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Ready to kick 2011 out, start 2012 early

Dec. 20, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I will remember 2011 as the year of losses, pain and tears. I’d like to say adios to 2011 early this year.

There might have been positive things that happened in 2011 in my life, but they will be overshadowed by the lose of my mother, Margaret I. Walsh in October. Add a dash of layoff and unemployment to the mix. I am ready for 2012 to start and kiss, or maybe it should be kick, this year goodbye.

If you are reading my blog, then you should be counting your blessings, especially if you are employed. Tis’ the season to be jolly, but I hope that Santa has not forgotten that I live in Murdock, and I’m still wanting a job for Christmas. Linkedin Profile

Christmas Tribute
A Christmas carol video is posted with my late mother Margaret I. Walsh of Litchfield, Minnesota, along with me, singing “Silent Night” last Christmas. It was recorded with my iPhone.
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Celebrating 94 years

Dec. 17, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

My aunt Margaret Walsh at her 94th birthday party.


My aunt, Margaret Walsh of Murdock, not to be confused with my late mother, Margaret Walsh, just celebrated her 94th birthday this week with a small party, complete with a cake and candles. Take a look at her cake!


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How my wreath is animated this year. . .

Dec. 11, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

These videos were created with the iPhone App called Viddy.
Green Look

Retro Look

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

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Soup is on!

Dec. 10, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I just made beef barely soup today. The perfect pairing for job searching on a cold winter day.

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

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Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo

Dec. 6, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo
See the latest video posted on CNN iReport, complete with writiten story on my adventures of finding my Irish Roots. Click here to view video at CNN iReport.

Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo
Missing photo gives hints to Irish history

I returned home to Knockanarroor, Ireland for the first time, but I have never been there before.

In April 2011, I traveled to Ireland, precisely where my Great-Great-Grandmother Ellen Brennan Foley, born May 15, 1820 in Killarney, Ireland, and died in Stillwater, Minnesota, lived in Knockanarroor Townland, pronounced “Knock-on-a-roar” in Irish Gaelic, meaning the hill of corn in English.

On a cold January 2011 day, a photograph, along with a hand-written card with hints of Ellen’s life, including her husband’s name, William Foley, were found tucked away in a pillow of treasures of my late grandmother Mary Jannet “Jennie” Foley Walsh, 1886 to 1985, of Murdock.

The unmarked country road my Irish roots were plucked from in the early 1840s, is located just east of the city of Killarney in County Kerry, in western Ireland. A milk lorry driver, a truck driver in the United States, Patrick “Pa” Brosnan of Muckross, in the Killarney area, pumping petro in the near by village of Barraduff agreed to guide me to the hidden location that is plain site.

Ellen’s parents, James Brennan and Mary Walsh, my great-great-great grandparents, from my grandmother’s family, called the townland home, as they worked the rented land consisting of what is referred to by residents as a “poorish land” of wetlands, surrounded by bogs. The peat or turf, decayed vegetation, is cut and dried for heating and cooking fuel today, just like my family did in the 1800s or earlier, with the smoke puffing out of cottages, producing a musty smell. My family most likely served as grooms, tending to the horses exchanged on the carriage route at the end of the road of Knockanarroor, on a major route to Killarney.

I traveled to Killarney in 1980, my late father, Martin J. Walsh Jr., in the 1950s, but it was not was not until 2011, I could say without a doubt Knockanarroor is home in Ireland for my family. My father and I traveled the same paths in the horse jaunting carts of what is called the old butter roads, the 1700s turnpike, but I might be the first to make the journey home to Knockanarroor.

I used hints from www.ancestry.com to stitch together my ancestral threads. Archivist Michael Lynch of Kerry Library, Ireland, along with free online Roman Catholic records from the Diocese of Kerry, www.irishgenealogy.ie, provided information that my family belonged to the Catholic Parish of Glenflesk, with Knockanarroor as their place of residence.

Although I did not find any living relatives in Ireland during my journey, learning about the people, their faith, village life and the beautiful Irish countryside, I was able to shine light on a period of obscurity in my family’s history.

My Great-Great Grandmother Ellen departed Knockanarroor, be it voluntary or forced, due to disease, food shortage or economic reasons. I returned Ireland to answer the questions of where my family roots were prematurely pulled from the Ireland.

See related video from Home to Knockanarroor Project

Home to Knockanarroor – An Introduction


More videos will be posted in December.

Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
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Irish Roots – Home to Knockanarroor

Dec. 4, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Home to Knockanarroor – Project Overview
This is a video project of my journey back home to my family’s roots in Knockanarroor Townland, located just east of the city of Killarney in County Kerry, in western Ireland. Knockanarroor, pronounced “knock-on-a-roar” is an unmarked dirt road where my grandmother’s family lived at least until 1840s, before the Great Famine in Ireland starting in 1845. There are several spellings of Knockanarroor, so I am using the spelling from the 1911 Irish census. The project was photographed in April 2011. View video and full story at CNN iReport.

View video in HD on YouTube!

More videos will be posted in December.


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2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughter Blog Posts

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I have put together the 2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughter Blog Posts. The list is based on reader and viewer comments, along with input from the Minnesota Native Daughter staff, that’s me. Read more about the staff. There is nothing scientific about the list, more a review of the blogs in 2010.

A few stats about the blog
September 2010 – 1,294 views
October 2010 – 1,184 views
November 2010 – 1,195 views
December 2010 – 2,553 views
Year total – 6,226 views
(Information from Dec. 30, 2010)

Average views per day – 53

First blog post
September 3, 2010
Murdock, it’s not on the map!

Most viewed blog post in one day
September 9, 2010
Can’t just get along?


2010 Top 10 Minnesota Native Daughters blog posts

(Ten is the lowest rating and one is highest.)


10. Minnesota Native Daughter launched


9. Video with iPhone and tripod


8. Update: Blog brings family and two stained glass windows

7. How to sell house in a bad economy


6. Minnesota Native Daughter Trailer Video


5. Snow Report – Nov. 13, 2010


4. Today marks 88 years in family house


3. Can’t we just get along?


2. Murdock’s native son new Minnesota agriculture commissioner


1. Talked with Garrison Keillor at State Fair via iPhone

I had a chance to talk to Garrison Keillor at the Minnesota State Fair on the radio from my iPhone in Murdock. Listen to the audio link.

I have been a fan of Keillor, the host of “A Prairie Home Companion” for years. (I would love to see a live recording one day!) When I lived in the Netherlands I would listen to my audio tapes my late father Martin J. Walsh Jr. gave me years ago. The audio tapes are complete with fictitious news from Lake Wobegon that is needed by every Minnesotan living abroad or maybe just outside of the state of Minnesota. If you are not familiar with Lake Wobegon, learn more at http://prairiehome.publicradio.org.

After calling the Minnesota Public Radio at the state fair, I was asked my name, where I was calling from and if I had a question. Of course I was ready with a question after just finishing my lunch at home in Murdock.

Here is what I asked: “How should I prepare for my “re-immigration” back to my home state of Minnesota?”

Keillor answered by telling me I should prepare by suffering as the winters will bring great suffering, but really will not have to prepare as I will be suffering anyway in the winter.

I was able squeeze in one more question in reference to bachelor farmers made famous at Lake Wobegon, usually from Norway. I asked if I should be afraid of this sector of the rural population, but Keillor told me not to be as the bachelor farmers will just walk away and I shouldn’t have any trouble.

Now I feel I be able “re-immigrate” back into the culture of rural Minnesota with little difficulty.

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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