Hi to all, especially to Tony King. I'm brand new to this logging community. I once wrote a somewhat lengthy letter (it might have been a year to a year-and-a-half ago) about what had inspired me to look into my family roots, in County Mayo, Co. Roscommon (Athlone), and Co. Kildare. I was very grateful for the reception that "Bella-on-Line" gave my piece.
It is with a different motive that I'm going to the "Auld Sod" in a couple of months. While I've been there seven times, my sisters (3) and bro-in-law have either never been or have been there but once. So while I plan to do some searching for Holy Wells and some research into my genealogy I'm sure to be spending a good bit of my time leading and guiding this little group.
I'm not a professional guide; what Inow about Ireland I've picked up speaking to my parents (God rest them) and my Irish cousins,and by reading about the history and the culture of Ireland. Is there anyone who might offer me some advice and direction in my taking up this task? Are there pitfalls or dangers that I should look out for? Are there any suggestions as to how I might, for example, open up the minds and hearts of my sisters and bro-in-law to the richness of the traditions of maintaining Holy Wells? Are there any Holy Wells (especially on the southern route beeen Dublin and Co.Mayo), where I might encounter a good Holy Well, which might give my travel companions an insight into the significance of Holy WElls (or other Irish Antiquities?
Thanks for any suggestion yu may give me.
TomMaloney -- IrishLad44