Inspired by Van Morrison’s “Streets of Arklow” we detoured from our SW Ireland excursion to the County Wicklow town of Arklow, en route to Dublin. It was less of a tourist town than Killarney and Bantry but was spoilt somewhat by the streams of commuter cars clogging the main street. Nevertheless the charms of Arklow as Van Morrison must have experienced them remain in what is a mostly delightful marine town on the Avoca river. The Saint Saviour Anglican church is a standout but not to the parishioners of the Church of the Saints Mary and Peter – but that’s Ireland for you. I tried to capture a sense of the change since Van Morrison visited in 1973 in an audio visual slide show but failed to show the all pervasive impact of the commuters and tourists and their cars.


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