Earlier today I met some cousins who are visiting from USA. We arranged to meet at Knock Shrine and had lunch together. Some I’d have known from before, with others it was a first time meeting. Enjoyed the company very much and was good to catch up with those I know and get to know those I didn’t. JFK’s line came to mind “A stranger is a friend I’ve yet to meet” …
Before meeting them I went to the Basilica for a minute. Decided to take a little video of the Basilica which looks so good. Posted to YouTube so have a look
After lunch we went home to Moygara and my brother Gerard took the family to see the home of their ancestors in Fauleens. I think there is not much of the home left now but even to stand on the ground has meaning.
I suppose we take our place for granted a bit and it’s all very local to us. It’s when you see how much it means to children and grandchildren of those who emigrated, you begin to re-assess the appreciation of what’s local.