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Month: May 2017 (Page 2 of 2)

An epic celebration

This past weekend we attended an epic celebration in honour of my mom who was named Toronto’s Mayo Person of the Year.  As I watched her friends gather at the banquet tables, her family who flew in from Ireland, and her grandkids putting on an Irish dance show on the floor, I thought to myself, “Isn’t it grand when we gather together for good reasons?”   Continue reading

The Jeanie Johnston

On our recent trip to Ireland, we visited the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship Museum.  It is a replica of the ship that brought many starving Irish immigrants to North America during the Great Irish Famine.  The original ship was built in Quebec and purchased by a family in County Kerry, Ireland to transport cargo for their business.   Continue reading

A dictionary and lots of love

My mom grew up in a tiny village in County Mayo, Ireland on a farm with no running water or telephone.  They milked the cows, churned the butter, cut the turf from the bog to burn for heat, and fed the chickens who gave them eggs. They didn’t have a lot of money but they had a dictionary and lots of love.  My grandma valued education although she didn’t get the chance herself, and she rode her bike six miles to a convent school in another town to register my mom to attend classes there after she graduated from the local school house.  My mom’s brothers sent money home while working in England for my mom to go to that school.  I am in awe of my grandma for knowing to do this and for making it happen.   Continue reading

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