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More New Cousins!

Christ Church - Dublin

   This trip has been amazing as I’ve had an opportunity to meet more cousins.  Last week I received a message through Ancestry from Anita who had made a connection through a King/O’Loughlin line in County Down. Those messages usually come from other researchers in the US, however when I responded she wrote back mentioning she didin’t live far from the church in Drumgooland.  I told her I was on my way to Belfast and could we meet.  Because of her teaching schedule that wasn’t possible, so Saturday on my way to Dublin I met her in Ballanahinch and we talked for three hours.  She had a great deal of information on the O’Loughlins which I didn’t have.  My husband, Brian and Anita are 3rd cousins once removed.  She also pointed me to some reference materials on the townland of Ballymaginaghy, the townland where they lived.  

   On my way to Ballnahinch, I also confirmed a story of a missing headstone.  On a trip to Ireland in 1997 I found the headstone of my gg grandfather, William Moag.  I had seen a reference to the grave in the book Gravestones Inscriptions: County Down and with a lot of difficultyMoag, William Gravestone finding the church (it was down one of those roads only wide enough for one car) I was successful.  If you’re a Moag descendant, you’ve probably seen the picture or even copied it into your Ancestry Family as I shared the picture with some Moag descendants and it was uploaded to one of their sites (although it doesn’t mention that I took the picture).  Last year when I visited with a Moag cousin who lives just outside of Belfast, he mentioned he had tried to find the grave and the stone was no longer there.  As you can see from the picture, the stone was not in bad shape in 1997, so I was surprised.  A stop at the cemetery on Saturday confirmed that the stone is no longer there.   I’ve written to the minister of the church and hopefully will hear what happened to it.  

   I arrived at Dublin airport in the late afternoon and returned my rental car (you don’t want a car in Dublin) and had a lovely dinner with Brian Donovan and Fiona Fitsimons of Eneclann.  

   Sunday was another great day.  As I do on all Sundays in Dublin, I attended services at Christ Church.  They have an wonderful choir and did not disappoint with a Palestrina Mass setting.  It also happened to be the 25th Anniversary of the first ordination of women in Ireland with former Archbishop of Dublin preaching.  

   In the late afternoon I met more cousins having dinner with Adrian Moughty and his family and capping off an excellent weekend.  Adrian and Brian are also 3rd cousins once removed.  

   Back to research tomorrow.  I’ve only got two days in Dublin and lots to do.

   Happy Hunting!

© Donna M. Moughty 2007- 2017