Irish Roots

Ireland is one of our favourite countries ever. The people are so warm and welcoming, it’s quiet, spacious, and most importantly, it just feels like home. We’ve been to Ireland several times but never to the towns our family ancestors came from. We had done that in Poland, and now we wanted to do the same in Ireland.

Three days, 1 car, 700km, resting our heads at the Doonbeg Trump International Hotel(more on this later)- we made the most of this trip. With research in-hand, we managed to get to both Tuam(Murphy/Fahy) and Claremorris(O’Malley), to see what we could find. Not much luck in terms of family, but we were able to see the towns at least. Not all was lost though. A stop into one of the local Church of Ireland Parishes in Tuam ended up in a conversation with the local Reverend Alistair Grimason who directed us to a few websites where we might be able to find additional information on our families.

Family history hunting wasn’t the only order of business on this trip though. The West coast of Ireland holds an incredible amount of history and sights to see, and we did our best to get to each and every one possible. Rather than list them all out- check out the map below for all the spots we hit.

As for the hotel- all politics aside regarding Trump, this place was amazing. Recently acquired by Trump to keep it from closing, it’s been completely renovated and several new buildings created. Our room was larger than our entire flat in London, and the staff were nicer than any 5-star hotel I’ve stayed at before. Because of the number of jobs and tourists the hotel has brought back to this area, the Irish here absolutely love Trump, or Mr. Trump as they refer to him. It’s interesting to hear their point of view on it as it’s certainly not what we’re used to hearing in the US or UK.

Anywho! Another successful long weekend holiday bites the dust and it’s back to reality, but the break was more than worth it for both of us.