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Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE

16 Sep 05 - 03:09 PM (#1565034)
Subject: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Hello people,

This is an early notice for the next Eurogathering, for all those people who like to book flightes and ferries early. Or who just like to know that I am indeed still alive (yes, I am, but barely as in last year of PhD, will definitely need the distraction!).
Having missed the gathering in la belle France, I'm making sure I won't have to miss the next by being the organiser!


The venue: Cork City, Ireland

The date: 5-6-7 MAY 2006

The deal: bringing all those Irish tunes back home (other tunes permitted of course)


Date is NOT negotiable! This is called tradition :-)

Whelks can be purchased in the English Market, along with other delicacies such as crubeen and drisheen.


Lots of love,

Letty


16 Sep 05 - 03:34 PM (#1565046)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

Well letty I was only asking about this the other day, you can definitely count me in.
Giok


16 Sep 05 - 05:06 PM (#1565111)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Oaklet

What about a weekend in October? Or January?


16 Sep 05 - 05:11 PM (#1565117)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

And me!

DC


16 Sep 05 - 05:18 PM (#1565119)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

Letty , I am coming to Cork, I am gonna get fly ticket when I am back from the Us, in October
and I am hoping my band is coming " Our Rose " .
Please give me info about places to stay in.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


16 Sep 05 - 05:35 PM (#1565128)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

I intend to come (if I can find the money ...).

Can I book floorspace?


16 Sep 05 - 06:39 PM (#1565143)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

If it's Cork City, then presumably camping is not an option. What alternatives will be available for accommodation?

DC


17 Sep 05 - 05:13 AM (#1565403)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Letty, glad to hear you are well and indeed keeping your promise! I'd love to come but just now it is doubtful whether I'll be able to get away on holiday at all next year. Mark me 'maybe', please. (And if I come I'd need to book floorspace somewhere too, not bringing the car.)


17 Sep 05 - 05:28 AM (#1565408)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

As I am in shared accommodation, floor space is highly limited. I will let you know in a while, as I have to ask my roomie for permission.
A few other options:

  • Campervans - I have a small driveway that MIGHT fit (sedan cars fit) one van.
  • Camping - the nearest decent camping is in Blarney, which is 8km from Cork. Plus you can kiss the stone. In town, in fact very near where I live, is the Cork City Camping, which is rumoured to be quite dreary, but may do the job: Cork City (Togher Road), Tel 00353 (0)21 496 1866.Fax 496 1866.
  • Hostels - several available. The first 6 on this page, for example. I have stayed in Kinlay, which is clean, and in Sheila's, which is a bit cramped but cheap.
  • B&Bs. There are a great number of these. Expect to pay between 30 and 40 euros per night. I am not going to put up links until someone asks, as there are plenty to be googled. The Tourist Information will book you a space too.
  • Hotels - again, plenty of choice. Will provide links if there's interest.
  • Self-catering. If people are interested in getting self-catering accommodation, this is often a relatively cheap option if you share. Look here. Self-catering is harder to find in the city. If you have a car, there's plenty of choice outside the town.

I think hostels are the cheap option, esp. as they are mainly in the city centre. If you have to rely on buses, you might find yourself in trouble, as public transport is notoriously unreliable here.


Ways of getting to Cork:

By air: Cork Airport is served by many airlines. Check out Aer Lingus, they have some good offers. EasyJet, Ryanair and BMIbaby all fly to Ireland.

By rail: coming from other parts of Ireland, rail may be an option. The train from Dublin to Cork takes about 3 1/2 hours, and a weekend return costs about 52 euros. There are buses to.


By ferry: Cork is about 3 hours from the Rosslare ferry. Coming straight from the continent, there is a ferry from France to Ringaskiddy, about 20 minutes from Cork.

By bus: Eurolines serve Cork too. 12 euros for a return ticket from Belfast at the moment. I cannot get a price for London-Cork yet, as the system seems to be stuck.


That's all for now, more info will follow gradually.

Letty


17 Sep 05 - 05:51 AM (#1565412)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

BTW, it really IS becoming a tradition, isn't it?

  • 2001 - Münster, Germany (host: Wolfgang)
  • 2002 - Brussels, Belgium (host: Mooman)
  • 2003 - Groningen, Netherlands (host: Letty)
  • 2004 - Barton (Hull), UK (host: Skipjack)
  • 2005 - Niort, France (host: Mooman)
  • 2006 - Cork, Ireland (host: Letty)

Just wondering where 2007 will take us...

Letty


17 Sep 05 - 06:21 AM (#1565416)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

Good Cork City Map
G..


17 Sep 05 - 06:34 AM (#1565418)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

May be to Iceland ????????

We´ll never know

I am asking around so hold on tight 2007 might be In Iceland.

If people are up to it to come and see Iceland.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.

P.s we have low price airline ( Icelandic Express )

And we might all get to stay at the same place.


17 Sep 05 - 03:16 PM (#1565654)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: mooman

Well I will just have to make it six in a row won't I... especially in my own country (even though they speak funny down there... I expect you've already picked up the singing lilt Letty!)

Count me in!!! (Will ask the Good Lady McMoo if she is coming but I 'spect she will).

Love

Richard


17 Sep 05 - 03:53 PM (#1565668)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

Skarpi, that's a pleasant surprise. The year after next year we could opt for Greece and see if you come over for the weekend. Iceland is a fascinating idea too, but as Greece a bit far for a weekend.

Most probably I'll come to Cork. I only can say for sure in the second half of October when I know my summer semester time table. I think I'll take a B&B.

Letty, where (which part of Cork) will the action be? So that I can opt for a B&B at walking (crawling) distance.

Wolfgang (whose last visit to Cork was in 1968)


17 Sep 05 - 04:41 PM (#1565680)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

Wolgang where do you live ?

I ´ll be in Greece no proplem just tell me where and when after two years .

If I can go there and to Cork , well I think most people can come to Iceland.

All best Skarpi Iceland (who have never visit Cork )


17 Sep 05 - 04:43 PM (#1565682)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: My guru always said

Brill, well done Letty! Will try to get to this, will be my first Eurogather!


17 Sep 05 - 04:59 PM (#1565695)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

Go for it Hils!!
G..


17 Sep 05 - 05:03 PM (#1565699)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

I so hope to be there, but also don't forget Loughstock Four-Score, February 2006! (More on that when I get my arse in gear, promise.)


17 Sep 05 - 05:36 PM (#1565717)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

Put that bloody Frank Mills fella down and concentrate on important things like LS80.
Giok ¦¬]


17 Sep 05 - 06:46 PM (#1565748)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan

What choice do I have? - May 6 is my bloody birthday! I'll aim to be there.

Regards


17 Sep 05 - 07:29 PM (#1565763)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

At least we'll know what song to go for, Martin!


17 Sep 05 - 07:35 PM (#1565765)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

WE might sing Mayflower in Icelandic .
In May , I talk to Rósa tomorrow and tell about this .


All the best Skarpi Iceland.


17 Sep 05 - 09:28 PM (#1565792)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,mg

I would love to come if I can scrape up the money. I want to see the Garvey bridge again. mg


18 Sep 05 - 04:49 AM (#1565908)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: mooman

And you can go for it again on 7 May Suzanne 'cos that's mine!

Hugs,

Richard


18 Sep 05 - 04:51 AM (#1565909)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: mooman

Be sure not to have the skithers or be needed in Washington DC this time Kate!

(;>)

Richard


19 Sep 05 - 04:23 AM (#1566465)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wilfried Schaum

Hi Letty, what a pleasant surprise in autumn!

I'm in the same situation like MudGuard, but I hope I can rise the money. Floorspace would be preferable, otherwise I'd go to a hostel (especially after the wonderful experience in Groningen - reaaly fine).

So count me in with a very small question mark.

And how clever you managed it with the date! Finally a year where I don't have to moo some good wishes, but can sing "Happy Birthday" together with a lot of mudcatters for an esteemed and learned colleague!


19 Sep 05 - 07:26 AM (#1566544)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

Can I come?


19 Sep 05 - 07:53 AM (#1566554)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

maybe. Will you be bringing that thing you wear round your neck that makes all that noise?


19 Sep 05 - 07:58 AM (#1566556)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

It's about time you came to!
G


19 Sep 05 - 08:03 AM (#1566559)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

No, Fibs, it's OK, love, Mrs S won't be coming.


