Monday, January 7, 2013
Researching ancestral history in Ireland with Chauffeurdriven Tourdri
Our continuing tour of Veronica Schwalbach's relatives in the Kerry region began this morning in the home of cousin Mary Cahill. In this picture above, which i took in Mary's home, we have from left to right, Hannah, Mary, Patrick, Veronica and Max. This was a really lovely visit with all the true warmth of an Irish welcome. Even as an outsider myself, i was most at home. A special thanks to all involved.
Here we have Max, Veronica and Patrick standing in front of the old Cahill family house in Knocknahoe. This was originally a single storied thatched cottage, which was added to over the years. The outline of the original lower roof can be seen just above the gable end window in this photo.
Our second visit was to the Cashman family home in Glenflesk. Here we have Stephen, Max, Padraic, and Veronica, pictured at the back of Stephen's farmhouse in Glenflesk. Once again we were made feel most welcome, and eventhough refreshments were offered, we were all too full to avail of the offer. Both Stephen and his brother Padraic were true gentlemen and had plenty of family information for Veronica and Max.
In this photo we have Veronica taking pictures of Stephen's cattle ,who are kept indoors at this time of the year due to weather conditions. Just like we were today, they are being well fed.
Our final visit was to the home of Mary and Sean McCarthy in Cahir on the outskirts of Kenmare. I should have taken the photo before the table was cleared as we had a feast fit for royalty all laid out for us when we arrived. Stephen came with us and is pictured above, on the left, with Max and Sean, and Mary and her sister in law, seated at the table.
I feel that today capped what i hope has been a most successfull mission for Veronica and Max and that they can go home having a wealth of family information for their families in the USA and the families to come in future generations.
My thanks to Veronica an Max for allowing me to enjoy this adventure with them and i wish them a safe journey home. We part tomorrow morning with a good feeling of mission accomplished.
I would like to extend my gratitude to all of those wonderful people who made us feel so welcome in their homes today. God Bless you all.
Now it's back home again, and back to dealing with whatever business has piled up since i left. If you are thinking about a chauffeurdriven tour, or visit of any kind to Ireland, then just drop me a line as soon as possible. It looks like being a busy year.