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 Lyrics Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of e-newsletter subscribers. You’ll receive our favorite news stories on Irish travel and culture delivered to your...

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#113 Discovering Your Irish Roots… Annie Moore, Barack Obama and You -AUDIO
Dec17

#113 Discovering Your Irish Roots… Annie Moore, Barack Obama and You -AUDIO

Episode Guide – Podcast #113 Discovering Your Family’s Irish Roots Expert genealogist Megan Smolenyak delves into the tips and techniques for uncovering your Irish ancestry. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen. Our Podcasts are availble on iTunes – here’s our link for Techies You can also watch video about this topic Show Notes: 00:00 Intro: The Devil’s Bit by Theresa Larkin & Noel McQuaid 00:30 Holiday...

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Ennis “Celebrating the Greatest” with Muhammad Ali Tribute
Aug30

Ennis “Celebrating the Greatest” with Muhammad Ali Tribute

The Irish town of Ennis plans to mark the first anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s visit to his ancestral town with a special event on Wednesday. Ali, the three-time World Heavyweight Champion, was named the first Honorary Freeman of Ennis in 2009 in recognition of his career achievements and his ancestral links with the Clare County Capital. Over 15,000 people watched ‘The Greatest’ receive a Civic Reception before embarking on a...

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The Story of Barack Obama’s Irish Roots
Aug25

The Story of Barack Obama’s Irish Roots

This summer, Liam and I were taken on a tour of sites connected to President Obama’s Irish roots with two of the people credited with tracing his lineage to Ireland. Canon Stephen Neill, Church of Ireland rector in the Moneygall area, along with genealogist Megan Smolenyak, showed us the sites, shared the old records that tied Obama to Moneygall, and treated us to tea at Ollie Hayes Pub (it was a little too early for a pint)....

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U.S. Presidents with Irish Roots
Aug25

U.S. Presidents with Irish Roots

My visit this summer to Barack Obama’s ancestral town of Moneygall in County Offaly got me thinking about other presidents with ties to the Emerald Isle. With just bit of basic research, I spotted Irish ancestry among half the U.S. Presidents, and I’m sure that with a bit more digging, one could make a few more connections as well. This collection of U.S. Presidents claim ties to Counties Antrim, Cavan, Cork, Donegal,...

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