19 Sep 05 - 08:06 AM (#1566561)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Greg, as one of the remaining 4 hardcore Eurogatherers (Richard, Greg, Wolfgang and me), you not only can come, you must come!


19 Sep 05 - 08:13 AM (#1566566)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

Actually Skippy I meant your oil-slave Eric! :)


19 Sep 05 - 08:19 AM (#1566571)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

Hardcore: round his neck: ?? Filth!!
G.


19 Sep 05 - 09:38 AM (#1566613)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

You can come Greg. The sheep are subject to quarantine regulations. Or am I thinking of Eric now?


19 Sep 05 - 09:44 AM (#1566615)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

Whose absence from this thread is noteworthy............


19 Sep 05 - 09:46 AM (#1566617)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Rapparee

May, 2006. Hmmm....my wife is pining for a trip to Ireland...her relatives are Dingleites living in Cork city...hmmm...shouldn't interfer with the neice and nephew's graduations...hmmm....


19 Sep 05 - 09:47 AM (#1566619)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Charmion

Edmund and I have piled up a whole heap of Air Miles, so we might be able to swing it. We're still in the "toying with the idea" stage; going overseas two years in a row is kinda rich for our blood (well, mine actually).

Looking forward to seeing the Moos at the Getaway!


19 Sep 05 - 10:00 AM (#1566623)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Hostels in Cork (I plan to have the Saturday session in the city centre, but nothing has been booked yet):

  • Sheila's, in the city centre.
  • Kinlay House, in the Shandon area. Walking distance of city centre, 'colourful' neighbourhood.
  • Bru Bar and Hostel, also in the centre, can be noisy as right on main clubbing and pubbing street.
  • Kelly's Hostel, walking distance again.
  • International Youth Hostel, the official An Oige one. This is actually the one I stayed in and found clean. Bit further from town (15 minute walk), but regular buses (nr 8).


Hope this is useful! Please don't inundate me with requests for floorspace. As much as I'd love to have you all in my place, I'm back to student accommodation (house-share), and so are most of my friends. This means I am NOT free to take in an unlimited number of guests. I do not mean to be unfriendly or a bad host, or that I don't care about money problems (join the club), it is just not possible!
The spaces I have (currently 5: 1 bed, 1 sofa, 3 air beds) will go to previous gathering organisers first. If they don't take them, I will 'advertise' them. So, so sorry! Will invite you all back when I'm rich and respectable ;-)

Letty


19 Sep 05 - 10:07 AM (#1566628)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

Rich sounds good Letty, respectable though Mmmmm!
G


20 Sep 05 - 05:04 PM (#1567107)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: mooman

I chatted with An Pluiméir Ceolmhar and his wife Joelle, and also last year's hosts Jill and Roger, and all have expressed an interest in coming to Cork in May 2006.

Peace

Richard


20 Sep 05 - 05:17 PM (#1567118)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Letty, with so many alternatives I probably won't need floorspace at your place. The only thing is, I may not be able to book well in advance. Just in case: Is anyone looking for shared self-catering acc. and would be willing to let me have bed or floor space (whatever is available)?

Seeing the line-up I really wouldn't like to miss this one! Anyway, how about the Viking? Is he on holiday, or facing another Ofsted invasion?


20 Sep 05 - 07:33 PM (#1567206)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

I have had sharp words with said Viking today, and he is defo coming, even to the degree of supplying his beloved PA for the Saturday night thing.

Richard, it will be luvverly if we can show Jill and Roger a good time in appreciation of Euro2005 in Niort9. They'm luvverly peeps.


20 Sep 05 - 08:41 PM (#1567270)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Sorcha

Dammit. Can't get to Whitby and Cork the same year....


21 Sep 05 - 03:47 AM (#1567445)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wilfried Schaum

So come to Cork and see the world


21 Sep 05 - 03:59 AM (#1567453)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

No you go to Whitby ¦¬]
G


21 Sep 05 - 06:41 AM (#1567521)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: alanww

Hiya Letty et al.
Brill! Its not on the MayDay weekend this year! So Sandy & I might be able to make it. It would be good to see everyone again. I've still got the Brussels 2002 T-shirt! Thanks also for the hostel links.
Say, is the Cork Singers' Club still going? The website seems very old - latest details are of artists booked in the year 2000! I heard about it a while ago but have never managed to make it. Is it still unaccomanied singing every Sunday?
"... as I hear the sweet lark sing ...!"
Alan


21 Sep 05 - 07:07 AM (#1567539)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,catsphiddle@work

Micca and I might be able to make it too. It will be our 1st wedding anniversary on the 7th! will look into flights and accomodation!


21 Sep 05 - 09:09 AM (#1567609)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,Philippa

but there are SO MANY music gatherings all over Ireland (and some in Britain) the May weekend


21 Sep 05 - 09:17 AM (#1567617)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Rapparee

My wife just said, "So, why didn't you tell me sooner?"

So we're going to start looking into ways and means.


21 Sep 05 - 10:51 AM (#1567682)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Philippa, ask the organizers of those gatherings to change their schedules. ;-)


21 Sep 05 - 06:00 PM (#1567968)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Noreen

Put us down for crubeens, Letty dear...

......I've not told Stewart what they are yet :0)


21 Sep 05 - 09:02 PM (#1568071)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: michaelr

Letty -- what sort of activities do you propose for this weekend, and where do you see them taking place?

I'd love to see Cork again, and to meet Catters, but it's all a bit vague so far...

Slan,
Michael


22 Sep 05 - 04:22 AM (#1568237)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wilfried Schaum

Advice for newcomers (same procedure as every year):

Date is NOT negotiable! This is called tradition :-) [Excerpt from the opening post]

So if there are several events on the same weekend (such is life, very very hard) it is for you to choose. If you like it small, homely and familiar with a lot of music and laughter: come to us. If you prefer the bigger events: go there (or enhance your saintly accomplishment of bilocation). Tertium non datur [third alternative not given].

Come, sing and enjoy!


22 Sep 05 - 04:47 AM (#1568249)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,Dáithí Ó Geanainn

Dia dhuit a Letty - beidh sé go han-deas thú a fheacáil arís!
Conas eiríonn tú le do Ghaeilge anois?
Hoping to join you all in Cork in May, subject to accommodation.

Might be room in my car for another travelling from Lincolnshire area if anybody's interested.
Slán!
Dáithí


22 Sep 05 - 05:22 AM (#1568258)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

The reason the programme's still vague is because it is still 8 months away!
MichaelR: there won't be a festival programme as such. What mainly happens on these Eurogatherings (the 6th so far!) is that we gather for a big session, usually have dinner somewhere, have another session, sometimes go sightseeing (although it is up to the individual whether he/she wants a tour/boat trip, etc.), go to bed far too late, have breakfast, then another session. It's all very informal; a gathering of people who happen to like folk.
Things that have been done on previous gatherings:

  • Dinner in bistro or restaurant, usually annoying the hell out of fellow diners by singing and strumming instruments that have been smuggled in.
  • City tours of Munster, Groningen and Hull.
  • Ceili in a church (Brussels).
  • Punting (France).
  • Invading people's kitchens and living room to continue sessions after closing-time (pretty much every time).
  • Concert in a village hall (Barton).
  • Raffles for the Mudcat.
  • Visit to Waterloo (Brussels).
  • Lots of discussions. Arguing the respective merits of songs and tunes.
  • Did I mention we have sessions?

At this point, I'm not sure yet what pub will be victimised, or if people want a city tour (Cork is not extremely pretty, but has a lot of history), or if we're all going to Blarney to kiss the stone (French kissing not appreciated), or...
One thing that is indeed still running is the Cork Singers' Club in the Spailpin on Sunday nights, so people can also go their own way. If the prices are reasonable, I may book the top floor of the Spailpin for the big session on Saturday night. Another pub that may be sympathetic to us is the Abbey Tavern, I'll enquire there as well. If the numbers aren't too high, we may visit another session on Sunday (though I'd be loathe to 'invade') in the Phoenix or Charlie's. The session I play in is on Friday in the Grange Bar, which is out of the centre and therefore not my first choice, but we'll see! There should be plenty of opportunity to get a venue.

