Please use this thread to introduce yourself to your fellow Wild Geese. In particular, we would love to hear your Irish story. What are your ties to Ireland? Have you or are you in the midst of uncovering your genealogy? What are your particular Irish interests? The arts? Cooking? Literature? Travel?

Please tell us also about yourself. What are your occupations and hobbies? What are your goals and ambitions? Where are you from?

And finally we would love to hear what brought you to The Wild Geese and how can we help you uncover, share, and preserve your Irish Story!

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Excellent!  Welcome to The Wild Geese community, Bianca.

Quite an interesting mix of cultural backgrounds you have there.  This will be a great place for you to get advice for both your genealogical research and your travel plans.

Go n-éirí an bóthar leat.

~ Ryan

Hi everyone

I have been researching my irish family for a couple of years now and cannot get any further on my father's side.  My great grandfather Charles Falloon (farmer) and his wife Eliza came to Scotland around 1890 and as far as I know they were from Lurgan, Co Armagh. That's what my dad always  told me.   I cannot find any birth records for his first two children  either who were born in Ireland. Trying to decipher handwritten names proves difficult so I am unsure of my great grandmother's birth name which looks as if it maybe McCaughley or Collery.  So hard to find any further details.  Anyone have any ideas.  I am travelling to Ireland for a holiday in June so could drop into Belfast Records and maybe do a search but just don't know where to start now.

 I am very proud to have Irish ancestors on both sides of my family.  On my mothers side are  the O'Connor family. My great great grandfather was Owen Connor, then his son my great grandfather Patrick O'Conner and then my grandfather also Patrick O'Connor.  I know Owen's father was Thomas Connor but don't know year he was born or much else.  So everything is at a standstill.


I would love to know where they all came from so I could visit those areas.

Thanks for reading


Hello to all

I made my first visit to Ireland in 1964 while serving in Berlin as a young member of the U. S. Air Force, and have been back five times since, and each trip is better than the last.  I was fortunate on my first trip to meet my cousin, Finbar O'Donovan, an unforgettable character with an incredible knowledge of all things Irish, and he had a big impact on my love for Ireland.  My grandfather, was a Mulroney from Carlow and married a McAssey, also from Carlow, and they came to the states in 1911.  From that point on, the family name became Mulrooney, and we assume the extra o was added at Ellis Island.  My mother's family was Griffin and her mother married an O'Donovan, and both families were from Bandon in County Cork.  My mom's parents arrived in 1907 from Ireland and settled in New York. My father was a Navy man and he and my mom came to San Diego when he was stationed here after World War II, and San Diego has been my home ever since.  I've been lucky enough to have been involved in the Irish community here for many years, including chairing the Saint Patrick's Day Parade, and marching each year in the Parade with the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, as a past president.  I'm always trying to discover a little more of the family history and have had some success, and like many others, some obstacles.

Thanks to the Wild Geese for all you, and continued great success!


Bob ... thanks for that introduction to your background.  And welcome to The Wild Geese!

~ Ryan

Hi, Ellen.

First of all, welcome to The Wild Geese community!  Glad to have you aboard.

Sounds like you have a bit of a "brick wall" there (like most of us).  You might want to copy and paste this into the thread where we're gathering our collective genealogical "brick walls" in the special ancestry group.  Have you joined that group yet?

You can find it here:

And here's the thread where everyone is posting their own "brick walls":

Hi everyone

My name is JP Torrebiarte. The Irish connection is in my mother's family.

Surgeon Theodore O'Kelly came to Guatemala in the late 17th. century. According to his account, he was born in 1658, in Loughgall (he spelled it "Lochgall"), county Armagh, kingdom of Ultonia. Working as an army surgeon, Dr. O'Kelly  did the 1699 campaign against the last Mayan Kingdom of Peten Itza. In the Archive of the Indias in Seville, we found his account of the garrison's ghastly condition. We come 10 generations after him.

So far, we have not been able to tie him to his family in Ireland. I went to Ireland last year, and I am still thanking our good Lord for the chance to meet so many wonderful persons. When a young man working for the Armagh City Museum heard this story, he urged me to visit King Brian Boru's resting place. He went on to describe the battle of Clontarf in detail as if it had happened a year ago. I understood then that history is so alive in Ireland that the span of 10 generations is an eye's flicker. JP

Hi, Juan Pablo.

First of all, welcome to The Wild Geese community.  Glad to have you aboard!

That's a fascinating family background you've share with us.  It's wonderful to have a "Wild Goose" among us from Guatemala.   Have you added yourself to the member map yet?  You can do that by going to the home page and scrolling down to the bottom.  You'll see the map, and you can click the button at the top of the map to add your location.  It would be great to see a pin there in Guatemala.

On another note, are you a coffee drinker?  I'm an enthusiastic coffee connoisseur, and I've had many, many great varieties of coffee beans from your country.

~ Ryan


Yes, I enjoy my coffee. I work near lake Atitlan, which is one of the producing regions of the country. I am not a real expert, but I like the coffee fresh ground and filter pressed. The machine is called here a French press. The beverage is not as dark and heavy as an expreso, but all the flavors are there. jp

Excellent, Juan Pablo.  I also use the French press in my coffee preparation, but also use an AeroPress and a Chemex, deepening on my mood from day to day.  :-)

Glad to hear you grind your beans freshly.  No other way worth doing.  I've gone one step further now ... I order my beans green (raw) and roast them at home.  The coffee is simply incredible when you have all the control in the roast level and freshness.  I tend to roast to a very light level because, as you say, the lighter roasts leave all the unique and delicious flavours intact.

Roast at home! Great idea! I have visited some small coffee roasters and I have thought I would do that work for free. To be there all day doing the different mixes, sampling them, and of course roasting the coffee beans.

I was truly glad that in Ireland, at least the people I met, enjoyed strong coffee, strong tea, strong tobacco. They seemed to me young humanity at its best, having a great time with nature's wonders. jp

My name is Lawrence f X Maloney (larry), I had joined the Wild Geese quite a while ago, I was born and raised in Newark New Jersey, my ties to Ireland, all (4), grand-parents were born there, my fathers parents born County Roscommon, they probably  came to New Jersey around 1885, they had met at an Irish Bar here imagine that all those miles and meet here and be from the same county my Grand-mother was a maid in Montclair N.j, while my grand-father tended the mules on the Morris canal, my Mothers parents were from French park Roscommon, she was Margaret Mary Tansey French Park Roscommon, he was a big man and a bartender and my grandmother died young leaving 5 children my Mother Margaret Mahon Maloney  was 16 and took over management of the family, they all turned out great citizens all of mothers 4 brothers served in WW2, (2) with excellent distinction  my father also left info on my great-grandparents both sides, I have been to Ireland to visit cousins who vacation in Mayo in the summer, hope to get back again this year, just wanted to share.  My Dad left very precise information on all Great grandparents. But people I speak to don't have any information, feel very lucky, oh by the way Iam retired Newark Police Dept, while my brother was Newark Fireman, talk about following the Irish tradition.

Hello, Lawrence.

Welcome to The Wild Geese community.

Thanks for that background on you and your family.  Quite a few other "Sheepstealers" here with roots in County Roscommon.  You are very fortunate, indeed, to have so much information on your forebears.

Glad to have you aboard ... don't be a stranger!

~ Ryan


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