Iain Carmichael, Stirling - May '06
Congratulations! This seems a great idea and somewhere not
to miss. My grandfather was a Bellshill man, and I hope
to visit the area this year in order to try to find the
ruins of the old cottage, and to try to trace my planter,
but celtic, roots. I'll try hard to find the farm!
And here's to peace and reconciliation.
Iain MacGillemeicheil (Carmichael) My great grandmother's
maiden name was Finlay, I believe.
Pat - February '05
My g-grandmom was born in Castledawson. Her Father
was Dr. John McKowen. They were Presbyterians, I think.
They settled in the USA at Liberty, Mississippi located
between Natchez, MS and New Orleans, La. I would like to
visit your farm and see the countryside.
Margaret Wood, NZ - November '04
It was a treat to re-visit you farm, Josie. It reminded
me of the kind hospitality you extended to us when we visited
you in 2002. I think of you every time I put my boots on!
And I wonder if the Chinchilla is still pregnant? It would
be great to get back to see you and your wonderful project
Gerry Magee - October 2004
Josie .. your daughter Tara has just pointed me in the direction
of the web site and what a fabulous idea. I was born and
reared on a farm outside Ballymena; not far from Kells and
I know your area pretty well (but obviously not that well!)
Indeed I used to go down that direction once a week to an
evening auction of "antiques" ..actually owl junk
that I would have bought! Well it's a small world and I
hasten to add that it's a great pleasure to work along with
Tara. She's without doubt, just a great girl as they say
in Ballymena and of course bright as a button! I just have
to meet "Big" Jonney yet and the icing on the
cake will be a visit to your Farm ... God I hope that there
will be a cuppa tea in that visit! However, it's sounds
like a great place to bring a group of local kids and I
fully intend doing that very soon. Meanwhile, I wish you
every success and continued good health to enjoy what is
clearly a labour of love! My Every Best Wish, Gerry @UUC.
Tara Moore nee McMullen - August 2004
Love the site, looks good.
Lisa Jayne Armstrong - August 2004
This looks like a wonderful place to visit. Glad to see
that life does not end when you retire!
Hope Sloan - August
I really enjoyed the article. I'm from Oregon
in America and I love reading the BBCI. I hope to someday
come to Ireland with my daughter when she graduates
in 2006. She is teaching herself Gaelic now and not too
bad at it. Our ancestors are from Ireland.
We would love to go see Josie's farm and the animals.
The house is just wonderful we love antique's and want
to learn more of the history of Ireland.
The animals are so sweet, we are really big on animals
we would have lots if we could afford it.