ...the measurements are......40cm x 127cm x 48cm. They prefer you to leave a 10cm gap all round. So measure up you cases guys!!! My large fiddle case will fit in easy with a lot of room to spare!!!

Food and drink

Okay, lunch on the Saturday - I'm going to cook soup or stew and bake a load of bread, and maybe some potatoes or salad, and bring them down to Barholm for us all to eat - I figure it'll be easier than everyone trying to squeeze into Chez Devlin's (my parent's place).

Foodwise, for those self--catering - there are several grocery shops in Portaferry, one of which is on The Square, and another near The Square at the bottom of High Street.
There's a cafe (called "The Square") in (surprise!) The Square, but my sister informs me it's only open Wednesday to Saturday. There's also one called, I believe, Deli-licious. It does the typical lard-loaded Ulster Fry.
There are two chip shops - Joe's Hot Spot and The Ferry Grill, in the same locations as the two shops I just mentioned. There are also two Chinese restaurants, one of which is nearby on High Street. There are some "posher" restaurants - The Cornstore (on the way from Barholm up to The Square) and the designer-organic Narrows along the seafront.

Pubwise, I imagine we'll spend most time in Fiddlers Green and Dumigans. Avoid The Quiet Man - if you're over 18 you're too old for it!
Off-licence - Russell Cellars on The Square.

Big list by JudeL

Who, Where, Arrive, Dept

Micca, Catsphiddle: Bfast Intnl 9.25 Fri, 8.55 Mon

Jude, Paul, Robert: Bfast Intnl 15.40 Fri, 17.40 Mon

My guru: Bfast Intnl 15.40 Fri, 17.40 Mon

Leadfingers: Bfast Intnl 15.40 Fri, 12.30 Mon

Cllr Bfast Intnl Fri, 17.40 Mon
Skipjack, Eric: Bfast Intnl 21.40 Fri, 19.55 Sun

Noreen: Bfast Intnl 21.40 Fri, 19.55 Sun

Giok: Bfast City 13.15 Fri, 13.45 Mon

Alanww: Bfast City 13.45 Fri, 10.55 Mon

Fibula Mattock: there before and after as well (more or less)

Philippa: on home ground

Clan Mcmoo (3): Dublin Fri pm, Monday
Tommy: ?

John Moulden: Saturday only

Possibles:
Ard Macha?
Bill Sables?
Diesel?
Brid Widder?
Momnopp & Dylan?
Ed?
Forty- Two on home ground, busy but might pop in if he has time

Events!

I'll probably be in Fiddlers from Friday lunchtime (drinking orange and soda water, lest you think I'm some kind of lush!).
I'll say that I'll definitely be there at a given time... say 3pm? I'll be wearing my Mudcat t-shirt. I might even stick a badge on (it'll be a poxy sticker rather than a finely crafted pin!).

Friday
A meet for the early people in Fiddlers, perhaps? Then off to the hostel where it has been said we can play in the conservatory. Then we'll leave a message for the later arrivals as to where we're going that night.

Saturday
Lunch in Barholm (cooked by me - hard luck!) at 2pm, provided I can bring the food down there (but since most people are staying there it shouldn't be a problem).
The rest of Saturday is open to anything that goes. Possibly culminating in a session in Dumigan's, all being well. (Thought - if it's sunny and warm, there's also outdoors!)

Sunday
Whatever we want!

So there you go - the weekend is what we make it. And very laid back and open to all sorts of suggestions (the weekend, not me... Well, maybe if there was drink involved...). ;)

See you there!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 02:19 PM

& although philipa is on home ground if anyone has a spare place in a car down from belfast she'd like to hear from you


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 02:24 PM

Incase you want to view the previous thread here's a link but be warned it has over 200 posts and may take a while to load:   


previous thread on irish gathering


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 03:09 PM

I can only say-bloody excellent, can't wait! is it only Monday!!!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: ard mhacha
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 04:33 PM

On Sunday get along to a Hurling match, great game.Ard Mhacha


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: MudGuard
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 02:58 AM

As only Morticia has reacted to my request (and is now not going) I repeat it:

Three friends of mine are still missing the Irish Euro coins in their Euro Coin collection.
Could someone please PLEASE bring 3 sets of Irish Euro coins to Portaferry?
Could someone, who is going there AND to Groningen (Richard, Noreen, ...), please PLEASE buy these coins there and sell them to me in Groningen?

Thanks in advance, MudGuard (who wishes he could come to Portaferry and who wishes all of you a FINE weekend!)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 06:05 AM

MudGuard, I have in my possession (or in my handbag) one full set of Irish Euros, presented to me at the weekend by Morticia for forwarding to you. There is also a selection of other coins; in order to make three full sets all we need is a 20cent coin and two 2Euro coins.

Can anyone else help please, since all the donkey work has been done by Morticia? (Not calling you a donkey, my dear!)

You haven't been forgotten, Andy :0)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 07:09 AM

Dear Noreen and Andy,

Since I'm coming up via Dublin, I'll see if I can pick up the three remaining coins on the way.

Looking forward to Friday and the weekend.

Richard


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Big Mick
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:13 AM

I am absolutely miserable at not being able to join you all for this weekend. Please know that my good thoughts are with you all.

Mick


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:18 AM

Thanks Richard, and are you able to bring the glue????
:0)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:25 AM

And thanks Mick- we were looking forward to US representation, but maybe another time.
We'll be thinking of you all.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Declan
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:28 AM

I hope you all have a great week-end. For various reasons I'm not going to be able to get up there for this, but maybe the next one!

Enjoy yourselves.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 09:21 AM

Just been chatting with 'Mine Host Linda' and as she's going to be off-site from mid-evening Friday, it might be a good idea if anyone who wants cooked breakfasts for them to phone & book them with Linda before the weekend so they've an idea what to expect. I'm definitely going for it *g*

I've warned her that some of us will probably turn up after she's gone on the Friday evening - she reckons 2 hours (ish) drive from Beflast International, so the Cats on my flight are on the borderline of meeting her.

Fibula: If I recall it right from the old thread you'll be in Portaferry before us - I'm sure you'll be nipping in to chat to Linda about the weekend! Any chance you could persuade her to come & enjoy the music at some point, preferably during a 'conservatory session' as she's a young son & won't be going into the pubs?

Can't wait.......


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 09:30 AM

My guru... - I might drop down at Barholm some point beforehand, yes! I wouldn't mind borrowing one of their big cooking pots if they'd be kind enough to trust me with it.

By the way - for lunch on Saturday I'm making a big pot of Irish stew, and a big pot of pea soup (vegan-friendly). There'll be homemade wheaten bread as well, hopefully.

I'm getting very excited. My ma has been on Mudcat too, following the thread. She's been spreading the word and there's musicianer types other than Catters who'll also be making their way to Portaferry, all being well.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fortunato
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 10:42 AM

Sounds like great fun. Will someone please squeeze the Micca and give catsphiddle a big wet kiss on the face for me? (Tell her who it's from!)

Post pictures please and have way too much fun. Chance.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 11:22 AM

Shit, and I've just had to cancel. The small neck op last Friday, has left me with an unscheduled hole in me neck. In other words they've given me a bloody [pun intended] tracheaostomy, and I can drink a cup o' tay, and whistle Dixie, at the same time temporarily. However foreign travel, and copious libations on top of painkillers are not allowed, so I can't bloody well make it. I'M SO F****N' PISSED OFF.I've been looking forward so much to this one. Anyway have a good time y'all.
Bet you can't fart out your neck........Giok


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 11:29 AM

Giok - sorry to hear that.A pain in the neck is never a good thing. Get well soon, and the rest of us will have a pint or two for you.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 11:44 AM

Thanks mo chride, its yerself I'll be missing most of course.
Giok


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 11:51 AM

oh dear poor you Giok! Get well soon!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 12:45 PM

I really wish I could be there with you all, I know you will have a great time. I have been home in Belfast 3 times during the past 4 years and unfortunately just can't swing it this time. My thoughts will be with you all anyway. Have a super get-together

Jimmy (eating his heart out in Ontario)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 12:52 PM

With Giok withdrawing, I've just lost my lift from City Airport (I'm arriving at 13.45 on Friday). Any ideas? I have a public transport fallback if there are no takers, so no real sweat, but if there is a car passing that way ...!

"Come ye young men, come along ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Morticia
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 01:04 PM

I hope you all have a wonderful time, I am going to miss being there dreadfully....that being the case, anyone feeling inclined to drink a small libation or two on my behalf will be warmly thanked unless you deliver the hangover to me at a later date.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 01:39 PM

Fear not Alan: I have spare seats if all else fails! Am coming in to Belfast International at 15.40 & it looks straightforward getting to Belfast City Airport. It would mean a bit of a wait though (maybe there is a bar - I'll check the airport layout tomorrow) & I could get a bit lost *g* Thoughts?

