By Patrick Conboy
An Argentinian woman with strong links to Longford made the long journey from South America to Europe last week in order to visit the county her grandmother's parents emigrated from more than a century ago.
“My great grandparents were born in Carrickedmond and they left for Argentina,” explained Maria Cecilia Lovisolo Farrell, who lives near Buenos Aires.
“My mother travelled here for some of the Farrell rallies. Her photo even appeared in the Longford Leader. She passed away eight years ago.”
Ms Lovisolo Farrell, who is a human resources executive with Philip Morris International, revealed that it was her mother's passing, along with the recent death of her sister, which prompted her to make the journey.
“That's why I'm here, to see my land and to honour my mother,” she said.
“It's my first time in Europe and on the way here I also visited Madrid to see my cousins. Before I arrived I made contact with Helen Farrell; my mother had stayed with her during her visits.”
However, Ms Lovisolo Farrell admitted it was Ireland, and indeed County Longford, that was the highlight of her holiday.
“I'm enjoying Ireland more,” she told the Longford Leader. “I feel so good here; it's like home. I'd love to stay! Everyone here is so good to me.”
Before her departure last Thursday, several Farrells from the Longford town area came together to host a special event for her, to officially welcome her to the clan.
“They're having a party for me in the Rugby Club before I go and I'll be meeting some more of the Farrells there,” she laughed.