The Ferry to Rosslaire across the Irish Sea from Pembrook or a flight to Dublin from Warwickshire and a train down to the Parish of Carne and the most likely villages of my Scallion and Doyle ancestors? A bus to one of the two hostels in Gorey and/or pick up a tent and sleeping bag and camp out at beautiful Carnesore Point. Well as a 60 year old this isn't the accommodation of my dreams but a good pair of shoes, a carry on knapsack filled with protein bars will sustain this old body and my excitement will carry me as if I have wings! Just to tour the County of Wexford on the hunt for the old church ruins, crossroads and villages of my Irish immigrant ancestors is so exciting to me that staying in quaint little b&b's will be icing on the cake if I can find the resources, if not no matter the Ireland leg of my tour is pretty wide open!
TheNewWildGeese.com site works beautifully on my Playbook, using my Blackberry phone as a modem and connected to my bluetooth keyboard, although I have to edit immediately as the only way to delete is one 'hit' on the delete button at a time and since I went 'offline' this has all now become my portable computer. This and my summer night shift job is all assisting me to achieve my dream of finally getting to Ireland but all the connections and research has been limited by lack of time and wifi.
I will be recording short clips of video on my playbook for a personal doc series called By Her Roots Part 2 which I will write and edit when I return in September. I am planning on blogging as often as possible on my journey for my friends and family. Where do the druids come in? I will also be looking for any and all known and not so well known druidic sites within the lands of my ancestors, as in Carne, and apparantly there is a stone circle in Wexford that is not well known that an author of druid material has offered to show me if he can find it again! That part of my investigation will start with Stonehenge, Avebury Glastonbury and the stone circle at Stratford, all areas of my midlands needle-making ancestors.
I have created a spreadsheet that shows the crossover of surnames, dates and parishes of my Scallions, Johnsons and Doyles in Wexford and Halifax Nova Scotia from 1770-1820 and have some people in Halifax combing through their copies of Terrence Punch's 'Erin's Sons' (4 volumes) http://www.amazon.ca/Erins-Sons-Arrivals-Atlantic-1761-1853/dp/0806... as I have only been able to glean some valuable bits of info from ancestry's snippets and google books previews but I got some great stuff. Terrence Punch has said I am on the right track but sadly he does not have a list of immigrants by county so I am working on it myself and depending on my contacts in Halifax to assist with this and other books on early Nova Scotia Irish immigrants as at this point all I have enough money for is a one way ticket to London but am working very hard and keep adding to the cookie jar.
I will try to post a couple times a week as this trip is unfolding quickly and responses to my queries are coming in fast now. If anyone has friends or family in Wexford that could assist me I would greatly appreciate it if you would forward this blog to them. I have connected with a man on http://www.irelandxo.com who is looking into the fact that most likely it was one of his ancestors that was a sponsor at a baptism for one of my Scallions in 1794 in Ballysheen near Lady's Island or Ballyphane as it is known now and were the 'lobster pot' is. Henry Healy has informed me that sadly there is no volunteers to assist the diaspora in Wexford but there is a genealogist so I have posted what I have so far on the 'Parish of Kilscoran' page which I have been told by Wexford Union office is where the records for all the little 'hamlets' and parishes I have listed are kept and that there are a lot of records yet to be transcribed so I am trying to find out who to contact for those. I have attached the spreadsheet that I started which is in the initial phase as I have a lot more data to insert. I really feel like I am on to something and very close to connect many of Wexford's Irish descendants in Nova Scotia to their origins for the first time. I do not have any clues as to my County Mayo O'Neills, my Maguires, Connors, Hacketts so I will probably just hang out in Wexford...although Dr. Tyrone Bowes of http://www.irishorigenes.com and Adrian Martyn the Martin tribe of Galway historian have a pint at the pub waiting for me...may just take the train out there and fly out from Galway!