|The Davenport Hotel in Dublin|
We stopped in Ballyjamesduff just to check it out since my father had mentioned it a few times but it seems that is just a larger, nearby town. My great-grandparents wedding records, which we had procured the day before listed a chapel as the place where their wedding took place. A woman in a small supermarket pointed us in the right direction to a town called Kilmaleck We tried to find the priest who serviced both the church in Kilmaleck and the smaller chapel but he wasn't around.
|The bell tower from the church where my great|
grandparents were married.
Garrymore it seems is an area of Bellananagh just a bit south of the actual town. It has very small roads and in some cases no roads at all but my husband's great map following abilities landed us in a spot which was really close to, if not on, the property. A really peaceful place, very untouched by modern times...kind of amazing since County Cavan seems very well off and has many 'mc mansions' dotting the countryside. Cavan looks in fact, like the 'horsey' area of New Jersey (Colt's Neck and environs). Just down the road from the family's bucolic farmland, a subdivision was being built. We didn't see a house or people to talk to...just a couple of sleepy cows!
We did note that there were a lot of Brady's in and around all of these towns. On the tax records which we have, Brady's were my grandfather's neighbors. My great-grandparents were married by a Father Patrick Brady and one of their witnesses was a Brady. There were pubs, solicitors, businesses, fancy gravestones galore and even a singer named Paul Brady, appearing in Cavan town tonight! The Brady's it seems were more prolific than the Fitzpatricks!
Tonight we're at the Cabra Castle in the town of Kingsbridge in Cavan County, another lovely property and we're sitting in a drawing room filled with an incredible teapot collection while a wedding is going on downstairs. Tomorrow we'll drive to Omagh to meet my husband's cousin for lunch.
On a personal note: my sisters back in New York called today to say my mother has taken a turn for the worse and might not make it past the weekend. We're changing our plans and leaving Sunday and I probably will end my Ireland blogs tomorrow night. Thanks to all for reading and will continue 'The Daily Suse' at an appropriate time.