Reviews and Reputations

Nothing makes me happy than visiting my family in Ireland. It is a way of life that is so different than the America treadmill of getting your life done yesterday.  It has become a tradition before leaving our fair isle to stay at Park House B and B near Bunratty Castle. Which is in County Clare and about a twenty-minute drive to Shannon Airport.  Such a lovely family that owns the Park House, their breakfast is fabulous and our conversations  lively. 

One afternoon while driving back from the seeing the Cliffs of Mohr, we decided to stop by Durty Nellie’s Pub and Restaurant near Bunratty Castle. Talk about a fine establishment that is over four hundred years old and steeped in Irish folklore.  Our waitress Fiona was wonderful and did a fine job of making us feel right at home. My parents and I ordered the Shepard’s pie, which was excellent.

All of sudden a rowdy bunch of men came storming through our section of the restaurant. Demanding a round of drinks and wondering why no Penn State football was on the television.  Mind you in another country there will be no American college football game, especially a Pennsylvania team.  Never in my life or my parent’s lives were we every so mortified to be Americans that afternoon. Ordering our waitress around like she was their personal maidservant.

We kept apologizing to her and explaining that not all Americans act like this.  My dad almost went over to the rowdy bunch. But thank God, dad listened to mom and I, since no one can reason with a bunch of drunken fools. We finished our meal and thanked Fiona for her kindness. I believe that day was the biggest tip we ever gave to a waitress. Not only for her wonderful service, but also to let Fiona know there are good people in this world.

The moral of the story, when visiting another country respect and learn from their culture. Especially respect your waiter or waitress for they will pass the stories of your reputation on to others.



  1. Sadje says:

    I can imagine how your family felt at the time.

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  2. SueW says:

    Sounds very much like the way the British yobs (male youth) behave on their Spanish vacations!
    Thank you Mary Anne. 🙂

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the piece 😊

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