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A Visit to his Roots

Charles McCarthy, together with his wife Mary and twelve other family members, paid a visit to Carrickroe last week, and we met up with him in the home of Kitty McKenna. There was a big gathering there to celebrate the visit as it was a very important one. Charles's mother was Agnes McKenna, who emigrated from the homestead in Deravoy to America when she was 15/16 years of age. In the USA she married a Kerry man and they reared their family in the Bronx. Charles was one of the family. However now retired as a New York Fireman he decided to pay a visit to the home from which his mother departed all those years ago. It was a very emotional journey and more so when he stood where the kitchen used be. He was delighted he made the journey and he and his family received a wonderful reception from so many of his relatives. To mark the occasion he planted a tree in the garden beside the house. We hope he had a very enjoyable stay and that he will call again soon.

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