Monday, October 27, 2008

Waterford and Newfoundland

Just back from a long weekend in Waterford. My girlfriend likes it since it reminds her of her home town of St Johns in Newfoundland. I had not been there since I was a kid so didn't quite realise how similar it is with the port and the cliffs on one side and the town center on the other.

It sometimes puzzles me how we can have so much of Ireland and the Irish just across the ocean in Newfoundland and not have more connections between here and there. Practically everyone I've met over there has Irish ancestors and just last year the last of the Irish speaker, Aloysius O'Brien, died. I was there at the time and it made all the news reports in the province. Funnily enough his mothers family came from Waterford.

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