Events of 2022

There was a break in this blog from February 2022 to May 2023. Shortly after I posted from the townland of Ballybarnes, my life was rocked by bereavements. My husband, father and father-in-law all died in 2022.

My father Jack Cooper was the inspiration for this blog. He was born in 1933, a farmer from the generation who knew their townlands and field names.

I am blessed to have learned so much from my dad about the local area, and not-so-secretly delighted that our family name is now itself a minor place-name in the Coopers Mill housing development. These streets were built on the site of the family farmhouse – Ballyoran Mills.

I’m ready to start exploring townlands again.


  1. I am so sorry for so many losses and from people that are so dear to you Karolyn. I think fondly of you from time to time and how lovely you were to me in India and our last trip to London. Every time I see the art that I had framed in India I think of when you introduced me to that shop. Even though we’re miles and miles away, please know that I care about you and hope we can meet up again someday.

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  2. So sorry to hear of your losses and hope you are managing as best as possible through this difficult time. It is really good to have you back and best wishes to you and your family.

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  3. My deepest condolences for your losses – that is an awful lot to bear.
    I lost my Dad in 2022 too, and it still doesnt feel real. I can’t imagine how it must feel to also lose a husband & FIL in such a short time. I hope you are doing ok & have family & friends nearby to support you. x

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    • Thank you. And my condolences to you too on losing your father. I do have family and friends close by, who have provided constant support. I know what you mean about the death not feeling real. I think we are all still in shock.


  4. Karolyn.
    I was sorry to hear of your triple loss. My sincere condolences. Thank you for coming back to blogging about the townlands. I always enjoy reading your interesting posts even though my people didn’t come from there
    Nancy S

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  5. Lovely to see you back, I did miss the most interesting posts. Sorry to hear of your sad times and God Bless .

    Sent from my iPad

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  6. It is great to see you back again. I have always had an interest in townlands, especially since researching my family history over the past 3 years. So sorry for your losses. My dad passed away in December 2021 and then one of my uncles in June 2022 so I understand what loss feels like.

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  7. I’m so very sorry to hear of your losses. I love your blog and am happy that you are going to continue. Wishing you all the best for the future and look forward to reading about the townlands.


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