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KTBS 3's Bob Griffin travels Ireland

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It was a trip of a lifetime and many ArkLaTex seniors make the trek to Ireland with our own Bob Griffin. He shares the highlights in this week's Griffin's Good Life.

It was a great trip, one that was enjoyed by all including seniors enjoying the good life. Ireland is a land of history and the history of the preserved ruins of clonmacnoise monastery, located on the Shannon River, that dates back to the 5th century. The graveyard is still in use. The monastery's original wooden buildings were replaced by stone structures beginning in the 9th century. Before tapering off in the 12th century, in its heyday because of its strategic location, it was not only an important trade crossroads, but a major center of religion and learning. Clonmacnoise played a major role in the history of Ireland. Its ruins were just one of the many sights that were seen by Bob Griffin's group.

"My wife and I love to travel. We've loved to travel all our lives but being able to come to a place like this, see things like Clonmacnoise, the Abby here where we are, it's just a chance of a life time and we're taking advantage of it every minute we can" says Philip Tidwell of Avinger, Texas.

And some of those minutes were spent at the Celtic Crystal Company. The company has been in business for half a century. The family-owned business incorporates Celtic designs and Gaelic motifs into its ornate Irish crystal. It was a chance to see a craftsman at work, cutting a design into a piece of crystal. The artisan made a difficult and painstaking task look simple, never cutting too wide or too deep in what's termed as the first cut. It was also a chance to learn something new, maybe not overly important, but interesting.

"I didn't realize that the shine they put on the crystal actually comes from an acid base. I always thought they polished it with a buffing wheel or something" says Jim Springer of Shreveport.

Our KTBS tour group of 36 ranging in age from 22 to 83 also went to an Irish sheep farm where they also learned that with lamb and mutton popular on the dinner table and wool needed for woolen clothing, sheep are a way of life in Ireland. They got to see a sheep dog in action. Also the art of shearing a sheep was demonstrated. Yes, Ireland is a land of many different and interesting things to see and do and they haven't even scratched the surface of what they saw.

The KTBS trip to Ireland shows how, for people of all ages, traveling can be both fun and informative and for seniors, an integral part of the good life.

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