The IGN (Irish Gossip Network) is as strong as ever.
Prior to my trip, I found and reached out to Donal Friel online. He had transcribed old school records from the Ballymichael National School, now an old empty building. These records were of William Boyle and his siblings. William is my wife’s grandfather.
On the trip to Ireland, we stopped at the old school and also saw her grandfather’s home which was across the road. Donal and Noreen Boyle (Tracy’s cousin) were very helpful in getting us to Ballymichael but we had a little difficult finding the actual home and school. So, we stopped and asked a local townsman if he knew where the Boyle home was. He not only knew, but he knew the family as well. After a nice chat, we drove up the road and found our destination.
Upon our return from Ireland, I contacted Donal to let him know we made it to Ballymichael and to thank him for his help. To my surprise, he already knew we made it and that we got lost, and that we were lost on an old (old is relative in Ireland) road near the sea.
Apparently we had talked with one Seamus McGinley, who told a Friel cousin of Donal’s, who, in turn, jabbered to Donal’s father what we had done. Donal then heard from his father about our mini-adventure in Donegal.
Our government drones have nothing on the IGN.
You can drive Street View on Google Maps to see for yourself. It is listed as Cayman House in Donegal, Ireland. The map acts a little weird right now and I have reported it to Google.