Ross Castle hospitality

Ross Castle, in the village of Ross, co Meath, a couple hours of drive from Dublin, is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy Irish countryside and hospitality. We spent two nights in this cozy small castle and will certainly return someday.

The building consists of old tower that was originally built in 16th century and rebuilt after destruction in 19th century, and a side wing building that was built in 1960’s on the foundings of older building. One part of the buildings foundations used to be a chapel. The place is filled with antiques, stuffed animals and old books. Definitely worth driving through narrow roads and small villages.

Guestbook is filled with stories from very satisfied visitors and of course, ghost stories.

Many visitors have heard weird noises, knocking on the front door, heavy breathing, footsteps on tower staircase, toilets flushing without anyone being there, seen childrens cradle rocking, glowing orbs and a spirit of a young woman.

I didn’t see or hear anything but a Canadian couple that slept in the tower told us that they could hear lots of ghost noises during the night. This place itself can easily give the creeps to even the most sceptic people; not in a negative way but as an exciting experience in front of fireplace, telling ghost stories to each other.

Food is excellent and the coffee is probably the best in Ireland. The host couple is very nice and we truly enjoyed their hospitality.

I certainly recommend visiting Ross Castle. Spend a night or two and relax.

Audience makes the show

Sometimes when a foreign superstar comes to Finland to perform, they tell in an interview, that Finnish audience is the best in the world.

Of course they are just polite and want to make their audience feel that they really are the best.

My opinion is that Finnish audience usually is very quiet and stiff. No one sings along. Only a few wave their hands. Sometimes you can even see a moshpit. Of course there are exceptions and sometimes even Finnish ultra shy audience will blow the place up.

Today I was again reminded that it really matters how the audience takes part in the show. I saw Roger Waters performing Pink Floyd’s The Wall in the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

I was really amazed how every freaking man and woman was singing and shouting all the time from the very beginning to the end. The show itself was great enough to get on your top 3 list (it got to second place after Porcupine Tree in Ilosaarirock festival in 2007 on my list), but the audience really made it an experience you will never forget. Thank you Dublin. It was awesome.