August 2009 Newsletter
Hello friends,

Well, here in the USA we are in the midst of the dog days of summer with hot and steamy weather. Oh, but it's not like that in Ireland! On the contrary; the misty summer rain falls softly on my face; the rivers are flowing and filled with fish; I can hear that the brooks are babbling in the glens where the earth is covered in a light coat of mist; the country lane through Rynn is shaded by the over-hanging limbs of ancient trees; and the air is filled with the scent of freshly mown hay. That is how I remember it from One Summer in Drumgrania. It was lovely and enchanting.

In August, the summer is winding down and the children are balancing their time between playing outside and beginning to prepare for another year back in school. The farmers and gardeners are starting to reap what was sown in the spring and are making sure that they procure all of the paraphernalia needed for the canning season ahead.

We have made a link exchange with another Irish web site,, which showcases the artwork of Irish sculptor, Steve Finney. The Irish Heritage Collection, and Lough Neagh Bronze, offer cold cast bronzes that are designed, sculpted and hand made by Steve. They are located on the edge of the largest lake in Ireland, Lough Neagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Although they specialize in small production runs, custom projects of a particular subject or historical figure can be created exclusively for you. Lough Neagh is a place where people still take pride in their local produce and gain a feeling of satisfaction from keeping their artistic heritage alive. Lough Neagh Bronze prides itself as being an integral part of the community.

We have also made a link exchange with The owner, Penny Finn, had corresponded with us before because she had a new web site that was hosted by, as is ours. Penny's web site is loaded with delicious apple recipes from soup to nuts. This time she wrote to ask if she could make one of my apple recipes, the Irish Apple Cake, to add to her site. Of course, I told her 'yes', because they are there to share.

Another new link exchange is with Margaret is a friend with whom I have corresponded before. I received an e-mail from Margaret, who wanted to let me know that she has just released her newest cookbook, "Tea & Crumpets", which is filled with recipes from famous tea rooms, hotel dining rooms, French patisseries and confectioners. Arriving just in time for seasonal tea parties, bridal and baby showers, and tea-themed gift baskets, it's also perfect for travelers heading to European capitals like Dublin, London, Edinburgh, and Paris where "having tea" is a tourist "must." You can read more about Margaret's other cookbooks at her web site.

I had an interesting submission from a lady whose grandfather came from Co. Leitrim. His name was Edward 'Ned' Foy and he was born in Cloone in 1882. Many years ago her family had come to Ireland and were shown the land where he had lived. She has a son who is named after her grandfather and she wanted to take him to the property on their trip to Ireland in August. She doesn't remember exactly where it is but she thinks it's in Mohill. She asked if I could help her locate what is known as "Ned Foy's Field". I had a couple of questions that I hoped she could answer to help in my search for Ned Foy. Once I received that information, I was able to locate him. He was orphaned as a young boy and was raised by the Sisters of Mercy at the Mount Carmel Orphanage until the age of eight. He was then adopted by a Mohill farmer named James Maxwell. He lived and worked on the farm until he saved enough money to emigrate to the USA. The farm was located in the Townland of Clooneagh, Parish of Mohill, Barony of Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

I have lots of new genealogical information to report. A couple of months ago, I emailed the Leitrim Genealogy Centre with some of the news we had obtained at that time. I recently received a reply by email from Mary Mc Teague, acknowledging their receipt of the information, and what they had found on a search of the Bernard Reynolds family. There were only two recorded births in the civil records of children born to Bernard and Winifred Reynolds, and those were for Margaret Anne and Hugh, but they knew about the 1901 census with the family members listed. They found no marriages of any of the children but there wouldn't be any from Terence, Hugh, Mary Kate or Bridget, because they emigrated to Boston. Nor would there be one for Margaret Anne, who died at age 18. We still don't know what happened to Bridget but the family in Massachusetts has no knowledge of her existence. The next step in the search would be for death records and possibly baptismal records. If Bernard was born in the Parish of Aughavas, there might be a baptismal record for him, since that parish started recording baptisms in 1845, the year of his birth. If so, that would tell us Bernard's parents names and send us back one more generation into the past. I sent her the most recent news we received which is in the following paragraphs.

I was searching in the Leitrim-Roscommon Genealogy Forum to see who else might be searching for the Reynolds family. I found one that was interesting in that they were looking for a Reynolds with a connection to a Shanley, among a few other surnames. Well, that was exactly what I was looking for, so I sent an email in hopes that they might have a link to Terry's family. I received a response right away from James Mc Cabe who listed his family's Reynolds and Shanleys. There were no matching Reynolds, but there was one Shanley name that could have been a possibility - Peter Shanley who was born in 1852. Terry's Peter Shanley, brother of his great grandmother, Winifred, was born the same year, but there was no Winifred listed among his family as a sibling. So, it was a good try, but not a match.

More family genealogy info here

I would like to thank Terry's cousin, Rich Reynolds, who has found and shared so much information, which has cleared up several of the "unknown" answers to our questions. Now we have another unanswered question, which is 'what happened to Bridget'? We will be sharing any new information that we find. Another bit of interesting information is that family members still own Terence's property on Monroe Street in Norwood. I will keep you posted on anything more that we receive in our future searches.

I hope that all of you will take advantage of the rest of the warm weather and make it a safe and happy time. I will look forward to writing the next newsletter for the month of September. Until next time ...

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