O'Sullivan and Ashe reunion

David O'Donoghue

Published 20/08/2014 | 05:36

John Ashe, his sister Nora Lusignhan, her granddaughter Celia, John's daughter and son-in-law Sue and Dane and their children, Kevin, Jack and Katie Picture: Trish O'Brien Photography

A CENTURY-old connection with Tralee and north Kerry was rekindled for one extended clan of the diaspora last Wednesday as the O'Sullivan and Ashe families enjoyed a fantastic reunion in Kerins O'Rahilly's clubhouse in Tralee.

Since John Ashe and Nora O'Sullivan married and settled down in a cottage in Ardfert 100 years ago the two families have been intertwined and the bond was only strengthened when John's brother Michael married Nora's sister Julia. The reunion last Wednesday saw John Ashe, currently living in the United States, bring his children and grandchildren to his native Kerry to reconnect with their Irish roots.

Peggy O'Sullivan, the member of the Ashe/O'Sullivan clan who spearheaded plans for the reunion, said it was a lovely night enjoyed by all.

"We had a great time. It was lovely for the family" Peggy said.

John's grandchildren, who have lived Stateside all their lives, quickly took to life in the Kingdom.

"They loved the place! They toured Killarney and Dingle and had a fantastic time," said Peggy.

Furthermore, the evening did not lack for entertainment with plenty of talent among the four generations of families.

"We're never short of talent" said Peggy, noting the evening was a feast of singing and dancing and all sorts of fun.

Given the astounding success of this reunion and the close bond between these two families thoughts turn naturally to whether the Ashes in the USA might make another trip across the water to meet their relatives.

And indeed the trip is already in the planning stages as John's son is determined to see all the sights that Kerry has to offer and reconnect with the whole clan.


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