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Day 9 - Last Day in Dublin

Today was the day for everyone to finish up their Dublin research. Two researchers scheduled an additional consultation with Kayleigh at the Irish Family History Centre. Mirta met a cousin she had only corresponded with and they were able to confirm their connection. It's always great when you can find a new cousin living here in Ireland. Here are her comments...

After lots of liver and onions this week, I got Epic results today. Winner, winner steak dinner! My consultation with Kayleigh went very well. We eliminated the name Ledwidge from Oldcastle on Fennor Upper and connected the Masterson name to the baptism sponsors and the Leddys (even though the name is written down as Ledwidge, just as you thought).
After the consult, I met Ronald Leddy from Dublin for lunch and shared our trees. We believe my husband Bill’s line and Ron’s are connected way back. We both will be doing more research. Both families are from Upper Fennor in Oldcastle.
Mirta and Cousin Ron

Others spent the day finishing up with requested documents at the National Library and National Archives. I managed to complete my work on the Leitrim Valuation records. And then there was some sightseeing.

This is Mag's third trip with me and she ended up with some sightseeing with her non-researching partner.

I'm ail caught up here in Dublin. This morning we continued our Big Red hop on hop off tour. We made reservations for the Book of Kells tour after breakfast for 11:00 a. m. We walked to stop 4, boarded, arrived at Trinity soon after we toured the long room at the Trinity Library and the Book of Kells with no wait. Followed by the gift shop, of course. We boarded the hop on bus and headed to the Kilmainham Goal and Irish Museum of Modern Art. We chose the Art Museum, but the Art is too modern for me. After boarding the bus again. The driver announced that Pacinos offered 2 entrees for the price of one with a Big Red ticket. To receive this offer the server presents a special menu. We had already seen the full menu so we declined the offer, Caprese salad appetizer,drinks, excellent pizza with fresh mozzarella and a desert. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. We boarded again to our stop at the Oscar Wilde statue, disembarked and walked to the hotel.

The final event was dinner at the Alex Hotel, a sister hotel to the Davenport across the stree from where we are staying. Many of the hotels are just starting to re-open from COVID and some, like the hotels in this O'Callaghan Group, used to the time for renovations. The Alex, their flagship hotel has been open for a while, but the Davenport, where we are staying has only been open since mid-April after extensive renovations. The hotel and staff have been great and it is convenient (only a 5 minute walk to the National Library). The Mont Hotel (also across the street and the locality of an extensive fitness center) is supposed to open in June, and The Green (where we were originally booked) won't open until the Fall.

Six researchers are heading to Belfast with me tomorrow and others are heading out to Galway and Cork. I believe the trip has been enjoyed by all and some are already talking about joining me again in October of 2023 (the 7th-14th). I'll be posting the information on my website as soon as I receive the pricing from the hotel.

I plan to take tomorrow off from the blog but will be back at it on Sunday.

Happy Hunting!

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