S: Ireland 2011
FC: Ireland 2011
1: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go." ~Irish Blessing
3: One of the first restaurants we tried was "The Farm". Corrine had found a review of it here in the states and suggested it because it had a variety of gluten free items on the menu. It was delicious! Just love it when I can eat.
4: Drying the laundry | We stayed on Lad Lane | Corrine, Dylan and Sue went over a few days before the rest of the family. We stayed on Lad Lane, and planned to do some kid stuff with Dylan. Not sure laundry was on the list, but the dryer was not working, so we had to hang it to get it dry.
5: Dylan | Canal walk by Apt. | Dylan
7: The doors of Dublin. As you walk the streets you can't help but notice the beautiful doors. They are so revered by Dubliners that if the owner of the building wants to change the color, they need to get permission from the city. We got to pass by these doors every time we went out.
9: May luck be our companion May friends stand by our side May history remind us all Of Ireland's faith and pride. May God bless us with happiness May love and faith abide. ~Irish Blessing | Christ Church founded on its present site around 1030
10: "Near a misty stream in Ireland in th hollow of a tree live mystical, magical leprechauns who are cleaver as can be, with pointed ears, turned up toes, and little coats of green. The leprechauns make their shoes, trying hard to ne'er e seen, Only those who really believe have seen the little elves. If you believe and look with your heart, you can see them yourselves. "
11: Leprechauns have been in Ireland for over a thousand years. Documents stretching back to the 8th century have described meetings with leprechauns. Even before this the Irish people were telling stories around their firesides, enchanting and delighting their audiences. There are many stories about the leprechauns and otherworld creatures in Irish folklore. Leprechauns exist in a world of the imagination and the unknown. To many people this world existed right outside their door and as the evenings grew dark, the land came alive with the people of the other world. | "May the Leprechauns be near you, to spread luck along your way"
13: Natural History Museum, Dublin
14: The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The Phoenix Park was established in 1662 by one of Ireland’s most illustrious viceroys, James Butler, Duke of Ormond, on behalf of King Charles II. | Wellington Monument in Phoenix Park
16: THE | DUBLIN | ZOO | We took a trip to the Dublin Zoo in Phoenix Park. The Zoo was founded in 1830, making it the third oldest zoo in the world.
17: "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall short upon your fields. And until we met again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. "
18: When Irish eyes are smiling, 'Tis like a morn in spring. With a lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing.
19: The rest of the family arrive! Corrine and I took Kathy and Heather on a walking tour by Lad Lane. Corrine was looking to buy a Starbucks Dublin mug . I was just looking for a coffee and Kathy wanted a pint, but she found the perfect man instead.
20: Free Day! Corrine went shopping, Frank and Dylan took the Duck Tour and Kathy, Heather, Kelsey and Avery took a bike tour.
21: Sue was off at the National Archives researching Jordan Family Ancestry. We all met up for a night of traditional Irish food and entertainment.
26: Touring Guinness, Frank and Kathy found nirvana, Sue could not partake, and we discovered Dylan shares height issues with his Aunt Heather. We discovered this when he had to be lured out of a steel I-Beam by the elevator. Overall it was a great way to end a day of touring Dublin.
28: Road Trip!
29: Stopped along the way from Dublin to Kilkenny | Had to get the fresh fruit, and stopped for a cup of tea, a bit embarrassing ordering tea in an old Irish pub (we were driving), but an error we would correct later.
32: Lunch, Black Abby, Kilkenny Castle and some shopping. We needed much more time to see it all, but we were on a tight schedule...next time?
33: Richard Jordan immigrated from Ireland to New York City about 1850 Second Great Grandfather | Alexander S Jordan Great Grandfather | Richard D Jordan Sr. Grandfather | Richard D Jordan Jr. our Dad | Susan G Jordan Steinbach | Kathrine Jordan Durr | Heather L Jordan Bolton | Patricia A Jordan
35: Rock of Cashel
38: Off to Cashel, South Tipperary. Went there to try and determine any relationship to the Avery Jordan from Racetrack Lodge. Unfortunately, we got there late in the day and were unable to discover the information we were looking for. We found our way to Racetrack Lodge and spoke with Mr. Gayson who had had started to work on the estate as a boy. He was still working when the last owner Mrs Queenie Kesall died and she left him the property. He told us stories of the family and their love of the property especially the trees. He operates a dairy farm with his son, who also built his home on the land. He directed us to the Church of Ireland where the Jordan's worshiped. We found the family burial ground, and we were left with more questions than answers, not unusual when doing ancestry research.
40: After we finished in Cashel we drove to Carrick-on-Suir for the night. We arrived not too late, but most of the places to get a bite to eat were closed, so we stayed in the hotel and ate at the bar. It was a good dinner, but at this point we were getting tired of the big portion sizes and the heavy meals. This is the day Sue decided she could not face another full Irish Breakfast!
42: Spent a great day in Waterford. Stopped by Waterford Crystal (bought some Waterford Crystal) and the Tall Ships Festival. The band was a Springsteen cover band, so Kathy was thrilled, they had ships for Frank and arts and crafts for the rest of us. No relation to Jordan's Bar, just liked the sign!
