It's hard to believe the week is over! Based on the feedback, I think everyone found something and some people found quite a lot! We definitely can't complain about the weather (other than perhaps it was too warm. We only had rain one day, and even then, it wasn't a lot.
Researchers were scattered today trying to finish up their research at the Library, Archives and the Valuation Office. This evening we had our final dinner at Darwins, a very enjoyable meal.
Saturday morning everyone scatters. Six researchers are headed off to Belfast for another week of research, and others were off to visit their cousins (or at least the area where their ancestors lived) in Kerry, Galway, Sligo and Waterford for some additional time in Ireland. Alas, there were a few who were headed home. Just remember to come back.
Here are a few last comments:
Today I spent all day at the Valuation Office. The first half of the day I was working in the actual books instead of looking at it on the computer! The gentleman that was helping me said that it’s their policy that if a county is on the computer, they don’t get the books out. All of the computers were taken when I got there this morning and he took pity on me and let me and let me use the books. It was a slower process, but I loved being able to use them. We finished up the day with the group dinner at Darwin’s to conclude the Dublin part of the trip. It was nice to catch up with everyone and find out what everyone was able to discover over the past week. It was such an enjoyable trip and I feel confident enough now to be able to come back on my own to research.
I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with genealogy so decided to play tourist today! I walked around Trinity College, College Green and Temple Bar on a very busy Friday and then did a little bit of shopping for grandkids and stopped for a Bailey’s coffee at O’Neill’s. The highlight of the day, though, was definitely the lovely group dinner we had tonight. Amazing how friendly and talkative our group of 20 has become in the span of a week. Thank you Donna for making it all possible.
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!