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I wish my story could be as clear and definite as Killy's, but many of my family's records have disappeared over the years, and mine was not a family that talked about the past much.

I learned of being Irish from my Mom's Father - my Papaw, as we often call Grandfathers here in the South. He was proud of being Irish, and talked often about his Irish Grandfather who raised him. Nothing historical, just fond memories. And he sang songs his Grandfather taught him. If I heard Roddy MacCorely once, I heard it a thousand times growing up. In fact, my Papaw sang about everything - made songs up about everyday things. Always was singing or humming.

He never talked about how his ancestors came to the US, but they were Presbyterians, so that may have had something to do with it.

Little is known about my Dad's family. His own Father died when he was 9, and he didn't know his Grandparents at all. A few years ago, he decided to find out more, and asked me to help. He'd gotten it back as far as Scotland and quit, saying "thank goodness it's not Irish!" Was odd, I thought, as he and Papaw were very close, and there was not a man prouder to be Irish than him. Anyway, my dear old Dad may be in for a bit of a surprise as I dig a little further.

So I have loved Ireland since I was wee, and as proud as my Papaw was to be Irish. I know that the first time I set foot there, I'll know I'm home.

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