Letty


22 Sep 05 - 04:58 PM (#1568651)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

I'd like to see Michael Collins' birthplace, please! As well as the Cobh of Cork and anything else worth seeing. Guided tours are an essential part of the Mudgatherings - there's nothing to make you learn more about your fellow Mudcatters ...


22 Sep 05 - 05:07 PM (#1568655)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Michael Collins was born in Clonakilty, which is about an hour from Cork. Cobh is an old harbour town, last place visited by the Titanic before she sank. Both are outside the city! We may have to rent a bus ;-)
It definitely is worth getting out of Cork, as the coast is very pretty. West Cork deserves at least a week.

Letty


22 Sep 05 - 05:12 PM (#1568658)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Are people interested in a tour of the Beamish brewery? This has to be applied for in advance, so I'd have to know whether people want to come.

Alternatively, the Jameson distillery in Midleton is interesting too, and open every day.


22 Sep 05 - 07:20 PM (#1568751)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Eric the Viking

I'm up for it if possible.Letty can I bag one of yer air beds? NOT the one that git skipjack kept swopping with me.

Oil slave indeed. I am NOW management ! (Heavy is the head that wears the crown)

Kiss a sheep hung over the Blarney stone-that sounds an interesting concept.

Jameson distillery sound good to me.

Every day and every way I'm getting better and better ! Or worse ?


23 Sep 05 - 07:12 AM (#1569081)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,muppitz at work

I've never been to one of these before, but with it's close proximity, I may have to try!

muppitz x


23 Sep 05 - 05:05 PM (#1569491)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Letty, I'd prefer Jameson's over Beamish's! And I may have to bring the car after all ...


29 Sep 05 - 04:01 AM (#1571873)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wilfried Schaum

And now what the chimneysweep told me this week: The chimney of my old house is in bad condition and has to be repaired (partly torn down and brought up again) next week and equipped with new stand and steps before the chimneysweep might fall down.
Reading the calculation I nearly lost my hair. My meagre savings for Cork will literally go up the chimney, and I'm almost sure I won't make it next year.
So sad to to miss a demonstration of The Fiddler's Progress, by Letty Bunyan.


29 Sep 05 - 04:19 PM (#1572351)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Freso

I may just have to come as well, although I will not make the final announcement so soon, as I do not yet know what my situation is. But this is as good an excuse as any to (finally) visit Eire! :)

And if Skarpi takes this to Iceland in 2007, I might try and bring it to Denmark in 2008. Just so you're warned. ;)


29 Sep 05 - 04:43 PM (#1572366)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Tannywheeler

Gosh, what fun you're all going to have. Wish I could be there. When we visited Ireland (me and Hubby)in 1990, we spent several days in Cork. Everyone was soooooo nice. Food was good. The hostel was clean and convenient. We went to Cobh, too, for a day trip. Teeerriffff. Have to try to win the lottery or something, 'tween now and then.            Tw


29 Sep 05 - 08:25 PM (#1572510)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

I might go if i;m not doing nowt.
I got new job now, and making loads of money, so probably will go.


30 Sep 05 - 10:08 AM (#1572691)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,Greycap

Lots of accomodation on the Western Road, about 15 minutes walk into town. Clean and pleasant.
Me? I'll stay with my mother-in-law at Bishopstown.


30 Sep 05 - 10:44 AM (#1572726)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

Letty the nearer of the two campsites, I can't get much info on, is it good bad or indifferent does it cater for motor homes do you know? The out of town one looks nice, but a bit far from the action, especially as there is a slight chance I might indulge in a 'drop o' the craythur' making pedestrian progress proscribed. Or could we fit Greg's Aerophone with wheels?
Giok


04 Oct 05 - 05:22 AM (#1575288)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

John: I've heard bad stories about hygiene in the city camping, but having your own motor home helps then. It is, unfortunately, the only one in town... Could you park the motor home in front of my house? I'm not sure what the Irish laws say about that, but I promise I won't give you away :-)
Failing that, taxis will most definitely go to Togher and Blarney. From the city centre to Togher should cost about 7 euros, to Blarney probably more.

Wilfried: Sorry to hear that, hope you can make it in the end!



Letty


04 Oct 05 - 07:45 AM (#1575357)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Mr Red

what is crubeen or disheen? And you can get it in an English Market? I must get out and around England (at least).

Dates don't clash with Upton Folk Festival - but I will be too folked-out meself. AND I have to go to Thailand in March - where are the folk clubs in Koh Tao????


04 Oct 05 - 10:43 AM (#1575497)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

>what is crubeen or disheen? And you can get it in an English Market? >I must get out and around England (at least).

Ah, one does not ask what it is, one eats it ;-)

A quick head count, also including the people who are still sorting out finances/holidays/transport.
So far, people interested in coming are:

alanww & Sandy
An Pluimear Ceolmhar (2)
Catsphiddle
Charmion
Daithi
Doug Chadwick
Eric the Viking
Fibula Mattock
Freso
Giok
Greycap
Martin Ryan (guest)
mg (guest)
Micca
Michaelr
Mooman & Lady McMoo
Mudguard
Muppitz
My guru always said
Noreen & Stewart
Rapaire
Sir John
Skarpi (3?)
Skipjack K8
Susanne (skw)
Wilfried Schaum
Wolfgang


Apologies if I've left anyone out! That's quite a number...

Letty


04 Oct 05 - 11:27 AM (#1575528)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: mooman

That's quite a corking list!

(I'll get me coat...)

Richard


04 Oct 05 - 08:29 PM (#1576042)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

hweloo=
were is people live during gathering?
should i take a tent, or stay in hotel or waht?

or maybe sleep in car.

i like to get a camp van, but think tthey might cost to mutch?


04 Oct 05 - 08:31 PM (#1576043)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: michaelr

Sorry to say, I won't be able to make it to Ireland in the spring. Now, if you want to do something in September...

Cheers,
Michael


05 Oct 05 - 03:40 AM (#1576220)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Hm, come September I'll probably be living somewhere else. Looks like it'll be Canterbury (Kent, not NZ). Good place for the 2010 Gathering.


05 Oct 05 - 07:41 PM (#1576831)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Col K

If Upton festival is not happening in 2006 then I may make a trip to the Euro gathering, and visit friends either before or after, depending on many other commitments.


06 Oct 05 - 05:28 PM (#1577463)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Letty, how exciting! Count me in for 2010! Do you think they'll let us have our session in that nice little church they've got there?


06 Oct 05 - 06:14 PM (#1577509)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

2006 Cork
2007 Iceland
2008 Munich
2009 Tollesbury
2010 Canterbury


07 Oct 05 - 11:40 AM (#1578022)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

For me Danmark too is an existing idea.

Wolfgang


07 Oct 05 - 11:59 AM (#1578052)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

England two years in succession Greg?
G..


08 Oct 05 - 04:30 PM (#1579021)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Greg, where does Kiel fit in the schedule? We have a great venue for a session up here! Maybe we could have 2009 1/2? Anyway, who or what is Tollesbury? (I didn't miss something there, did I?)


09 Oct 05 - 04:08 AM (#1579200)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Susanne, you can have 2008 ;-)


09 Oct 05 - 07:55 AM (#1579277)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

You have missed nothing, Susanne, my darling. Tollesbury is my spiritual home in the Essex marshes that I am keeping up my sleeve for a year when noone else can be arsed to organise the Eurogather.

I'm looking forward to my first visit to Munich in 2008. Never been to Bavaria before, and it's fairer on our founder, Wolfgang, not to have to drag his ass so far that far.


09 Oct 05 - 08:17 AM (#1579284)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

Gutes bayerisches Bier welches gutes bayerisches Bier? Ist der der Grund, den Sie durch jedes zufällige Greg gehen möchten?
Giok ☺


09 Oct 05 - 03:31 PM (#1579576)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Greg, as Wolfgang lives in North Germany (Münster/Hannover), it is a far shorter travel for him to Kiel than it would be to Munich ==> 2008 Kiel

Giok, no good beer in Bavaria, I agree!
"Ist der der Grund, den Sie durch jedes zufällige Greg gehen möchten?" does not make any sense to me - could you give the English original of that sentence?


