- File Size: 840 KB
- Print Length: 67 pages
- Publisher: Theresa Ripley, Publisher (December 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AIBQ4LU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,394,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Irish Roots: Finding the O'Sullivans Kindle Edition
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Her grandfather and grandmother emigrated from Ireland to Fairbury, about 10 years after the 1946 Irish potato famine. Her grandfather and his brother were first coal miners in Fairbury. After they saved enough money, they quit coal mining and became farmers. Her grandfather is buried in the Catholic Cemetery north of Fairbury.
This book is about Theresa's quest to discover her Irish roots. After many years of searching, she went to Ireland and met some of her relatives.
The unique thing about her book is that she wrote imaginary stories about her grandfather, based upon all the information she found in her research. She pretended she was her grandfather, and he wrote the stories.
I found her imaginary stories fascinating because they describe what it was like to live through the Irish Potato Famine, to prepare and travel on a ship from Ireland to New York, and life in Fairbury as a coal miner.
For example, so many people were dying so fast in Ireland they could not make new coffins fast enough. So, they put hinges on the bottom of the coffin. For person #1, they lowered the body and coffin down into the grave, then flipped the hinges which allowed the coffin (without the body) to be raised back up. The hinged coffin might be used for 3 burials in the same day.
Her description of Irish weddings is also very interesting.
Her grandparents came from the Limerick, Ireland, region. I was just in Limerick in the Fall of 2013 for my son's wedding in Ireland......so I could relate to the stories about this region.
She also includes her experiences growing up in Chenoa, working summers in Pontiac, and attending ISU.
If you enjoy Fairbury history, or your ancestors were from Ireland, you will enjoy Theresa's short story.