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Contributed by John J Pozega Email: firstname.lastname@example.org of Groton, Connecticut, USA
Great grandson of John Patrick O’Donoghue 1857/9- 1938. Born in, Adrigole, Beara, County Cork, Ireland, died Mellen, Ashland County, Wisconsin, USA.
My sister and I flew from Hartford, Connecticut, USA, direct to Dublin on Aer Lingus. There in Dublin we met 20 other family members from across USA. We began our 10-day trip of Ireland in Dublin. An Ireland tour company driver and bus from County Kerry met us at a hotel in Dublin and we ended our first night at the Glasha Farmhouse outside County Waterford. A beautiful place owned and operated by Miss Olive the owner. https://vimeo.com/152299401?ref=fb-share&fbclid=IwAR3HzAW6wRJKvPIqB7blD7NzokAyRzJJcY08vqMvpvu8szfpeAtztXZkvCg.
We had a four-course dinner prepared by Miss Olive and her staff the first night in Ireland. Our group stayed at the farmhouse the first night and had a traditional Irish breakfast the next morning before leaving for the second day of our trip. Here’s a picture of us along with Miss Olive in the blue and white striped blouse and Mr. Brian our tour guide and bus driver in the tie and shirt on left back row.
I saw many great things on my trip. Including churches and religious places, shrines, and castles.
The highlight of the trip was day 3, we had made our way down to County Cork. In Adrigole on the Beara Peninsula we met cousins and got to see the place where my great grandfather lived with his two brothers and 4 sisters and mother and father in the 1850s in Ireland. The family home and building for the animals are still standing today and are now used for storage.
We had tea and scones at the home with cousins on the family land. Later that night everyone got together for dinner at the hotel where we spent the night before beginning day 4 of the tour.
Here’s a photo taken on Healy Pass on day 3 of the tour just minutes after leaving our cousins and heading to the hotel for dinner.
The rest of our tour was filled with seeing the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry, Galway, The Cliffs of Moher, The Garnish Islands, Powerscourt, Kylemore Abbey, crossing the River Shannon on the ferry and other adventures as we slowly made our way back to the Davenport hotel in Dublin where we stayed the last two evenings before we all returned to our homes in the USA from Dublin Airport. All wanting to come back to Ireland again soon.
From John Pozega
17 O'Donoghue descendants from the USA went to Ireland 9 September to 19 September 2017. We started in Dublin on the 9th. The picture below was taken on the 11th when we visited O'Donoghue and O'Sullivan cousins also in the photo at their home in Adrigole, County Cork. Not far from Healy Pass.
John's selfie at Kilmore Castle
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