Gerry Adams spends birthday in “beautiful Donegal”

first_imgSinn Féin leader Gerry Adams wrote a blog post detailing how much he admires Donegal after celebrating his 69th birthday in the county.Deputy Adams’ colleagues threw him a surprise birthday party in Leinster House to mark the occasion, before making his way to Donegal. ‘Suprise Birthday Party’ in Teach Laigean. The Cork man sent me security cleared invite by accident. He blames RG. pic.twitter.com/tfwYUkzBQw— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) October 5, 2017Deputy Adams says that despite travelling to far flung destinations across the world since entering the political arena in 1983 – he has never encountered anywhere quite like Donegal.“I once flew in a tiny plane up the coast of Maine in the USA with its hundreds of off-shore islands. It was a bumpy, scary, white knuckle journey in a small two propeller machine. The scenery was reminiscent of the west of Ireland.“I have watched the colours change on the lakes of upper New York State, in the deserts and hills of Texas and Arizona, on the Rockies of Canada, the mountains of the Basque country, and the veldt of South Africa. “On one memorable visit to the outback of Australia I persuaded our hosts to let me walk alone some distance into the trees and scrub of the outback outside of Perth. The intensity of different smells from the flowers and trees and the sounds of birds and insects was truly amazing. And the snakes left me alone.“But if truth be told I love West Donegal. That’s not to say that I don’t love West Belfast. Or Louth. The Belfast Hills are terrific. So is Sliabh Foy in the Cooley Mountains“But there is nowhere quite like West Donegal.”Where is the party? pic.twitter.com/ygeZBhAhqL— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) October 5, 2017The ethereal landscape, the Louth TD says, is what makes the title ‘Coolest Place in the Planet’ an apt description for Donegal.“The hills and the mountains of that part of our island, from Muckish to Errigal, are among the most stunning in the world. The glens and rivers and lakes, the seascapes of Bloody Foreland, the islands, the long walks along Donegal beaches, and the music, the Gaeilge and the people, all combine to make Donegal as close to perfect, as perfect can be, in this imperfect world.”Deputy Adams thanked everyone who sent him birthday wishes, and reminded his friends that he “won’t refuse late offerings!”Taking it easy, he spent the day relaxing with family and friends. A Birthday Dessert. Grma. Im having Birth Month Celebrations. Just 2 give all my friends a chance! pic.twitter.com/Zt7hXiIZtO— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) October 5, 2017“So at the weekend I escaped to Donegal for two days of gardening, singing, cooking, reading and walking. The autumn colours were everywhere. The heather clad highlands were resplendent with the textures of tweed. The big skyscape kept changing its shades from light to lighter and back to light again. OThere was a nip in the wind and the occasional rain – it is Donegal – but the weather for me was perfect.“The beauty and peace of Donegal is unrivalled.“The history of Donegal can be found in every town and village, castle and big house, and in the ruins of homes long deserted, and thatched cottages from another time that have been preserved for this generation.“My first recollection of Donegal is travelling there with my Saint Mary’s classmates to stay for a month with the Boyle family in the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht. We went there to practice our Gaeilge. I am still practicing over five decades later. And like so many others I keep returning to Donegal. “I wouldn’t care if I never saw another plane for the rest of my life. I have no wish to travel outside of our little island ever again. But travel I will. God spares me I know that. If you sign up you have to march.”My Oireachtas bronntanas. Christy, Declan,Cathal & Jimmy keeping our spirits high 2night @ great concert. Iontacht. pic.twitter.com/duLlDfNOlw— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) October 5, 2017“But wherever my political wanderings take me the Hills are the place I want to be. I enjoyed my birthday. It was great craic. I am very lucky. For many reasons. But especially because I got to begin this week and my 69th year in the place I love.”On a more serious note, Deputy Adams mentioned how he did not believe he would live beyond the age of 25 – a belief he shared with colleague and friend, the late Martin McGuinness.“I remember Martin McGuinness saying once that he never thought he would live beyond his 25th year. I was the same. Most of our peer group were probably like that. Now I am in my 70th year. Poor Martin is gone. It’s a funny old world.”Deputy Adams concluded his blog piece by posting the lyrics to ‘The Homes of Donegal.’‘I just dropped in to see you all. I’ll only stay awhile. I want to see how you’re getting on I want to see you smile I’m happy to be here again I’ve missed you one and all For there is no place else on earth Just like the homes of Donegal’.Excited with his gifts, he shared the fruits of his ‘birthmonth’ with his Twitter followers.This birthmonth idea is great. Still another 2 weeks 4 presents 2 arrive. Just like these beauts. Grma Seis ‘s Nikki. pic.twitter.com/Dv34eDj0TK— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) October 15, 2017Birthday Books! pic.twitter.com/hxf9zev7Xr— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) October 7, 2017Gerry Adams spends birthday in “beautiful Donegal” was last modified: October 21st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:birthdaydonegalgerry adamspictureslast_img