Some of you may recall that I used this picture as my blog banner for quite a while. It’s the family homestead in County Kerry, Ireland.
The house has been vacant for many years and is slowly “going back to the land,” as the Irish say. It now looks like this….
The family has traced its history to Peter and Mary Daly Sullivan, who came over from Ireland in the mid 1800’s. They were Mr. Sullivan’s great, great grandparents. Peter and Mary had seven children, including Peter the second, whose son, William, is Mr. Sullivan’s grandfather. William was married to Edith Arnold and they had seven children, one of whom was Kenneth, who is Mr. Sullivan’s father. The Sullivans settled in both Illinois and Iowa, where they farmed for a living.
Mr. Sullivan’s father, Ken, is the 12 year old boy on the far left. His brothers, Clarence and Ralph, are on on the right. William (Mr. Sullivan’s grandfather) is seated next to his mother, Mary. He is holding two of his younger children, Louis and Dorothy.
We knew that our son, Dan, definitely looked like a Sullivan, but we couldn’t quite figure out who! After we discovered the picture above several years ago, we decided that Dan looks very much like his great uncle Ralph, at the top right in the photo. Everyone looks so somber in the photo, so it might be hard to imagine Dan with a glum face and no smile; but we feel he looks more like Uncle Ralph than anyone else in the family.
This is a photo of the Mr. Sullivan’s parents and siblings in the early 1950’s. Mr. Sullivan is the baby of the family, and is being held by his mother, Helen. Seven of his eight siblings are still alive and all but one live in the Dayton area. The family had a pet lamb, who was included in center of this family photo.
And this delightful Irish couple, though totally unrelated to the Sullivan clan, is dancing a fine jig in celebration of St. Paddy’s Day! They were a gift to me last year from sweet blogging friend, Dawn.
We’ll be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday with an Irish-American meal of corned beef and cabbage. I’ll also be making some soda bread, using an old Irish recipe; and even though it isn’t traditional, I’ll be adding raisins to one of my loaves. No green beer for us- probably just a bottle of Murphy’s red ale! We’re celebrating on Wednesday because Mr. Sullivan has the day off.
~Here is an Irish Blessing for all of you~
May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.
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I’m joining Kathleen at her St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl on Tuesday. Remember that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish!!!