A look into the past, from Morgan Ferriter, Donegal, Ireland. These are two shots I scanned from a book called West Kerry Camera. I am not sure exactly who the Ferriter men in the shot below are, someone else may be better able to shed light on this.
All these men but one, are from the parish of Ballyferriter.
Front row, from left: Tomas O Fearghusa, Séan Feiritéar, Tomas Óg Feiritéar.
Back row, from left: __?, Tomás Feiritéar, Séamus Feiritéar (with son Brendan), Johnny Ó Guithín (Dunquin)
Trif ghIdin Feirtarach Thforabhin i bPariste an Fheirtaraigh 1907. (Feirtear family in Ballyferriter parish taken 1907. Three generations of the Feirtear family in this photograph.)
Chun tosaigh // front row, from left: Seamas, Brid, Murchadh and Seosamh. LaIstiar // back row, from left: Maire, Brid (grandmother), Neil (mother), Siobhan (in Neil's arms), Seainin (grandfather), Eoghan and Muiris (father). My Grandfather, Morgan, is the child in the front with the white pinafore.
In the photo are the Fitzgeralds pictured dipping sheep with the Ferriters. 4th from the left standing, is Eoghan Feirtear, and behind him is Seainin Feirtear with the hat. The girl wth the shawl is Marie Fitzgerald.
MOrgan - What interesting photos! I often wonder if those of us who have lived in the USA for some generations have lost the "feel" of stone cabins and thatched roofs! Life was not easy for those generations of Irishmen who lived on the fringe of West Kerry. Thanks for posting these,
22 January 2008 14:59
Ha Haw!!! thats soooo funny!! the first pic- Seamus Feirtéar was my grandfather and thats my uncle Breandán in his arms!!!!!!awwwwhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!1
26 February 2008 03:22
Morgan Ferriter said...
Hi kazza, I posted those photos some months back, I got them in a book called West Kerry Camera...glad you were able to identify someone in the photo...
18 June 2008 04:47
Seamus is my uncle and Breandan is my cousin. My mom, Helen Eileen is his sister. Guess we are related kazza.
27 March 2011 09:42
I am a retired U.S. Navy Captain, naval aviator form the P-3 community. My final tour in the Navy was as the Naval Attache to Mexico. This tour was a superb way to end a 30 plus year career, very interesting and much fun. My dad, John, was also a career naval officer, destroyers, who retired in 1967. Both my mom and dad were born in Washington, DC, as were their three children. My older sister, Julie Morgan, lives in the DC area.
I am cousin (second or third, once or twice removed, or something) with other "bloggers" on this site, noteably George Ferriter, coordinator of the upcoming Ferriter Clan gathering in Wisconsin.
I have two sons: John, a 1st LT in the USMC, and Andrew, a 1st LT in the US Army. John is a lawyer who starts Naval Justice School in JAN 08 with follow-on orders to 29 Palms, Calif. Andrew is an aviator stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas, currently in Iraq.
My Navy career took me to many parts of the world, over thirty countries, and our family lived nine different places. (Counting my years growing up in a Navy family I have moved well over twenty times.) At least temporarily, my wife, Pat, and I have decided to settle in the DC area.
One of the highlights of my early travels was a visit to Ballyferriter with my mom, dad, and little sister, El. We stayed at Ferriter’s Inn, outside Ballyferriter, a bed and breakfast run by Ireen Ferriter. We visited the farm of yet another John Ferriter and my dad and I hiked out to see the remains of Pierce Ferriter’s "castle." I have a great picture of my dad leaning up against the remaining corner of the stone structure, high on a cliff over looking the ocean. I will take my son's there when we can work that visit out.
A friend who visited Ireland last year sent me a picture of “Ferriters” a pub somewhere near Dingle that advertises “Food till 8 PM” and “Live music”. I plan to visit there also.
Edward C. (Ted) Ferriter
Ted - ce! It's pretty esy to upload pictures into the blog. Blogger will walk you through it. A full formal mess dress photo with sash and sword would be nice - surely you have a few from the Mexican Adventure?
19 January 2008 07:57
I took this shot 2 years ago, its of An Fear Marbh, which is part of the Blasket Islands.
In the past the whole group of Islands was referred to as Ferriter's Islands. From the end of the 13th Century the Ferriter family leased the Islands from the Earls of Desmond, and from Sir Richard Boyle after the dispossession of the Desmond Geraldines at the end of the 16th Century. This shot is taken from the shore at Clogher Beach, on the road from Ballyferriter to Dunquin, a very dangerous tide to swim in because of the strong under-currents.