Ireland 2001

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Dunleer, County Louth

This is Mosstown Church near Dunleer. The Keenan family plot is in this cemetery. I was looking for the graves of Peter Keenan and Catherine Foster but had no luck. Cepta and Brian Morgan gave me a VIP tour of the area. Their hospitality was overwhelming.

Mosstown Church

The fenced area is the Keenan plot in the cemetery. I'm told they must have been wealthy to have such a site. There were also Keenans outside the area.

Ardee, County Louth

This is a statue of Frederick Foster, a landlord with large land holdings in County Louth and possibly a relative. The statue was erected by his grateful tenants in 1861 which leads to the belief that he was much more fair than the typical landlords of the famine period who evicted tenants on a wholesale basis. Our ancestor, Peter Keenan, married Catherine Foster, the daughter of the landowner, in the 1700s.


I visited my niece, Katy, and husband Liam Condon in Waterford. They brought me over to Wexford and the New Ross area where Liam grew up. I met Liam's parents and we sampled the Guinness in Wexford County (it passed the taste test).

Hook Lighthouse

This is the oldest operating lighthouse in Ireland or England. It's believed to have evolved from a 6th century beacon on this site.