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Knock county mayo sister city committee. I know some of the folks a one in particular actually to Fran curly past president of the pittsfield sister city committee in pittsfield massachusetts and pat gormley past president of that. Same group On one at least one or more of their many trips to balance have come by to have a meal or snack. drink a something and visit at castle and frankly it was because Pat gormley kept saying to me the next time you go to county mayo. You have to connect up with the folks at Bully castle and it was his encouragement. That you know. Put you on my radar because you know with with the many trips and my husband has driven over seventy thousand miles on the island that is ireland from our two to four trips a year to ireland for the last decades. There's still things. I've never seen when people tell me have gone to ireland for a week. You know. so they've been there. It's like you think you've been there so you know it's like you think you gave yourself a haircut kitchen scissors you think goes are you know it's now So i was so glad for you. Know he wouldn't leave me alone every time we were going. You say you're going to mayo get over balik and i got you on. You know the radio by telephone got to know you so that when we finally came over we weren't at square one getting to know one another what what's the state of events as it relates to castle now and now if you're listening to this podcast who knows when now is february. Two thousand twenty one ireland is in. Its third major lockdown. That's set to stay in place for a while How is that affecting castle and its visitors or potential visitors. Well stephanie as you can imagine being in the hospitality. Industry is a complete disaster. A way shaw doors like overnight on the sixteenth of march. We will have a wedding on the fourteenth full with sunday lunches on the fifteenth. Our chefs came to me and said there's a nasty virus out there. We don who was going to happen. Got kids got parents are. I'm will come to work tomorrow So we shot the tree overnight and spent four months Always my toddler. Maya in the castle. Just the two of us and that was that was quite an interesting experience from a fully-fledged running hotel to being stuck there on your own. It was quite nice. The experience In the kitchen. I can coke and so on but not cooked in in the commercial kitchen for a decade. So i'm finding the patent mill finding a saucepan all quite an interesting first week and chefs had had pulled goods away and wrapped everything up and put stuff in the deep freeze. Well actually went to get dinner. That first night on monday night there was nothing. I could financing and resources ourselves thousand. We opened up the prince business again in a heads up in june that. We're going to be open on the third of july We had no bookings whatsoever and we thought. Well we'll we kind of get up to do The coach out since you've been there We've opened up and you call yard cafe inside the medieval courtyard which is named after my father's original jackson. Correct on that on the third of we've changed it from a cafe to a restaurant and opened up until ten o'clock tonight. The first nights was a monday night. we had to clients the second night. We had six clients. I'm by the weekend we will and absolutely was rocking for abou- Till about the middle of august. I'm very busy. And then it came into the end of august and september and eventually of course. We're back into a second lockdown and the place was closed out thankfully we have done little blast of of income there in the middle And a half to say to you the government direst gunman with very very quick to leap in and support the population. And i think i'm too that we've survived difficult times. I'm in jersey at the moment. I've been here since october. One of my school friends who's just retired from Distributing to the e u From the eu to turkey and other non-european countries He's actually babysitting the castle for me. william louis thank him. He's really been a godsend and he's a professional person. And and absolutely looking after my best interest and my best interests are the best interests of the castle castle where safe and sound. There are moving forward hoping to open up again. probably In april well you know my experience kind of parallels yours because we were notified. The night of march fifteenth that Our flight on march eighteenth has cancelled the last flight out from Dublin to the us With air lingus were going out on march sixteenth and We I connected with a very good friend. I don't know if you know..