Before moving my photos of our fabulous trip to Ireland
off the laptop, safely archived on a portable hard drive,
I suddenly remembered I still needed to at least put a little
memory of Castleisland on a post for Bob to look at
now and then!
We enjoyed visiting the small town in the Ring of Kerry, close to Tralee,
where Bob's paternal grandfather was born and lived until leaving at a
very young age for Boston in 1886.
We went there in hopes of finding more on our branch of the Sullivan
(then O'Sullivan) family. No luck though - you have no idea how many
thousands with that name came from that Kerry area.
Our stay there at the River Island Hotel was so much fun, meeting
so many lovely locals who assisted us in looking through church and county
records, tramping through crumbling cemeteries, and then sharing more than
a few drinks, some Irish dance steps, traditional songs and music. . . . . . and
nonstop general chatter and laughter which all the Irish seem so comfortable with!
We loved Ireland so much, as would you I'm certain if you've not yet visited.
If you have, like us, you know what I'm talking about.
We really do hope to return again before too long.
So dear Bob, this one's for you.