I think you know how much you love your work when your car breaks down and you can't get to the meeting and you come home and start searching online databases for long lost families!
This is me today.
My car is at the garage and I am sitting at my computer answering queries on behalf of Ireland Reaching Out
The past few months have been a whirlwind as I have been getting to know the highways and byways of West Limerick, it's townlands and civil parishes, it's church parishes and it's people.
I have lovely memories.
(Most of them in family kitchens)
The day we helped Ann to find her father's people
The day Sean (who was new to computers) opened up the internet link and helped Eamonn find a map of the family farm
The day Michael found a whole parcel of children that the enquirer didn't know existed
The day Sharon began to manage a Facebook page for the first time
The day Mary answered her first query on Ireland Reaching Out
The day another Mary found her family on the 1901 Census
The day I gave my first formal genealogy talk, Create Your Family Tree, and no-one noticed that an hour and a half had gone by!
And these memories are just a few of the many happy times I have spent with the volunteers in West Limerick.
I have had frustrating times too.
I'm thinking especially of Liz, Joan and Paul. I am so disappointed that we hit the famous brick wall after such a promising start. But all I can say is that the details are in my family tree book and you aren't forgotten.
My world is so much bigger now than it used to be.
It is so much richer too!
And I want to thank each and every one of you (including those whose names I have not mentioned) for welcoming me into your kitchens, village halls and local pubs.
And my smallie says thank you for the swirly buns too!
If my small granny could see me now
An afternoon among the women poem
Growing up in a white world
When people say genealogy is boring
Anger and Truth
Where do you come from?
The House on an Irish Hillside book review
Mammies for Mariage Equality
Aw go on, say YES
Homeless in Ireland
When wide sky opens poem
I love my work
Celtic New Year
This small house
Rhythm & Rest poem
The Hidden Self
The Lonely Road
Kerry Pride 2013
Letting the Light in after Loss
Letting go is hard
Pick up the phone
Her name was not Magdalene
Do what you love doing!
My small granny
Praise the child and boil the dishcloths
My invisible brother Michael
I don't want to be Irish anymore
Alone on Valentine's Day
I love my country but I am not blind
Truth no. 2
How we tell the Truth
From Clare to here
Mother's Day is bittersweet
I will not be part of that
No Blacks No Dogs No Irish
Thank you for the days
Baby Marion Howe
My Irish Identity
When my Mam was dying
Violence against women
Take back your power
Draw the line
My small granny and other stories