Thursday, August 20, 2009

Personal Ramblings - Happy Birthday from Foxford

Life is Great.

This morning we got a Skype call from Foxford Ireland.

My 95 year old Aunt Maggie and cousins from Ireland, UK and Germany sang Happy Birthday to my 12 year old daughter. Then my Aunt Maggie sang "A Mother's Love".

Two years ago I had no contact or knowledge of my relatives and now they are singing Happy Birthday to my daughter from a pub in Ireland. Life is truly amazing.

My 95 year old Aunt Maggie just had an eye operation that restored her sight so you could see us very well in the laptop.

My Irish cousins have never been on Skype, they live on a mountain top in Glanduff. And we were found and reconnected because of the Internet and the efforts of my cousin sharon

We feel totally blessed. It doesn't get better than this.

Thanks Cousin Sharon and Gary. Up the O'Donnell's

Friday, August 14, 2009

Personal Ramblings - My Heart Is in Glanduff

I wish I could be there again, on the mountain in Glanduff where my mother was born and where my Aunt Maggie and my cousins Marie and John and Seamus still live.

My cousin Sharon and her family and her dad my cousin Tony and his wife will be visiting this week with all the O"Donnell clan. Last year I was there twice with them for two amazing and miraculous visits.

I am with them in spirit on this one and send all my love.

So up the O'Donnell's and here's to Aunt Maggie and raise a toast of potcheen for me and have a safe and great trip.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday's Irish Music - 2009 # 1 - Enya

Thanks to Elaine A. DeJesus CPhT - Linkedin - Friends of ireland (FOI)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Tribute - Immigrant Eyes

I just discovered this song and video by Girsa. It's a tribute to their immigrant grandfather who came to America from Ireland and arrived at Ellis Island. Very moving and it reminds me of my father Pat Duffy and mother Ann O'Donnell who arrived at Ellis Island in 1928 from ireland. The came for the American Dream and worked hard and passed it on to me. I will be eternally grateful and will always remember them. This song helps to remind me and to appreciate their courage and sacrifice.