A day of unbroken warm sunshine and clear blue sky over west cork. After a fill Irish .breakfast probably the only one I dare have on the trip and a superb meal at Emmet hotel in clonakilty we set off today for dunmanway a very rural town in West cork with the worst traffic outside the county town. We topped up the car after an initial scout around the town and then out on the road towards the last family addresses I had. Then we stopped by the local shop, SuperValu. The first two older customers I bumped into and got talkjng produced good in seconds, I had two surviving aunties in the town and within ten minutes we were with one of them and the family photo albums came out, mainly looking at those from our grand mother's collection. There weren't a whole uncle but I saw my grandfather's picture for the first time and my natural father Jim,s image when he would have known my mother in Battersea after he first came to England. There were also shots of my half sister and brothers as children there and my uncle John's small holding, he was actually know as hon! The chaps in the shop though I had a look of him about me. After tea and biscuits we visited the local cemetarc. My auntie knew nothing of the Sullivan O'Grady name change or about the extended Driscoll family and said my grandfather's would have surely talked abiut anything she knew as she loved the gossip. I did get the locations of my uncles and aunts and who was alive or dead and a couple of anecdotes about my grandfather's army service, it seems he was in charge of loss who were fruit picking in kent. I guess this must have been in the great war. Anyway after leaving the town we visited loch June nearbaltimore and had a sit in the sun watching the mullet shaols. Then back to our dogs and muffins with a lot of tea in the garden enjoying theevrningt sunshine and we are getting a lift down to the Emmet hotel and picked up later by Mick our host. Tomorrow it's cork for buses and trucks, perhaps not the same weather but should still be fine and the rest of the week not as bad ashait first looked
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