Happy Christmas to you and yours!
May you hold the love of family and friends,
both the near and the far,
in your heart on this Christmas Day,
and may many blessings come your way in the New Year.
|Thank you Graphics Fairy!|
|The tradition of having a real tree continues in our home.|
|Looking toward Lambay Island in the Irish Sea, North County Dublin|
|Just down the road, on the way to Howth Head.|
|Across the bay from the Poolbeg Power station. The lines of mist are from the rain on the opposite side of the bay.|
|The Labyrinth Walk and grounds to the rear of Dublin Castle.|
|Just over the road from the GRO Research Room. Look closely, you'll find it.|
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|It's just a short jaunt to the entrance down this lovely alleyway.|
|The entry gate: I love the spikes; perfect prison motif.|
|The delivery van which hampered my escape from the building.|
|'Immigrant - Landed', the visa stamp|
in Mom's passport.
|Interior looking out, and the final staircase to the library.|
The red hall is dominated by a portrait of Narcissus March.
|On either side of the Great Cross of Sacrifice, two large weeping willow trees|
add to the beauty and peace of Prowse Point.
|The simple entry gate for Prowse Point Military Cemetery.|
|Three comrades together.|
William Dunne's marker is on the far right.
All three markers note the date of death as 20th November 1914.
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
7th January 1915 Age 23
|Plaque acknowledging the perpetual gift|
by the Belgian people of the cemetery land.
|One of the walls of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval, The Somme, France.|
|The standing stones of Island of Ireland Peace Park, Belgium.|
|Pozieres Memorial, The Somme, France.|
Over 14,000 members of the British Forces are commemorated here.
|Commemoration at Notré Dame Cathedral, Paris, France.|
|In the foreground my paternal grandaunt Mollie Magee Halpin; Mollie's husband Willie Halpin is pouring the tea. Behind Mollie is Willie's sister May Halpin Daly Barnwell. Next to Willie, the gent in the glasses is May's husband Dick Barnwell. The young fellow drinking his tea is one of the Barnwell sons. (1950s)|
|The large group of children in the foreground are Magees, with the exception of my dad Michael and his brother Patrick.|
My dad is the little boy in the front far left, who looks as though he's being blinded by the sun.
Patrick is the little boy on the right who is turning away from the camera.
The adults shading their eyes are Mollie Magee Halpin and Willie Halpin.
The woman in the back far right is my paternal great-grandmother Mary Dunne Magee.
The man in the background wearing the hat is my paternal great-grandfather Patrick Magee.
|Michael (my dad), Mary (my mom), Patrick (dad's brother), and Patrick's then girlfriend whose name I do not know.|
Altogether for a picnic at Glendalough.
|My beautiful mom Mary when she was only 18,|
taken that first summer at a picnic on Ireland's Eye,
the place that became one of their favourite spots for a picnic.
|Tom Kettle's Poems & Parodies|