The Irish in America

DAY 7: The Old Parochial House

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Old Parochial House

I love the Old Parochial House in Ballingarry, County Tipperary. The OPH (as the Old Parochial House became known to my family during our stay in September 2009) is in my top two of self-catering stays in Ireland. The OPH offered the total package: beautifully restored 19th century house, huge bedrooms and bathrooms, comfortable rooms to relax and entertain, plenty of room to spread out, spacious, gourmet kitchen, and more!

Party at OPH

Party at OPH

We even did some entertaining during our stay. Click here to read my story about the party we threw for our Irish relatives, which to my surprise was a success.

The house is quite large, with gorgeous high ceilings and big windows, yet it retains an extremely warm and cozy feel. My family had a delightful time, and we speak often of returning to the OPH.

I mentioned that the OPH is in my top two self-catering properties in Ireland. You will need to stay tuned for the other one!

If you decide to book a stay at the OPH, make sure you tell Aileen and Donal that Aine sent you!

McCormack Family

McCormack Family

Photos by Regan McCormack


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

One thought on “DAY 7: The Old Parochial House

  1. How joyous to throw a part for your Irish relatives! We had a family reunion last July for us first cousins and their offspring, organized by me and a few others. We were stunned that 80 people came, and they seemed to love it! Beautiful house in your picture.

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