Crystal Wedding Set & Cross

Waterford Crystal Wedding Set
Waterford Crystal Wedding Set

My Nana, Maureen, was the matriarch of our family. She raised five children and was a prominent figure in the lives of all twelve of her grandchildren. However, my family as I know and love it today, almost did not exist. My great-great-great grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Limerick in the Republic of Ireland in 1854.  He found much success working for several local business in Mechanicville, New York, where most of my family still lives today. My family took pride in their strong Irish Catholic culture and raised their kids to feel that same pride. That was all put to the test when my Nana met the love of her life, my Popone, Robert.
The problem: Robert and his family was Irish Protestant. My great grandfather absolutely refused to let them marry due to the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. Although both families had developed their lives in America, the conflict linked to their Irish heritage persisted in a new country. Deciding that his love was more important to him, Robert converted to Catholicism. (A request made by my great grandfather.)  The photo shows my Nana's Waterford Crystal pieces that was passed down to her by her mother as a wedding gift. (Back then, the crystals were exclusively made in Waterford, Ireland.) Included in the set is a cross representing my family's religion and Irish Catholic culture. However, it is now a greater symbol to my family of the love that my grandparents had for each other. When my Nana passed away, the crystals were passed down to my mother who now proudly displays them in our home.

Place(s): Ireland (Limerick, Republic of Ireland)
Year: 1854

– Kyle Marra

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more