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|I flew into Dublin, and spent arrival day reading microfilm at the National Archives until I caught myself falling out of the chair! The next day I walked to the Irish Life Center and the Valuation Office. Purchased copies of the Griffiths Valuation Maps, enlarged sections of the particular OS map of my ancestors "home place".|
Across the old Ulster Canal Bridge
Willow Bridge Lodge
Overlooking the bed of the old Ulster Canal with sheep feeding.
I stayed outside Monaghan Town with the Holdens at Willow Bridge Lodge, grand B & B overlooking a field of sheep! Spent an evening at a line dance competition cowboy boots and hats galore! Thought I was in Texas!
Whilst there Plunkett McKenna of Emyvale gratiously drove me around for a day in Donagh and Errigal Trough Parishes, including a side trip into Tyrone for a pint. Plunkett plans to develop his own web pages. Met some McGeough's in Emyvale and enjoyed a pub evening with the McGeough and McKenna families. I spent long hours each day reading local historical resources.
Old Errigal Churchyard
Old Donagh Church Yard
Cypress Trees and Snowbells.
|My travel this year was hampered by a broken wrist. It slowed me down for just several hours fortunately. Some photographs in Monaghan were ruined when I got stuck in the muck. The wellies stayed in the muck whilst I fell out! The camera survived the fall, as did I, but I did lose photos of my Floody ancestors homeplace a gorgeous panorama.|
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