A Famine Ship and the Emigrant Flame

@JudyEv (118538)
Bunbury, Australia
November 11, 2015 11:42pm CST
From Parsons Green we drove north through the Knockmealdown Mountains which runs east and west between the counties of Tipperary and Waterford. We had a beautiful drive through the mountain range passing through 'the Vee', a V-shaped turn on the road which leads to a gap in the mountains. We had panoramic views from this pass which lies some 2,000 feet above sea level. We could also view the Galtee mountain ranges. Wild rhododendrons were prolific on the sides of the roads with many in flower. We also stopped and explored some old ruins along the way. We then went on to Waterford. We had visited the crystal factory on a previous visit so didn't stop on this occasion. I remember driving through Waterford and being completely stressed out. We kept coming across signs with 3 ton limits (our van was 4 tons) and narrow, one-way streets. Eventually we managed to find our way out of the town and drove towards New Ross, which is a port town situated on the River Barrow. Scenes from the soap opera 'Days of our Lives' were set in New Ross in January and February 2008. Here we saw the 'emigrant flame'. This was first lit from the Eternal Flame from the graveside of President John F Kennedy in Arlington Cemetery, Virginia, USA. The flame was bought over 3,700 miles by land, air and sea to New Ross exactly 50 years after President Kennedy's visit to the town of his forefathers. The flame now burns permanently in honour of all emigrants throughout the world. Kennedy's ancestral home is at Dunganstown some 4 miles south of New Ross. Another tourist attraction here is a full scale replica of a 'famine ship' which would have taken many emigrants across the sea to their new homes. Do you have ancestors who emigrated to begin a new life?
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@DeborahDiane (19889)
• Laguna Woods, California
12 Nov 15
What fun you had in Ireland!! I would love to see the Waterford Crystal company someday!
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@Inlemay (16484)
• South Africa
12 Nov 15
It was winter and the Waterford Crystal company was closed - so this is all I have to show for that visit.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
@Inlemay @DeborahDiane The whole country must shut down over winter. As soon as it got towards late October we discovered more and more caravan parks had closed up for the winter.
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@Inlemay (16484)
• South Africa
12 Nov 15
@JudyEv I know - we were very glad to see the Cliffs of Moher had stayed open - he he he - that was beautiful - We didnt even go down to Pringle (which we wanted to) because they said all the places were closed, just locals. We were the last guests on the 18th December in the Galway B&B - she even packed all her last edible goodies in a basket for us for the road - she shut closed as we left.
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@simone10 (21678)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Nov 15
My family on my father's side emigrated from England to America when my grandfather was a child.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
So many people went off looking for a better life. Travelling was so different then too. Months on a ship and probably no expectation of ever returning or ever seeing the ones you left behind ever again.
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@simone10 (21678)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Nov 15
@JudyEv I've thought of that a lot and can't even imagine having to travel the way they did. I've also read that there were a lot of illnesses aboard the ships.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov 15
@simone10 Sometimes many would die on the way so hygiene was almost non-existent.
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@LadyDuck (146826)
• Switzerland
12 Nov 15
You had a wonderful trip in Ireland, you have seen so many interesting places. I would like to visit the Waterford Crystal company.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
We had a nice tour through the crystal factor on a previous visit. It was very interesting. Also visited Newbridge which is famous for its silver. But I'd rather clean crystal than silver.
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@LadyDuck (146826)
• Switzerland
12 Nov 15
@JudyEv I agree, it's much better to clean crystal, I sold everything I had made with silver, it's a pain to clean and it stains the hands.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
@LadyDuck I also found that what I'd had since we first got married eventually became almost impossible to polish properly. Maybe it wasn't top quality to start with.
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@PainsOnSlate (20078)
• Canada
22 Nov 15
Gorgeous photos! The stone work was amazing. My Father's family on both sides came from England. Myles Standish was my 8th great grandfather and the military captain of the Plymouth Plantation. My mothers family came from England to but later. My husbands family came from Greece in the 1920's. I have never heard of the famine ship before or if I learned about it in school its long gone.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov 15
On our last visit, before this one, we went to the Ulster American Folk Park which was really interesting. There were dozens of Americans there all researching their backgrounds and ancestors. But that was in Ireland. I'm not sure that conditions were quite as bad in England. Have you been to England?
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• Canada
22 Nov 15
@JudyEv I've never crossed the pond. If I'm lucky in the next few years we want to visit Greece (if it becomes more stable) and I would love to visit Ireland, England, and Scotland
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov 15
@PainsOnSlate Nowhere seems very stable at the moment. We keep thinking if we stay out of the big cities we should be okay but that's a bit naive too I guess. I'm sure you'll love the UK (and Ireland). It's all very pretty - and old!
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@BelleStarr (36950)
• Portland, Connecticut
13 Nov 15
I do and many of them came from Ireland. Some in the late 18th century and others during the famine.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov 15
The Irish had a really rough time. There must be thousands in all parts of the world who have Irish heritage.
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@BelleStarr (36950)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov 15
@JudyEv There are many more than there actually are in Ireland, we did go forth and multiply!! lol
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• Preston, England
12 Nov 15
sounds like you had an amazing tour or our neighbouring emerald isle - I have yet to go, but I'd love to see Dublin and drink Guinness - they say it is better in Ireland than any exported version - no idea if that is true.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
I guess we did see quite a bit but there is so much to see there,isn't there? We dodged the big cities mostly. Some we've seen on other trips but the van wasn't easy to park. Many parking areas, even at tourist attractions, had height barriers to try to deter travellers from setting up camp. Our van was quite high too and often we had to bypass a parking spot in a town because of our height. We toured the Guinness factory and Vince had a free Guinness. I don't like it at all and Vince doesn't like it much but he wasn't to forgo the free drink which came with the entry price.
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• Preston, England
12 Nov 15
@JudyEv cool. I have done a few brewery tours but not that one
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@jaboUK (53411)
• United Kingdom
13 Nov 15
I enjoyed your slide show, it gives us a real glimpse of your trip.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov 15
We would try to research where we were going a little but were always just suddenly chancing upon something we had no idea was there. It made it more interesting, never knowing what was going to turn up round the next corner.
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@GreatMartin (4306)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
13 Nov 15
I am going to have to tell my friend in Perth to check out your discussions.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Nov 15
Is your friend Irish? We are off to Perth this weekend for a wedding. The reception is being held at a winery so it should be a great day especially as we are staying with friends and won't have to drive home.
@MALUSE (37807)
• Germany
12 Nov 15
No emigrants in my family that I know of. Should you ever visit Germany, I'd recommend a visit to the Museum of emigration in Bremerhaven. From there millions of people emigrated to the New World.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
My ancestors on my mother's side were born in Goslar and left for Australia from Bremerhaven. We went to Goslar and also Osterwieck while we were over there. They lived in Osterwieck before leaving Germany.
@sueznewz2 (9648)
• Alicante, Spain
12 Nov 15
I'm really enjoying your travel log and the slide show photos... I love that mountain drive... You've seen some lovely places....
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
Thanks for the kind words. Everything was new to us really so it wasn't hard to enjoy it.
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• Australia
12 Nov 15
I am loving some of the names. Knockmealdown. Where did they get that name from I wonder.
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