Family

Journey to Our Ancestral Home in Lisdoonvarna

Here’s a video of a humble little home on the west coast of Ireland, on a plot of land called Ardeamush, which is Irish for “James’ Height.” My family lived in this home at least as far back as 1775. It’s now in ruins, but the land is still occupied by Considines. By the grace of God…… Continue reading Journey to Our Ancestral Home in Lisdoonvarna

Clare · Pictures

19th/20th Century Pictures of Tivoli Terrace, Lisdoonvarna

I went to the Valuation Office in Dublin yesterday for the second time in a week. I pulled up records in relation to where my great, great-grandfather lived after he left our older home in Ardeamush, Lisdoonvarna. I posted about that home here. Michael Considine (b.1861) lived in a place called Tivoli Terrace on Main St. in the townland of Rathbaun,…… Continue reading 19th/20th Century Pictures of Tivoli Terrace, Lisdoonvarna

Poems

Ancestor’s Poem

Your tombstone stands among the rest Neglected and alone The name and date are chiseled out On polished marble stone It reaches out to all who care It is too late to mourn You did not know that I exist You died and I was born Yet each of us are cells of you In…… Continue reading Ancestor’s Poem

Film-work · Irish · Travels

Doonagore Castle, Doolin, County Clare

Work

Finding Considine Ancestral Home in Ardeamush, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare

Here’s a screenshot of video I shot of my family’s ancestral home in Ardeamush, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare. Patrick Considine, born 1800, very likely lived here. He is my great, great, great, great, great-grandfather. His son, Michael, definitely lived here. By the appearance of the back wall it looks like parts of the home go back to…… Continue reading Finding Considine Ancestral Home in Ardeamush, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare

Irish · Irish History

The Cliffs of Moher – Standing at the Edge of the Earth

Clare · Pictures

A Ridiculous Picture of the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

This ridiculous picture of the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare (Ireland), was snapped by Sean Tomkins. Obviously it captures the natural beauty of the cliffs, but it also shows a rare natural optical event called a “Brocken Spectre,” or “a magnified shadow of an observer, typically surrounded by rainbow-like bands, thrown on to a bank of cloud in high…… Continue reading A Ridiculous Picture of the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare