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By: Bit Devine

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 21:47:08 +0000

Jeff, Maith Thu'! Well done. That feeling that you had on arriving in Shannon is similiar to the flashback feelings that I have each time I land on Irish Soil. I have been 9 times and the intensity of those first few moments "home" has never lessened. I too loved the descriptive " I traveled the way my Mother traveled through life..." comment. What an extraordinary tribute to your Mom and your heritage. As Liam said, a journey to Ireland is circular. You bring with you the whispers of your ancestors and the take away the chorus of new friends. Slan Beo (Take Care), Bit

By: Liam

Tue, 21 Jul 2009 11:48:05 +0000

Hey Jeff, Beautiful story....I loved when you said "I traveled the way my Mother did through life. I took my time and made it count for something. I made friends and learned about the people. It was a great complement to your Mother and these words are very true. Too many travelers to Ireland do the Green Blur paced with the intentions of seeing everything on this one trip......Ireland yes, has beautiful scenery, lovely rivers and great pubs etc.....but going to Ireland is about coming home..... meeting the people and completing the cirlcle. The circle that was started by the ones from your past who left Ireland....and really knowing that you are "Welcomed Home"!..... Liam

By: Kerry Dexter

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 14:37:44 +0000

@Jeff, glad you like the song. I don't know the person who made the video, but I took a couple of the photographs used in it...

By: Jeff Coyle

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 11:26:10 +0000

@Kerry Dexter --Thank you "Im going back" by Cathie Ryan really is a great song. I found it on youtube..

By: Amanda

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 05:39:18 +0000

That's a lovely story Jeff! I am always quite jealous of those who can claim irish ancestry; I feel like my soul is irish, even if my genes are not, I just have this pull to Ireland, an ache to call it home, that simply is not rational. Though we have not traveled to Ireland yet (our trip has been postponed twice now, due to things well beyond my control - like a new baby), I haven't managed to explain to my husband that one visit will be enough for me, but am just trusting that once we are there he will fall in love with the country as well! I hope you can return often!

By: Kerry Dexter

Sat, 18 Jul 2009 15:33:25 +0000

Jeff, a fine story, thanks for sharing it with us. Are you familiar with a song Cathie Ryan wrote called I'm Going Back? I think you might enjoy it. best, Kerry

By: Carla

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 14:17:20 +0000

A very nice story, Jeff. The pic of you above is taken in Dingle, no? I recongize the shops and the hillside above the town! You said, "This trip will not be my last...." I've discovered that that goes without saying. :)

By: Jeff Coyle

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 14:04:50 +0000

Good eye! Yea, I'm actually just outside the entrance to the Post in Dingle Town.

By: Sue Freeman

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 02:27:14 +0000

Amen! A part of you does recognize that you have come home, and what a wonderful, glory filled place it is .... my idea of my heaven on earth!

By: Laury Leeds via Facebook

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 01:14:28 +0000

Lovely Story, Jeff. Mom would be happy you continued down her trail.

By: Chris

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 21:15:24 +0000

Jeff, A wonderful story, thanks for sharing! There is something almost undescribeable about stepping onto Irish soil for the first time. I too, felt the eyes well up when I did it back in 1988. The best way I can say it, is to relate something that was said to me by the first Irishman I met in Ireland. We landed, got the rental car (not counting this as a "meeting", it was rather business-like and formal) and went on to our B&B near Ennis. I went to knock at the front door and before I could reach it, a gentleman with a shock of white hair opened it. He looked me up and down and said "So, you're the American then?" I told him I was, having no idea how he knew. That's when he said the two words that will always be Ireland to me: "Welcome Home"