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March 17, 2011

When Irish Eyes are Smiling. . . . . .

My paternal great grandparents, Patrick and Julia are my Irish ancestors whose families were from County Cork, Ireland.  I think they were a beautiful couple! 
A story was handed down to me about these two that I wanted to share on St. Patrick's Day.

Grandpa Pat was working for the Pennsylvania R.R. and for one reason or another, was working in the Chicago area. Great Grandma Flynn had a room to rent.  Grandpa Pat rented one of those rooms.  One time he just happened to be on the scene when Grandma Julia Flynn was trying to light a fire in the wood stove in the living room, and wasn't having any luck.  Grandpa Pat offered to get the fire started, which he did:  and, in his cute Irish way, he told Mom, "I lit TWO fires that evening." 

It's wonderful to have photos and stories like this to hand down for generations to come.

Diane
(who is wearing green today!)

11 comments:

  1. They really are a lovely couple, and that's a great "meeting" story to pass down.

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  2. What a sweet story hun; I'm irish also; my maiden name is McNeely. :) Love the photo also;

    Hugs, Shar

    (who is also wearing green today)

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  3. Lovely story and yes they make a handsome pair - thanks for sharing. x

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  4. I LOVE the story about Patrick and Julia! Isn't it a wonderful feeling to feel like you know them more personally with stories like that one? How precious that it has been handed down thru the generations! Thank you for sharing it with us, Diane.

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  5. They were a beautiful couple.

    Love the story!

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  6. I love stories like this that have been passed down through the generations. Thanks for sharing yours with us and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  7. I love old photos! Your story is what makes history fun. Lucky you to have such a gem!

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  8. Beautiful picture and great story. I thought that I have hear that name before, Julia Flynn and then it hit me ... Thats one name of the 8 patterns I have of the Dear Diary serie :-)

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  9. Diane, I love the story about your great grandparents! My maternal great grandmother Sally Fox Hollingsworth was also from County Cork, Ireland!

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  10. Cindy would you happen to know where in Cork? My ancestors were from Kanturk, Fermoy and ????? It's hard doing research in Ireland!

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  11. Love the picture and the story is beautiful!! Pat

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Thank you so much for taking time from your day to drop me a line or two!

Diane