Felipa: Could you get to Belfast City Airport if I go to pick up Alan there? Would that help you?

Fibula: You're a Star! All this organising & Lunch on Saturday too, you definitely get a gold star for this :-)

Giok: This is dreadful news! I'm so sorry that you're not coming & that they've been practising on you with their short swords! I hope you get fully sorted out soon, recover well!!!! I'd hoped to chat to you about music in Scotland. I'll be at Loch Awe in May & didn't find much last year. Catch you another time all being well :-)

Fibula's Mum: Welcome to the Mudcat!

Noreen: Richard needs glue???


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 02:12 PM

Looking forward to it......counting the days, hours and minutes!!!


Chance...I will thank you for the kiss in advance!!!....Hope to meet you in October at the Getaway so you can give me it in person!!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: MudGuard
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 04:24 PM

Morticia, Noreen, Richard: thanks for your work for my friends' coin collections!

Giok, get well soon! Tracheaostomy sounds awful (just searched the internet to know what it is...)

I wish I could be with you all! Enjoy the weekend!

MudGuard/Andy


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 04:32 PM

Sorry, Morti to hear you are not going to be there, and you as well Andy. Will have a tune in honour for you and other absent friends.

Well, that's breakfast booked, only packing to sort out now.

Hope there's plenty of hot water for coffee! and somewhere to get fresh milk or else it's the plastic stuff!

Wednesday tomorrow!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,Claymore
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 04:33 PM

I envy you all... I leave on Friday to take my daughter and grandson to my fathers bedside in Jacksonville, FL. I know the weather will be colder in Ireland, but I bet the friendships made and remembered will be warm. God bless you all...


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 06:39 PM

Claymore: Take every moment & look after your memories, take care :-) We'll raise a glass!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:15 PM

Guru: Thanks for the offer of a lift but it looks as though the timing is a bit wrong and it would be very inconvenient on the return journey. In fact, according to the local bus timetable I should be able to get to Portaferry at about 17.00, even though I will have a 1 hr wait at the City Airport. So I think I'll go for that option - it'll also prepare me for the connections for the return journey. Looking forward to seeing you again after the Straw Bear Festival.

"The sun went down beyond the hill ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:56 PM

My guru: no, Noreen needs glue!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,eoin o'buadhaigh
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 10:45 PM

ALANWW- I live only a stones throw from the City Airport, if you are stuck for a lift - 'fear not!!' (underpants outside the thermal tights) I will pick you up and deposit you into the arms of Fibula's rural habitaion! I can get ('sneek'-local term)out of work early. Don't worry! you will know me. I will be the one with the BIG sign saying 'MUDCAT 2003'. won't see you stuck! is that ok?
             eoin


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 02:48 AM

Fibula, please say Hi to Jim Dumigan for me. We went to college (UCD) back in the '60s together. I'd love to be there.
Best wishes and fresh baps to all.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 02:54 AM

My goodness, Undies outside Thermal Tights *G* That sounds like someone with a very safe pair of hands there Alan. I shall take you off my 'worry' list!

Now I've only got one airport to get lost at... Hmmm, see you Sunday perhaps....

Noreen: Do you not have a B&Q (or some such) in your location? There's a mail-order company called Screw-Fix Direct who could possibly help in your Glue Hunt *giggle*


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 03:26 AM

Guru,

Noreen said she wanted glue, not a screw...

....whoops, let me rephrase that!!!!

moo


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 04:24 AM

I'm feeling a bit glue-me myself.
Thinking of taking up Tuvan throat singing.......Giok


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 04:55 AM

eoin, yer a star! Alanww - you'll be in safe hands - he's family!

To all the absent mudcat friends - Morty, Andy, Giok, Claymore, Mick, Declan, Seamus, Chance - and those who posted on the previous threads - we'll take photos and the town by storm!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Micca
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 04:56 AM

i am Much saddened by our absence Giok, and will partake of some Bushmills (or anyhing that fits the 2 criteria!!)that may be handy, i was looking forward to seeing you again, maybe the Yorkshire?


NB the criteria for suitableness for Micca consideration:
1 Is it wet?
2 is it alcoholic? (and Not Gin)
corollory, persons matching criteria are excluded.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 05:55 AM

Poor Giok :0(
We will raise a glass (or several) to absent friends all.

Yes, definitely glue I need from moo, my screws are all in order (I hope...)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 07:18 AM

eoin o'buadhaigh: Wow, what a star! That's great! And you'll made it less easy for guru to get lost too!   I'll be the one with the brown kangaroo skin hat, longish grey beard and ruck sack. Thanks - and thanks again!

"Dear thoughts are in my mind ...!"
Alan
PS What does eoin o'buadhaigh mean?


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 07:42 AM

Alan...

I suspect - eoin is the lads name (English equivalent - Ian/John/or sean sumfink like that), and o'buadhaigh is the Irish surname, probably something like... Bowe - in English.
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
Well you's lot.

Mighty jealous I'm not going - thought I'd be in hospital too by now, but me ops been put for 18 March (I was very careful - and insisted I wasn't in hospital for the 17 March).

Sounds like you are going to have a good time there! I'd love to come, but I've also just bought a new house with me fella. So, money is tight, and there's rooms full of polystyrene ceilings, super fresco walls, and 60's fireplaces. Jack and Vera Duckworth (for the USA Chums - it's a UK Soap - Corronation Street) stone cladding on another fireplace, and a rather quaint Rayburn room heater (coal/wood burner) to contend with and is taking alot of my time!

It's all very exciting, but before I go in for me op I'm intending in getting at least the ceiling tiles down - as they are a fire hazard - coal fire and polystyrene tiles - NOOOOOO!

The coal burner is fast loosing it's staying power, especially when 'im indoors decided to rake it through with the doors open. You can now write your names in several pieces of furniture/doors/shelves.

So, I'll be up to me tonsils (what's left o them) in trying to make it a home, think of me when you are having your knees up. Regards to you all and if you do insist on having a drink for me... I'm rather partial to a Jack Daniels and Diet coke, either that or a pint of mad apples (cider).

Hello to Fibs mum and dad - sorry I'm not getting to see you this time round, maybe another time soon. I'm off to the fleadh for definate this year - despite house move, we're ensuring we get to the fleadh for our only hols this year.

All the best - have fun you lucky so and so's!

Ella


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 07:44 AM

cor.......... large bottle of Bulmers and ice......cor........

COR>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> sigh!

:-(


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 09:01 AM

Ella - I'm just leaving for Norn Iron now.
Congrats on the new house - I'll drop you a proper line when I get back,
all the besty!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 09:04 AM

Noreen them screws you mentioned, have you counted them? Or more to the point, have you checked to see if they're all tightened? Then there's the neck bolt, and the little gold screw in your navel. You know the one; yes you do, the one that if you undo it your arse falls off!!
Yes that's the one.
"Suicide is painless, it brings on many changes"
I'm a fool to myself really, best get me coat.
Giok


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 09:38 AM

Ok Fibs.... bin a bit lax meself! Work a pure nightmare, trying to get it all sorted and ready for my impending 6weeks sick leave - YAY!

Will let you know of an 'at home email' just as soon as I gets me one. (office not an office at mo at home- more of a junk store.

Cheers chum!
Ella
x


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 02:19 PM

Thor's day tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alison
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 12:50 AM

I would love to be there....... someone have some scampi in the "lobster pot" for me.... and Fibula..... forget all that vegan stuff... take them down the chippie and introduce them to a good pasty supper!!........

don't forget to pack your thermals!!

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,catsPHiddle at work!!!
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 11:40 AM

Yeah Its tomorrow!!! Bute we are setting off tonight and staying nearer the airport due to an early flight!! See you all tomorrow!!!


Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 02:30 PM

Friday tomorrow, yes forget that vegan stuff, where's me meat?

Really looking forward to it.

See y'all tomorrow late in the evening.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 03:02 PM

No Fibs....don't forget the vegan stuff!

moo (large herbivore)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 03:14 PM

I'm soooooooooooooooo pissed off.
Giok


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 04:05 PM

It's tomorrow!!!! So sorry Giok (and everyone else who can't make it!) but I'm so excited :-)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 05:48 PM

Hoi Richard-If I gets hungry, I'll bite yer leg. Be great to see you and Pat tomorrow. Bring Coffee and cigars!!!!!

Have a good flight.
Cheers

Eric


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 06:00 PM

have the greatest time folks -sorry to miss this one having been to the others but its work work and more work.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 06:24 PM

Coffee, cigars... and chocolate!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 07:33 PM

Chocolate? Who likes chocolate, Noreen? Don't you mean "coffee, cigars and ... snuff? Oh, perhaps no, as Snuffy isn't coming, is he!

Only 12 hours now and I will be on my plane ... !

"For there's girls as smart in every port ... (aferry)!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 02:48 AM

Yes please - CHOCOLATE !!!!!!!

Safe journey to all Catters en route today - see you there, first one to the bar buys the round....


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 03:08 AM

sigh!!! have a nice time..... :-(


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,EtV@work
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 03:51 AM

FINALLY GOT INTERNET IN MY CLASSROOM!!!!-just sitting here waiting for the rats to arrive. Only got a few hours left until we set off. YES!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 04:50 AM

Of course chocolate!

just remember the last verse of the song

"You will never have a bad trip eating chocolate.
And it's tastier than sex, and much more fun.
Keep your pills and dope and glue, and your gin and whiskey too,
'Cos there's no buzz like a chocolate Buzz - Bar none!
If you really, really love me, give me chocolate,
Give me chocolate 'till it's coming out my ears.
All I crave is just enough, so I can indolently stuff
Myself for years and years and years and years and years! "


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 11:00 AM

Well, there's nothing more to be said. I'm on me way as soon as skip gets here to pick us up, see you later this evening.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Col K
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 11:50 AM

I just hope that you all have a wonderful time you lucky people.
See you at the Yorkshire Gathering instead


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 11:54 AM

Not long now until two lovely young men turn up at my door to whisk me off to foreign climes... (a different two young(?!) men from those who were here yesterday evening.

Variety is the spice of life...!


See you all soon.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,Letty
Date: 01 Mar 03 - 10:17 AM

Hope you're having fun!
I'm at the other side of the country, in Cork, on
a secret mission...


Letty


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Allan C.
Date: 01 Mar 03 - 11:12 AM

Best wishes to all of you...no, wait. The best wish would have been that I could have joined you!

Second best wishes to all of you!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,EtV@work
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 03:38 AM

WEll, bloody hell-If you missed it, bad luck. Though Skip, me and Noreen are now back home-this one will have memories for years, untilthe light fades from our minds. Will start a new thread. If you wer'nt there (I know Skip, apostrophy-but I'm bleary eyed) Such a superb time.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Big Mick
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 08:33 AM

I am sick with envy. I should have just payed a full fare..........but I might not have had a home to go to. I can't wait for a full report.

Mick


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 08:52 AM

It was so good that those of us who got there, but had to leave early are green with envy with those lucky sods who had a five day bash. Yes, it's still going on, and we had no laptop, internet cafe or local PC to post from.

I will limit my comments at this stage to not looking forward to Mrs S seeing photographic evidence of me putting a bun in someone else's oven............


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 10:21 AM

Wonderful to see so many Mudcat friends ...
Wonderful hospitality from Fibula and her family ...
Wonderful friendly locals ...
Wonderful singing, music and not a little laughter ...
Wonderful countryside ...
Wonderful accommodation ...
Wonderful Guinness ...

Thanks Fibula for all your efforts - enough organisation to get us going and not to much to be stiltifying. You did say this could become an annual event didn't you? I for one will certainly wish to come again and next time to stay longer so that I can appreciate more the local area and to chill out more. Now to catch up on some sleep ... ZZZZZZZZZ!

"Good night ladies, good night ladies, good night ladies,
We're going to leave you now ...!"

Alan

PS I know lots of photos were taken (but not by me) and I look forward to some of the less criminating ones being posted!
PPS I hope Jacky Boyce, who is Fibula's uncle and who sang some lovely local ballads on the Friday night, recovers quickly from his back problem.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 10:26 AM

Bleary-eyed at work too, Eric!

What a wonderful time... *sigh*


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 10:42 AM

PPS Also, a few other highlights ...
tasting the cake cooked by Skip for his own birthday ...
eating the roast beef Sunday dinner cooked by Paul and Jude ...
recording certain songs and music, of which more info from others later ...
listening to the music from some of the local musicians ...
taking a free ferry trip across to Stragford ...
seeing the look on Cllr's face when he started to eat a full Irish cooked breakfast following a "heavy" evening's drinking ...
watching the expertise there was around on stroking and massage ...
learning interesting facts from a serious discussion about bra sizes between Cats and Jude ...


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,EtV . Sciving!!
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 10:59 AM

After sturggling through a day that weighed heavily due to lack of sleep, the kids have finally left the building, so I'll begin...........

Once upon a time, some bright spark (Fibula-a brilliant budding mudcat gathering organiser, and wonderful person as well) had a good idea for a meeting up of like minds where she lived.She did neglect to state that the area was so wonderfully beautiful, tranquil and welcoming. She let us find that out for ourselves. (Which we did)

Lots of people made their way there.

So I guess this is "Portostock" the first!

Greg, myself and Noreen finally arrived at the airport after negotiating the traffic on the M62 in the fanny magnet substitute. After checking in, we went to the upsatirs departure lounge. "Not many people on this flight" stated Greg, "plenty of time", "there's only four of us". Us three and some bloke in another corner. Of course when the flight was called and we went downstairs there were about three hundred people waiting for the plane!!!!Enough of that.........

So we arrived at Belfast and picked up our car. Set off at high speed for Belfast. Because we were heavily armed with instruments, no one bothered us. Just as well because if we'd have run into trouble we'd have sung and played tunes until they surrendered!!!!!!! After trying all the way through Belfast city centre to find a bloody fish and chip shop (Skipjack being fatigue with hunger) we decided that dieting was the only answer and went on a roller coaster ride to Portoferry. Skipjack in the back like a nodding dog, Noreen, in touch with her masculine side, navigating splendidly. We arrived. Even in the dark we could tell what a wonderful place it was. We didn't hang about, but got into the "Fiddler's Green" where Skipjack and Noreen tried to rid the pub of it's supply of the black stuff that was served with such friendliness by the landlord. (Frank. It was great to see all the Mudcatters that were still standing/ After a couple of gallon, Skip and Noreen, were carried by me back to the hostel, where most had gathered and were singing away, (Merrily?- I think it was verse 87 of the loss of the RMS Lusitania or was it verse 69 of the loss of my maidenhead to Sir rodderick the rapist, well something like that. The boozy crowd of rowdies, led by Micca and others were falling off chairs and generally getting to know one another in various kinds of ways-some of them obviously knew one another in other kinds of ways, but that is not my business and yours either!!! (But for a sum of $5.00 each donated to Mudcat, I'll send you the details for blackmail!)

Skipkack finally got his chips which floated around in his distended drink filled stomach like a cork in the ocean. I enjoyed what was left of mine after such welcoming comments as " Oh bloody hell, he's here-look he's got chips, give us one (or many) mate".

So robbed of me chips I had to get me own back and sung a song!!!

At about 03.00 or so, we decided to call it quits and finally got into bed at about 03.30 having had a bloody good night, so far!!!!!!!

"Take me" said Skip!!!- I thought, what a stupid bastard! Saying that in front of Alanww who was pretending to be asleep, but peeking. Skipkack knew full well, rolling aound on his stomach and purring would be no good at all (He'd left his trousers on!!!) So He remained "boxer intacta" and went to bed crying his eyes out at another rejection. Alanww of course faired better, but I'm not telling, ask him why he was so bleary eyed the next morning?
Well so far, that's Friday night written about instead of doing my record keeping, so I'll do some more later.

Cheers


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Leadfingers
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 11:00 AM

Admittedly Sunday evening was a bit low key after the rest of the weekend,but I was glad I was not back to the day job till Tuesday.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 11:46 AM

Now come on Alan...and Paul (Judes Bloke)...you weren't complaining when we swapped bras!!!

Yes it was an absolutely wonderful weekend and a lot of photos were taken.....in particular of one man and his harem......you know who you are.....Cllr!!!!!

Well you can all judge for yourselves when the photos go up!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Morticia
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 11:57 AM

Eric, you write a lovely diary....I do hope there's going to be more?


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 03:22 PM

Thankyou Morti, you were missed. And so there is more.

Despite Alanww's protestations the morning came, the sun rose and the window finally stopped rattling from the snoring of Greg and Alan. The air was thick and slightly green from the noxious gases emmitted from various parts of the human body. I myself just thought it was a bit foggy.Breakfast was served to a (mostly) group of people with eyes like battling dogs bollocks!! Cllr managed to view his breakfast and saw the oil that should be poured on troubled waters,promptly saying "euch I'm gonna peu....." (We had it later for lunch when it had cooled down a bit) (Ulster fryup must be Gaelic for dripped in dripping and left to swim) and an assortement of weary looking heads munched up and down like yoyo's in a toyshop.People decided to do their own thing, but only after Skip had been presented with his birthday present by the lovelly Hil (can't spell;my guru always said!)

