04 Oct 2022

From Texas to Templemore - family explore their Irish roots

From Texas to Templemore - family explore their Irish roots

Photo above shows Debra Meade Erickson, Tim Maher and her son's Chase, Cole and Luke visiting one of the many Maher Castles in the area

Debra Meade Erickson from Dallas, Texas spent a few days in Templemore recently visiting the area where her Maher ancestors lived over 100 years ago.

She was accompanied on her trip by her husband Tom and their sons Chase, Cole and Luke Erickson along with his partner Leif Jacobson and their daughter in law Adelaide.
Debra is descended from Judith Meagher & John Peters of Castleiney (emigrated in 1851) and also the Butlers of Loughmore, Gavin’s of Curaheen, Meaghers of Templemore and Mahers of Gortagarry. They certainly have a lot of Templemore blood!
Their closest living relatives are Hugh & Breda Maher from Toomevara and Sean Maher from Nenagh.
Debra originally hailed from Johnson County, Iowa where most of her Maher relatives are from. She decribes it as farming country, much like the Templemore area. Although, not quite as beautiful as Tipperary!
Templemore could not have been more welcoming and generous to them. The following are just some of the people who took the Ericksons into their care and helped us find our Mahers. Tim Maher, The Orchard gave us a tour of Maher Castles, Brendan Maher and his wife Ann welcomed us to their home and taught our boys how to Hurl and actually gave them hurleys to take home! Ann McDonnell shared her family history on Gavin’s and Meaghers and would you believe, we are distant cousins? Only in Ireland would that happen!
And, to all our buddies in Castleiney who helped us start this journey back in 2015 - our very special thanks to Joseph Maher (Killoskehen), Patrick & Oliver Nolan, Pat Joe Purcell, and Mary Nolan of Nolan’s Bar - you’re a very special group of people. Sharon Tierney, we’ll be back to eat some Rhubarb tart.

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