Clients' reactions to the outcomes of the
research is overwhelming and emotional at times,
such is their joy at being able to identify their
ancestral home. Below are excerpts of people's
responses to the centre's work:
" Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I arrived home from school today to find
your glorious report. I am so happy I
cannot even begin to express it! I live
in northern New Jersey directly behind the
Statute of Liberty in NY Harbor. We saw
the terrorists attack on the World Trade center
from the classroom windows at Bayonne High
School. There has been a pervasive sadness
here since 09/11/01. Today, I had tears of
happiness and joy. "
Pat McFadden, New
" There is no way I can put into words the
amazing gift I received on this trip and will
continue to receive throughout my life and
especially on every return visit to see family
there. I sat in the home where my
great-great grandmother had been born and died,
and talked for hours with my great-great Aunt.
It is bringing tears to my eyes at this moment
to recall it. It is a life-changing experience
worth every hour of work and every penny of
expense. I'm very thankful for the Clare
Heritage Center, and for you and the others
working there. "
Tom Lynch, Georgia
" Your report on the Dooleys of Tulla arrived
and I am delighted. You and your people have
done a splendid piece of work. It is
fascinating. And quite humbling to read --
seeing all of these lives laid out before me,
some of them even bearing my own name. It puts
things in perspective. I think of their
struggles, their hopes and dreams and
disappointments, their joy in their children,
their sorrows standing beside the graves of
their parents. I am touched and honoured to be
one of their descendants, and hope I can do them
credit. All those good people gone before
me. It is , as I say, chastening and humbling,
to think about. "
Dennis Dooley, Ohio
" Hi Everyone at the Clare Heritage Centre. I
just received my McMahon Family Report and I've
been crying my eyes out, its so wonderful.
Thank you so much for the great report you
did. I'm coming to Ireland in Sept 2004
and will stop in to say a proper thank you to
all who worked so hard on my behalf.
" Thank you so much for sending the
information about my family so quickly. I
am overjoyed with the result, and I have
especially to thank you and your team for
unearthing a previously unknown Great Uncle.
My family and I would like to thank you
for increasing our knowledge of our own history.
Kenneth Hopkins, UK
"I feel truly blessed to have 'come home' and
how I cherish my Irish ancestry! I will be
forever grateful to the Clare Heritage Centre
and the 'local angels' of Clare who enabled my
search to materialize from a dream to reality
and my quest to result in such a sucessful
fruition and treasured memories".
Kate Nugent, Penn. USA