A Gypsy gravesite in Ireland

Posted by Josie | 2:37 PM | 9 comments »

A Gypsy grave might not be the first item on the list of a typical tourist, especially when visiting Northern Ireland. But a dear friend thought otherwise because the stories told in a graveyard are sometimes the most important.

This was the incentive I needed to continue my research regarding one of the most fascinating people in the world--The Romany, or Gypsies. Their culture, food, religion, superstitions, and beliefs, as well as the fact that they wander from place to place with no true home, is the basis for numerous tales--both real and imagined.

All of my writing is based on the Romany people.


  1. Barbara Monajem // October 12, 2014 at 7:16 PM  

    Fascinating. Actually, I like visiting graveyards -- visited one in Germany recently to say some prayers for a departed relative, but also spent some time just reading the names and inscriptions.

  2. Mary Marvella // October 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM  

    I agree, reading the information on tombstones can create so many stories in our heads!

  3. Josie // October 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM  

    You would have loved my dear Irish friend. He visits the graveyards in Londonderry/Derry, Northern Ireland on a regular basis. He also enjoys reading the inscriptions.

  4. Josie // October 13, 2014 at 11:20 AM  

    So true. But a Gypsy gravesite was especially fascinating.

  5. Mary Marvella // October 18, 2014 at 9:27 AM  

    Joanne, I have never seen one. Maybe one day!

  6. Mona Risk // October 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM  

    I love your books, Josie.

  7. Josie // October 19, 2014 at 8:33 AM  

    Pack your bags. The easiest way to see Ireland is Boston to Dublin. It's the shortest flight available form the U.S. and usually the most reasonable.

  8. Josie // October 19, 2014 at 8:33 AM  

    The feeling is mutual. All your books are amazing.

  9. debjulienne // October 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM  

    It would be up high on my list. I love cemeteries. The ones in New Orleans are may favorite so far.