Yes I got that feeling (I must admit it was a few years ago). But I was rather disappointed.
Yes , I'm not surprised that people crossed over the border.I did n't realise it was so close to Offaly.I have had trouble going back further than my Great Grandfather who called James Joseph Whelehan. I even managed to find his gravestone in Tyrrelspass
I also have Cork roots too. The family name there was Guiney
Thanks for your info.All the best Ben Whelehan