09 Oct 05 - 05:26 PM (#1579628)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

It makes even less sense to me Andy, I'm only doing what BabelFish told me to do. I asked it to say "Could the good beer in Bavaria be why he wants to go there" or words a bit like that.
Giok ☺


09 Oct 05 - 06:25 PM (#1579666)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Okay, 2009 it is - and, by the way, Kiel has its very own brewery still going strong. As to the beer quality, people tell me it's quite drinkable. On the other hand, there hasn't been much in the way of sightseeing opportunities since Kiel was - to borrow a phrase from Harvey Andrews - redeveloped by the British in the early 1940s. However, Icould perhaps arrange a boat trip on the world-famous Kiel Canal, aka Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, with on-board session, perhaps?


09 Oct 05 - 06:31 PM (#1579674)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

Kiel Canal!! You be Davies and I'll be Carruthers. That'll be brilliant, Iceland 2007, Munich 2008, Kiel 2009, Canterbury 2010!

Sorted.


09 Oct 05 - 07:00 PM (#1579721)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Greg, is Davies the one without any sailing experience? That would be just up my street! I've been living in this b..usy place for 20 years, and nobody has ever asked me out on their boat ... I'm quite good at nosing around, though.


10 Oct 05 - 08:16 AM (#1580008)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

Beer is better in the North of Germany, food is better in the south.

Wolfgang


10 Oct 05 - 09:22 AM (#1580048)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

It's a long way to go for lunch, I think I'll stay In Keil, for better or for wurst.
G ☺


12 Oct 05 - 08:02 PM (#1581851)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Wolfgang, we're not quite as backwards as that any more! (Though I must admit I'd be hard pressed to name a place where both the session and beer AND the food are of good quality...)

Giok, you're welcome! Wurst is definitely better here than in Scotland, and there are loads of parking spaces.


13 Oct 05 - 08:15 AM (#1582152)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Snuffy

There were two breweries in Kiel (Holsten and Eiche) when I was there in 1967/68. Which one has closed?


13 Oct 05 - 07:33 PM (#1582712)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Both, Snuffy. Both areas have been turned into agreeable living quarters. But the 'Kloster-Brauerei' (Alter Markt) was reopened a few years back. It doubles as a pub, and you can even go downstairs and look at the cauldrons. I doubt they'd let us have a session there, though, and it's too loud to talk even without music.


18 Oct 05 - 11:51 AM (#1585380)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

Eurogatherings are great, but so are LOUGHSTOCKS so don't forget to attend Loughstock 4-score as well! (Plug, plug.) Think of it as a dry run, but with drink.


19 Oct 05 - 03:53 AM (#1585982)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: mooman

As in "Lough, Stock and Two Empty Barrels" Kate?

Love

Richard


19 Oct 05 - 03:55 AM (#1585983)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: mooman

P.S. Love and continuing good thoughts to John and Lily.

Richard


19 Oct 05 - 04:59 AM (#1586004)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,Greycap

Just got back from a week in Cork.
I selflessly worked quality assurance on Beamish & Murphy's stouts. The pints were beautifully kept and poured. All I had to do was drink 'em and ask for another.
The city is impeccable and ready for us to visit.
Car hire at the airport was 99 euros per week for a Corsa.
Visted Macroom, Killarney, Skibbareen, Clonakity (De Barras Folk Club in the main street), Tralee, Bantry, Youghal & Kinsale. The South-West awaits you.


19 Oct 05 - 11:43 AM (#1586244)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wilfried Schaum

€ 99 for a Corsa? Good grief! What will they demand then for a bicycle? € 57, for each wheel?


19 Oct 05 - 12:11 PM (#1586275)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

A tip for car hire: Enterprise. They will also pick up from the airport, or deliver a car there. Give them a ring, a weekend in the cheapest car (Fiesta or similar) should cost you no more than about 50 euros. Sometimes they have a weekend special for 27 euros!
Best to phone! +353 21 4975133


19 Oct 05 - 12:12 PM (#1586277)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Just to prevent silly "100!" posts: beat you to it!

OK, so that was silly too. Hm. I'll get me coat.


20 Oct 05 - 02:37 AM (#1586788)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wilfried Schaum

Congratulations, Letty, me gal. It doesn't seem so silly to me - just for consolation.


08 Nov 05 - 03:17 PM (#1600143)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

I am just Refresh this page.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


08 Nov 05 - 04:21 PM (#1600186)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Thanks, Skarpi. I'll be contacting An Spailpín Fanach shortly to see if I can rent their 1st floor for the Saturday night.


09 Nov 05 - 01:51 AM (#1600470)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

Letty , I will I think be there ,I just am checking the flight
over there I did that yesterday so now I need to talk with Rósa
about coming to .
So we´ll see
All the best SkarpiIceland.


10 Nov 05 - 01:46 AM (#1601193)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

Refresh


22 Nov 05 - 03:47 PM (#1611462)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: My guru always said

Well, it's looking doubtful that I'll make it *bu*ger* Will be over in early March at Upperchurch, Limerick & Ballylickey for musical extravaganzas and the old pay-packet only stretches so far. Will keep it in mind in case any spare cash comes my way though...


17 Dec 05 - 02:24 AM (#1629294)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Count me in as definite!
Yesterday my boss told me he needs me for the complete next year, so no unemployment, so enough money for the trip ...


21 Dec 05 - 04:10 PM (#1632406)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

If he needs you for the complete year, Andy, are you sure you can take two days off?

Wolfgang


21 Dec 05 - 06:32 PM (#1632480)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

He needs me to be in Cork on that weekend ;-)

Wolfgang, I lost my job this summer (effective end of September), found something temporary starting in October - limited till end of December, which was first prolonged till end of March and now is prolonged till February 2007 ...


21 Dec 05 - 06:41 PM (#1632484)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Congratulations, Andy! Though it does look like a case of the cloud and the silver lining ...


22 Dec 05 - 05:15 PM (#1633277)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Rapparee

Well, I'd hoped to come over. But my wife is going to Blighty in early May on a quilt 'n' fabric tour, and my neice (and goddaughter) is graduating from college then.

Ah well, maybe next year.

Or maybe I'll send a proxy....


09 Jan 06 - 02:54 PM (#1645073)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Any changes to date/place before I book the flights?


12 Jan 06 - 06:47 AM (#1646908)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Nope, still planning this in the first (whole) weekend of May!
Practicing...

Letty


13 Jan 06 - 03:55 AM (#1647551)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Sabine

Jeepers....

every time I try to join a gathering there is something coming up which doesn't give me the chance to do so.

Think around that time in May I will move over to Scotland with me children and all my bits and pieces :o)))

Sabine


17 Jan 06 - 03:07 PM (#1650363)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Ok, flights are booked.

Letty, is there a chance to park my bicycle safely at your place during the weekend?

What about the floorspace? Is it booked already?

Btw, as Aer Lingus does not offer the flights Munich to Cork after March 06, I will fly to Dublin on Thursday - I'm not sure yet whether I will sleep in Cork or in Dublin, that depends on when I really get out of the Airport, the bus timetable (not available yet for May) ...


17 Jan 06 - 06:12 PM (#1650457)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Are there any cheap (or reasonable) flights from Scotland to Cork? I could get to Ayr fro the price of a beer (well, meal, actually), but Cork would cost me a week's wages!


10 Feb 06 - 11:23 PM (#1666588)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: katlaughing

refresh


11 Feb 06 - 12:33 AM (#1666627)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Alba

Susanne,
Ryan Air has Flights out of Prestwick to Dublin for 25 quid.
Bus to Cork from there or maybe someone is going down to Cork from Dub?
Just a thought.
I would love to be there.
Ill just get myself good and fired up waiting for the Getaway this Year.
Hope you find an affordable way to make the trip.
awe the best
Jude


11 Feb 06 - 05:26 AM (#1666686)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Thanks, Alba. Pity you can't be there. But I will be, it's too tempting, never mind the cost.


11 Feb 06 - 06:49 AM (#1666718)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

There are indeed buses from Cork to Dublin, check this site. You could also take a train. A bit more expensive, but also more comfortable (and with a toilet!).


I will check whether we can arrange a tour of Beamish (appointment only, so will have to call them). Other possible daytours are Blarney (castle and stone) and Midleton (Jameson Distillery). Not everyone has transport though, so I think we can leave it to the individual to decide what they want to do. There is a regular bus service to both Blarney and Midleton.


