Saturday 17 March 2012: Mahoney roots
The immigrant's heart marches to the beat of two quite different drums, one from the old homeland and the other from the new. The immigrant has to bridge these two worlds, living comfortably in the new and bringing the best of his or her ancient identity and heritage to bear on life in an adopted homeland.
- Irish President McAleese
The Nora Diary, Day 6
Pleasant. Very springlike. Regular March wind snow and ice nearly gone. Down street at noon. Late. Bought me a little plant. Stayed home in the evening and sewed a little, then read. Weather a little colder. Freezing.
Nora had Irish roots. Her great grandfather, Captain Mahoney, first name now lost to time, left Belfast, sailing for America. His son, Captain James Alfred Mahoney was born in Lubec Maine. Wearing the jaunty cap seen in the tintype, he too sailed the seas and lived well into his '90s, 'keeping house' alone, right to the end. His son, Eugene Mahoney, an accountant for the Sardine businesses in then thriving Lubec, was Nora Leavitt Mahoney's beloved father.
For the Record,
This day came in cool and cloudy, we hope for sun later and a walk and dinner with friends. Happy St. Patrick's Day!