To his delight his birthday cake came ready packaged, but the only problem was that he had to open all the packages and make it himself.(Considering the state of him, he decided to rise to this-but I have it on good authority that he rises to many challenges, but I've never seen this myself you understand)He told me later, that he hadn't had as much fun opening something since he tore open his first condom. Said he'd rise to that as well.(He is a man of great experience and can even give you the address of a lap dancing club in Cannes)Amongst this rabble and hotspotch of lowly musicians, head and shoulders above the rest-well, he, is tall, stands Mooman and the lovelly Lady McMoo. Who as model citizens, responsible parents stayed sober, never touched a drop of the demon drink, behaved impecabily, showed superb musicianship and patience when dealing with the rest of the peasents.(Sorry, did I mean Richard and Pat? Oh sod it, stick them in with the rest of us)

So sober'ish at last, Noreen who, none the worse for wear of the night before, well that's what SHE said, though I have my doubts! Skipjack and I set off for a drive round. What the rest of them did, you'd have to ask them-but I wouldn't believe their lies!

Returning to Friday for a brief pause whilst we drive round the Ulster countryside.

The hostel, ideally placed facing the lough is an excellent place, no one to disturb us, we could make merry into the early hours of the morning. I was only awakened by the opening and closing of several doors from the landings below us, but I have no further knowledge of that.The really excellent Fib has done us proud and the Citern player with excellent taste in instruments (I am sorry to not remember your name)was just one of the local people who made us truly feel as though we'd lived there all our lives.

Some points of information for future tourists; there arn't many sheep around the area, except one flock that were being cunningly hidden in a field of very long sprout stalks. If I find out who told the farmer to do this, you're dead. By the time we had sped past them, it was too late and the moment had passed in the flicker of a bloodshot eye, despite Skip and Noreen telling me to turn the car round and they'd find "something to do" whilst I "observed" the sheep.

The ferry makes a great background noise for field recordings and it is a pity that the singers were so poor that they couldn't hum and sing in the same key as to set a resonant frequency response-Micca will put a ditty onto the cat. (Shouldn't say that really, as from what I've been told, he put more than his ditty into-sorry, onto the Cat on Sunday morning. No wonder she said "she was full of it"-Cold I mean!!!) Neither could us musicians? well that's what someone said we were trying to be, tune our instruments low enough to cover the throbbing of the engines, except Skipjack, but he uses his bass notes to cover his other wind driven noise making equipment.

Saturday afternoon lunch was served by the lovelly Fib and Co.Lunch was the tradditional Irish dish;Soup in a basket. Really, Irish stew. Absolutley delicious. Three varieties (all in one bowl-Only teasing) though I believe that's what some tried to do, as the serious musicians (including Skipjack-it was his birthday) recorded a ditty called the "Duck in the canal"? or something like that. By the way, if you do get to listen to it, I'm the one playing out of tune and the wrong notes, Richard is playing the right notes, and Skip is the one pretending to be the ferry hooter. There was enough stew left for us "professionals" (well, we had just made a recording) to grab several bowls full and delicious it truly was.

Then onto the music and Mrs Dunnigan's. Jude stole all the ashtrays (I think she put them in her handbag) and the guiness flowed as freely as water from a morning spring and lovelly it was. Considering there were so few of us I don't think the landlord need have shouted "better ring up Dublin for a new lorry full, there's a hoard of piss artists arrived". But undeterred by this (you couldn't be an artist and piss there because the toilet had no roof and graffiti was washed of as it was written. (Though I beleive some were trying to write their names as they wee'd like small boys do)A toilet with an astromonical observatory I've never seen before-might fit into a song!

We played and played all day and all evening, and half the night, some played with each other, some played with semselves. Skip, Moo, Noreen and myself found ourselves outside, then inside "Fiddler's green" at about 23.00hrs.(Try doing that in England!) Where we played and played again, much to the amusement of the crowd. They welcomed us like long lost brothers. When we played, they said they wished we has stayed lost.Actually we had the most brilliant evening, early morning. Playing until about 02.30. Frank the landlord, did his spot, great voice. Then we played some more. then we were lucky enough to meet a potential new member (he might sign up as Bun or something like that-talk about bloody excellent player and singer)The crowd went wild for him and then they let us play again until everyone was sick of us and went home. Skipjack managed to drink enough to water the desert the next day, he played so fast you couldn't see his fingers move. Often they didn't and he missed all the notes of several or more tunes leaving Richard, Noreen and me to fill in for him.One guy, who was quite merry told me I was playing chords he'd never even seen before, but that was because my fingers were hitting all the wrong frets and not the strings.We finally went home. As we arrived, the singers got up and walked out pretending they were going to bed or something. We played and sung some more.04.00 came and as the sun was starting to rise over Norway, we decided we'd go to bed. well some of us decided we try and go to someone elses bed-so I've been told, but I wouldn't believe everything I write, even if I've written it. Skipjack wispered lovingly in my ear he was going to shag me, but the lousy git was so pissed even his birthday cake couldn't rise and he lay face down on the bed-so that buggered that up! (Of course Alanww was peeking again. I think he's a pervert!!!)

More later-me wrist is aching from all the action of the weekend, and me fingers are on fire at the ends from all the playing-no that's not right, it's me cigar burning them.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 04:15 PM

ROTFLMAO!!!!! And that is exactly how it happened!!!!

On the recording of the more serious musicians Im the one playing Skips lovely fiddle badly....so why I was with the 'serious' bunch I will never know.....must be the side effects of the amount of the gorgeous smooth black stuff that was so easily consumed all day and the night before!!!

Yes I was and still am full of cold....going to keep my mouth shut about the 'other'!! I was told by Frank (the landlord) that the Irish air was doing me some good as I had a complextion similar to the Mona Lisa......It was earlier in the day and I had decided (along with the rest of the group) to carry on drinking early so not to lose any effect!!!......So to cut it short...I was hung over and pale!!!

Talking about foul emmitions......a lovely meal was cooked on the Sunday evening by Paul and Jude for the remaining people along with a grand selection of veggies.....includding cabbage and sprouts......THE Award for clearing the bar area the quickest goes to Alan ww!!!......having said that we all were 'tooting' away merrily with our bottom burps!!!

Really want to go back soon.....So Fibs......are you going to arrange another meeting??!!! Count us in again!!! Thank you

Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Morticia
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 04:17 PM

Well, it certainly sounds like a thoroughly splendid and friendly time was had by all ( was anyone had by all?). I can hardly wait for Sunday's episode....and would be willing to pay you in sheep, should you require payment |:)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 05:42 PM

ROTFLMAO    I don't know what that means cos I'm thick. I thought it was sort of like "Roll me over lay me down and do it again"

Cat have you got to keep your mouth shut still-it dribbles out? I don't understand this choice bit. Spit or swallow?

Anyway. When I see that Terry Silver again, he's dead, because I remeber he sung a terrible song, picked at infamously fast speed (How he got his name-he tells us!)Concerning my rubbish, plywood, Japanese guitar. I'll have your strings for that my son. Very funny it was too.

Where did I get too? Ah, I remember. The landlady of the fidler's bought us a drink on Saturday night if we'd shut up and stop playing, but we fooled her, by drinking it quickly between tunes and carried on playing-she didn't do that again!Frank (The landlord)tried on Sunday, but it didn't work either. We aren't so easily shut up, we can out perform anyone with terrible playing. In fact we got a gig there booked already as torture for American tourists!

Everyone we met was really great, both inside and out. The local musicians who let us crash their sessions, and put up with my playing, the people, who'd chat to you in the street. Fib's parents. The honour of meeting John and Philipa with their incredible knowledge.

There are many events and little annecdotes (That's what skip call me-his little antidote) and I forget many. Jude's son Robert-who scored and wasn't ever seen again! Jude's partner Paul, who owes me £10.00 for fixing the tele so he could watch the footie.Jude, who never platted my pony tail and so owes me a plat, at least-though I got a 3D hug.

Sunday-When the light finally shone through the window, about an hour (it seemed) after we'd got to bed. I awoke, which was luck or else I'd have been dead and not writing (Don't start!)There was this terrible sound like a steam train rushing through a tunnl backwards, like the thunder and crashing, snorting of a thousand horses, but it was only Alanww. He was also mumbling in his sleep. "Why do you reject me skip?" I think he was asleep or was he recalling some other earlier experince that I misssed as I slept the sleep of the just-I'll never find out as I promised I'd never tell anyone!

