Due to privacy reasons, I’m not going to go into much detail with this post beyond photographs.
1. This cathedral had something to do with the baptism and burial of some far off distant family members. While we were there, a handful of us talked to the historian to find more information while the rest of us(lead by my father and non-Irish uncle) headed to town in hopes of food, beer, wifi, and amusement. Above is my father “wondering when he’s going to catch on fire and burn in hell” as a result of marrying a Catholic girl despite his Jewish roots. Yay archival religious segregation and for playing Lady Gaga while marching to the car!
2.“Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!”
3. Ancestor’s castle plus a distant family member who happens to live in Ireland/the area that showed us around. The place was really cool but falling apart(crumbling stairs, thatched tin roof falling apart, so many nooks and crannies that broke at the touch).
4. This isn’t exactly family history as much as it is Irish History. I believe the house originally belonged to the British who screwed the Irish over by ratting the French out for aiding the Irish during a war. Knowing how much the original owner screwed my people over just made the house like the weather; depressing.
5. I believe this was in Bantry Bay; another place where I have family dating back to. Knowing how much of my family history is branched out due to my grandfather(they got even further back to the people that first settled Ireland while we were there) just made the city seem that much more special as I was in a way, retracing the footsteps to my ancestors. I even visited the location from which the first person bearing my mother’s maiden name was born but due to the minuscule size of the town it’s located in, would rather not share such a personal detail of my family history even if it is 5-7 generations or so back.