Nonfiction writing project – Irish Diaspora Family Stories from Minnesota and Canada

About this page – This page hosts the online nonfiction quest narrative genre writing project Nonfiction Quest Narrative Genre Writing Project – Family Stories: Minnesota and Irish Diaspora by Jannet L. Walsh, of Murdock, Minnesota. Walsh is a recipient of a Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, SMCA, Artist Growth Grant, 2022 – 2024. Funding for this program is provided by the McKnight Foundation. Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive. The McKnight Foundation supports working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities.

St. Patrick’s Day 2023

Jannet L. Walsh
March 15, 2023
Murdock, Minnesota

The world wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. The patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, was born in Britain, not Ireland, and is reputed to have driven all the snakes out of Ireland. He’s also famous for using a shamrock to convert the Irish to Christianity. The parts that are fact or legend might never be known. I do know for fact my family has Irish roots.

Irish Heritage —Book cover revealed, Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota

Jannet L. Walsh
August 18, 2023
Murdock, Minnesota

I am very happy to to reveal the cover to my forthcoming book “Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota” about my Minnesota and Irish heritage. Scheduled publication is 2023 by Shanti Arts Publishing, of Brunswick, Maine, a small press publisher of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.  The book design is by publisher Christine Cote, Shanti Arts Publishing. Publication is Fall 2023.

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Directions for Ireland: Travel and Irish Genealogy

Jannet L. Walsh
March 26, 2023
Murdock, Minnesota USA

What are the directions for Ireland?

How might you answer this question? I might say: From North American, Ireland is just east of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, as an airplane flies, just under 2,000 miles.

Higgledy-Piggledy Stones

Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota Jannet L. Walsh writes book on Minnesota and Irish Family History Higgledy-Piggledy Stones scheduled for 2023 release, Shanti Arts Publishing Murdock, Minnesota – July 26, 2021 – Jannet L. Walsh, a rural Minnesota-based photographer, writer and educator, is to be a first-time published author of a creative nonfictionContinue reading “Higgledy-Piggledy Stones”


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My dad’s 1953 travels bypass England due to Queen Elizabeth’s coronation

Jannet L. Walsh
September 14, 2022
Murdock, Minnesota

Belfast, Northern Ireland – Photo Martin J. Walsh Jr, of Murdock Minnesota, Kodachrome, removed from mount for scanning: Information written on slide: Marty Walsh, Seaside, south of Belfast, May 1953.

It’s May 13, 1953, and my dad is staying at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, room 414, according to the hotel register. He’s having trouble booking a hotel room in England before traveling to France, and heading back to the United States. The big snag for his travel is in London, with Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation just a few weeks away, June 2, 1958.

Be the family storyteller, Seanchaí

By Jannet L. Walsh, Murdock, Minnesota – Curiosity and the luck of the Irish are absolutes when setting out to explore your ancestor’s origins.