Breakfast!! A sort of hush fell over the assemblage and the eyes were the same as before, only worse and much redder. Cllr couldn't face his again and left 11/12th of it. Noreen couldn't eat much of hers, many people left theirs or bits of theirs. I eat all of mine, as did Micca, who claimed that he'd just worked up a grand appetite. Cat was full of it and couldn't chew in case she dribbled. (I always knew she was clever, because she can read dots on bits of paper and make music from them) and had a grin like a cheshire-cat that is not cheese! Skipjack lay in bed, despite me telling him he'd be late for school.To which he replied, "leave me alone mum, I feel sick". He then had the bloody nerve to turn over and aask me to write him a note.Eventually he fell downstairs and declared that he'd lost his memory (not mammary) and didn't know where he was.His cake, which he had prepared and worn the day before, was still sitting festering in the kitchen waiting to be cooked.After breakfast, many of us got free rides on the ferry to the other side-I'm told that they wanted us to pay over £100.00 to be taken back, as the locals had bribed the captain to get rid of us.But in the gloriously warm sunlight, with the blue sky and clear blue water we were having none of that, and upon the threat of singing,were taken back for free as well. (It might have had something to do with the people of Strangford standing there with shotguns threatening to, "kill the bloody bastard on the ferry if you leave that lot on our side".) So, some of us packed our bags. Some of us dissapeared for a while-well Skipjack did, when I finally found him, he said he'd been for a shower. he didn't look much better and I told him he was a bloody shower. To which he replied "Burp". So that had the desired effect.He put his bun in the oven and it came out with a cloacha! He said he'd put some icing on that-I told him not to be disgusting!

We went to the Fiddler's and started to play. The pub emptied in 2 minutes flat-a new record!!!!We took photo's, drew raffles, won prizes, played tunes, drunk coffee-The alcoholics amongst us, who were staying and not driving put more filthy liquor down their throttles.(Evil disgusting people-you know who you are.)Noreen finally met Gargoyle, but swoped him for some mysterious white powder to smuggle back through customs! I don't know where she put it, and I don't think it meant anything when she asked skip if he had any condoms! Skipjack held an "Icing on the cake workshop" He told me that he often out the icing on the cake, but I didn't know what he meant by that and let it slip, it slipped onto the floor, but Richard picked it up and put it back in his mouth.Everyone was foolish enough to eat a bit of his cake- I don't think it impressed the locals him standing there saying, "You eat of my body" and then with a pint of Guinnes saying "you drink of my blood". Nor did it go down well when he wanted to play the "Irish march set", but as his fingers wern't working again, he didn't, so it was alright.

It was time for us to go. So we went. After the photo's and causing a traffic jam and going all the way to Drumergadie (or somewhere, sounds ike that) to look at the sea. We finally arrived at the airport. Skip spent the last hour snoring in the back (sounded like a big bore exhaust) Noreen re-met her masculine side and navigated-"go down this road" she said. We got the car back in time, got on the plane and came home.

Litle things. Fib, I am so glad you have cess pools in the road-very handy! Frank- you owe Skip a couple of pints-very silly! We'll be back to collect them!!!

To everyone who stayed back-Me, Skip and Noreen hate you all!!!!!!!

It was the most wonderful time.

Thankyou to everyone who made it such fun.

I should like to apologise to anyone who I have upset, caused pain and suffering to in this narrative. BUT I WONT!!!!!- You can get even in Groningen!!!! In May-yes... can't wait.

PS;Richard-you still owe me them DADGAD thingies, love to Pat and Hannah.

Goodnight.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 05:59 PM

ROTFLMAO= Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off!!!!

And to answer your question Eric......Swallow.....everytime!!!!

Been looking through the photos.......very interesting!!! Will be good to see what other people have taken.....photo wise that is!!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 06:12 PM

Cat: I don't think they understood our explanation about sizes .....   after all it isn't D, 2D and 3D, ... it's D , DD and E


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 06:28 PM

Exactly Jude!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 06:29 PM

Just arrived home...I think we were the last to leave and leaving Portaferry was hard. Many thanks again to the wonderful Fibula and her lovely family for organizing a great weekend.

I have very little to add to Eric the Viking's entirely accurate account of the proceedings. We were on the ground floor and know nothing of any alleged nocturnal "activities" but there were indeed several very loud bonks bumps overhead during the not so early hours of the mornings.

For an essentially non-drinker, I managed to consume a surprisingly large quantity of the evil black stuff though, from breakfast recollections, not as much as the assembled multitudes. EtV managed to leave a very important detail out of the cake-icing workshop account (the process was carried out in the Fiddler's). Greg managed, with great delicacy and finesse, to beautifully decorate the cake with bright fluorescent icing....not with his name but, for some unexplained reason, the word "ARSE!". I got a bit of the exclamation mark and did, indeed, eat it off the Guinness-sodden floor.

I can vouch for the noxiousness of alanww's rear emission as reported above (as I was the closest person to him at the time of the atrocity. I believe the inpectors should be recalled from Iraq immediately as alan's arse presents an infinitely greater threat to mankind and (thinking of my friend CarolC...the ozone layer). This potent chemical weapon needs to be decommissioned immediately not least because 'Spaw may be knocked off his perch as champion practicioner in this particular area.

Being a gentleman of the highest degree I did not peek at all while Cats was removing her bra during the bra-swapping session.

I hope Micca does post up the authentic field recording done in the conservatory to the acdcompaniment of the ferry revving up and I do hope Lily Ani is not traumatised for life by the lullaby recorded for her.

It's well past midnight here in The Surreal Kingdom of Belgium so I'll knock off for now for some shut-eye and will try to complement the further recollections of a memorable weekend that will surely be posted by others.

Peace to all

moo


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 06:36 PM

What a Gentleman Mooman!!!

Glad you all got home safely, it was lovely to see you and Lady MacMoo and Hannah again.

Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Cllr
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 07:03 PM

Just to Clarify Saturday morning I had orange juice coffee, a bowl Cornflakes Bacon egg baked beans and half a potato cake, i only looked ill when Alannww decided to have his orange juice on his corn flakes. Sunday after crashing three hours earlier i did without the cornflakes, this morning I just had cornflakes. I had to post this As I don't want any one thinking there was something wrong with my appetite(s)**grin**Cllr


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 07:58 PM

Well, come on chaps, I think that some of your comments are a little controversial and even below the belt! LOL

Is Cllr actually suggesting that I should not have orange juice with my corn flakes? In fact, it is delicious! For one thing, didn't I see that you took some ice with your Irish Whiskey? Sacrilege! And who missed out on a round of Guinness or six for some sleep ... ?

And is mooman suggesting that the result of eating a wonderful beef meal produced by Jude and Paul was a danger to mankind? In defence of them, I really don't think it is quite the thing insulting them that way! You didn't even taste the delectable concoction! And what about womankind, I say?   [Maybe there are other dangers they face - but I'm not mentioning any names please note Cllr!]

And just because I was asleep at the time Eric and Skip were getting up to their tricks, doesn't mean that I'm the only one who can play the "trumpet voluntary" with the organ in the middle of the face below my eyes! Well I'm too much of a gentleman to say what happened between the two of you at 4am whilst I was pretending to be asleep ... And I'm glad, glad, very, very glad, glad I'm not that goddam shee-eep!, with apologies to the fighting person from the ancient capital of Italy!

Miiiooouuuuuu! :o))

"I fell in love with a Mudcat Group ...!"
... with apologies to Cicely Fox Smith ...
Alan

PS Seriously though, I'm looking forward to seeing you all again soon - I know it will be Dog Days (next weekend!) for Leadfingers and perhaps the Yorkshire Gathering in May for others! A nicer group of people I couldn't hope to meet!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,Fibula (leaving Portaferry)
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 06:18 AM

Right folks, I'm off - I've a flight back to Bristol in a few hours.
I'm so glad you all enjoyed yourselves. I'm all on for making it an annual event!!

Frank says he's delighted you all enjoyed yourselves. Liam (the citern player, who should post for himself!) also had a blast. My parents thought you were all wonderful - a far cry from the evil axe-wielding maniacs they expected their daughter to hook up with online.
I'm off to see Jackie now - he's devastated that he missed the rest of the weekend. Then again, he probably got the most wasted of all of us, sky high on morphine on Saturday morning!

I'll post photos, tales and scandal when I'm back in work tomorrow.
Thanks for coming - it was fantastic to meet people again, and to meet the ones I hadn't met before. I'm weighing up my next options - Eurogathering versus Yorkshire...


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 07:31 AM

Groningen needs kazoo for the A part of Ryan's Polka. I think that settles it.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Raven "Where's my pint"
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 09:28 AM

jebus that was all a good lot to read ...

i had alot of fun this weekend (althought i buggered off to the other side of the country half way (~_^))
if this does become annual i'll certainly have something to look forward to next year (^_^)

thanks for a good time guys - also funny to see that you guys have dirtier minds than me and my mates all put together :p

< Raven >


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 10:22 AM

Aha, if Raven is who I think it is, he'd better get his driving license sorted out for next year coz I won't be offering him a lift! Still, at least I got to see the Giant's Causeway - that's something else, what a place!!

