A lady from America had her own “gathering” in Ballingarry recently. Ursula Dwyer Akey paid a visit to the parish in May to trace her ancestral roots and was overwhelmed by the reception she received.
Ursula was welcomed into homes all over the parish as she traced her roots and is so grateful to all the people who helped her and gave her endless cups of tea. Ursula’s roots can be traced back to the Dwyer and Cormack families.
Her great great grandmother was Catherine Cormack, born in 1816, is a descendent of the Cormack family in Boulea and Ursula was so happy to see some of the old bakery buildings when she visited.
She also paid a visit to The Commons where her great great grandfather Michael Dwyer lived and worked in the mines.
Ursula’s Ballingarry families, Dwyer, Cormack, Rooney and Maher, held a special Mass for all family members, past and present, and also held a get-together in Amby’s Bar to celebrate Ursula’s happy and successful “Gathering”.
The Ballingarry Gathering takes place this weekend beginning at 3pm, Saturday 27th July, with the annual commemorative Famine Warhouse 1848 walk, led by Dr Martin Mansergh.
Walkers with gather at the national flag monument in The Commons village and walk to the Warhouse where refreshments will be served afterward.
On Sunday 28th July at 2pm the annual Larry Wall Fitzpatrick memorial day will commence.
The event will begin with the laying of a wreath at Larry’s memorial in The Commons and will be followed by a wonderful display of traditional music played by family members and friends.
Danny Webster will lead the musicians. Set and Ceili dancing will also feature on the day.
The Old School in The Commons will be open all weekend for people to visit and view the mining history on display there.
Noreen Maher from Hibernia Roots will hold a genealogy clinic in the school on Sunday at 1pm.
All are welcome to attend both of these events which are free to all to attend.