Tourists are welcomed to the beautiful scenes of Ireland, some of which have been gathered into this short movie, by the ancient phrase: Céad míle fáilte. And indeed, a wonderful welcome awaits all who visit, in all the varied places of the landscape.
So much is hauntingly beautiful and despite the horrors of many times in its history, the wonders and the beauty continue to draw visitors and beckon those with Irish DNA to come home, for at leat a visit — and perhaps one day to stay.
My roots are in counties Cork and Wicklow — and likely in many places in between. O’Connors, FitzGeralds, O’Kelly reveal more ancient ancestors of the land, though the FitzGeralds would have come as Norman ‘conquerors’ at first, eventually becoming, it is said, ‘more Irish than the Irish.’ In counties Wicklow and nearby Wexford and Carow were settled ‘planter’ families on the huge estates like Coollattin.
My Willoughby family fore-bearers found land their to farm as subtenants, likely from the early 1700s. Nearby are my Langrill families and relatives like the Stephensons and Bannisters.
The Langrill (or Langrell – perhaps Langerell, Languille) were Huguenots, displaced Calvinists from France.
I’ve had the joy of visiting Ireland three times now and hope to return, to savour the beauty, learn more of the history, and perhaps dig up (metaphorcally speaking) even more about those who’ve gone before and whose DNA is matched in part within me and whose blood flows still in my veins.
Music & Production – Laurie Barber
Tochar Studios – Toronto, Canada