So last week my parents decided on Tuesday that they would come visit on Friday for a week. They are just becoming so spontaneous as they get older, what am I gonna do with those two! It was the perfect time for a visit as they got to see me play in the quarterfinal of the national cup (which we won by 31 points in front of nice crowd) and then they will get to see me play against the undefeated Swords Thunder team on Saturday in Dublin. Every time I looked into the crowd my dad was chatting up someone new, he certainly felt right at home. Usually he’s the one chewing peoples ears off but over here he can hardly get a word in. It was such an amazing feeling to play in front of my parents in a different country at this level. All the countless games and practices they drove me to growing up all paid off after all! After the win they came out for a few celebration pints with the lads, they loved every minute of it. A hen (bachelorette) party was going on and I was told to kiss the one getting married (on the cheek of course) mom cheering me on and telling me to do it was one of the more defining moments in our mother-son relationship!
We spent the weekend going to the different markets in town, her getting jewelry, me getting some cool paintings of Galway, and dad just standing there with his wallet open! Everywhere we went I was saying Hi to someone, Galway is such a small place but this made them feel comfortable knowing I feel right at home here. The week has been filled with shopping, eating great, and taking in a few shows. We went to see this famous Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan perform stand up at the Kings Head, at noon, on a Wednesday! Where else can you do that?! We ended up chatting him up after the show with none other than Joe Coughlan (what’s a blog without a shout out to Joe!) and boy were we having some laughs.
My parents went up to Sligo because my Dad’s roots come from there and apparently he is related to the former mayor of Sligo. So through the good graces of Gillian Coughlan (joes better half) they got in contact with Peter Henry and he agreed to meet with them. When they met he pulled out this thick book he had titled “My Family History” and as my dad turned to the second page there was a picture of my grandma! Such a small world. Anyways they have been having the best time ever and I am so glad they got to experience Galway from a local point of view.