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The Month of March ... Celebrating the Inner Irish in All of Us - The Epilogue

The Month of March ... Celebrating the Inner Irish in All of Us - The Epilogue

I was in a wee bit of quandary as to what to call this piece. I considered "footnote," "post script," and "epilogue," but decided on Epilogue because it comes first in the alphabet. Makes sense to me.

It is now real time and the story of the trip to return Mary's ashes to her birthplace in Drumshanbo, in County Leitrim Ireland, was completed in the Final Chapter 16. I suggest you click here to catch up on the Complete Series before reading this one. However, it is important to me to bring you up to date, now.

Regrettably, Chris' father Ed, passed away on November 26, 2007.Ed Eric He never had the chance to return to Ireland to fulfill his dear Mary's wishes and return her to her native soil. And although I'm sure he was disappointed by this outcome, he lived out his remaining years happy to be loved by all who knew him.

Before Ed died he made it known there were two things he wanted at the end. He wanted to be cremated and he wanted his ashes mixed with Mary's and returned to her birthplace. After all, he was honorary Irish. Chris and I know our next visit to Ireland will be to carry out the wishes of both Mary and Ed.

So I will leave you with a little piece I wrote in 1998 about stone walls and the fierce Irish struggle to own the land as well as a few random photos that did not make the series. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed following along!

stone unearthed
creeps serpentlike across the mossy landscape
testimony to labor eternal for the fortunate
who own the soil

the common man's dream
cultural thread spun from
peat moss smoke and struggle
...alas, for most perhaps, unattained

Dunguaire Castle on the shore of Galway Bay
Sky Clouds Castle

Merriman Inn in Kinvara, County Galway. One of the largest thatched roofs in Ireland
Sky Merriman Inn
Sky Cliffs Sheep Rooftop

Eric and Ed share a Guinness toast in Ballinamore, County Leitrim
Eric Ed Fireplace Toast

Ed, the man who never took a bad photo, at age 87
Ed
Blue Sky Field Rainbow

In case you have missed previous chapters, links are below:

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

The Final Chapter

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Comment balloon 28 commentsJohn McCarthy • March 17 2011 06:40AM

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John, it is a great story and a wonderful poem. I love Ed's wish, to be mixed with his beloved Mary and taken to Ireland. I hope we will be reading about your next adventure to Ireland with both Ed and Mary's ashes.

The photos have been the biggest treat, really got me ready for today. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Another great one John.  Makes me really want to schedule that trip to Scotland (my husband was born there) and we have talked about making that trip often.  And I love how you ended witht he rainbow photo, beautiful.

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 8 years ago

Beautiful, John. Thank you for sharing your journey. Your photos are wonderful.

Posted by Carrie Trotter, Home Inspector (National Property Inspections) over 8 years ago

John - thank you for sharing this story; it is a beautiful one. I love Ed's wish for him and Mary. And, all your photos are great. I'll miss getting my Irish fix on your blog every morning.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your family!

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Andrea - Ed and Mary are now together and someday we will take there ashes to the old homestead. After this trip I'm actually hoping there won't be much of a story to tell...just a lot of photos. Thank you

Rene - I hope you do get over to your husband's homeland. I know Scotland is beautiful too. A rainbow sure seemd the best way to bring the series to a close. Glad you thought so too. Thank you

Carrie - Thanks so much for coming by. The pleasure was all mine.

Toni - It was great fun to write and tell this story in wee bits. I have enjoyed having you visit every day and a bit saddened by the conclusion of this body of work. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your family as well!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

John, thank you for sharing this very personal story with us. I looked forward to reading a new episode and looking at beautiful pictures of Ireland every morning since you started this journey. I do hope you'll have a chance to return to Ireland soon and fulfill Mary and Ed's wishes. Have a great St. Patrick's Day!

Posted by Elizabeth Byrne, Arlington Virginia Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Elizabeth - I too have looked forward to your daily visit as I told this story. Another trip to Ireland is definitely in our future. It would be great if Eric could join us too. Happy St. Patty's Day to you!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Yolanda Hoversten - O'Fallon IL Realtor

 John,

I happen to be listening to Copland's, "Fanfare for the Common Man," and you have a passage in your poem about common man... how apropos.

Thank you for sharing your journey with with us.  Today, we're all Irish. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Yolanda O'Hoversten  :)

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) over 8 years ago

Yolanda - Its always so nice when you visit! You were the first person I met here on AR when you left the first comment on my very first blog post. I am not familiar with Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," but I will do my research. Writing this series was my pleasure and I thank you for the Shamrock bouquet!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Thanks again for sharing your experience. Have a special celebration of St. Patrick's Day!

