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A House by the Sea April 21, 2017

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Tales of the Wild Atlantic Way

Photo of Renvyle Peninsula by P.J. McKenna

No easeful meadows or delightful springs,
Nor visionary islands lure it best;
But far off on the margin of the west,
A sea-grey house, whereby the blackbird sings
— Non Blandula Illa, Oliver St. John Gogarty

Oliver St John Gogarty was a man of some standing in the world. During his student years in Dublin, he caroused with James Joyce and became immortalized as “Buck Mulligan” in Ulysses. He was a successful ear, nose and throat surgeon by the time he married Connemara woman Martha Duane.

In 1917, the Gogartys went looking for a country residence in Martha’s home county, and they purchased Renvyle House “out of the proceeds of my teetotalism” as Oliver wrote to a friend. Far out on the Renvyle peninsula, a bockety car ride along the barely-functional road from Clifden, it was almost the perfect retreat. Almost, because…

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Yo ho ho, and a bottle of poiteen

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For any of my readers venturing to Ireland. Watch for the Jolly Roger.

Tales of the Wild Atlantic Way

Photo by P.J. McKenna

The Ireland Before You Die website published my article 6 places in Ireland associated with pirates.

Here you’ll find out about:

  • Kinsale: Home of Anne Bonny
  • Baltimore: The stolen village
  • Dublin: A city founded by raiders
  • Saltee Islands: Treasure caves
  • West Cork coast: A haven for crooks
  • Clew Bay: Home of the Pirate Queen

Hope you enjoy!

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Crown Point New York

Crown Point Essex County New York appears fairly frequently in my Family Tree.  I think of it particularly as the place where my grandmother Mary Elizabeth Murdock was born.  Her parents are buried there, also her great grandparents, and now I find that her great great grandmother died there.  My grandmother’s great great grandmother would be my 3X great grandmother.

Wolcott Cemetery Crown Pt

Catherine Losey, my 4X Great Grandmother, was laid to rest in the Wolcott Cemetery in Crown Point in 1820.  She was born in New Jersey.