Exploring my Irish roots

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Two months ago at this time, I was on a plane bound for Dublin, Ireland with 12 of my family members from my dad’s side of the family.  I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland and to be able to experience it with my family was incredible.  We’ve all talked about it for so long, so the fact that someone, aka my amazing cousin Katie, was actually able to organize it, and us, was a dream come true.

My dad’s family has deep Irish roots; my dad is 100% Irish and his father was 1st generation American.  So this really was an opportunity to where our family came from, and where they still are, as we have cousins who still live in County Mayo, where my great-grandfather grew up.

There are not enough words to describe my trip, my feelings, my experience.  The easiest way to describe it is LOVE.  I’ve been fortunate to travel to many places, but nowhere else have I fallen in love with a place like I did upon arriving in Ireland. Continue reading