Monday, June 24, 2013

COE FAMILY REUNION - June 12th, 2013.



A unique and rainy family reunion took place recently  at a now-defunct gate-lodge on Curraghmore estate, Portlaw, when distant relatives from California and Washington state, USA,  in addition to members of the Portlaw Coe family, visited Coes’ Lodge , Curraghmore house and garden, and numerous other places throughout the county. The entire group, over a five day period,  also visited Guilcagh cemetery to pay their respects at the Coe family grave there, also Coe relations at Fenagh, County Carlow. 
Pictured here, left to right, are: back row – Brian Lavis, Margaret Coe, Mary Coe,  Anne Coe (wife of Liam Coe), young Caroline Vo (partly concealed), Amy Coe, David Coe and Liam Coe;  front row – Rosanne Coe, Emma Coe, Christopher Lavis, Anne Coe (daughter of Mary Coe)), Wendy Lavis  (wife of Brian Lavis), Brenda Lavis-Vo, and her husband – Jack Vo.  Missing from the picture are Richard, Sarah and Thomas Coe – other children of Liam Coe. 
The picture, held by members of the group,  shows the late Frances Coe, who emigrated from the gate-lodge in the background, to Cardiff in 1943, and married Welshman,  Christopher Lavis (under the blue umbrella), now aged 89,  and now making this nostalgic visit with some members of his family. Christopher and Frances later emigrated to California, and in more recent times to Seattle, Washington state.  The late Frances Coe was a first cousin of the late Dick Coe (husband of Mary) of Brown Street, a prominent member of the Church of Ireland in Portlaw, and for many years a member of the Select Vestry.  Mary Coe is a member of the Brennan family from Main St.,  Mooncoin.  The Portlaw Coes were descendants of Coes from Wexford, and Tennants from Fenagh, Co. Carlow.   

Thanks to John Brennan, brother of Mary Coe, for protecting me and my camera from the rain while taking a series of pictures at this venue! 
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