Dutch emigrants in the 19e centuryJannetje Slabbekoorn, Jannetje is my great-grandmother and is wearing the traditional Zuid-Beveland costume, with the distinctive large, stiffly starched hat, including large gold square kissers worn at the temples.My grandfather Cornelis KloostermanThe yacht of the Chamber of Rotterdam(1790) for the Dutch East India Company salutes an East-Indiaman and a Dutch man-of-war on the roadstead of Hellevoetsluis.Cornelis (Cees) KloostermanOrigin of the Kloosterman nameHolland or Netherlands?Image Map

Ragland road

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I especially like the version sung by Roger Daltrey with a backing by the Chieftains, from the album An Irish evening.
On Raglan Road of an Autumn day I saw her first and knew

That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue
I saw the danger and I passed along the enchanted way
And I said “Let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day” 

On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge
Of a deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion play
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay
Oh, I loved too much and by such, by such, is happiness thrown away 

I gave her gifts of the mind, I gave her the secret signs
That’s known to the artists who have known the true gods of sound and stone
And word and tint I without a stint, I gave her poems to say
With her own name there and her own dark hair like clouds over fields of May 

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly, my reason must allow
That I had loved not as I should a creature made of clay
When the angel woos the clay, he’ll lose his wings at the dawn of day 

Written by Patrick Kavanagh