We have seen a moving Nuala with the Hula, a dancing Lady Liberty, heard Molly Malone and now, Mount Rushmore does Bohemian Rhapsody!!!
Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, depicts the faces of four US Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Doane Robinson had the original idea for a monument as a means of developing and promoting tourism in the area. The granite monument was sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, between 1927 and 1939.
Many Americans can trace their family origins back to Europe and American Presidents are no different. George Washington’s Great Grandfather was from Essex in England. However, he also had Dutch, French and Irish ancestors. Thomas Jefferson’s mother was from Tower Hamlets in London but he was also of West Indian descent. Although Theodore Roosevelt had predominately Dutch ancestry, he also had a Great, Great, Grandfather from Scotland and another from Donegal in Ireland. Abraham Lincoln’s roots have been traced back to Norfolk in England but it is believed he also had, Dutch and Scots-Irish ancestry.
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Met this girl by the river last night.
Isn’t she beautiful?
A number of people have asked me about my logo. It represents the Thanksgiving Statue which stands on the banks of the River Lagan in Belfast. It was constructed in 2007 and is almost 20 metres high.
As with other public works of art in Ireland the sculpture has been given several nicknames. These include:
Nuala with the Hula
The Belle on the Ball
The Thing with the Ring
She represents various themes associated with hope, aspiration, peace and reconciliation and is derived from images of Classical and Celtic mythology. Her position on the globe signifies a unified approach to life on this earth. It encompasses oneness, while celebrating the diversity of culture. The globe at her feet indicates the universal philosophy of peace, harmony and thanksgiving, and has marked on its surface the cities where the people and industries of Belfast migrated and exported to.
The aim of the sculpture is to bring people together, change hearts and minds and to make bridges across the divides in our community.
As a genealogist I believe researching your ancestry, discovering your family history and developing your family tree gives you an insight into your own social history and provides an opportunity to understand others.
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Thank you for all the very positive and encouraging comments I received in respect of my new genealogy website; Research Ancestors Ireland.
I am now adding a Blog facility which will include news, events, discussion, information requests and new research on tracing your ancestry. Hopefully this will help you discover your family history and develop your family tree
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