Fib: That was a fantastic weekend, thanks so much for getting it off the ground. Now, let's get next year sorted so that people have time to book cheap flights & commit themselves! Booking the whole hostel sounds best, surely we can get enough interest. Barholm is an excellent 'base' and 'Mine Host Linda' has said that although the accomodation is only for 50, there's a lot of leeway with spare 'put-you-up's' etc :-)

Thanks too to Fib's Family and the whole town for welcoming us with open arms! My best wishes to Jacky for his recovery - what a superb voice he has there. (Please tell him I had the same thing a while back - I know exactly what he suffered - thank goodness for morphine!) Hope he gets a chance to take a crack at 'Thaney' - when he hears the original version by 'Malinky' (on their 3 ravens CD) I think he'll be surprised - it's so much better when Karine Polwart sings it with all their instrumentation. Mine is a poor imitation.

Ferrying the 'lad' up to the top of the world on Sunday meant I missed the Cake icing session (so glad you rose to the challenge Skip), the raffle & group photo etc. Micca's going to be a bit technical later on & try to get me in the photo which would be wonderdful *g* Also missed goodbye hugs from Skip, Eric & Noreen so I'll claim those for the next time we meet!

Being a relatively recent Folkie and a novice at gathers and festivals I was delighted to be made so welcome (I think) by the Catters at the first 'Portstock', roll on next year & all the other good bits in between. Thanks all, may you always have music....


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 01:36 PM

I mentioned the possibility of it all happening next year to Linda,and said IF it did I would try to get over for at least a week to be able to see some of the countryside,to which she replied that there would of course be a discount for a longer booking.There's a thought to bear in mind.My little drive round with Fibs mom as a raffle prize only wetted my appetite.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 01:41 PM

Great idea Terry. Micca and I definately want to go back, and for week sounds excellent!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,eoin (jackie)
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 04:22 PM

Sorry to have missed the session on Sat and I believe some superb singing on Sunday. I enjoyed Friday night TOO much, in fact you might say 'I got carried away'. Thanks for the well wishes. Back is on the mend (I hope).Thanks for the words of 'Thaney', a cracker song and sung beautifully. I must get hold of the CD.It ws great to put a face to the names. You are all 'fantastic'!!!! I really enjoyed your cmpany and I must add Fib did a great job to organise it. (maybe an annual event) The Mudcat Ball. My Guru, what can I say . . . That song!! I only stopped laughing on Sunday. I enjoyed you's all. Hope to see you all again.               slan eoin (jackie)
ps. Micca I will get those CD's to you that I promised. I will try and find your address through Fib.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 07:08 PM

Hey Jackie, you're very welcome! It was great to hear you sing, but we all wanted to hear you more - so next year you make sure you're fit & well! So glad you're improving, hope the medics can sort a permanent solution for that back of yours! Well met Jackie :-)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 07:56 PM

Jackie: Brill to see that you are up from your hospital bed and doing the bizz! Just loved your singing and thanks again for the lift from Belfast City Airport - what a champ!

I do hope you get your back sorted PDQ. I had a back problem myself a few years ago and I found one particular exercise helped enormously. I therefore showed it to Fib's mum, ie Lily(?) if I recall her name right, in the middle of a session at Fiddler's.

I was hands and knees on the floor alternately stretching out my right arm along with my left leg and then left arm with my right leg! I looked a right prat but who cares if you find it helpful too! I did it for 10 minutes three times a day even for a few months after the pains that I had been getting had gone.

Anyway mend quickly, good singing and I hope to see you at Portastock next year!

"Dear thoughts are in my mind ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 08:44 PM

Great music, a flatulence contest, good friends, great food, a bonk in the night...............as they say south of here......"It jist don't git no better'n nat, Maw". I WILL be there next year. Thanks for the posts!!

Mick


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Micca
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 03:02 AM

Well, whar can I say? Thanks to (in No Order except #1:-
First and Foremost

Fibula Mattock


Well done to you and your Family for a Splendid W/E
next to the Locals of Portaferry, who ALL seemed to know we were coming and made us amazingly welcome!!!
special mention to Frank at the Fiddlers Green and his Staff and the staff at Dumicans for making Us so at home,
Linda, Norah and the rest of the staff at Barholm!!!! for reasons which were obvious to all who attended. ( looking forward to next year)
To the Mudcatters that attended!!! You were wonderful, and the Music and singing was Magical.
Finally to the MUDCAT, without which NONE of this would happen at all!!!
The First batch of pix are HERE


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 03:09 AM

Sigh, looks like you had a good time! Nice photies micca!

Ta, nice to see you all having fun!

Ella


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 05:22 AM

Great batch of photos, Micca, and not incriminating! Looking forward to all the others ... are there any of the bra size discussion incident?

"I thought I heard the old man say ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 05:47 AM

Well Micca, I'd like to say Great piccies too, but that has got to be the WORST one I've ever seen of me!!!!! The rest are great though *g* Thanks for getting them posted, excellent memories...


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Liam of the Ferry
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 08:10 AM

Its me Liam and sore my fingers are. I'm drifting out in the abyss with the rest of you now. Thank you all for a brilliant weekend. Unfortunately I got stuck to my seat for the rest of Saturday and was beyond all reasonable medical help on Sunday. I've still got loads of funny songs in my head and am humming away inwork about chocolate, my guru saying no etc.
Hope to see yous all again same time next year.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 08:16 AM

It's so true Liam, I always know when to say no....

So glad to hear you at Portaferry, hope the fingers heal from your playing burn-out, Fab time, hear you again next year :-)

Hil


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Declan
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 08:24 AM

Interesting photos, looks like it was fun.

I'm fairly sure I saw Alanww in Sidmouth last year (possibly in the Bedford?), but I didn't know it was him. I'll be sure to say hello the next time. Leadfingers looks a bit familiar as well, but I don't know from where. I don't think I know any of the rest of you yet, but I'm looking forward to meeting you all sometime.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 08:45 AM

Common places in Sidmouth to find many of us during festival week are : the Anchor Middle Bar, The NewT (new tavern) The Bedford, and The Swan. If you haunt any of these places you will usually find a few catters.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 08:55 AM

And hello to you, Declan. While I spend most of my time in the Middle Bar of the Anchor singing, with a bit of my time in the Radway and Swan playing, I have certainly been known to go into the Bedford, particularly late at night for the lock-in! So it could well have been me. I look forward to seeing you there again this year!

"Dancing and singing, bell ringing ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 10:34 AM

Hello folks, I've downloaded the photos off my camera and there's some crackers, but I'm waaaaaaaaaay too busy to upload them yet - I have an entire seminar to plan, write and do slides for - all for tomorrow afternoon - my own fault for skiving off work to go to Portaferry. Anyway, I'll get the pictures done soon, hopefully by the weekend.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 05:57 PM

Have now collected photos , mostly of the ferry excursion. There is also a couple of Skippy committing cookery and discovering what he had wrought. And a piccy of something naked , sorry chaps to get your hopes up it wasn't the bra swopping incident it was only the cake before it was covered in icing.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 07:19 PM

Oh, pity there are no bras involved but I am anxious to see your piccies, Jude!

"When I was a young man ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 09:20 AM

An abiding memory, of which The Viking would surely have written had he arrived at that point, was the opening song of the proceedings in the Fiddlers Green.

One local, at least, had to be forcibly restrained as Micca burst forth into song with his parody "The Hash Me Father Scored" sung to the tune of a certain song with a similar-sounding title.

The regulars seemed to enjoyed it after the initial couple of bars and panic had subsided and the rest of us recovered too although the experience upped the initial blackstuff count!

moo


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,EtV@work
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 11:00 AM

I heard about that,and the plot to kidnap him afterwards and dump him in the lough. (Sorry Cat-but you said you wanted the insurance!) But, I was also there when someone tried to play the local session closing tune but I believe that only a gentle hint was given that is was the end tune. (Can't remember which tune it was-Richard will know)

Skipjack wrote "arse" on his cake because he told me in utter confidence that was what was on his mind.I promised not to tell anyone, so I wont.I have also the story about Skipjack wanting to play musical candles! But only Noreen knows the truth about that. This week has flown by, and I haven't done half as much work as I needed to do. The weekend and next week will be exremely busy.

I am quite suprised that there have been no obituraries this week after Skipjacks cooking of his cake.

Looking back, it was a splendid weekend and if meeting up in Holland goes even half as well, we'll be in for a really good time.

Micca, great photo's so far, and has cat stopped dribbling yet?

So next year looks like a rematch, get the dates, and we'll book early for the weekend.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 12:24 PM

Oh that was me Eric! How was I to know that "The Resting Chair" was the local session closing tune...it isn't even an Irish or a traditional one! But, as you say, the "piss off and stop playing that...it's the end tune!" message was delivered in the best possible humour and with great gentleness and decorum by the delightful local musicians. However...I shall know better for next year! This of course may be why we were banned from the lock-in at Dunigan's on the Saturday!

