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The Beautiful Places in Co. Mayo, Ireland

Thelma has lived and worked for almost three years in the Republic of Ireland as a spa wellness massage therapist.

Living in Ireland

In April 11, 2008, My husband and I with our King Charles Spaniel dog Angus were on our way to our "new" life which was Ireland. We moved from Germany to Ireland. We knew this country from our holidays. In fact, I know and visited more places in this country than I do know about the Philippines. Sad to say, but it`s the truth. Since is in Europe and far more cheaper than flying to my hometown, so we often travel with our car from Germany-Rotterdam (Netherlands)-England- Ireland. From Rotterdam with an overnight ferry to Dover, England. Then hours of driving across England to the port in Wales, Holyhead. We usually stayed overnight in a Bed and Breakfast hotel near the port. It depends on what time of the day we arrived in Holyhead or how tired we are that we had to rest for a while before starting our final journey. Having a rest is good for us to recover the strength that we need. The next day, we continue our travel with an irish ferry for about 3 hours to port of Dublin, Ireland. Angus is of course inside our car, in the garage of the ferry.


Angus, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Angus, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

On the Road From Dublin Port

We arrived in Dublin Port on the 13th of April. But still, we had to be on the road for 4 to 5 hours until reaching our destination which was our holiday home in Geesala, Co. Mayo. We were 3 days on the road, fresh from our overnight sleep in Holyhead and happy to welcome our new life in another country, with the irish people, irish weather but most of all with an irish environment which has hundreds of different green colors. Amazing Landscape!!! Only God knows how HE created this kind of beauty. If there would be heaven...It should be like the Atlantic Drive in Achill Island...


Have you ever gone to a foreign country without a map or a travel guide? Well, if you have, you have surely found out how difficult to travel without knowing in which way you are traveling. This travel guide book has helped me a lot when traveling. A must have!

Geesala, County Mayo

Our first rented house in Geesala.

Our first rented house in Geesala.

Geesala, County Mayo

Our holiday home in Geesala, which we rented for 6 weeks until we could find the appropriate house near my future work place was very cute. It was good for 2 persons with a dog. It has a very cosy kitchen and a living room with an open fireplace. Upstairs were the 2 twin beds were very near to the roof that we had to be careful not to hit our head by getting up. There were 2 cupboards where we stored our things and the most important thing for me was the bathroom. The surroundings was quiet that I could hear the chirpping of the birds, the air fresh as it should be and the view was great that I spent much time walking with Angus. Angus enjoyed his life there as well.

Where I Worked

The banner of the spa where I worked in Belmullet, Ireland.

The banner of the spa where I worked in Belmullet, Ireland.

Job in a Spa

We were not yet 1 week in Geesala that our landlady told us that there´s a spa in Belmullet where I could apply for a job. I applied for the job as a massage therapist and was accepted as a part time jobber. I started my new job on the 19th of that month. Actually, I was planning to rest for a month for I was still exhausted from my last work in Germany. But then, why not? Why waste the chance that might never come back again?

So, I started working on that Saturday. It was a day full of surprises. My workmates welcomed me in joining their team. I was instructed what to do and don´ts in our job. I learned a lot on that day. Massaging the clients, listening to them speaking in irish english, talking to them and letting them understand my english with my own accent. My head was bursting on that day. When my husband collected me at 6 pm, my face was shining with joy. Then suddenly, somebody knock on our window car and said "Thelma, you forgot your wages. See you next week". Then my workmate left us. We started driving "home" laughing.

We were laughing for it had never happened before in my life that somebody ran after me just to give me my wages. In Germany, it was always me who kept on running after my wages until I got sick and quit the job.

Enjoy the Video!

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© 2011 Thelma Alberts


Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on November 19, 2020:

Hi Rajan!

Yes, it is a lovely place to visit. I hope you can travel there someday. Keep safe. Thanks for your visit.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 08, 2020:

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Ireland looks like a lovely place. I'd love to visit it. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 04, 2020:

Hi! You are very welcome Peggy. I really enjoyed my life there. Thank you for your visit.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 03, 2020:

Thanks for sharing some of the beauty of Ireland with us. It sounds like you really enjoyed living there!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 12, 2017:

Yes, it was indeed great Robert. I was just lucky. Thanks for your comment. Have a nice day!

Robert Sacchi on September 12, 2017:

That was great that you were able to get a job in a new country so easily.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 11, 2015:

Thank you very much for your comment and vote poetryman6969. Have a nice day!

poetryman6969 on May 11, 2015:

Voted up.

I enjoyed that little vignette about your work. It was nice.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 14, 2015:

Yes, I had Sandy and I was thankful to my hubby and God for that. Enjoy your day! Thanks.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on April 13, 2015:

Beautiful place. You have had such an interesting life with your travels.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 08, 2015:

You are very welcome dghbrh. I hope you will really visit your friend in Ireland. It is an awesome country to visit and friendly people as well. Thanks for sharing, voting and of course reading. Enjoy your day!

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on April 07, 2015:

Nice read and thank you for allowing us to have a glimpse in your way of life. One of my friend is staying in Ireland and she has been inviting us since long. Your hub along with pictures are making it more alluring to think about it. Pics are really beautiful

Sharing and voted up useful.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 31, 2015:

Yes, you got it right colorfulone. Some of the best years in my life were spent in Ireland. As you have seen it the photos, it was amazing country. You are welcome. Enjoy your Easter!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on March 31, 2015:

Sounds like Ireland got into your heart while living there, Thelma.

Thank you for sharing a part of your life's experience and photos.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 06, 2013:

Thank you Indian Chef. Happy weekend!

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on September 04, 2013:

Thelma, very beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 07, 2013:

FlourishAnyway, I was lucky to have lived there for a few years. How I wish I can go there again even only for a holiday. Thanks for dropping by. Have a nice week.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 05, 2013:

Ireland is truly the most beautiful place I've ever been. I've never seen such Technicolor green and so many shades of it. I cannot imagine being lucky enough to live there (if only for a brief time).

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 28, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

Yes, Ireland is very beautiful with loads of natural green awesome landscapes. Thanks for your visit. Have a nice weekend!

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on June 28, 2013:


I knew Ireland was beautiful but I didn't know it had such natural beauty. You put up great pictures.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 18, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Ireland is the best country I have travelled so far. Awesome landscape and the friendliest people I have ever met. Happy weekend!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 17, 2013:


Ireland surely is a beautiful place. Many people from Nepal travel to Ireland to study and work. Thanks for this wonderful visual treat.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 28, 2011:

Hi Mark Bronze! Thanks for your stopping by and giving a comment. I only took photos in Ireland when it was not raining that is why the photos look good.

Mark Bronze on August 28, 2011:

Very interesting hub from my viewpoint I lived in Mayo for many years. My two daughters still live there so I visit it as often as I can. They are quite near Achill too. Your photos are lovely and it didn't rain, which is surprising!!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 13, 2011:

Good day, Les Trois Chenes. Yes, Ireland is a beautiful country. I am chasing the sun like you but since I visited Ireland I keep on coming. Thanks for stopping by, giving comment and for your follow.

Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on July 13, 2011:

Ireland does look beautiful. I would love to go there but so far I've been chasing the sun.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 07, 2011:

Thank you very much theirishobserver. I think you are the first irish I know here in Hubpages.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 07, 2011:

Thanks Coolmon2009 for dropping by and commenting to my Hub.

theirishobserver. from Ireland on May 07, 2011:

great hub, I know Mayo very well and you have presented it very well....Irish

Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on May 06, 2011:

I enjoyed reading your article and I enjoyed viewing your pictures :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 14, 2011:

Hi,daffodil2010! Thank you for dropping by and following me.

daffodil2010 on April 13, 2011:

nice pictures! thanks for sharing

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 13, 2011:

Thanks for your comment, Cel. Yes, you can. With me;-)

cecelia Weigelt on March 13, 2011:

wow, maybe someday i can visit there again..

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 04, 2011:

Thank you, Carol. I will indeed write more hubs. My tribute to Ireland...

Carolina from Switzerland on March 04, 2011:

hoping to read more hubs from you...

carolp on March 04, 2011:

beautiful nature

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 28, 2011:

Thank you, mike6181. I´ll follow your advice and do it better next time. Your comment is a great help for me.

mike6181 on February 28, 2011:

Wonderful photos! Beautiful country side in Ireland! Strange how I've come across this hub that is about a subject my wife and I are considering! Like to suggest that this hub is important, I'd like to see the text and photos integrated together. Lead with a short text capsule, then a photo, etc. Again, great article, just present text sooner!

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