Having just read about Coney Island (New York) over at Alastair's Heart Monitor it brought back memories of an unforgettable journey Sue and I took in early 1998 to Coney Island. However this was not Coney Island New York but Coney Island County Down.
We had decided to take the ferry from Stranraer to Belfast and do a bit of touring around Ulster and perhaps venture in to the Republic of Ireland. To add interest we decided to re-trace the route in County Down described by Van Morrison in his narrative 'Coney Island'
Coney Island itself wasn't much to see. Indeed unless we were looking in the wrong place, you kind of blinked and missed it. If it hadn't been for a sign marking the spot we would have missed it. It wasn't an island and seemed to be just a few cottages.
However The points of interest and beauty along the way were fantastic.
Coming down from Downpatrick
Stopping off at St. Johns point
Out all day birdwatching
And the craic was good
Stopped off at Strangford Lough
Early in the morning
Drove through Shrigley taking pictures
And on to Killyleagh
Stopped off for sunday papers at the
Lecale district, just before Coney Island
On and on, over the hill to Ardglass
In the jamjar, autumn sunshine, magnificent
And all shining through
Stop off at Ardglass for a couple of jars of
Mussels and some potted herrings in case
We get famished before dinner
On and on, over the hill and the craic is good
Heading towards Coney Island
I look at the side of your face as the sunlight comes
Streaming through the window in the autumn sunshine
And all the time going to Coney Island Im thinking,
Wouldn't it be great if it was like this all the time?
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