I've got Ireland on my mind this week
When I was young my grandmother used to talk about an uncle in Ireland who everyone called "Dominic the Fiddler". On a visit to Ireland in 1995 My brother and I found the cottage just outside of Louisburgh. There was a wooden sign on the building with the name "Dominic's Cottage". There was nobody home so we had a copy of the 1901 Irish Census with information on Dominic and we left it at the cottage. We did get to meet some of the senior citizens in the area and they shared some memories about the dances held at Dominic's place.
The couple who bought the cottage as a summer home live in Dublin. They were excited to learn about Dominic and we developed a nice relationship.
On a later trip to Dublin my wife and I met the owners of the cottage and they asked us to stay with them in Dublin for a couple of days. As we were leaving they asked us if we would like to have the key and stay at the cottage.I never expected that. To stay in a cottage where my grandmother (as a child) lived for a short time so many years ago was wonderful.
Last week I was surprised to find a package in my mailbox. They sent me a 120 page book titled An Coinneall Louisburgh 2016 Issue Number 28.There is a four page article on Dominic's Cottage. They also included a copy of the census and wrote a beautiful letter.
The Magic of Ireland