Rosary Beads

Rosary Beads from Drumlish
Rosary Beads from Drumlish

These are rosary beads passed down to me from my grandpa who got them from his twin brother. My grandpa immigrated to the United States in 1953, he was the first of my mom's side to leave Ireland for as far back as we know. He grew up in a little town in Ireland called Drumlish, where my great-grandparents raised him, his twin, and seven other siblings. When my grandpa left for the U.S., his twin and my grand-uncle, gave him these rosary beads that were originally given to him by my great-grandmother, to remind him of home on his long journey overseas. On my first communion my grandpa gave these rosary beads to me, to pass on its history to me. He told me that he hopes that one day I will give it to my twin sister, if we ever part, and continue its legacy. 

Place(s): Drumlish, Longford County, Ellis Island, New York City
Year: 1953

– Katie Wilds

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant