Today I embark on a new adventure to explore my ancestry in Ireland. From what I’m told, it is a beautiful and historic land, where people are as friendly and laid-back as anywhere on the globe. A recent plunge into ancestry.com (recommended for anyone with a curious mind and an appreciation of history) has led me to conclude that I have at least four great-grandparents who lived in Ireland and made the move to the United States in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Further, ancestry.com has allowed me to figure out exact towns and addresses of where they lived and grew up. Very cool.
I would like to get to those towns (which are in counties Tipperary, Cork, Kerry, and Mayo), as well as see some of the beauty that is the Irish countryside. I will be traveling alone (at least I think I will be), which will undoubtedly lend itself to meeting people and finding myself in unique situations. As a general rule for the trip, I vow to say “yes” to each new experience that is presented to me…within reason.
I recently reached out to an extended family member living in Dublin named Padraig…and it seems likely that I’ll be meeting up with him. I think he works in education, so we’ll have a lot to talk about.
Beyond that, the journey is the destination. The plan is to have no plan.
Top 5 Things I’m Looking Forward To (off the top of my head):
2. Family History (Who the hell am I, anyway?)
3. Physical Beauty (I’m told this place is gorgeous)
4. Surprises That Will Develop (Events I can’t plan for)
5. Pubs and Live Music (Thanks Holly and Ben for the recommendations)
I’ll be traveling for 16 days (beginning today and returning August 14). Enjoy!