Another regular feature of Eurogathering are city tours, and I will check out whether these are available from the information centre. Who would be interested in such a tour? If Groningen is anything to go by, we need about 10 people to keep that affordable, so enter your name if interested.


11 Feb 06 - 12:05 PM (#1666814)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

My preference: Midleton more important than Beamish more important than Blarney (been there ...)

A city tour would be nice, will take part if there is one (but won't be complaining if it isn't).

Hope you had a good drive home from Portaferry!


11 Feb 06 - 07:17 PM (#1666892)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Same as Andy, please. I love Jamen´son's!


11 Feb 06 - 07:24 PM (#1666896)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Would some Mudelf please delete the embarrassing typo above? I KNOW Ireland's best whiskey is called Jameson's ...


17 Feb 06 - 07:01 AM (#1670940)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

hello hello, am currently checking out finances (limited, given my impending trip to China and a move to London in August) - I have my cousin's wedding a week before the Eurogathering in Monaghan, and may not be able to do 2 trips. I'm already on packed lunches and wines of poor vintage, so things are tight. Why is AerArann so expensive?!


17 Feb 06 - 09:32 AM (#1671048)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Oaklet

Dearest Fibulamatic, under the Registration of Airline Businesses act (within the confines of the European Harmonisation of Air Traffic Regulations 2003 and 2004), airlines now pay a surcharge based upon how many vowels there are in their name or "Trading Style", as they call it - as a proportion of the total number of letters in the name. Aer Arrann gets a right caning for over-using the letter A and a for using a whopping 4 vowels out of 9 letters. You don't have to count the space(s) since the 2004 amendment in case you were going to ask. Unfortunately, these charges have to be passed on to the consumer.

I am always happy to help.


17 Feb 06 - 01:05 PM (#1671257)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

Thank you Oakers. Once again your extensive knowledge of avionic legislation has saved the day. Under Article 57 of The State versus Hyperinflated Ticketing Costs I will be making a complaint forthwith.


17 Feb 06 - 01:25 PM (#1671273)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: mooman

Kate,

Wines of poor vintage? That's terrible! I must send you some good stuff over!

Richard


17 Feb 06 - 01:33 PM (#1671282)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

I know. Don't even start me on the champagnes. Stick it all in a crate with some Chimay bleu Richard! And don't be skimping on the chocolate whelks! :)

(p.s. BONGGGGGGGGGGggggggggggggggg g g g   g   g    g - that's the sound of my singing bowl)


17 Feb 06 - 04:44 PM (#1671407)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

Blimey, that's why Aer Lingus is so expensive. Fer Latio would enjoy budget status.

Whilst we ponder facetious and antidisestablishmentarianism, which word in the OED enjoys the most vowels, and which word enjoys the highest ratio of vowels to consonants?


17 Feb 06 - 07:04 PM (#1671492)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

BONGGGGGGGGGGggggggggggggggg g g g   g   g    g would be a good name for an airline - very few vowels ...

which word enjoys the highest ratio of vowels to consonants

a? 1 to 0
Is y considered a vowel?
If yes, eye with 3 to 0


19 Feb 06 - 07:07 AM (#1672688)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

Letty don´t coun´t me out YET ,,,,,, I am not say no until
I better about my work ahead, I know within a week.
All the best Skarpi ICeland.


19 Feb 06 - 01:56 PM (#1673029)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

Don't count me out yet either - I may have a cunning plan!


20 Feb 06 - 07:05 AM (#1673648)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,ossonsanscookie

To reply to an earlier question in this thread.A crubeen is a pig's trotter and drisheen,a cullinary speciallity of Cork and is a class of black pudding that is square in shape.Both are freely available from "The English Market" - incidently one of the finest markets in the world - in Cork city


22 Feb 06 - 08:23 AM (#1675735)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

which word enjoys the highest ratio of vowels to consonants

Well, in German, a wet and boggy patch of land on a Jupiter moon would have to be called

Ioaue.

That even beats the French 'oiseau' (bird)

Wolfgang


22 Feb 06 - 10:28 AM (#1675857)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

An erudite and learned a response as we have come to expect from Professor Hell. I was expecting a colloquial response from that Mattock oiseau.


22 Feb 06 - 02:12 PM (#1676070)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

The french word eau has a higher ratio of vowels to consonants than oiseau (but a smaller number of vowels ...)
If you are just looking for a high number of vowels, words like

Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänsmützenherstellerwitwenwohnungstüren or similar have a high number of vowels just because they are long ...


22 Feb 06 - 02:42 PM (#1676093)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,kara

that reminds me of that bilingual song Van Morrison sings

"Eau the water" any chance of getting that one together?


22 Feb 06 - 02:56 PM (#1676114)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

Andy? Does that mean 'a' in German?


22 Feb 06 - 04:26 PM (#1676177)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

No, Greg, it means the

doors of appartments of widows of producers of hats for captains at the Danube steam boat company.

This word can be infinitely prolonged, e.g.
...türenlackdosendeckelaufkleberstanzen ...

(meaning the punch for the stickers on the lids of the cans with the paint for the doors of ... )


23 Feb 06 - 06:31 AM (#1676637)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

That is basically the same as making sentences in English only on the level of words, for in English there is no fixed length limit for sentences and you always can add some more words to enhance the length of the sentence though it may not really improve the understandability while on the other hand it has the advantage that you can be sure that this particular sentence has never before been said or written by anybody else.

Wolfgang


15 Mar 06 - 10:42 AM (#1694031)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wilfried Schaum

Hi folks!
I can't come this year, but I have translated a German folk song:
Unsre liebe Kath = our dear Cathy.
For the pronunciation ask Andy aka MudGuard, albeit he comes from the more civilized areas of Bavaria.
It is the fruit of this thread.

Sing and enjoy!


30 Mar 06 - 01:40 PM (#1706812)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

I've booked the ferry so all I need to do now is sort some accommodation.

I'm fairly flexible – I have a tent and enjoy camping but hotels, hostels or some sort of house sharing all sound fine to me. Basically, I'll take anything above a park bench or a police cell. I'll sleep anywhere but I must have some security for my musical instruments.

I have transport but I would prefer to be able to sample all the delights of old Ireland, rather than having to nurse half a pint of Guinness all evening. If it turns out that the only accommodation is at a distance from the sessions, I could forego the alcohol if there is good music and craic at each end. The most important thing is not to be too far from the action. I don't want to be stuck somewhere on my own, wondering if everyone else is having a good time.

Where is everyone else staying?


DC


30 Mar 06 - 03:21 PM (#1706896)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

I have a tent and enjoy camping but hotels, hostels or some sort of house sharing all sound fine to me. Basically, I'll take anything above a park bench or a police cell.

I've seen many hotels, camping areas and hostels - but none of them on the roof of a police cell ;-)

Or did I misinterprete that?
You take either a police cell or anything above a park bench (which probably means a branch of a tree)? ;-)


I have not yet booked a hostel in Cork.
Letty, which is the hostel closest to the action? (Or has by chance someone canceled floor space?)

Andy/MudGuard


30 Mar 06 - 03:46 PM (#1706910)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

.......I'll take anything above a park bench or a police cell.

I've seen many hotels, camping areas and hostels - but none of them on the roof of a police cell ;-)

Or did I misinterprete that?



......I'll take anything that has more stars/rosettes/knife & fork symbols/etc. than either a park bench or a police cell. I do have my standards after all.


I guess it loses something in the translation.


DC


31 Mar 06 - 01:35 AM (#1707272)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

Letty,

Re your suggested cultural event of a trip to either Beamish / Jamesons Distillery / Blarney Castle / city tour:

Blarney is the bottom of the list for me, as I can go there on my own, but I have no strong preferences on the others. Whichever is chosen (even Blarney), you can count me in as a participant.

DC


01 Apr 06 - 10:25 AM (#1708188)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Doug, did you see the ;-) I put behind the sentences? ;-)
Look at your PMs also ...


01 Apr 06 - 12:32 PM (#1708250)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

Only just caught up with this thread, and am saddened Wilfried will not be joining us this year. Wilfried's a part of the furniture of a Eurogather. You will be sorely missed, old friend.

I looked at them tadpoles and scratched me head; looks like something Oakley scribbled.


02 Apr 06 - 07:58 AM (#1708716)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

I've booked my flight now.

