The Girls of County Wexford

Okay, this is the start of a completely new subject for the next few days. My wife has now completed a draft of her second novel/novella. I’ve started proof-reading it and I’ll summarise it in my next few posts – starting today. She hasn’t thought of a title for it yet so, for the purposes of this post series, the title above will have to do. One of my wife’s ancestors came to England from Co. Wexford in the 19th century. I’ve never been there, so the nearest that I can come with my featured photos will be shots that I took in June 2017 while on holiday in the Beara Peninsula, County Cork – The Wild Atlantic Coast.

The story begins in 1935 when a young’ single girl, Margaret Lawlor emigrates from County Wexford to Liverpool, England to look for better opportunities there. On the ship taking her across she meets a single young Irish fellow, James Grennan, who asks to sit next to her. There’s plenty of time for conversation and she realises that he’s good looking and seems to be a nice person. He asks her where she’s headed for. She tells him that she hasn’t made up her mind yet. He tells her that he has work in the office of a coal mine in St Helens – 14 miles from Liverpool.

He tells her that he lives and works near a church where the priests are looking for someone to do their cooking. He says that she should be fine and safe with the priests and that he’ll introduce her to them. She agrees and is glad that she’ll have company on her way there because she hadn’t fancied asking her way around the docks in Liverpool on her own. James already has friends living in that area including a special friend Jonty and his wife, Betty.

The priests are delighted to meet her and offer her the job and a place to stay while she works for them. She settles in and proves to be an excellent cook. The priests are made up that they no longer have to put up with the terrible food that one of them has been feeding them. She starts seeing James from the ship regularly and two years later, one of the priests marries them.

In no time at all, Maggie gives birth to a little girl, Kathleen, and Betty, who already has a son, also gives birth to a daughter, Veronica. The two children soon become close friends.

Well, that’s a start. I hope you like it. More tomorrow.

Today’s featured photo is of the rugged Atlantic coastline near the Dzochen Beara Buddhist Retreat, Beara Peninsula, Co Cork, Eire. I took the shot with my former Pentax K3-ii 24 MP cropped sensor camera paired with a 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 53 mm and f/16. The shutter speed was 1/13 secs and the ISO was 100. The shot was handheld.

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