The front cover of February/March edition of the prestigious travel magazine National Geographic Traveler has a picture of Ross castle in Killarney in County Kerry and the headline ' Return to Ireland - A Journey Home'. Inside is an 11 page feature with an article about Kerry written by award winning travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy, where he talks about his journey to find his Irish roots and traces his origins back to the village of Lacca West in the parish of Duagh in County Kerry.
The article 'A Song for Ireland' is adapted from Journeys Home, the book Andrew McCarthy wrote about his journey to Ireland.
In the article, McCarthy writes "My own relationship to my Irish heritage had always been one of casual pride and affectionate, if uninformed, identification. When people asked what part of Ireland my people hailed from, “Cork” was always my answer. Yet I had no idea exactly where my clan called home." However, he was soon to find out that his people had come from County Kerry. "It was as if I awoke, after a lifetime of supporting the New York Yankees, to find that my people actually hailed from Boston, and I was meant to be a Red Sox fan."
He then talks about his visit to Kerry, his climb of Carrantoohil, his visit to Killarney to buy an Aran sweater, through Kenmare, around the ring of Kerry and onto the Dingle peninsula and the long stretch of Inch beach. He moves from the town of Dingle on through Tralee to the town of Listowel and then finaly to his ancestral home of Lacca West, a small yellow cottage where he meets cousins and extended family and where the crests of the McCarthy and Fitzgerald family hang. "This is is my family", he writes.
McCarthy also appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss his new book:
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, said: “We are delighted with the coverage in the latest edition of National Geographic Traveler, which is an excellent way of showcasing Kerry and Ireland to a large audience of potential holidaymakers."
Journeys Home: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips and Strategies to Find Your Family History
The book, published by National Geographic, leads with Andrew McCarthy's tale of Irish genealogical discovery and also includes tales from twenty-five other prominent writers across the globe of their explorations in familiy history with tips on how you can start looking for your roots.
Available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
Follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewTMcCarthy.