The O'Sullivan's

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Aug 09, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

(This is Bekah again)

Today we continued with our quest to find the relatives of mine that still live in Ireland. My Grandfather Eugene Sullivan's first cousins live in Glengarriff. We were looking for  Peggy O'Sullivan of Ardnatrush. There was a sign for Ardnatrush Art Gallery on the side of the road so we turned down that lane and tried to go to the gallery to ask someone if they new of Peggy and Donnie O'Sullivan. The Gallery was closed. No luck there. We stopped at a house nearby and I talked to a women who told me to go to the other side of the main road because some people who have lived there all their lives. We went and asked at a B&B and they sent us to another house where a couple of elderly brothers lived to ask them. We talked to a man who told us to go about a mile up the road and it was on the right. There were several houses about a mile up the road so we went to another B&B to ask them. The lady there said that the O'Sullivans lived at the same turn as a machine hire place. This got me really excited because I remembered seeing the sign as we passed. We turned back on the main road (this is where it gets really exciting) and for the first time since I have been here I accidentally was driving on the right hand side of the road. Yikes, a car was coming at us, luckily on a rare straight-a-way, and I was able to get back into the other lane safely (huge sigh). Scott wet his pants, (j/k) but I didn't care because I new we had finally found the place.

We pulled in and parked the car. I knew this was the place because my parent's have a picture of an old stone shed in their living room that looked just like the one in front of me. We got out of the car and walked up to the house. A woman was outside putting wash on the line. I told her we were looking for Peggy O'Sullivan and she said that's me. I told her who I was and she got really excited. She gave me her hand and a kiss on the cheek. She took us straight into the old house and then went to her house to call her daughters. She introduced us to her son Gene. He owns a tourism company in Glengarriff. He said to come by his shop after our visit. Her daughter's came and we had a cup of tea. Peggy told us about my Great Grandfather that was born in the house we were sitting in. His name was Bill(William) and when he was about 17 he left a note for his parents saying he was going to America and that they shouldn't come after him because he wasn't coming back. And he didn't. He moved to Chicago and became a Police Officer. He had four son's one of which is my Grandfather Gene Sullivan.

It was so crazy to meet all those distant relatives that I didn't know about before planning this trip. Next time we come we will stay a week and spend some time getting to know them. When we went into town to the tourist information shop Gene gave us information to contact him and several post cards. He even gave us some old Irish pennies that were used before the Euro's. One of the coins dates to 1921. It was a great visit. We were sad we couldn't stay longer.
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