Summer 2019

After several false starts, we finally met up with Kathleen and David in Ferbane in County Offaly. We had originally thought about teaming up in Spain to walk some of the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago which Kathleen had done some years ago. The on off Brexit negotiations kept getting in the way and in the end, we decided that a trip to Ferbane to do a spot of family research would be a most acceptable alternative especially if it helped to establish if there was any chance of an Irish passport should Brexit finally happen.

We took pot luck with a cottage north of Ferbane and althought it was a bit off the beaten track it was very comfortable and scenic. To cut a long story short, we confirmed Kathleen’s original finding that there is no birth certificate in the Irish records system for my grandfather, Kieran and unfortunately, parish records show his birth but the page of the actual register is “missing”. Given the terrible ordeals that families endured in the late C19th century, it really is surprising how well some of us have done. You really have to be be grateful for the opportunities that other people created for you to take.

At the end of the visit we spent some time in Dublin and even took in the inevitable Parkrun before we flew back to Glasgow.

On our way back from Ireland, we called into Stonehouse to pick up Caitlin so that we could take her back to Larick House. We had a great time, baking, hot tubbing and roasting marshmallows. We went took the campervan to Clonaigh and stayed overnight after a fire on the beach.

Emily and I made our regular trip to the Lake District to take part in the Saunders Mountain Marathon in the Howgills. Definitely cooler than last year and with a route choice through the “Scree of Death” that even now gives me the creeps.

We teamed up again with the Birches in August to attend the Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event in Pertshire. They had booked a static caravan and we had a nearby space for the campervan and all in all things seemed to work out very well. We all did colour coded courses and Caitlin and Roslyn looked the part in their official event “O” tops. Emily did the same course as me and well ahead in the overall rankings!