Hi Luke, Thank you for the information on the Argentina connection. It truely is a fascinating story. I have a little follow up for you, but it seems to make things more confusing. I've sent off some info to my Uncle Jim who lives in Co. Westmeath, to help fill in the missing pieces.My mother has some memory of names and events but not all.
My mother is Ann Stephenson from Clonscott. Her mother, Mary Kay Donlon grew up in Keel, Cole Hill, Co. Longford. She married Martin Stephenson who was from Clonscott, they settle there and raised a family of 9 girls and one boy, all the girls moved to other countries.
My grandmother, Mary Kay Donlon's mother was ? Quainne (she can't think of the name) who married ? Donlon. He had a son from a previous marriage named John Donlon (he never married). I need to figure out the first names in order to understand the connections.
My mother told me that her mother (Mary Kay) used to talk about her cousins in Argentina. There was one who was a priest and he promised to visit many times but my mother said he never made it to Ireland. My grandmother also told her that some family had went to Argentina, came back to Ireland then returned to Argentina again. My grandmother joked that she could have moved there or been born there.
It seems to me, that they might have been cousins from her dad's side (The Donlons). I'm wondering if they remember hearing about a priest in the family?
I has taken me awhile to compile some of this info., how small it is, but I'm interested in filling in the blanks. Please keep me posted, if anything interesting comes up and visa versa.