Monday, August 15, 2011

Back To The Motherland: 30 Days About Me

I am an Irish American. With a name like Erin, you probably figured that out already. On my mom's side, we are descendants of the Howards (who really are Welsh, but also lived in Ireland) and my dad's grandparents were Pierson and Rose Gilliland, who were first generation Americans; my grandma Sally, their daughter, married Harold Harris, also Irish. So I'm pretty much an Irish gal who was born in America.

I have always wanted to see Ireland. To see the land where my ancestors came from, to breathe the air, to see the green, green fields, to drive the narrow country roads and eat at a pub while drinking some warm beer (dark beer, please, not this yellow stuff we American's call beer). I want to walk the streets of Dublin and Galway, stay in some country castle turned hotel-estate, and eat corned beef and cabbage where my great-great grandmother learned to cook it.

When I was in England I met an older Irish man who on first glance though I was Irish, too. He told me that Ireland was calling me home, and that I had her soil in my veins. If that's not a call to the motherland, I don't know what is.
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6 comments:

Sharon said...

These are magical photos! I hope you get to go to Ireland!

Lois Evensen said...

I hope you someday are able to visit the homeland of your ancestors. Lovely post.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I'm all Irish, too, and my husband and I went there for our honeymoon. We did all the things you mention and it was awesome. The people, like the Guinness (it tastes different there), have to be experienced to be believed! You'll get there I know you will!

xoxo
Kathleen

Jamie said...

Stunning photos

fashvideo said...

Wow, i like that 8th pic, a castle like on the top and water all around...is that a hotel? or someone's living? dream place

Ruth said...

I love the photos. I have a lot of Irish blood too. it is on my bucket list of places to visit.

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