|Last glimpse of Belfast City from Motorway, Co. Down, Northern Ireland|
We were on the road early as we were going to go via Omagh to visit the Ulster - American Folk Park there. We stopped off in the township of Omagh first.
|"Balance" Sculpture, Market Street, Omagh|
|The "Garden of Light" Memorial to the victims of the 1998 Omagh Bombing|
|'Families Moving On' Office, Omagh|
|The Mellon Homestead, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
The largest attraction in Omagh is the Ulster – American Folk Park just south of the town.
|Chooks in the yard, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|The Blacksmiths Forge, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|The Blacksmith's Forge, Ulster - American Folk Park, Omagh|
|A one room dwelling of a tennant farmer, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|In the yard, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|Campbell House, Ulster - American Folk Park, Omagh|
|A Hand Loom which takes up one room of the Weaver's Cottage|
|Cottage Fireside, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|The old Schoolhouse, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|Replica village, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|Replica quayside village|
|Replica Clipper, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|Conditions on board an Immigrant Ship, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|On board the replica Clipper, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|Replica of American log cabin, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|Log Cabin, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh|
|The Ulster American Folk Park walkway, Omagh, Co. Tyrone|
|Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland|
|Ballinamallard Methodist Church, Enniskillen|
We pass by the home that Lizzie's youngest brother William built & where a further 2 generations of his family lived, on a farm near where he & Lizzie grew up.
|The home & farm where Lizzie's brother lived, Enniskilen|
|Rural Post Box, Ballinamallard, nr. Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh|
|Emerson Grave, Sydare Cemetery, Enniskillen|
We had only a couple of hours left before meeting up with more cousins at a restaurant in Enniskillen for dinner, so we head on to where we'll be staying for the next few days. Another distant cousin whom I've been corresponding with for a few years & a family history addict like myself, wrote to me several months ago offering us her home to stay in while we were in Enniskillen. Myra is an absolute gem & in her late 80's she is fitter than most 70 year olds I know. Her beautiful home sits on the shore of a small lough & from the warmth of her large conservatory, we can see a large group of swans & ducks floating among the reeds at the edge of the lake. It's an idyllic spot.
|Our Homestay in Enniskillen|
Dinner had been arranged at the Killyhevlin Hotel just on the outskirts of Enniskillen township & it was here that six more members of my family came to meet me. It was a wonderful evening & I was so humbled by their generosity & warmth. They had so willingly opened up their arms & invited in this girl from New Zealand who, until today had been a stranger to them. Some had not known of their connection with New Zealand until I contacted them a few months earlier - their fathers & my grandfather were first cousins.
|My Irish family|
It was a fabulous evening & one I'll not forget.