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James Agee wrote, “How far we all come. How far we all come away from ourselves. So far, so much between, you can never go home again. You can go home, it’s good to go home, but you never really get all the way home again in your life”…but that may not always be completely true compliments of google maps! The other day, Hubby noticed that his sister had posted her hometown as Geashill, Offaly, Ireland…and he went looking. What were the chances that he’d be able to find his childhood home 43 years after immigrating to Canada? Apparently, with google maps, his chances were good!

Next, Hubby talked to his Mom to confirm what he thought was the house, was indeed the house! Then he sent an email to his Dad “I was just on http://www.maps.google.com looking through their satellite view. I ran across this strange looking place. Happy Father’s Day!!!” and the link to the house…

The next day, Hubby’s Dad responded: “Hi Ron, thanks for the best wishes and the pictures. After looking at them I had no idea where they were from, and I planned to tell you that I built a shed very similar to that. It was while talking to your mother this morning that I realised that the pictures were of Ballydownan (where Hubby was raised). Brings back lots of memories”.

We both had a good laugh. Hubby may not always have the best memory, but it turns out his memory is a little better than his father’s memory…for now…

Bally 1

House from the Front


The Barnyard

The Barnyard


Photos courtesy of: maps.google.ca