My great-grandparents came from a farm in Clongoonagh Townland, in the southern part of Sligo County, west of Tubbercurry. They had a dairy farm. My cousin Jackie O'Hara still runs the farm, along with his wife Ann and their grown children. My body feels like part of my sinew, heart muscle and spirit must still be along the wee lanes and stone walls of Ireland. There is so much to explore and experience; The Strandhill Beach, with the seaweed bath places, Rosses' Point, Tubbercurry town square, the lanes that end up as dirt roads with grass in the middle. I have seen it all on Google Earth and I feel like I belong there. I would fit right in, as I am Peggy Anne O'Hara; have green eyes, red hair, freckles, and would love to stop at the Border Collie in Tourlestrane for a pint; where although I am a girl, maybe they would welcome me since I am a cousin of Jackie and Ann O'Hara. My other relatives (the Gallagher's) came from Aclare, and on my mother's side, the Campbell's and Harty's came from Tipperary.
It would be such a delight to feel the mist on my face and to breathe in the salty air of my heritage. My spirit needs a lift since my dear and loving husband Nigel died, and I know I would get on well with the people of Ireland and any travel companions along for the trip. I love a good sense of humor, along with fish and chips and I long to put my feet in the soil of Sligo and actually get into the Atlantic Ocean at Strandhill Beach, no matter how cold it is. Maybe just two kicks and three strokes would do it. But to taste the salty sea would be wonderful.
Please grant me this wish and I will tell the whole world about the heart-expanding experience. Ireland has such soul... that I know I would be moved by the place.
Peggy O'Hara Boag (Margaret)
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