Greetings from County Mayo on Ireland's Western Atlantic coastline!
"The day is coming when telephone wires will be connected to houses, much like water or gas and friends will be able to converse with each other without leaving home". (Alexander G. Bell).
In those strange times of social distancing and staying at home due to this nasty corona virus pandemic, can I extend best wishes from Mayo to all at Irish American News and indeed everyone within the large Irish community in your most beautiful part of the USA.
While people and families with strong Irish ancestry are to be found in all corners of the USA, it's fair to say that Chicago and indeed the entire state of Illinois probably has one of the largest number of families and communities who have at least some degree of connectivity with the island of Ireland.
It's fair to say that following the invention of the telephone by Alexander G. Bell in Boston on March 10th 1876, its roll-out into the American mid west and beyond allowed for the first time the sound of a human voice to be heard over wires from great distance.
Here is a link to an interesting article relating to an ancestor of mine, Thomas Larkin, born in Co. Mayo on July 4th 1874, who was one of the early Telephone Pioneers of America with the Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania.
I'll sign off by extending best wishes to all -- and hopefully next year here in Mayo and throughout Ireland we'll once again welcome back our great American friends.
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