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. 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!
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
Merriman Inn in Kinvara, County Galway. One of the largest thatched roofs in Ireland
Eric and Ed share a Guinness toast in Ballinamore, County Leitrim
Ed, the man who never took a bad photo, at age 87
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