I am still wondering why the excellent Eamonn Bannon from the Saturday night in the Fiddlers isn't an international superstar. I have now added his superb slow arrangement of "I'll tell me ma" back into my repertoire.

I believe the reason I didn't die after eating Skip's cake with its fluorescent turquoise icing is that my bit was fully sterilised by the Guinness on the floor from which I ate it.

I am marking the dates for next year in already in my planner and really hope that Mickus Maximus and some other American/Canadian friends may be able to join us next time...that would be really great.

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 12:50 PM

Eric....I have indeed stopped dribbling but Micca has caught my cold so the dribbling continues but not by me!!!!

I don't think there were any photos taken of the bra disscussion and swap but alan did measure my assets in relation to the size of his hands!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 12:58 PM

Glad you're feeling better Cat :-) Recommend hot toddies for Micca!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Declan
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 01:09 PM

Micca,

Any chance of you posting the words of "The Hash".

Sounds like a song I'd like to know.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 01:37 PM

Declan Try Here


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Micca
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 06:22 PM

Portaferry Mudcats
(Tune Galway Bay)By Micca

Maybe someday I'll go back to Portaferry
And hear again that lively music scene
To join the Mudcats there a making merry
And watch the Guiness sink in Fiddlers Green

When we got there we said "It's the edge of nowhere"
"It isn't" said big John ," but Never fear"
If the rain stops, and the sun comes out tomorrow
You'll get damn good view of it from here

And did it Rain? Oh bless me, this is Ireland
It poured down like the sky'd begun to crack
But we were snug and warm inside the Fiddlers
A drinking that vile stuff that's coloured black

In Dumicans we drank a lot of porter
You ask me how I know? Well here's the proof
I was on my 13th visit to the toilet
Before I noticed that it had no roof

Now Skipjacks Birthday it occurred in Ireland
And we all signed a card for his good sake
And smiled when he was given a small prezzie
His very own DIY birthday cake

We sang a lot and stayed late at the drinking
And some played music till the early dawn
Including many tunes of Local vintage
And no one seemed to notice No Bodhran!!!

How did we entertain ourselves between times?
even Irish pubs must sometimes close, alas
we drank a lot of tea, and wine from boxes
and Jude and Cat give seminars on Bras

No mention will be made of all the farting
Or of jiving in the pub on Saturday night
And you know that we are too polite to mention
The night time noises from the poltergeist

John Moulden, John and Jacky sang so sweetly
And Frank and his musicians, they were grand
The local folks made welcome all these strangers
And everyone played like it was one band

Oh Maybe someday I'll go back to Ireland
If the Mudcats meet again in County Down
I'll return again to rest myself in Barholm
And enjoy again the welcome in the town


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 07 Mar 03 - 04:19 AM

Nice one Micca :-) What's the tune???


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 07 Mar 03 - 11:27 AM

Excellent Micca! Excellent! (Small aside - the pub name is Dumigan's.)

One more thought - since we were on the shores of Strangford Lough, I think we should call the gathering

LOUGHSTOCK!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Micca
Date: 07 Mar 03 - 11:33 AM

Tune is Galway Bay!!!!
Fibs after the amount of the black stuff Drunk it would be Loughstock and Barrel!!!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 07 Mar 03 - 11:47 AM

ROTFLMAO :-)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: MMario
Date: 07 Mar 03 - 11:52 AM

Loughstock and Barrel??????


***groan***

Definately a candadate for the "Songs that never would have occurred except for Mudcat" CD (color-code:plaid with paisley stripes and invisible dots)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 07 Mar 03 - 03:41 PM

Ok ..... so now mine and Judes 'discussion' about bras has been immortalised forever in one of Micca's songs!!!!


Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 03:47 AM

Any more piccies anyone? The memory is fading fast :-(


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,John Moulden - still cookieless
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 05:17 AM

It was good to see everyone and meet old friends - I've known Kate (Fibula) for 25 years but haven't seen her since she was two - I did however, recognise her parents! I'd have liked to stay longer but the need to take grandsons to Dublin on Sunday (where, and in Galway, I've been ever since, beating my head off library shelves) had to take reluctant precedence. If anyone wants to contact me about local songs it's john@ulstersongs.com

Enjoy yourselves - but you do don't you?


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 06:44 AM

Fib-don't you mean Loughingstock? Can't believe it's a week since we viewed each other over breakfast looking for signs of life, only to find very few amongst the survivors.(Of course some of us wondered if you were dead or kidnapped Hil, and were collecting used bottle tops for the ransom, just in case)Skipjack, has written in his book of knowledge (very thin!) that you owe him a goodbye hug.

Great pictures Micca, unusual to see skipjack decked out in cake mix, he's usually just foaming at the mouth. You might be pleased to know that we all survived the week and Skip, Noreen and I had a reunion at his session on Friday.

Skipjack is very pleased that everyone is planning his birthday party next year and has vowed to buy everyone who attends at least 2 pints each!!!!

Actually he has a tight hold of "Frank's IOU a couple of pints", and is having his best forgers working on an exact match of paper, vintage Guiness stains and pen used to replicate an unlimited number of them which he will gladly distribute to the poor and needy of this parish.So life returns to it's dull normallity and we look forward to more pictures and music with throbbing ferry background.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 06:55 AM

We have more photos....will have to get Micca to send them to Pene so everyone can see them!.....Anyone else got any photos to post??

Well its been a week....and I am hoping we are all going to meet up in Portaferry next year. My liver and kidneys have just about recovered and the DT's only lasted until Tuesday afternoon so Im going on a detox so I am ready for the Yorkshire Gathering!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 12:01 PM

Old-style film with captured evidence still in camera. Full-time working persons don't get to developing shops during the week, and Saturday was a haze after Skipjack's session on Friday night followed by Oakley's hospitality on the farm... (no filmic evidence of that, thankfully.)

Will inform victims of blackmail price as soon as film is developed.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 12:05 PM

I expect to hear from you very soon then Noreen!!!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 12:53 PM

So if I can afford the trip next year, I should bring a sheep, a bottle of aspirin, and an "Arse cake"?

Thanks for sharing the adventure. Quite a rowdy crowd by Getaway standards. We only singabout farts. As for the rest...we have children present. G-rated, you know.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 01:40 PM

SINSULL: a bottle of Port would also come in handy, along with as much massage oil as you can get through customs :-)

EtV: Excellent news about the bottle-top collection (how kind), did you manage to get enough for a jingle-stick? If so, please don't bring it next year...... Please let Skipjack know that I'm intent on organising an away-day from the Bull at Barton to the Sloop at Barton & will be claiming all goodbye hugs *g*

Noreen: will you be scanning & providing said evidence to Pene? (what name on the cheque??)

CatPHiddle: More piccies please!!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 04:18 PM

Hil, believe it or not, I have enough bottle tops to make about 4 big jingle sticks-well Skip says he "wants a big one". I've just got to be totally bored enough to do it!

Sinsull. You've obviously got it wrong! And I hate to correct you in public (me and Skip do corrrection in private!! Ask Alanww) But next year you need; Green wellies and camo-flage (deliberate spelling)suit. I told you the sheep are there, but hiding in the sprout stalks! Don't bring Asprin-the parrots eat em all (Paracetamol-old joke!) You do need to bring a size Double D cup bra, an out of tune bodhran, and a "mountain" green suit.As for your arse- if you leave it at home it will be safe, because you can't have your cake and eat it!

As for the port and massage oil-My Guru should explain that combination, but I warn you-if you get massaged, and drink port, you will have disappeared by the Sunday morning!!!!(Others have! and only re-appear in the ether!)

So if you're silly-sorry, brave enough to do it. Me n Skip will welcome you with open arms next year!!!

Ps bring your friends! Because you will neeed witnesses for the truth.

Cheers

Eric


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 04:40 PM

No Eric, it was cllr's port and my chocolate scented massage oil that kept disappearing and a variety of people then reappeared with smiles on their faces. Copious amounts of the smooth black stuff also kept disappearing along with people's ability to focus the next day, but perhaps the less said about that the better.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 06:06 PM

Well explained Jude dear, er, was it chocolate scented??? I must admit there didn't seem to be a lot of Belgian Chocolate around despite all our previous requests!!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: momnopp
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 06:23 PM

Oh, MAN! I missed the chocolate scented massage oil disappearing into smiling people singing about vile black stuff????? Or something like that...

You can bet I won't miss another of those!!!!!!!

Looking forward to an opportunity to meet you all,

JudyO


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 07:24 PM

OK, OK! I've learned my lesson. Please forgive me! There will be full supplies of belgian chocolate available at the next Loughstock!