Wolfgang


02 Apr 06 - 02:32 PM (#1708879)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

Andy,

I must admit that I tend not to look at the little smiley faces that people use as I have to turn my head to the side to understand them and it hurts my neck. But, rest assured, your comments were received in the spirit they were made.

I suppose I should have added some to my reply but, just as I tend to ignore them when reading, it never occurs to me to use them when writing.


As a point of interest to all, I e-mailed Sheila's hostel and it would appear that they have only limited availability for the weekend we are interested in.


DC


02 Apr 06 - 06:11 PM (#1709039)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Well, I hope you'll all have a smashing time (not literally, of course ...). I won't be coming after all. Sad, as I'd love to see you all again (and I'll miss the trip to Jameson's, of course). But it would have meant postponing my holiday till May, and I'm so knackered I just need it as soon as possible. Also, jetting through the world is not the most relaxing activity I can think of...

However, is there any chance of an English Mudgathering at some convenient festival in, say, September? I'd try to get to that, or else just drop in on the Yorkshire Mudcat stronghold if that's ok.

Anyway, Wolfgang and Andy are sure to represent Germany in style, and I'm pinning my hopes on 2007. Back in Germany, perhaps? Or wherever else Letty is headed next. (And please, Letty, give my regards to your dad. I'm sorry to miss meeting him again.)


07 Apr 06 - 01:56 AM (#1712394)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

4 weeks!


07 Apr 06 - 02:48 AM (#1712397)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

Halló all , Okei now I know I am NOT gonna be able to come tol this
gathering (sorry) I have to work, sniff sniff.........

Have fun for me and drink a glass to me here up in the N- Atlantic

All the best Skarpi Iceland.


07 Apr 06 - 04:56 PM (#1712776)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

Skarpi,

we'll drink a warm Guinness particularly for you.

Wolfgang


10 Apr 06 - 03:05 AM (#1714279)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

Letty,

Most of the B&Bs seem to centred around Wellington Road or near to the University in Western Road. Which of these areas would you recommend? Are they within walking distance of where we will be gathering?

DC


10 Apr 06 - 07:44 AM (#1714390)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wilfried Schaum

I feel honoured sincerely by Greg's kind commemoration and am proud to have qualified by participating only thrice as a furniture.
My only hope is that you do not miss me as a voluptuous waste paper basket full of nonsense, but also as a shelf full of valuable knowledge.

I shall miss you, too, dear friends, and your jolly songs and music. Please give the exact hour in Z-time (mil. for GMT [not daylight saving time!]) when you will drink the warm toast to Skarpi; I shall lift my bumper, too.

My wife is playing lotto again, but I am afraid she will not win in time to pay for a stay with you. With my proverbial luck I do not see any chance to win the money myself.

Sing and enjoy!
Wilfried


11 Apr 06 - 07:37 AM (#1715055)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST


14 Apr 06 - 06:06 AM (#1717960)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

Any clues as to the times and venues yet ?


DC


15 Apr 06 - 02:29 PM (#1718928)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST

refresh


16 Apr 06 - 10:51 AM (#1719461)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST

refresh


18 Apr 06 - 07:14 AM (#1720939)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,mooman

Dear Letty and all,

I am afraid I won't be able to make it this year (first time I've missed a EuroGathering).

I hope you all have a great time!

Richard


18 Apr 06 - 02:37 PM (#1721327)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

What a shame, Richard ...

So who is coming?

Doug and me.
Anyone else?


19 Apr 06 - 03:26 PM (#1722061)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

I've booked my flight already and I shall come.

Wolfgang


19 Apr 06 - 04:41 PM (#1722170)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

And I am booked on a troopship, out of Swansea, so awful that there isn't even a picture of it on the website, and I am accompanied by a surprise visitor.


20 Apr 06 - 07:39 PM (#1723295)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST

The reason the programme's still vague is because it is still 8 months away!

With only two weeks to go, it still seems no less vague. Or have I missed something ?

Does anyone have any idea exactly where in Cork we will be gathering ? If so, would you care to share it ?


DC


20 Apr 06 - 07:43 PM (#1723299)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

Not quite sure how I ended up as a Guest, but that was me.

DC


22 Apr 06 - 01:35 AM (#1724440)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

Refresh


22 Apr 06 - 05:38 AM (#1724492)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

I've been asked to perform a 48 hour 48 bass accordion recital, Doug. Enjoy!


23 Apr 06 - 11:41 AM (#1725335)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeettyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!


23 Apr 06 - 02:58 PM (#1725474)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

I take it that the answer to my question was "No!" then.

Greg, I'd happily listen to such a virtuoso performance if only I knew where and when it was going to take place


DC


23 Apr 06 - 03:01 PM (#1725477)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Does anyone have Letty's phone number (mobile or landline)? If so, please pm me.


24 Apr 06 - 11:53 AM (#1726005)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

Next week, we should seriously discuss where the visitors from the continent and the big island could meet each other in Cork just in case we hear nothing from Letty by then. They are not going to refund my ticket so I'll be in Cork whatever happens (or not).

Wolfgang


24 Apr 06 - 12:42 PM (#1726064)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

Good idea, Wolfgang. If we don't hear from Letty by say next Tuesday, 2nd May, we'll agree an RV then.


24 Apr 06 - 12:57 PM (#1726086)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

The Eircom phonebook has no entry for Letty ...

If noone has a contact number of Letty - does anyone have a contact number for her parents?


24 Apr 06 - 01:22 PM (#1726115)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

Under the clock is the traditional meeting place.


DC


24 Apr 06 - 01:51 PM (#1726146)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Doug, did you read my PMs?


24 Apr 06 - 04:48 PM (#1726293)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

What are you looking for an " ORGAN " shall I send you one
from my church? hehehehe, my dear friends i hope you all have fun I am gonna miss you all

All the best Skarpi Iceland.


24 Apr 06 - 05:24 PM (#1726329)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Skarpi, keep the organ, just send Rosa ;-)


24 Apr 06 - 05:47 PM (#1726344)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: skarpi

sorry Can´t she just had a baby girl , a lovlely little rose .

All the best Skarpi Iceland.


24 Apr 06 - 10:09 PM (#1726559)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Congratulations to Rosa and her little rose!


25 Apr 06 - 06:48 AM (#1726744)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,Paranoid Android

Ryanair have flights from Dublin to Cork for FREE. 33 euros landing charges is all you pay. I have booked into Ambassador Best Western hotel for 50 euros per night. Seems like a high class spot so the price is OK.
I am totally unfamiliar with Cork city so I hope somone will provide a timetable of events and locations so that I can try to familiarise myself with the "Map" before I travel.


26 Apr 06 - 04:10 PM (#1728188)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

Last time I was in Cork was 40 years ago. Does that count as being familiar with? They might even have traffic lights by now or accept Euros. Under the clock? I thought it was in the pub with the Guinness sign?

Wolfgang

(Beneath the light-hearted comment I slowly start worrying)


27 Apr 06 - 01:58 AM (#1728542)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Susanne (who can't come to Cork) has sent me an email address and a phone number of Letty's parents in the early hours this morning. Before I went to work today, I sent them an email asking about Letty, and when I am back from work, I'll try to phone them (unless I got an answer before that). Hopefully they do understand enough of my broken English or my Deutsch, as I don't speak Dutch at all ...


27 Apr 06 - 05:47 AM (#1728613)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

You're taking that Oakley aren't you Greg?
G..


27 Apr 06 - 12:05 PM (#1728844)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST

Has Letty duna runa?


27 Apr 06 - 01:28 PM (#1728909)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Good news!
Letty is still alive!

Her Mother just had contact with her - she was in Australia for some time and now is back.

Just a moment ago, Letty's phone was busy, but I will go on trying ...


27 Apr 06 - 02:00 PM (#1728936)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Ok, I just spoke to her, she will post some info tomorrow morning
The call was suddenly interrupted, and I didn't manage to get thru again ...
Can't even phone my parents here in Munich - must be my phone ...


28 Apr 06 - 11:34 AM (#1729197)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
The weekend is on, with my sincere apologies, but this is the first time I am able to get through to the site in a while!

