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CARNA, Ireland — “So what part of the motherland are you in right now, Tom?” Boston’s Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh asked me in a recent phone call as misted peaks loomed beyond my window. I had just arrived at the Carna Bay, a family-run hotel nestled here in the village where Walsh’s father lived until he emigrated in 1956. “Ah, I know it well,” he said. “You’re getting the five-star treatment then?”
As an Irishman in search of Connemara’s travel gems, I should have held home advantage in procuring the local lowdown. But Walsh didn’t take long establishing the fact that I was on his home turf.
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