Friday, July 31, 2009

The Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, 14th Edition, Vacations

This edition focuses on vacations whether you've travelled to the emerald isle or just dream of the special day when you can. I'm honored that Lisa has asked me to host this edition. I hope that I do the Carnival justice. Thank you Lisa for this privilege.

So, let us start our trip to Ireland.....

Our first obstacle for travelling to Ireland is how we all must get there. Bill West describes his fears and dreams over at his blog, West in New England. I truly hope you overcome your fears and see the many shades of green Bill.

Once you conquer your travelling fears, you can enjoy your trip just as Donna Moughty discovered recently. Follow her adventure researching genealogy, visiting cousins and taking beautiful photos over at Donna's Genealogy Blog. There are several entries. I chose to link her whole blog and not just one specific journey. Incredible shots and information Donna!

The Beara Peninsula is calling to Janet Iles from Ireland's distant shores. See why Janet would like to visit this area which also includes a great link in her post at Janet the Researcher. Thank you for taking the challenge Janet and I hope you get to Co. Cork soon.

Susi Pentico has written a lovely little poem over at Susi's Chatty Performances on Genealogy. Definitely worth a lyrical read.

Over at Little Bytes of Life, Elizabeth shares how she's teased by her hubby and dreams of a big green airplane. Is wool really necessary? Yes, according to Elizabeth it is and she wants the whole package.

Although I've been to Ireland several times, I do have a very special dream vacation posted at CMJ Office. I sure hope dreams do come true.

Well, all good things must come to an end and so must our vacations and dreams of vacations. I hope everyone enjoyed reading.

Next up: Lisa will be posting the 15th Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture at the Small-Leaved Shamrock on September 2nd. The theme for this next edition is 'The 2nd Annual Small-Leaved Shamrock Summer Reading Challenge'. Send your posts in by August 30th to Lisa. See you there.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office
Fantasy Face Painting

Thursday, July 30, 2009

One More Day

I'm waiting one more day until I post the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, 14th Edition.

Blog posts are slow during the summer months. Enough reminders are out and about now.

If you'd like your Irish vacation or Irish dream vacation blog post included, please send it on over to me. Thanks.

Colleen Degnan Johnson

Monday, July 27, 2009

My Irish Dream Vacation

14th Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture: Vacations

I've written previously about my love of western Ireland specifically the Cliffs of Moher. You can read it again along with viewing an awesome video clip here:

For this edition, I am writing about my desired vacation to Ireland.

Yes, I have been to Ireland several times. However, I've always travelled to and stayed with my cousins on the farm that my grandmother was raised on. My dream vacation is to be able one day to travel to Ireland with my husband and three children. I want to show my children Ireland especially where their ancestors once walked.

I have a couple of places in mind:

1. The Cliffs of Moher (of course)
2. Ennistymon (Tierlaheen - my Clune, Larkin, Hogan, and O'Loughlin families)
3. The Burren
4. The Knock Shrine, County Mayo (my Donahue family)
5. Longford County (my Larkin, Reilly, McWade and Degnan families)
6. Monaghan County (my Finnegan and Boyle families)
7. Rock of Cashel

Above represents the absolute 'musts' for my family dream trip to Ireland. Of course, along the way I plan to see the green, eat the chips, take in some hay, get some perfume in the Burren, say some prayers in Knock, visit with friends and family, do some Finnegan research, and watch my kids enjoy themselves! Someday this trip will come true. I can't wait.

Colleen Degnan Johnson

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Irish Vacations - 14th Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture

The 14th edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture will feature Irish vacations.

Here are the details:

Summer is the time for vacations – going on adventures and visiting new places. The upcoming edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture will focus on Irish vacations. Share with us vacation spots you’ve visited (in Ireland or places with an Irish flavor) and your photos and memories from those vacations. If you don’t have a particular vacation you’d like to share, tell us about the Irish place where you would like to go if you had the chance.

Deadline for submissions ( to the Irish Vacations edition of the carnival is July 26, 2009. This edition will be published by me right here on my blog, CMJ Office, on July 29, 2009. If you'd prefer, you can submit your articles directly to me at:

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office
Fantasy Face Painting