Ireland 2019: Our Galway Girl

Our oldest granddaughter Sophie decided to make a video of herself dancing all over Galway as a souvenir from our week-long visit to Galway last Summer. I was able to capture a few of her dance steps here and there.

Sophie began her dancing video in Galway’s Eyre Square.

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.

The sculpture in the background represents sails of the famous Galway Hooker fishing boats.

Sophie recruited her Mom to be the cinematographer for her video production and her sister Claire to be the chief sound technician.

See here for more on our visits to Eyre Square.

Mom caught a few dance steps on the shore north of the Cliffs of Moher.

Sophie at Dunguaire Castle.

Dunguaire Castle was the last stop on our day-long bus trip to the Cliffs of Moher.

Dunguaire Castle is on the southern edge of Galway Bay.

“She played the fiddle in an Irish band…”

“But fell in love with an Englishman…”

See here for more photos on our visit to Dunguaire Castle.

Sophie got to dance a wee bit on our tour of Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands.

The Aran Islands are off the coast of County Clare but are officially part of County Galway.

See here and here for more on our all-day trip to the Aran Islands.

Sophie striking her Riverdance pose in front of the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

Sophie is in her fourth year of Irish Dance competition and has come home from feisanna all over Northern California with several first-place and second-place medals. She also performs with her troupe at San Francisco Giants baseball games during Irish Heritage Nights.

Irish Music BonusGalway Girl by Ed Sheeran

There are two songs that have gained a high degree of popularity over the world in the last 20 years that are both named Galway Girl. One was written by a Texan named Steve Earle and is by far the preferred song in Ireland. The other was written by an English singer and songwriter named Ed Sheeran and is by far more popular everywhere outside of Ireland. I featured Steve Earle’s version in an earlier Galway post (see here).  I also featured another song of Ed Sheeran’s in a post on one of the Game of Thrones locations we visited in Northern Ireland (see here).

Sophie likes Ed Sheeran’s song the best and it is this song that she danced to all over Galway:

There’s a chance that Sophie and Ed are distant cousins. Ed was born and raised in England but his paternal grandfather was born in Northern Ireland. I have a great great grandmother named Kate Sheeran who married my great great grandfather Peter Gallagher. Kate and Peter hailed from a ridge named Shegorey that overlooks Lough Key near Boyle, County Roscommon.  Maybe someday we will find a connection.

This is my last post on Galway. In my next post I will introduce you to the Custom House Quay of Dublin where we hung out during our final week in Ireland last year.

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7 Responses to Ireland 2019: Our Galway Girl

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Your granddaughter Sophie appears to be a very talented dancer on the photos. Obviously, the Irish music inspired her to dance. I especially like the picture of her dancing in front of the River Dance poster. Would she agree to have her self-made video published on YouTube?

    • Thanks, Peter, but we ran into some privacy issues when we looked into setting up our own YouTube channel. Sorry. I will upload a post in a week or two about that day in Dublin when we attended the Riverdance matinee at the Gaiety theatre.

  2. disperser says:

    Nice, however, I get an error when I try to play the video (it tells me to try later . . . which I will).

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