A Summer to Remember As Four Generations of Sharkeys Reunite in Creeslough

Caption: Standing: Sheena Duffy, Kristie Sheppard Robinson, Margery Covello (great granddaughters), Pat Sheppard,Margery Covello,Sr. (granddaughters), Linda Sharkey (great granddaughter), Madgie Duffy (granddaughter), Margaret Sharkey (great granddaughter), Celine Duffy
(great granddaughter). Kneeling: Lucy Marone & Rose Marone (great great granddaughters), Kevin Sharkey (great grandson), Jack McGinley (great great grandson) 


Cousins from three countries, four generations of descendants from  William and Hannah Sharkey gathered in Creeslough and Dunfanaghy this summer for a family reunion and some great craic. We enjoyed local cuisine and spirits at Rose’s Tavern, Patsy Dans, the Rusty Oven, the Oyster House and Lizzie’s. Over endless cups of tea, stories were told and retold that brought tears of sadness and laughter (really more laughter) at the ever welcoming Arnolds Hotel. The beautiful sites of Donegal – Ards Friary, Glenveagh National Park, Cliffs of Sliabh Liag, and Croithli Distillery – left nothing more to be desired. A trip to Donegal would not be complete without an attempt to conquer Muckish; it only took us—the American cousins— three times to get to the top! Special thanks to our Muckish guide and now friend, Seamus Doohan of Walking Donegal

We are grateful to Donegal for providing the perfect backdrop. The gift of discovering and rediscovering family is priceless. We are saddened that our trip came to an end, so we remind ourselves that distance is temporary, but memories are forever. Thanks to everyone (especially Aunt Margaret, Aunt Linda, Aunt Sheena, and Aunt Kristie who made our trip so special. Until we meet again!

By: Lucy Marone and Rose Marone (great great granddaughters of William and Hannah)