Whilst I have never lived in Ireland, I was in Killeen in January 1994.
I made a wrong turn down a tiny road which ended abruptly in the water so I had to turn my rental car around in the water to go back. It was at that time I decided to marry my wife, Kathleen (nee Dolan), whom I had taken there for her first trip to Ireland. And so it was done on November 4, 1995.
Our first two children would have Irish locations as their middle name, Shannon Clare and John Cashel. Molly, our last child, would have Killeen. Strangely, a couple of years after Molly was born, while looking at Kathleen’s Grandmother’s 1906 Belfast birth certificate, I learned her maiden name was Killeen.
Sadly, our little Molly died 10 months ago today. While my heart remains broken, I fondly recall our quick passage through Killeen.
County Mayo is where my great, great grandparents, William and Catherine Kennedy, fled the famine & the Crowne on July 20, 1847 from Killala Bay on the ship Isabella with their 9 children, all under 16 years of age. William died 10 days after arriving on Grosse Isle, Canada from shipping fever.
John F. Kennedy
Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA