I recently travelled to Clare Island to play a football blitz against other island teams around the Irish coast. I was part of a group of thirteen lads from Inis Oirr on the Aran Islands. We arrived to O'Grady's Guesthouse where Helen greeted us, around a three or four minute walk from the pier when you arrive off the ferry. She showed us our rooms, which were absolutely beautiful. We couldn't get over the standard of the accomodation for an island, nicer than any hotel. Helen told us abit about the place and we realised we were situated so close to everything we required. We arraged a time for breakfast the following morning with her. The breakfast was beautifaul and she was so nice and kind, Helen made sure we had plenty of everything. That day we had our football matches but the weather was terrible, heavy rain and strong winds. We had time to spare between games so we went back to the guesthouse as it was so close. Some of us had showers and Helen dried our wet jerseys for us, they came back all folded and numbered accordingly, it was brilliant. That evening we decided to have dinner in Helens restaurant downstairs. Thirteen of us landed into her at the same time, she had had another girl with her to help her and they were so calm and polite. Usualy if a crowd like that landed into a small restaurant there would be panic. The majority of us got the sirloin steak which was on the menu for a very reasonable price. I can safely say the steak was very close to the nicest steaks ive ever had. It was cooked perfectly. We were all full after dinner and satisfied that it was beautiful. It was our last night on the island so we obviously went out for a few beers, maybe a few too many because none of us managed to get up for breakfast the following morning and we had a ferry to catch at 9.00am. Even tho we missed breakfast, Helen made sandwiches for us with rashers, sausages and pudding in them, all individually wrapped with tin foil and then dropped this down to us on the boat. She did not have to do this at all, it was our own fault we didn'y get up for breakfast. This just shows the type of person Helen is. She is kind, generous, polite, hard working and very friendly. She runs a terrific guesthouse and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay with her and we thank her for that! :)
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