Wife and I travelled to Ireland in 1977 for 3 months. We were young painters, married but no kid. Footloose. So we went to the land of our forebears, she a Harrington and me a McKenna. Had fun, got cold and wet. Found out how useful Wellies are.

Made these. First is a self portrait with Monta.

I know there are reflections but I need to set up a proper easel and lights to do a better job.

We stayed in a house run by an old farm couple. The man was blind. The man asked us if we saw red Indians where we lived.

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Comment by marilyn sands on March 17, 2017 at 12:36pm

Great memories for you both - with or without the art!  Marilyn McSands  R&L

Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 17, 2017 at 1:40pm

My son wanted to connect with his roots so he and the latin wife and the teenage girls and the Irish dad and dads irish wife went to Ireland together. The women bitched and moaned and gave up biking after a couple of days, his dad would ride ahead in a car with the woman and secure the booze, my son the Tuff Mudder rode his bike like the OCD we all are it seems and a grand time was had by all. 

Good paintings!

Comment by Terry McKenna on March 17, 2017 at 1:49pm

Thanks.  Wish I knew then that they were good.  But I didn't.

Comment by Phyllis on March 17, 2017 at 4:37pm

Hindsight, as they say. I bought a pair of wellies when I was in England, I still have them but they were made for skinny calves and mine aren't right now.

Comment by Terry McKenna on March 17, 2017 at 4:45pm

Mine wore out decades ago.

Comment by koshersalaami on March 17, 2017 at 8:58pm

Not Irish, but was there for. Few days in '82 as part of our honeymoon. Didn't love Dublin. Stayed a few days in County Kerry and loved it there. More than anywhere I've ever been, Irish people think Americans are normal because they all have American relatives. 

Comment by Terry McKenna on March 18, 2017 at 2:34am

We stayed in County Clare, visited Kerry and Galway. Visited Dublin too - not much there.

The Irish need to immigrate comes from the days of English rule. Land had to be divided up to all the boys, so Irish farms became ever smaller. By the late 1700s the farms could only survive (they were subsistence farms) if the menfolk left for work, leaving the food for the women. So they did. They went to England, to Liverpool of course (the Beatles are Irish diaspora). They went to Australia and to America.

My family came in the 1820s to work on the Erie Canal.

They has as hard a time as any immigrants, but their rate of return to the US was lower than that for other groups.


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