In the fall of 2000 Arline and I took a two week bus tour of the Emerald Isle. Both of us have Irish blood. Arline descends from the Clan Plunkett. I descend from the hugh Clan O'Brien, also, Clan Ivory, Clan Kealy, Clan Carr & Clan Henry.
Our trip started and ended at the Shannon Airport near Ireland's west coast. We circled counter clockwise around the island to include Northern Ireland.
During a two week tour of Ireland in 2000 Arline and I were taken to Dan O'Hara's farm in beautiful rugged Connemara area of County Galway. Seeing the two room cottage where two parents and seven children had lived made me think of the possibilities of what conditions my Irish ancestors must have left behind. I started crying and could not stop all of the way to the bottom of the hill in a horse drawn wagon. I was so moved by the spirit of the place. Dan O'Hara's cottage is featured on several pages of this book.