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Roy - 'Tis a great day for the Irish and the wearing of the green! All the best to you and Dolores!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

John ~ We will look forward to hear about your next trip to Ireland ~ thanks for the story and the photos ~

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 8 years ago

Frank & Karen - I would like to thank you for your interest and greatly appreciated all your comments! This series has been great fun to write. On our next trip, I vow to take many more photos!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Standing ovation, John!  That was awesome...so well written and so enjoyable.  I laughed, I cried...I feel as though I've now been to Ireland.  I hope your trip to finally fulfill their wishes comes soon!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

Sharon - Thank you! I have really been blessed to have such a wonderful group of readers who followed this story. It was an epic tale that needed to be told and I have had a great time crafting it for everyone. I had hoped to evoke all those feelings and your confirmation of that tells me I was successful with my writing. Without question, I am a bit saddened to conclude this series.

Since it's down to just you and me now, and I don't know if anyone will read these posts again, I will let you in on a little secret. I will be bringing Ed back for a cameo in an upcoming post about golf. I'll do my best to keep the same tone I used in this series!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

John - wonderful series and wanted to 'sign' the guestbook here to let you know I made it - we haven't traveled there since 2007 and our next trip our now 3 year old Brendan will enjoy all the things we show him - thanks so much for the wonderful series :)

Posted by Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (Tech Training for You!) over 8 years ago

Craig - I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I'll bet you can't wait to bring Brendan over and introduce him to Ireland. Wishing you and your family a day filled with rainbows!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Had to return to let you know that I watched "Leap Year" last night.  It's a movie about a woman (a home stager!) who travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on 2/29.  It's a fun movie.  If you haven't seen it, you should because there is some beautiful Irish scenery.  I felt like your series had been brought to life, especially when I saw cliffs and stone walls! 

I'm happy to hear Ed is coming back!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

Sharon - I haven't seen "Leap Year,"  but I will add it to the list of must-see(s) now! Sounds like a great plot. Ireland is a beautiful place and there is a photo everywhere you look. Hope you get a chance to go there sometime!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

I've seen the "Leap Year" movie also, and the scenery was magnificent, and it was fun to see places and say, "Heeeey, I was there!!!".

This was a wonderful story, John.  Thanks so much for sharing it.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Kathleen - Thanks so much for making it all the way through. I had a great time writing this series for everyone here. Writing a series is a great way to encourage yourself to blog every day. I'm looking forward to the next one!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

John ~ I happened upon your blog via Sharon Tara .. and was glad I did.  I read quite a few of the chapters of your Ireland story -- and really enjoyed them!  My grandmother was from Kiltyclogher in County Leitrim, (due north of Drumshambo) ... and I lived in Ireland for 8 years in Co. Limerick, running a Bed & Breakfast in the rural countryside of Lough Gur ---a truly magical place (I moved over there in 1996).  My grandfather came from Co. Kerry so my Irish roots are deep.  I can't wait for the next trip and hope to get up to Leitrim.  Hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 8 years ago

Maureen - So glad you found this blog series. Your profile photo leaves no doubt about your Irish heritage. Wonderful country. Can't wait to get back. Just last week, we called Michael & Mary Fanning in Ballinamore to catch up. I'll bet you have lots of stories from the Bed & Breakfast! I hope your St. Patty's Day was terrific too!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Karli - I'm thrilled that you found your way to the end of the series and very happy that you enjoyed it. Thank you for your gracious compliments! I have certainly thought about a book, but had not considered a book-on-tape. I know you would listen to it ;)

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Hi John ~ your series is so much fun to read, and your family will enjoy it for many years to come!  It feels like you brought all of us along on your trip :-)

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 6 years ago

Hi Maureen ~ Thank you for following along this time on facebook...AND, two years ago when I first posted it here on AR. It was so much fun to write because there was great material; a great mission, a great family and a great backdrop set in the most beautiful place on Earth. Can't wait to go back and fill my eyes and ears with the magic of Ireland again. God bless

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 6 years ago

Ah, now I knew there was a reason why Mary's ashes were not scattered - they were waiting to be joined with Ed's. It was 'meant to be' just as I thought. How romantic! That was the best ending.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 30 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) about 5 years ago

P.S. I really enjoyed your series!

 

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 30 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) about 5 years ago

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