Love

moo


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Raven "Where's my pint"
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 07:51 PM

(^_^) think i need to find out what that tune is, cause be good to hear what that songs suppose to sound like micca.

can see its as good as agreed this is gonna happen again, which is cool ... gotta see about learning some of these songs ya'll sang ;)

i'd love to know what that was we all finished off on the Saturday, ack wish my memory wasn't so back ... think it was some homebrew Rum, wish i could remember the names of the nice folks who shared it (^_^)
they were pretty cool too, with some funny songs ... wish i had the staying power to have stayed up til god knows when with all of ya'll but 2am was my limit ;)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 04:00 AM

Mooman: Very glad that you've earned your lesson - so next year you and the lovely Lady McMoo must come to Portaferry weighed down with the best remedy (Jude's song in my ears)!! May I also place a request for those lovely little biscuits 'speculoos' or some such name - I usually raid the supermarkets in Belgium for them.

Raven: I can't believe that you've managed to get to your age in your household without knowing at least one song backwards - music must be in your genes surely!! You must get sorted for next year & don't forget to pass your test :-)

The couple who joined us in Barholm on Saturday night were Pat & ?? & I've sent a piccie to Micca for onward sending to Pene. They sang some very funny songs & kindly brought a fine bottle of their homemade gin (?? Tree Gin) which went down very well indeed. This is probably why I can't remember much of Saturday evening *g*

If I can get my back sorted out (probably an op) I'll work on improving my massage skills throughout the next year - despite reciprocation we can't leave all the hard work to Cllr can we? So Jude, please lay in stocks of that chocolate scented massage oil ready for the next Loughstock!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 04:35 AM

I seem to remember it being Beech Leaf Gin, and the chocolate song I sang is by Marcus Turner, an australian I believe.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 04:37 AM

BTW I think the couple were slightly stunned at how fast that bottle went.... but then they did say help yourselves to a bunch of folkies


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 04:50 AM

yes that was silly wasn't it *g*


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 04:57 AM

I've just worked out that given that to block book the whole hostel for 2 days costs £750, at a normal cost of £12 per person per night we would need 32 people (staying 2 nights each) for us to break even, anything more than that and we have a surplus. The hostel can hold up to 50. At such relatively short notice there were 18 booked in, with more time to plan (& save pennies) do we think we could get 32 or more to make it worth booking the whole place?


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 05:15 AM

I've pm's Fib with exactly the same thought & would like to help with this - we need to get some planning in soon - at least setting the weekend. I'll copy my pm to you :-)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 06:21 AM

My guru - it's speculaas - one of my Ducth blokes makes it, an I have the spices for it, so I'll bring some homemade stuff next year.
I read your PM - will reply when I get a chance!
I'll cobble together a web page of info about Portaferry to aid bookings and ease decisions.

Also everyone - we raised £41.40 for Mudcat in the raffle (where Cllr cleaned up!), and about £25 for the Marie Curie hospice. I'll get the cheques off a.s.a.p.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 06:21 AM

Ducth? Dutch! Damn this early morning typing!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 06:29 AM

early morning?????
Homemade speculaas - wonderful, now I'm drooling too *g*

one of your Dutch blokes?????


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 06:32 AM

Speculoos in Belgium! (Different dialect!)

moo


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 06:50 AM

Whatever they're called they're wonderful! Perhaps you could put some in your suitcase anyway Mooman, Fib's going to be feeding the 5,000 with them next year, she may need supplementing :-)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST,catsphiddle skiving at work!!
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 09:35 AM

So we are all going next year YEAH!!!!

It would be great i we could a few more people to come along and join in the fun...they don't know what they missed!!!!

I have really enjoyed reading Eric's posts about the weekend and we have more photos to post....just need to censor a few and get the blackmail letters sent out before hand!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Letty
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 10:26 AM

Speculaas, mmmm!
Maybe someone at the Groningen gathering can buy some for you?
But homemade is even better of course.
I'd love to come to Portaferry next year, count me in!

Letty


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 10:40 AM

I'll start making a list Letty!!!

I'll try & help Fib with the organising of the accomodation once we've had a chat. So far it's everyone who was there this year plus Letty. All subject to confirmation by a date which we'll have to set at some point of course :-)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 12:55 PM

Perhaps we should sart a new thread for the Portaferry Gathering 2004


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Big Mick
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 01:00 PM

I will be at that gathering, I am buying the tickets the minute Aer Lingus starts the annual special fares. And I will do some cooking, I love to cook.

Mick


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 01:02 PM

Good idea Jude, let's see what Fib comes back with re. dates - maybe she'll start the thread, what a Star she is :-)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 01:08 PM

Just before we left Leadfingers was talking to Linda (Mine host) with a view to him having a longer stay next year. She was making "big discount" type noises to him, so it may be worth Fib having a "what if" type chat with Linda to see what sort of a deal she might be willing to discuss.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Leadfingers
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 01:17 PM

Marcus Turner who wrote the chocolate song is a New Zealander and is
supposed to be coming over to UK on tour with a group this year.If I
can get any definate info I will put it up , but Marcus might just do it himself as he IS a Catter.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 01:19 PM

LF is that last post on the right thread?


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 11:38 AM

Got anymore piccies? i took a few, but they're not of much use in incriminating anyone. Mostly views of the lough.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 01:17 PM

I'll pick my film up from the developers tomorrow and see what turns out... never used Tesco's developing service before, but they have the advantage of being open til 10pm.

I will take cheques.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: MMario
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 01:19 PM

sometime - there should be bidding war on the auction - "for" bids versus "against" bids re: posting of pictures ....

heh-heh-heh


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 01:22 PM

Could make a fortune for the Mudcat, MMario....


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: My guru always said
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 01:25 PM

Yes, that could be a nice little earner.....


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Áine
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 02:13 PM

Upon the suggestion of My guru always said, Micca's theme song for this grand event, Portaferry Mudcats, has been added to the Mudcat Songbook.

I know I didn't ask first, Micca darlin', but I knew you'd be chuffed to see it in there ;-)

All the best, Áine (who's hoping to get across the pond next year to make it to the Second Annual Loughstock!!)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: mooman
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 05:18 PM

I have a few piccies which I'll add once I've captioned them. Nothing TOO incriminating!

moo


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 15 Mar 03 - 03:39 PM

Scanned the first few in, which you can see here on my Yahoo page for now. Let me know of any errors in captions please.

Will do the rest and send Jeff the link soonest.

What's the latest on the music, micca??
N


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 05:45 PM

Right, I've posted all my pics on my Yahoo site (see link in post immeciately above this one)... or have I??

Still waiting for the blackmail auction...


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 06:05 PM

Hmmmmmm seem pretty tame to me fair Noreen


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 07:23 PM

Do you take visa Noreen????


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: alanww
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 05:57 AM

Nice photos Noreen - some good memories!

"She looked as fresh as a figurehead ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 22 Mar 03 - 04:04 AM

Jeff has kindly added my photos to the Mudcat events page: Mudcat Portaferry Gathering

Hey Fib- still working too hard? :0)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 03:29 AM

Yet more pics!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Noreen
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 06:44 AM

Thanks for the pics, Jude!
In your first picture, in Fiddlers' Green, Alan is wearing the hand-painted silk scarf he had just won in the raffle. Suits him, doesn't it? :0)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 10:26 AM

Just to make it easy link to

new pics here


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 11:59 AM

Good pics!!!


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 01:59 PM

And now you have confirmed it for me!! I had every reason to be envious as hell. I will regret not making my reservations earlier for a very long time. But I will be there next year!!

All the very best to all of you,

Mick


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Night Owl
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 02:45 PM

Wonderful pictures Noreen and JudeL!! Neat smiles on all of you.

btw...what is "Giant's Causeway"?? It's gorgeous.

(Thanks Jeff.)


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 03:07 PM

It's a natural rock formation that looks for all the world as if it's a giant paved path leading into the sea. There's a folk tale about how it used to be part of a huge bridge linking ireland to scotland.


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 03:10 PM

Here's a site about it

Giant's Causeway


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 08:08 PM

Jude.........What the hell do you mean folk tale???????..........And I suppose you walk right past a fairy mound without so much as a tip of the hat to the fairy folk????.........don't you realize that himself, the great Finn used that very causeway...............oh, never mind, I will just have to straighten you out on your history, or herstory if you prefer, when I see you next year............heathens.........have they no sense of place, Lord???

Mick


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: Night Owl
Date: 23 Mar 03 - 08:50 PM

Thanks JudeL....fascinating place. SOME day I hope to see it....bg


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Subject: RE: N. Ireland gathering 2003 - THIS WEEKEND
From: JudeL
Date: 24 Mar 03 - 08:29 AM

You mean all folk tales aren't true? Next you'll be telling me that Santa Clause doesn't exist!


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