DC: both locations fine, Wellington may be a bit closer, but a steep walk back, and Western Rd is fine as long as you don't mind a brisk walk. Downtown Cork has no real B&Bs, only hotels. Very little green there!
Can people confirm if they're going by email, as I'm afraid my connection is very bad...LNijhuis at hotmail.com

I will then send everyone the programme if I cannot get on!


Pub of choice is confirming this weekend, but probably the Abbey Tavern! This is near the cathedral, and would be slightly closer to Washington street.

Are you all coming?
For a tour I will need that headcount...
So far I've got:

alanww & Sandy
An Pluimear Ceolmhar (2)
Catsphiddle
Charmion
Daithi
Doug Chadwick
Eric the Viking
Fibula Mattock
Freso
Giok
Greycap
Martin Ryan (guest)
mg (guest)
Micca
Michaelr
Mudguard
Muppitz
My guru always said
Noreen & Stewart
Rapaire
Skipjack K8 & guest
Wolfgang


28 Apr 06 - 11:59 AM (#1729221)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Suggesion for the Saturday tour:

A trip to Midleton Distilleries.
The bus leaves at 10.30 from the bus station (Cork city centre),
a day return will cost E6,30.

In Midleton, we then take a tour through the distillery, which will set us back E7,00, but think of the knowledge gained.

We can then take the bus back at 14.45 or 15.30, to make ready for the session.

How does this sound?


29 Apr 06 - 07:22 AM (#1729831)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

So, the programme is as follows:

Saturday

Morning: excursion to Jameson Distillery

Afternoon: session in the Abbey Tavern

Dinner: I will book us a restaurant. Star Vast in Princes Street is Chinese (but with the option of chips, which I find very funny in Irish Chinese restaurants) and friendly, plus very central and not too expensive as Irish restaurants go. They may even turn the karaoke on for you if you ask nicely...

Evening: am trying to get us into the top floor of the Old Oak (Oliver Plunkett Street), but if I don't hear back I'll give An Spailpín Fanach a try.

Sunday:

Morning: free, for sleeping in or your own excursion (try Blarney, buses leave from the bus station regularly. Castle with some famous stone, and THE opportunity to get your woolly jumpers (no, not sheep crossed with kangaroos) in the Woollen Mills.

Afternoon: if we behave on Saturday, we'll be welcome in the Abbey again, otherwise we'll be off to Charlie's, where there's a regular session to invade.


29 Apr 06 - 07:24 AM (#1729832)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

I know some people are arriving Friday night. I will devise a cunning plan to get y'all to the Grange Bar, which is in a suburb.
Friday nights are tricky for sessions in Cork (as are Saturdays), as they are generally reserved for some mysterious thing called 'popular' music. Apparently young people like that.


30 Apr 06 - 08:44 AM (#1730477)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST

http://www.thesession.org/sessions/index.php/search?country_id=75&areaname=Cork&town=Cork+City&day=Any&search=Search


30 Apr 06 - 09:34 AM (#1730491)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Kara

Looks like I've missed the boat/plane; Got a gig in Brittany on friday night, but if anyone is travelling over on saturday morning and has a spare place in the car, let me know.

PS does Charlie still run Charlie's?


30 Apr 06 - 10:25 AM (#1730511)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

As far as I know, Charlie's is still on on the Sunday.
And for the singers: from 9.30 in the Spailpín, there's a singers' night every Sunday.


30 Apr 06 - 05:05 PM (#1730788)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: alanww

Hi Letty & everyone
I see Sandy & I are still on the list of potentials. Sorry, while I would have certainly love to have come, after singing trips to New Zealand & Holland so far this year and more expensive flights to Cork than I had originally assumed, the money has just run out!
I hope that a great time is had by all ...
" ... I've spent it in good company!"
Alan


30 Apr 06 - 06:30 PM (#1730864)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,JTT

By the way, the name of my country is Ireland, not Eire, muna bhfuil tú ag labhairt Ghaeilge.


01 May 06 - 06:46 AM (#1731131)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Yes JTT, let's turn it political just because I want to keep the thread title short...sigh.


01 May 06 - 07:06 AM (#1731137)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

People who have confirmed attendance:

Doug Chadwick
MudGuard
Skipjack & guest
Wolfgang
and myself, of course

That's 6 so far, including 4 musicians. Any more?

Letty


01 May 06 - 08:08 AM (#1731170)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,Paranoid Android

Hi Letty, I'll be there by Saturday afternoon. I don't know anybody but I have a guitar and I'll sing Kilkelly if things get too lively. My mobile no. is 0862475530 and I'd be obliged if you text me on Saturday when you finalise the session venue.
John.


01 May 06 - 08:56 AM (#1731189)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Will be good to have you John!
The first venue is indeed finalised, it'll be the Abbey Tavern from about 3.30PM.

Letty


01 May 06 - 10:35 AM (#1731235)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Leadfingers

Seems a shame to grab the 200th post just to say I wasnt there but hope you all had a good time !"


01 May 06 - 03:01 PM (#1731374)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Leadfingers

Or rather , I WONT BE there ! got my weekends twisted !!


01 May 06 - 04:36 PM (#1731446)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Noreen

Sorry for not chipping in sooner, but Stewart and I won't be able to come due to lack of funds. Anyone got a job for me? :0/

Hope all goes really well, as ever!


03 May 06 - 01:57 AM (#1732648)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Letty, can you give any details (address ...) for the Grange bar?


03 May 06 - 05:56 AM (#1732726)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Grange Bar:
Grange Rd, Douglas, Cork. It is next to Aldi. Session starts about 9.30.
If it's hard to find, we could meet up beforehand somewhere and drive together. Three cars, so we should be able to get this running.

Letty


03 May 06 - 06:09 AM (#1732730)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Dont forget the map provided by someone before. Grange Road for the Friday Night, Gillabbey Street for Saturday afternoon. Now that we have only about 6-8 people, the function room I had in mind for the Saturday night is a bit too big, so I'll go and find a quiet pub for that evening.


03 May 06 - 07:33 AM (#1732756)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Meeting up on friday sounds nice. I have your phone number, so Doug and I could phone you (but I don't have a mobile, so calling back is not possible) ...

If no meeting up - I might be on the bicycle. Grange road looks rather long on the map - is the pub in the middle or closer to one of the ends (which one?)?


03 May 06 - 08:23 AM (#1732796)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Andy - it's quite a stressful bike-ride from Sheila's (crossing ringroad and the like). I will have to work late on Friday (it's exam time here), so we could drive from a certain point at about 9. Phoning is fine, but after 6 as I will be invigilating before, and so cannot answer any calls.


04 May 06 - 04:47 PM (#1733186)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

I'll try to meet you Friday night. I'm in Cork from morning Friday to late Monday.

Wolfgang


04 May 06 - 04:56 PM (#1733190)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Wolfgang, we will pick you up (and others who may need a lift). I will PM you my phone number so we can arrange it.


06 May 06 - 05:41 AM (#1733901)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,Paranoid Android

Hi Letty, I'm just leaving Dublin (10.35 am). Can you please text me your mobile number so that I can contact you if I have any difficulty with the geography of Cork. John 0862475530


06 May 06 - 02:46 PM (#1734154)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,fibula in cork

hello we are in corcaigh and it is great so it is. I am playing with skipjack's thingy (this pda I mean) and we are all in a chinese restaurant having gone whiskey tasting and tune playing. Letty scores once more by doing a great eurogathering!!!


07 May 06 - 12:01 PM (#1734533)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Eric the Viking

Not a lot of news from you lot ! Some of us are there in thought if not any other form. who turned up in the end?


07 May 06 - 12:08 PM (#1734538)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

It's still 'happening' that's why.
G.


07 May 06 - 03:04 PM (#1734659)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Eric the Viking

Well Fib's if you are still playing with Skipjack and his thingy say Hello ! And give Letty (My mail order bride) a big kiss.


09 May 06 - 10:25 AM (#1736157)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

Thanks for coming, Wolfgang, Andreas, Doug, Paranoid Android, Skipjack and Fibs!

It was small-scale, but I enjoyed it.

Letty


09 May 06 - 10:52 AM (#1736170)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

I have just regained my throne at Lard Hall, and small-scale it may have been (the Eurogathering, not the throne), but it was still extremely enjoyable, especially 'relaxing' on that feminine inflatable vibrating thing in Kinsale.

