Well, this is a bit better..............I had intended to post every couple of days, but this last month or so have just been so busy or I've not been well! The latest hurdle to get over was conor's 10th birthday party............all up there were 10 children aged 9 or 10 years old, running around our little cottage................it was a good day though! I had the party time set for between 1 and 4 pm...............the last of the kids left at 4:30pm and I collapsed on the couch - I didn't wake up until almost 10pm!!
Now thats over, I can concentrate on more of the Donegal research. Today I was checking on the status of some books I've ordered - I use EBay, Amazon.com, ABE.com and Alibris to do a periodical search on any new or old books which have become available and which I can afford! Occassionally the price is just too high, which is when I resort to the library for an inter library loan - I can then have the book for a month and scan the sections I want from it.............that was the case with 'In Praise of Ulster' which I've just finished scanning. Sometimes people have copies of books I am after and although they won't part with them, they offer to copy/scan the book so I can have a copy until I do find one to buy. Colleen did that today with one book I've been after for ages - yay!
I seem to be stuck on Killaghtee parish these last 2 weeks..............not stuck, as in don't know what to do next - stuck in that whatever I do, I always wind up back doing something on Killaghtee! I completely stumbled across Brid Ward's excellent book on St John's Point, then I had some email queries about different families from that parish.............then I was learning and playing some tunes from 'A Dossan of Heather' - Irish traditional music from Packie Manus Byrne..........it comes with a cd, so where I can't read the score well enough to get the tune, I can listen to it on the cd! I have Packie's book 'Recollections of a Donegal Man' so, I thought I'd have the cd playing, while I read some of it again..............it sarts with an Introduction and the 4th paragraph says that Packie was born in Corkermore, 'in the parish of Killybegs, ten miles or so inland from that picturesque fishing port'...........hmmmm, Corkermore...........Corker More? I drag out the maps and consult my townlands database.............yes, there it is - Corker More, Killaghtee Parish! It is right where it's shown to be in the book, but it is part of Killaghtee Parish. THIS is what I mean about being stuck on Killaghtee parish, and no doubt, I will soon have more emails for other Killaghtee families, or I will be doing something totally unconnected to Killaghtee - and end up right back there again. I DO have alot I should be working on for Killaghtee - there's graveyards (inscriptions and photos) to add, and more beside that.
Well, I will make a start and link Packie Manus to a place on my main Killaghtee page - under people to start with, with a link to Roger Millington Publishing, which has a website dedicated to Packie and his works in both stories and music.
Before that, I need to see to an email...........it's the kind that make me go 'grrrrrr' and not many things can do that. Its along the lines of 'I saw you have my great grandparents names on your website. You may link my name to them.' and 'I'm researching Gallagher from Donegal', or 'John Gallagher and Mary Sweeney are my ancestors.' No please, thankyous and really, I'm not even told exactly what they want me to do! These emails are short, one line emails, without any clue for me to know who the heck they're talking about or even the parish involved - sometimes not even the names of the ancestors..........ho hummmm...........
Never a dull moment!