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Getting away to see the relations - Curt Yeomans

Sometimes, I can just be mean to people.

I recently bought a one-way airplane ticket to New York, and I put up a post on my Facebook page announcing said purchase.

I did not clarify that I bought the ticket because I was going up there for a family reunion, and that I was coming back down here by car.

I intentionally left the posting vague.

My friends started responding with queries about whether I was moving up to New York.

I carried the deception a bit further by responding with a coy "maybe ..."

In fact, I still have not clarified my travel plans, so if they are reading this column, then, it's the first time they will be seeing that I am only going up for a week, for a family event.

It's sneaky, and yeah, it's also mean, but it is also delicious fun to pull over on my friends like that.

So, it is true, I will be in New England during the last week of June for an ultra-rare family reunion. This is a gathering of my mom's family (related through my grandfather).

It is like the first time since, like, 2004 that the family has gotten together.

It will also be the first time, since my grandmother's funeral in 2007, that I've seen any of that side of the family.

For the record, these are the Mannix's/Minogue's and McInerney's. An interesting bit of family history on the Mannix/Minogue name is that the two last names switch back and forth in Ireland, with one generation having the Mannix name, and the next having the Minogue last name.

That switching back and forth was so common an occurrence in Ireland that, when I visited a genealogical center in Corofin, Ireland, a couple of years ago, I was told all family history research on one last name, or the other, requires the examination of documents with both last names.

Going backward in my family tree, the last time my direct bloodline switched the names from one to the other was when my great-grandparents, Simon and Bridgette (also known as Delia), came to America in the late 19th Century.

The way the family story goes, their last name was Minogue in Ireland, and it changed to Mannix when they arrived in America.

Hence, why I looked for Minogues when I was in Ireland two years ago.

So, back to the reunion. This will be an interesting trip up north (it is actually being held in Western Connecticut), just because it has been so long since I saw that side of the family, and these reunions used to be big, multi-day events, when they were held in the past.

I presume that will be the same this time as well.

While I'm up there, I'm also planning to head even farther north, for another go around in Montreal, Canada, and a trip over to see Quebec City (which I missed when I went to Canada last year).

So, all-in-all, this should be a good trip for me. I get to see relatives that I haven't seen in years, and I get to work in my annual dose of international travel.

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.