This is all very "close to the bone"!
I remember visiting the family farm as a very young child -- not really liking the rural life, if the truth be told. I have only the vaguest of memories of the dilapidated farm, and what I thought were rather eccentric relatives!
My father, Edward, went to Canada for a short period, before returning to Bath, England, where he became clock smith to the Royal family (not as grand as it sounds!).
For some reason, better known to himself, he returned to Belfast and set up as a Jeweller, married, settled and had one son, David!. My mother is still alive, the only other, apart from my wife, bearing the Eedy name.
In Cork there was a sister (Mary Ellen) and bother of my father’s (Nicholas), another sister Ann, (unmarried and nurse in England) and one married sister in England (with no children) and all dead.
In truth, I had not gone looking for family in any meaningful way – I suppose we all type Eedy into Pubmed or something --- to see what comes up.
I must confess that someone did come to Ireland some years ago purporting to be and Eedy – and offered to meet me – I let the offer drop and often since regretted it. Problem is, I’m a very busy dermatologist – and time seems to crowd in – but that’s really excuse – as I know you will perceive.
Needless to say, with the journal work I’m often in London and US, but seldom in Canada, but adored a visit to Vancouver a few years ago. My wife, a nurse, and I worked in London at St Thomas’ Hospital (just opposite Parliament) before returning to N Ireland – and living in Belfast – probably because of relatives – needless to say, hardly mine!
I’m not that fussed on Cork – so much so, that I have never been back to the “home stead” since a small boy, and only returned to one of the funerals – but it was not from the home place. There’s even a dermatology conference there next month, and despite a direct flight to Cork from Belfast, I’m not planning on the journey!
You sound as if you have and exciting Law career ahead – and keep up the studies!
Best wishes from Belfast