44: Along the road we saw a sign for Irish knitwear. Of course we had to follow the sign. Sue bought a scarf, Heather bought a sweater and Corrine ordered one. Nice blend of cotton and Irish linen, can't go wrong.
45: We made it to the City of Cork. We had a nice stay at the Blarney Stone Bed and Breakfast. On the schedule to explore the town and go to the Blarney Castle.
49: The grounds of the Blarney Castle were surprisingly beautiful, even the Poison Garden, which is the first poison garden we had ever toured.
51: Not the most flattering of pictures, but ya just have to kiss the blarney stone. Dylan kissed the stone on the ground level (it was a stone in the Blarney Castle). He made it to the top, but the height issue returned and back down he came, screaming get me down from here the whole way.
52: After the castle we shopped for a bit. The Mills sold mostly traditional Irish wares. I bought some linen towels, Heather was looking for a table cloth, Corrine and Kathy were shopping for gifts. We went to dinner in Cork City and the next morning my sisters headed to Dublin to do some teen stuff with the girls, then back to the US. Corrine, Dylan, Frank and myself headed north to County Donegal to meet relatives from Franks side of the family. It was pretty exciting prospect, not even sure Frank or his family knew they had any Irish roots. We meet Ann Marie on line, she wrote when she realized we maybe researching the same people. She wanted to discover the fate of the Boyles who immigrated to the US. She had some of the history from her Grandmother Mollie, but like other ancestry researchers she had to fill in the gaps.
53: The town of Athlone. Corrine picked this as a stop for the night because it is in the middle of Ireland. Found a restaurant that serves Indian food. Had the best Butter Chicken ever.
55: Corrine booked us into St. Ruth's Bed and Breakfast, just outside Athlone. The B & B is a working farm and she correctly thought that Dylan would enjoy it. We all did.
57: On our way to Donegal we saw signs for the Famine Museum and had to stop. When traveling Ireland you can't help but pick up the country's history. The revolutions, the famine, the Catholic-Protestant problems are all weaved into the fabric that makes up Ireland. This museum did a nice job of explaining the famine and demonstrating how a Protestant would have lived compared to a Catholic.
58: Frank R Steinbach Sr | Frank R Steinbach Jr | Fannie "Frances" Gregory Steinbach | Bridget Boyle Gregory immigrated to Philadelphia from Ireland about 1884, married Matthew Gregory | Mary "Mollie" Boyle Gallagher | Catherine "Kathleen" Gallagher Sheerin | John Boyle brother of Bridget Boyle Gregory, married Bridget McNeils | Neil and Bridget Boyle, Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland | Ann Marie Sheerin Part | is e' do bheatha abhaile- You are always welcome, you're home -traditional homecoming greeting
59: Corrine's first ever Irish Coffee, and it is made with, "good Irish whiskey, not that American crap." | At the home of Mollie Gallagher with her daughters Nancy, Marie and Kathleen, and their families. | Ann Marie and Susan | Michael Part, Corrine, Frank, Dylan, Katelyn, Nancy, Marie, Kathleen, Molly Part and Brendan Part
60: "May you always have walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all your heart might desire!" -Irish Blessing | Visit to Bridget Boyle's ancestral home. The home was left to John Patrick and in turn to his family. Corrine is enjoying a cup of tea and homemade scones. | Frank with Bosco Boyle son of John Patrick, Frank and him share the same second greatgrand parents Neil and Bridget Boyle. | Bosco, Mary and Maureen Boyle
62: "He looks like a Tullycleave man."
66: We stayed at Eske Castle for a night and what a wonderful stay it was! We stayed on the night of July 3rd and woke up to the American Flag being flown over the hotel. It was a nice surprise. In the morning they had a beautiful buffet breakfast, but no boiled eggs. Dylan's favorite. The chef heard us telling him that he would have to choose another breakfast item, the Chef then chimed in, "he would be happy to boil Dylan and egg," the chef returned with not one, but two boiled eggs. The ruins are part of the foundation of the original Castle.
69: We stopped at a beach in Donegal. It was a really wide beach! So we started the trek to the edge of the water so Dylan could play. We all noticed an ice cream truck parked by the cars and really gave it no more thought than that. When we were at the edge of the water we noticed the truck moving. Dylan, thinking it was leaving the beach, takes off screaming, stop, stop, stop, in a voice that only an eight year old boy who is terrified he will miss out on ice cream could produce. He was running as fast as he could and ordering us all to hurry up . The four of us finally make it to the car part of the beach , the ice cream truck had only driven to the far side of the car area. Dylan got his ice cream and the vendor even gave it to him in a red boat.
70: Corrine saw a sign for Beleek and told her Dad she wanted to go there. Dad (not a clue about Beleek) said no, it is not on our route. "Mom, make dad go there. " Dad went there.
71: On the way back to Dublin, who knew we would go through Virginia to get there. | "For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way- Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day."