Category Archives: Off Topic- Ireland & England

Not Lincoln or the Queen- But Still Very Cool

We all have varying motivations for climbing our family tree, and it is not unusual to begin the search after the death of a loved one. Who are we, where did we come from, and what in our genes makes … Continue reading

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If You’re Lucky Enough to be Irish You’re Lucky Enough

I have been following the adventures of Vice President Joe Biden as he visits Ireland this past week. Since the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is from Castlebar (known there as the Taoiseach), I was hoping Joe would visit the … Continue reading

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The Stars Now Aligned in Southampton

I knew my father had traveled through Southampton, England on his way to the Soviet Union in 1931.  That fact was written in the diary I had found in his dresser, thankfully penned in English. Dad made four additional trips … Continue reading

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An 82 Year Old Wrong Finally Corrected

I have returned from my journey to London, which was for the ceremony to honor Louis Brennan, my first cousin four times removed. Without exaggerating, this was the best trip I have ever taken. I had been aware of the … Continue reading

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The Stars Were Aligned in London

I traveled to London for the ceremony to unveil the headstone of my distant cousin,  inventor Louis Brennan. Knowing that the event would be presided over by the Irish Prime Minister, known as the Taoiseach, and attended by the Castlebar … Continue reading

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Finding Dad’s Hotel

We arrived in London after an eight-hour flight from Atlanta. Neither my husband nor I had slept much, but that did not matter.  There was a lot to do on this particular trip—some sightseeing, some research, and the ceremony honoring … Continue reading

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