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View of Ashmount, Leenane, Co. GalwayView of Ashmount, Leenane, Co. Galway

This is the view of Ashmount, the family farm in Leenane, Connemara Co. Galway.  This is where my family on my mother’s side, the Joyces, come from.  One of my cousins created a family tree and I think he got back to the 1400’s and the Joyces were still right here in Connemara. This is a view from the look out rock on the mountain behind the farm.  There is a clear view from the Killary and Leenane village all the way to Lough Corrib.  It’s quite a climb, but the view more than makes up for the effort!

I head back to Ireland at least once a year and always end up spending a lot of time in Leenane. My mother’s cousin Vin still runs the farm and I’m sure he appreciates all the “help” I provide.  One of these days I’ll head over to Leenane, find a nice cottage and just stay.  It always feels like home.