April 2007 Newsletter
Hello Friends

Surprise, surprise!! Terry and I took a spontaneous trip to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. We spent the week in Mohill, Co. Leitrim...our home away from home. We saw most of our friends and had a grand time.

John Reynolds put us up in a 200 year-old thatched cottage on the outskirts of Mohill which was owned by his friend, Bernie Reynolds (no relation). It was called Cloonboney Cottage and was located down a country lane in Cloonboney, Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim, about half way between Mohill and Dromod. It was a lovely place and I will be writing a story about it, with photos, in the near future. We couldn't have planned a more perfect place to stay on St. Patrick's Day in Ireland ... thanks to John and Bernie.

We brought some plaques with us to give to O'Carolan's Pub, O'Brien's Tavern and Casey's Bar. The plaques were announcing that those establishments were featured on LittleShamrocks.com. They were all thrilled to receive them and will display them proudly in their bars.

We went on another graveyard search but still with no luck of finding Terry's ancestors' burial site. Gerry Bohan was a huge help. We spent five days and evenings with him and got to know him quite well. He guided us around to the old cemeteries but the weather kept us from completing our search. It was cold and windy, with rain and hail taking turns coming down on us. So, we have to finish our search in Fenagh next time.

It looked like the bad weather was going to hold off for the St. Patrick's Day Parade but it started hailing as soon as the parade began. It felt like we were being stung by thousands of bees. The participants were real troopers and stuck with it until the end. Ireland is famous for inclement weather so we didn't mind it that much. That evening we went to O'Carolan's Pub for the celebration and met up with several of our friends. We stayed there until 11:00 PM then went to Casey's Bar for traditional Irish music.

Please watch for the next batch of stories from St. Patrick's Day in Ireland. Until then...


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