A Little History

As far back as I can remember I always knew I was Irish. But the realization of what it means to be Irish did not manifest itself until later in life. I became the recipient of some ancient photos of ancestors I never knew. Some I did know, but never as young as they were in the photos. Naturally this started my search for connections. Who are my ancestors? Where did they come from? How can I pass this information on to my children who will, one day in the future, be asking the same questions.

There is still so much more information I want to learn about my family. But now is the time I want to see where they lived, walk the ground they walked, maybe even find GreatGranpop Cornelius Mulhern, Mulherrin or O'Mulherrin's brother's family from Glenties or Ballybofey, who never made the long trip, on a cramped immigrant steamer, from Donegal to Ellis Island. Maybe "Nannan" Catherine McKeon Mulhern, Claremorris, County Mayo, who would marry Cornelius' son, William James, had a sister or brother who missed the boat to Philadelphia in 1894.

What does it mean to be Irish? I wish I could put it into words. All I can say is that it is a warm feeling, pride, deep in your heart, that ancestors had the forsight to bring their future to America. Through the years of growing from adolescence to adulthood and now the waning years of our lives, the connections have been kept alive through these ancient photos and the realization of what it means to be Proud and Irish.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

We are Back(and not a bit happy about it)

(George & Kathy with the local Guardia at McMonaghans Pub, Leenane, Co Galway)
Gosh! What a trip. Thoroughly enjoyable. We did not want to come home. All I can say is that you must make the trip. If you have not been there yet, please feel free to call me as you start your planning. There are many good websites to help you plan but there are also many things you only learn from the experience. We started planning our visit in January and are so happy we took the time. The results were well worth the effort. Also, the planning is half the fun. By the time you get there you will feel as though you have been there previously and will know what to expect.
I am trying to find a way to post our photos on a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation slideshow so that viewing is easy and uncomplicated. I have been able to assemble 155 slides thus far including captions for ,most photos. Now the problem is to find a way to get it on this blog. So stop back, hopefully I can have everything up and running soon. I'll see if I can post a few photos here now and then work on the slide show later. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as we enjoyed making them.(Nancy & Chuck enjoying a night at O'Connors Pub, Salthill, Galway)

(Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Co Galway)

Enjoying a brief respite with our host, Freddy, at Seabreeze B & B, Galway.