The Home My Great-Grandfather Built

Lough Hyne, County Cork, Ireland

A view of Lough Hyne. The farmhouse my great-grandfather built, still owned by family, is perched atop one of the hills overlooking this splendid marine estuary.
A view of Lough Hyne. The farmhouse my great-grandfather built, still owned by family, is perched atop one of the hills overlooking this splendid marine estuary.

'You Can't Eat the Scenery'

Lough Hyne, the lake area where my grandfather was born and raised, is among the many farming areas that skirt the town of Skibbereen – an area hardest hit by the Great Famine.

Perhaps this is what a Corkman I encountered had in mind when he told me, "You can't eat the scenery," as I admired the gorgeous countryside and commented on the difficulty anyone leaving it behind must have experienced.

Indeed, the farm where my grandfather Patrick lived, in a farmhouse built by my great-grandfather Jeremiah, is still in family hands. Its locale is among the most stunning I have ever seen, situated atop a steep hill overlooking a rare marine estuary known as Lough Hyne.

In a country filled with many natural wonders, Lough Hyne stands out as unique. Here, saltwater meets fresh water – an unusual occurrence that over time has created rare species of marine life found nowhere else in the world.

For obvious reasons, the lake draws marine biologists and tourists the world over.[See: http://www.skibbheritage.com/hyne.htm].

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Eileen Sullivan Christie 5 years ago

I've been here to the old house myself. I have sent you an e-mail about my Grandfather. Looking forward to hearing from you.


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Rufus rambles 4 years ago from Australia

Thanks for this lovely hub. It is so nice to be able to appreciate what our forebears have done. My great-grandfather fought in World War One and we recently discovered his war letters to his mother - I have put them all on my hub. It's so nice to think their memories live on in us, their decedents. Voted up!


SusieQ42 4 years ago

I'll have to check out your book sometime, jon. My ancestors came to Upstate NY from Ireland. I would love to visit someday! Thanks for the interesting info!


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jonihnj 2 years ago from Metro New York Author

Thanks so much Susie - I am so sorry that I took so long to respond. I had to take a break from my research and writing and am just now getting back and seeing comments. I really appreciate yours. You should definitely visit Ireland - something happens in your heart when you first step on the land where your ancestors come from.


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jonihnj 2 years ago from Metro New York Author

Rufus - Thanks for letting me know about your hub. I am also sorry for not responding sooner. I will visit your hub as soon as I can as I am fascinated with that period.

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