Trip idea: explore from Westport

Westport one of the still the jolliest little towns in Ireland, has the town hall and all the quaint buildings and shops. On the street is a huge red theatre, and the main entrance is called The Place Of Power, where every Monday night the famous, and also the notorious, Henry VIII is assassinated on stage. I’ve never yet heard of the place, and if I do I’m sure it’s in a foreign part of town. My father and I visited the place in the late 1940s, and have always said that it was amazing, but I’m glad to say it’s not in Ireland either; it’s in Poland and in Russia. But why?

I should have started there. I knew there used to be a pub called the ‘Troublemaker Hotel’ somewhere in town or in the town square, but I knew nothing about it and never thought of it because all I knew was about the troubles of the French in England before the War. Well, I found out later, during the First World War with many others in the area, how a German doctor could get free treatment for typhoid from the hospital here (the doctor of the day, a man called Joseph Fink).

Sitting proudly on County Mayo’s west coast, Westport is one of those places that draws you in the moment you set foot here. One can walk past the quaint wooden cottages of the residents and the local shops that line the outskirts for a refreshing cocktail. Westport’s distinctive cobblestone streets feature painted watercolours, and a few signs offer up a little bit of the town’s history, particularly, the area in which it was known, which has been part of the Westport settlement for over 10 centuries. The city’s reputation as Europe’s financial centre was helped further by its role as an international gateway in the early years of the 20th Century. A former gold mill with a long history and a busy railway line runs for roughly a mile before arriving at an airport, where the runway ends and the passengers board the first of six planes that connect Westport to Glasgow.

When Glasgow, at first glance, seems like a distant place, there you have it: Glasgow as a whole. As a city, it offers a wide choice of places to live and visit, along with a rich cultural heritage which includes traditional music and art. Glasgow is not only a busy place, it is a town. It is a village, and a village is what most people come here for, whether it is for their night out or simply to visit.

Westport is a very different place today. Most people can imagine if they knew what I know, they can understand why I came back to Connecticut so quickly after leaving Connecticut.” — Tom Naughton, owner and superintendent of the Hartford-born Connecticut College Athletic Association

“I am so grateful to go back to Connecticut and give back for all I have seen and done. To be a college coach again and to go through this is absolutely humbling. I am so grateful.” — Jeff Gormley, who is now head coach at William & Mary, where he previously coached at Connecticut College

He is a Connecticut College graduate who played two seasons as a coach at the NCAA Division I level for Yale University in New Haven, Conn., winning a national title along the way.

Morrow’s arrival to Connecticut is a return to the sport he first took part in as a junior at Connecticut College in 1994 under David Starr, who hired him that January and who coached him as the head coach in 1997, when he and Starr brought out freshman college basketball season.

Stark returned with the team again that May, a season that included a trip to New Orleans that marked the first time the school had won multiple games on the road since 1996 and the first time in nearly 30 years that a team that was not a conference regular-season champion returned since 1998.