The Emerald Isle
|My Last Day to Drive in Ireland_2015|
I've been off enjoying another time in Ireland and no matter who I tell about my trip, they come back with, "My roots are in Ireland." It seems the Irish poured into the states and had a few children.
My maternal grandfather and grandmother were definitely Irish. Riley and Murray to be exact. And I've tracked the line back to the 1800's where I found my great-great+? grandfather who was a doctor and a horse breeder in Tennessee.
As I sat sipping my Guinness in a local pub with some distant, but ever so wonderful, relatives it became very clear that I was sharing time with people from the same gene pool, and I was quite at home. I wanted to call my gram and gramps and tell them all about the experience, but that's no longer possible. I'll have to enjoy it without their knowing that after a few generations, a Riley-Murray enjoys returning to say hi.
One of my best excursions was to Leap Castle (often pronounced /lep/ by the locals). J.H. Moncrieff posted about this haunted castle in her AtoZ Challenge this year, and I discovered I was staying a short walk away. It was being redone, but from what I saw, there would be many years before you could say that process was complete. The "Tour" was interesting and a bit spooky as it should have been. I'll tell you about that next week.
|Leap Castle, The Most Haunted Castle in Ireland|
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