Returning to Ireland
Sep19

Returning to Ireland

Submitted by Deirdre McNamee Following a recent visit to Ireland I felt compelled to tell the story of my father who, like many men and women in the early 1950’s, left Ireland for British shores for what he perceived as a better life. On arriving in England he made his way to Sheffield where some former school friends and a cousin were already residing. They helped him find accommodation and, most importantly, work. A few years later...

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The Irish Influence on History
Jul01

The Irish Influence on History

Today’s FriFotos theme on Twitter is HISTORY, and that got me thinking of the Irish diaspora and their impact on culture around the world. The Irish truly have changed the course of history in many lands… hopefully for the better 🙂 ! It might surprise you to find out the photo above was not taken in Ireland… instead, Corey snapped it last year while in New York City! The Irish Hunger Memorial is located in Battery...

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Megan’s Photo Essay from Moneygall
May22

Megan’s Photo Essay from Moneygall

Megan Smolenyak is in Moneygall this week for Barack Obama’s Irish homecoming. The US-based genealogist has a special interest in the presidential visit because she played a key role in connecting Obama to his Irish Kearney relatives. Lucky for us, she’s keeping a photo essay from her time in the heart of Ireland. See Megan’s most recent uploads >> Learn more about Megan’s Moneygall research...

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Village of Shinrone, County Offaly, Also Claims Link to Obama’s Irish Roots
May16

Village of Shinrone, County Offaly, Also Claims Link to Obama’s Irish Roots

As enthusiasm in Ireland builds for President Obama’s visit next week, talk about his Irish roots has been popping up all over the internet. In the years since Megan Smolenyak and Stephen Neill confirmed the president’s link to Moneygall, County Offaly, new family ties have been uncovered. While Moneygall stands at the center of Obama’s Ireland visit, links to his Kearney ancestors go even further back to a nearby...

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An Emotional Journey Into Irish Genealogy with Rosie O’Donnell
Feb25

An Emotional Journey Into Irish Genealogy with Rosie O’Donnell

Rosie O’Donnell recently appeared on the NBC program Who Do You Think You Are? Many Irish-Americans will relate to her search for her roots. Rosie’s moving story begins with a mysterious photo of a woman that hung in her childhood playroom. That photo later reveals relatives she didn’t know existed, a French-Canadian connection and finally, a visit to Ireland… where she learns to drive on the left and...

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#114 Finding Your Irish Roots – VIDEO
Jan05

#114 Finding Your Irish Roots – VIDEO

Our Interview with Megan Smolenyak The Story of Barack Obama’s Irish Roots Presidents with Irish Connections Our Favorite Sites in Google Street View Recreate Our Moneygall Google Street View Journey This Video with Updated...

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