Irish-German Joint Venture – Christmas 1998

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German group visits Athenry!

Athenry was the core of an informative holiday for a group-of ten German visitors on their first trip to Ireland.  They stayed a fortnight at B&Bs in Tower View (Antoinette Judge) and McDonagh’s Holiday Haus (Marian McDonagh).  From the busy area of Frankfort Germany they came to the tranquillity of County Galway with “Suaimhneas Travel Agency” with their tour guide Juergen Poth.

The Irish word “Suaimhneas” (Serenity) is part of the concept for this study trip.  The group did not hurry, from one hotel to the other or live out of their luggage, but stayed at one place, became accustomed to town and people and enjoyed the hospitality of their B&B Hosts.

Juergen spent many a time in Athenry, being a friend of Pascal O’Dowd in Ballygurrane.  He took his group to the most beautiful places in Athenry and the West of Ireland.  They enjoyed the Burren tour with Aillwee Caves and the Cliffs of Moher.

On another fine day (what was rather scarce this summer!) they travelled Connemara.  Irish history became evident at Clonmacnois, Aughrim, and Athenry, of course.  Life in ancient Ireland was displayed at Dún Aengus, Inishmore, where they joined tourists from all over the world.  Back in Athenry the German visitors became part of everyday life.  The most impressive thing they noticed was the attention they got in the shops, the banks and the pharmacy.

Athenry and County Galway have many attractions to offer, more than one can discover in the first visit.  All ten visitors would like to come back again one day, and Suaimhneas Travel will look forward to bringing more Germans to the serenity and contemplativeness of town and fields of Athenry.

For more information contact:

Padraic Judge, Dublin Rd, Athenry.

Mr. Juergen Poth, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. Reinheim, Germany.

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About this record

Written by Padraic Judge

Published here 20 Apr 2023 and originally published Christmas 1998

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