During his visit to Ireland last week, Sir Paul paid a visit to his mother's birthplace in Glaslough, County Monaghan. He had hoped some of her relatives might still living in the village. This was Sir Paul's first visit to Ireland and his first effort to search for members of the Mohan clan. Before leaving for Ireland, he had told a friend, "I really want to trace my mother's family and I long to discover my roots. I don't know why it has taken me so long and I plan to go back soon."
Sir Paul told the Glaslough villagers:
"My mother ,Mary Mohan, was a lovely Irish lady from Co. Monaghan. She left Ireland and came to England in her teens, where she trained to be a midwife and health visitor. My dad also came from Ireland and I've always wanted to visit, but for my sins, I've never got round to it."
Sadly, Sir Paul wasn't able to find any of his relatives in Ireland, but the villagers assured him they would continue the search. On leaving, Sir Paul told one of them:
"We had a lovely time. Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries on earth and certainly one of the friendliest. I don't know why it took me so long to discover my roots. But I certainly won't leave it so long until I return."
While in County Monaghan, Sir Paul and Heather Mills spent two nights in the Red Room of Castle Leslie, and enjoyed boating on the lake, chatting with the local children, and strolling through the beautiful forest surrounding the castle, accompanied by Maxie and Cloudie, the hotel's Labrador Retrievers. Fellow guests at the castle claimed that they didn't recognize him, although one businessman did comment to a member of the hotel staff that, "'One of your guests was a dead ringer for Paul McCartney".
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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