Do You Have Irish Ancestry? Wild Flowers and Abandoned Cottages in the West of Ireland

19 Apr

Wild Orchids are just some of the Wild Flowers at Bealtaine Smallholding today.

Walking the land it is amazing to see so many and such variety of Nature’s Bounty.

The leaves of an old Fern are just starting to unfurl.

Some of these Ferns growing along the bank at the back of the cottage are huge, denoting their age…10years and more!

The ruins of an old, old cottage on the hill behind this smallholding.

There are a few of these ancient remnants of a once much larger community of souls scattered on the hill of Ballyfermoyle.

Many of the lives born in these small cottages grew up and left Ireland.

Many emigrated to countries like Australia and the U.S.A.

It might be that someone reading this blog is a descendant of a Ballyfermoyle emigrant.

There is a sadness around these ruins and many like them scattered the length and breadth of this land…encapsulated in the small clumps of daffodils which re-appear each Spring, reminiscent of the loving hands that planted them deep in the soil around their modest home.

These little flowers would have been the nearest the dweller would have got to gardening…their lives taken up with the burden of work to eke out a modest living.

Ash trees and Ivy grow up the inside of the gable wall of an old, stone cottage.

Large families of up to twenty children lived in tiny two bedroom cottages.

A woman I once interviewed had a family of fifteen children, born over the course of sixteen consecutive years…that is almost one child every year!

It is most likely, if your name is of Irish origin, that a home like the one above would have housed your ancestors…they would have, at least, looked out upon the great natural beauty that would have surrounded them and mourned this loss in their adopted country…

2 Responses to “Do You Have Irish Ancestry? Wild Flowers and Abandoned Cottages in the West of Ireland”

  1. ben dwyer April 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    i love this blog. thank you for it. my surname is irish. it sure looks a lot nicer than london!

  2. Bridget April 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    I too feel that sadness that often exists round these old places. They need some new energy and loving care again. Love the pic of your place and how it is nestled in among the trees and shrubs.

Enjoyed your visit to Bealtaine Cottage? Why not leave a comment or use the "Like" button...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,178 other followers

%d bloggers like this: