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Bridget Nancy Margaret O'Flaherty emigrated to the United States in 1963 to marry the man she had met on a blind date in London, England.
Today, Mr & Mrs Russell Haggerty both work out of the "money pit" - a ramshackle Queen Anne residence in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they raised a family, dropped out of corporate America and now pursue freelance careers in consulting, writing and whatever else will keep the lights on.
Bridget is working on several new books; one will be somewhat of a sequel to The Traditional Irish Wedding and will cover the milestones in an Irish childhood.
Russ is also trying his hand at writing - a mystery novel that isn't set in Ireland but has many Irish connections.
When they're not chained to the computers, Russ stays busy with restoring the house and Bridget does her best to clean up after him.
Questions? Suggestions? Comments? They'd love to hear from you and will respond asap to any and all messages you leave them. You can email them at: Russ & Bridget
Snow storm December 2004
It started snowing and sleeting on December 22 and didn't stop until the next day, By the time it was all over, we had over a foot of snow on the flat and the wind had created drifts of up to five feet or more. Russ started digging out the driveway right away so he could make room for dinner guests to park on Christmas Day. He was still shoveling when the first guest arrived.
More than once, we have been asked to put up pics of something, shall we say, more related to us.
That is difficult. We are just ho hum, fiddling about with problems and having good days and bad days.
Still we have a belief that whatever God you believe in, He talks to us (we just don't listen very often). He's not obvious, His language is all around us and we do have to pay attention. This spring we all have grumbles (mine is "politicians, thieves and bureaucrats - all of them in the trade" - adapted from Mark Twain) but we have this tree. It is an antique Goose Plum. We were told you cannot buy them. She has children, fortunately, and we hope to keep the line going. When we need to listen, she is a complete sentence.
We were also asked to put up photos of the Maple tree last year. Of course we did and here it is:
Taken from our 'office' (right!) window.
We were also asked to put up a photo of the house in question. So here it is; it is no longer 'ramshackle' - we're restoring it (sigh). Here's the side we just finished this last year.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014
Brian Boru-Ireland's greatest King
BrianBoru was born around 940, the youngest of two sons of Cennedig, head of Dal Cais, one of the royal free tribes of Munstrer. When the Danes began to overrun the country, the two brothers united, and swept them back inside their walled cities.Of the two brothers, Brian was more forceful, capable and energetic. When Malachi was killed by treachery, Brian was undisputed king. He reigned for thirty-nine years.
It was a time of unsurpassed glory, prosperity and happiness. He promoted the arts and learning. He is credited with having originated surnames. His patriotism and personal sacrifice brought the clans together, under one king, for the only time in Irish history.
He was eighty-nine when his army faced the armies of the Norsemen at the
Battle of Clontarf. Brian's warriors won the day, but Brian was dead, as were his son and grandson. The days of Ireland's finest king were gone.
In the words of his eulogist, "Brian was the last man in Erin who
was a match for a hundred."
Sources: Irish Story Teller
Clare County Library
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