My husband is such a tease.

No, not in the way you might think.

You see, he KNOWS how much I want to travel to Ireland. So he keeps forwarding these emails to me from Aer Lingus advertising airfare sales to Ireland, knowing full well that we can’t go right now. I don’t even know why he gets those emails in the first place, now that I think of it. Probably just so he can be a pest and forward them to me.

But all teasing aside, I do hope that we’ll be able to get to Ireland while I’m still young enough to enjoy it (and before my daughter is old enough to hate family vacations).

I want the full tour: shamrocks, warm Guinness, plunging cliffs, crumbling castles, old cemeteries, and stuff made from wool. Yes, I know that’s kind of vague, but I’m jut not very picky. I want it all.

Plus, I don’t have a lot of leads as to where my Irish ancestors originated from.

However, a couple of places that do need to be on my all-inclusive Ireland tour include:

  • County Clare – home of my McGraws and Genans
  • Belfast – suspected home of my elusive Delaneys

I’d also like to hop over to Scotland for a cruise to the Orkney Islands, but that’s a post for another day.

For now, I’ll just dream of that big, green airplane in the sky, and wish I was on one.


Written for the 14th Edition, Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture: Irish Vacations.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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