Thanks you again, Letty, for another spiffing time.


09 May 06 - 11:08 AM (#1736184)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

I'm back and my rucksack will be back soon I heard (40 minutes change time in Amsterdam was too short for it).

It was small but a great gathering fot the listeners like me. I fell in love again as usual on Mudcat gatherings and with a new one as usual. This time it was 'The Contender' when I heard it sung Friday evening by one of the locals.

Friday was a very good session. The level of playing was so that noone was afraid to join and it was a mixture of tune playing and songs. The two Sunday sessions were very different in style. One was diddle di music only at a very high level of skill (locals and Doug) with all instruments you can think of. The evening was a fascinating singers' club night in a very friendly and inviting atmosphere. From very traditional to Joni Mitchell, and to storytelling. Only condition: No other instrument but the human voice.

Monday was travel time. The lucky ones like Andy (Mudguard) were cycling in pouring rain to start an Ireland cycle tour, the less lucky ones (me, in this particular instance) were overtaking Andy by bus on the way home. (When you read this, Andy; I've actually seen you from the bus to Kinsale, where I made a short trip to instead of Cobh; I did wave but in that weather you couldn't possibly see into a bus even if you had felt like).

The next gathering will be in or close to a town starting with M. Offers are still accepted. So far, and in this order of preference the towns named are: Milano, Munich, Muenster.

It was great to see you.

Wolfgang


09 May 06 - 06:57 PM (#1736574)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Doug Chadwick

As others have said, a Eurogathering that was small, but perfectly formed, which managed to pack in the maximum of music, cultural activity and friendship.

The people of Cork that I met in the music and singing sessions, and in my B&B were most welcoming and hospitable. I even managed to get a song in at the Cork Singers Club on Sunday evening.

As well as being able to participate in the sessions, we were able to take in a very good blues band on the Saturday evening and a bit of blue grass prior to the singing session on Sunday.

On the cultural side, I manage to kiss the Blarney Stone and I found out on the tour of the Jameson Distillery, much to my surprise, that I actually like Irish whiskey. It was great fun tearing round on a speed boat with Skipjack giving me the full low-down on the racing yachts we were passing, using lots of nautical terms of which the only one I understood was "boat".

My journey home took a route through the Wicklow mountains which showed the Irish countryside at its most beautiful, particularly with the gorse in full flower. Got back home a couple of hours ago after a mill-pond ferry trip across the Irish Sea.

Those who couldn't make it this year really did miss out. It was great to see everyone that did attend, and thanks Letty for organising it.

Ah well, back to work tomorrow.


DC


10 May 06 - 03:35 AM (#1736935)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

Here's the Happy Hooker we inspected in Kinsale.

So much for my theory she'd been launched 10 days ago, she was rerigged in 1993!


10 May 06 - 03:37 AM (#1736938)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

And under sail


10 May 06 - 04:03 AM (#1736946)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

Hello, Cork is great (as I've already said) and it was fantastic toi see everybody again. Two good things happened to me in addition to all the other good stuff. One was that I started playing the fiddle again after a looooong break, and I'm going to keep going at it, and the other is that I got to be a whiskey taster at the Jameson distillery, so yet again at a Eurogathering I have received a certificate to hang on my bathroom wall alongside my Mudcat PhD Certificate and my letter from Bristol City Council banning me from swimming pools for two weeks because I had cryptosporidiosis.

Thanks Letty, it was magic! It ended on a high as well as we stuffed ourselves full of rhubarb tart at Blarney. Thanks to Skipjack too - I wouldn't have got there without him and his unique style of driving.

Oh, and When I got back and asked The Boy what he would have done if I'd brought a lovely collie called Meggie back, he said he probably would have gotten over it. Damn!! Still, I suppose it wouldn't have been the most practical of pets to move to London with.


10 May 06 - 05:03 AM (#1736974)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Letty

hETAIROS, OU m: a person who is associated with someone else,though
not necessarily involving personal affection.

The feminine form, hetaire, is a woman of negotiable affection. I think they went for the companionship sense without realising all the connotations the word has in classical Greek! But she's a pretty spinaker alright.

Go for that collie, Fibs!


10 May 06 - 05:30 AM (#1736989)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

Be kind to the collie Fibs and don't go for it. Collies are too intelligent and too active a breed to live in towns. Honestly they can have the canine equivalent of a nervous breakdown if they lead purposeless lives. They need sheep or kids or something the herd, chase, and worry about, otherwise their purpose in life is gone, and they decline.
I'm glad you all had a good time in Cork, and I wish I could have been there, always wanted to go to Cork, and Cobh, and the like.
Next year I shall be with youse all again, once you make up your mind where you want to hold it.
Giok


10 May 06 - 06:43 PM (#1737539)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Susanne (skw)

Giok, I second that. Good to hear a nice time was had by all, and I'm hoping very much that next year I'll be able to join the fun again.


27 May 06 - 11:51 AM (#1748499)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Finally I managed to get two things at the same time:

Internet Access and Mudcat not being down ...

It was a great weekend, thanks to all!
Especially:
Letty for organizing the gathering
Doug for bringing me and my biczcle from Dublin to Cork
Fibs for the Two-for-one Jamesons tickets
Greg's Lard company for Saturdaz dinner
Wolfgang for Sundaz dinner
all musicians involved for a lot of nice music
...

Sorrz, Wolfgang, I didn't see zou waving - as I didn't expect you to be there, I didn't look - when the buses overtake me in the rain, thez produce a lot of spraz which I trz to avoid by looking awaz from them ...

I'm now at the end of mz czcling trip, back in Dublin, tomorrow earlz morning I fly back to Munich ...

Forgive me the mixed up z and y letters - the kezboard here in the internet cafe can't be switched to normal (i.e. German) lazout and I did not alwazs remember to press z instead of y and v.v.

cu
Andy/MudGuard


27 May 06 - 12:01 PM (#1748507)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: John MacKenzie

Das ist zere gut ja?
G


28 May 06 - 09:34 AM (#1748991)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wilfried Schaum

Yeah, Giok - that is always the problem with speaking Qwerty, and Qwertz is understood ...

And how I envy you, you happy few, who were able to participate.

But the chances are better for next year. I am now drilling the drummers of a rural marching band in reading notes and beating them the right way. The pay is not so bad, and I hope to save my bit for next year.


28 May 06 - 02:37 PM (#1749118)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Skipjack K8

That made me howl, Andy, as it is stage I and 2 of the 'Harmonzing the Single European Language' email that did the rounds a couple of years ago.

Wilfried, you were missed. I hope you have a Hohner accordion in the band. They are ideal for stamping up and down parade grounds.

Just a brief update. I have sown the seed for our next Eurogathering with my friends in Cassano D'Adda, east of Milan, and the guarded response wasn't negative, so hopefully it'll be a runner. If it runs, Bergamo Airport is the closest, or Venice if you are coming on the Orient Express.

Fingers crossed!


28 May 06 - 04:25 PM (#1749186)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

Just had a look at the map - looks like it takes 4 days to get to Bergamo/Milano on the bike ...

Btw, I finally reached home today ...


30 May 06 - 05:09 PM (#1750250)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

Everyone start practicing "Music for a Gay Accordian", okay?


05 Jun 06 - 04:36 AM (#1753175)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

As the event photo page is not updated anymore (the Portaferry pictures I sent are still not online after several months ...), I put the Cork 2006 pictures on my own webspace:

http://www.mudguard.de/Cork2006.html

If any of the participants has more photos, I can put them online as well - send me a pm to get my email address.


05 Jun 06 - 05:15 AM (#1753196)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Fibula Mattock

Nice pictures Andy! I especially like the one of us all at the end, round the table (I don't look as sick as I felt!).


06 Jun 06 - 07:07 AM (#1753993)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,Feresh

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07 Jun 06 - 04:19 PM (#1755170)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: GUEST,Feresh

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09 Jun 06 - 11:24 AM (#1756060)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

Thanks for the photos.

Wolfgang


09 Jun 06 - 12:40 PM (#1756129)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: MudGuard

You're welcome.

Btw, did you get your rucksack?


12 Jun 06 - 08:19 AM (#1757906)
Subject: RE: Eurogathering 2006 - Cork, EIRE
From: Wolfgang

Yes, one day later.

Wolfgang