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Broadcast – June 27, 2012 (Paula Coughlan’s Story)
Here’s the story I hope will unfold for my husband and me.
My husband’s father was born in County Carlow. His father was born in County Carlow also, but his mother was born in County Wexford. Those are the areas I hope to spend time in.
The family story is that my husband’s grandparents owned a horse farm (possibly race horses)in County Carlow. This farm was supposedly inherited by his grandmother from her family. The grandfather was a drinker and gambler and they lost the farm because of this. There are two stories on this – one says he just drank away so much money that they went bankrupt. The other story was that he actually bet the deed to the farm in a poker game!
He left Ireland in disgrace and found a job thru some friends in Chicago, IL. The grandmother stayed behind and tried to save the farm, but was unable to. So she followed awhile later with my husband’s father and brother, who were both just babies at the time.
When I was reading a geneology book on Ireland it showed a lighthouse that was the last thing people saw as they left Ireland on a ship. I often think of my husband’s grandmother and how hard it must have been as she passed this lighthouse knowing she might never see her homeland again. My husband’s father disowned his family when my husband was only three, partly because his father’s mother was supposedly a mean and bitter woman.But I can understand why after what she went thru.
I’m hoping to find where this farm is. My husband’s uncle (his father’s brother) said he traveled back to Ireland twice and the last time he went the farm was still there. The family that bought it from their parents still owned it.
I would like to fill a jar with dirt from the farm and bring it back to the United States and bury it with my husband’s grandmother – like I’m bringing part of Ireland back to her. My husband is wondering whether it’s even legal to take soil from one country into another.
Paula L. Coughlan