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Garda Memorial Garden by Ann Treacy
May 30, 2010, 11:17 am
Filed under: Dublin

I went home for a week. Not too much to report from Minnesota. I worked most of the time. Though I had a couple of fun meals and actually went out one night. While I was gone Patrick’s grandfather (John O’Donnell) received a nice memorial. Patrick’s grandfather died when we was about 40 – so clearly Patrick never met him. He was a policeman and died after saving two women from a capsized boat. Sadly after saving them, he hit his head on a rock and drowned.

Anyways flash forward 60 years and the opening of the memorial garden for members of An Garda Síochána killed in the service. Apparently 82 cops were honored. The Taoiseach was at the service. The girls said the service was very nice and they got to at least see some cousins from their dad’s side of the family. Although apparently they didn’t really talk much. It’s one thing that seems very different here. People don’t talk to their family – especially extended family – nearly as much as back home. In fairness, back home we probably talk to family more than most, but still I think there are fewer or at least looser connections here.

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