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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Beannachtaí,

I'm from Clare and now bide my time between there and California, where I teach at UC Berkeley. The arts are my main interest, especially literature and music. I'm a writer and have published a number of books — short stories, novellas and a novel. In the next year or so I hope to publish a book about the traditional arts of Doolin in County Clare. Occasionally I blog at ballylara.wordpress.com.

and how did I get here? I read a post by Gerry Regan on Facebook and decided to drop by...

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Eddie, delighted to have you on board. Failte! Stack is a particularly interesting surname. What can you tell us about it? Ger

Hi Gerry,

Stack is a Kerry name...my people came from Lixnaw, and were dispossessed in the early 1600s. They came across the Shannon to Clare and that's where I'm from. In Irish the name is de Staic and arrived in Ireland with the Normans. I spoke to a namesake who had done much research into the name and he considered it to be Breton.

Hi.....
Just a bit of data. One of the most respected goldsmiths in all of Ireland is Brian deStaic of Kerry.
My fool brain is just full of little bits and pieces of trivia.
Regards,
Tom

Greetings all, My name is Jim Mis and I'm so happy to have joined the ranks of the Wild Geese. My grandfather was from Killarney, Co Kerry and my grandmother was from Co Tipperary. My grandparents came to the US in the early 1920's. and settled in Waterbury Connecticut where my grandfather became a police officer. This is my mom's family and in time her brothers became firefighters and police officers.  I followed the tradition and became a Waterbury firefighter in 1977 rising to the rank of lieutenant before retiring in 2002. After retiring I swiftly moved to Florida and hope to never be cold again. My mom's family was a very tight and traditional Irish family and I was exposed to a lot of Irish culture. I identify with the joy of being Irish and want to do more research on my Irish roots. Again,so happy to be here and look forward to talking to you folks and making friends here.

originally from lisburn co antrim ,moved to newcastle co down and now am in kilkeel co down  15 years ,my father came from Dundalk area out by st bridgets stream monascreebe/mount pleasant was the area they were farming in that area,his brothers were James, Alfred,Patrick,Vincent ,and sister Minnie Woods 

My name is Saralinda Larson from Tacoma, WA. Maiden name: Hurley. I've been trying to trace my family roots, but get stuck in Quebec. My dad used to tell me that we were descendants of the "Wild Geese." My 2nd great grandfather was Michael Hurley, born Oct 1828 in Canada and died in 1903.

In 2011, my husband surprised me with a gift of a week in Ireland. Ever since, I've been in love with my ancestral land. I would love to revisit Ireland and see much more.

Welcome to The Wild Geese community, Saralinda!

Since you're interested in ancestry / genealogy (as many of us are), may I suggest you head over and join the "Irish Ancestry" members' group?  Already some good discussions and articles there, and it's getting ready to really take off with the addition of a team of professional and amateur genealogists who will be contributing articles, resources, and other tools to help those of us here in this community with our research.

Glad to have you with us!

~ Ryan

Hello everyone, I've just joined. I live in Western New York and my father's family came from Jessup/Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The family came to Pennsylvania in the 1870s from Wales (PinnyPridd). They moved to Wales in the 1860s from Ireland.

My great grandfather was James Connors (born in Wales), married to Honora Sweeney. His father was Michl Connors, (born about 1817) married to Bridget Neal who were both born in Ireland, but I have yet to find their birthplaces or records.

Michl's father was Barth Connor.

I have visited Ireland twice in the last seven years. Once when my son was a student at NUI Galway and again when my wife and I just decided we could stay away any longer. We leave again for two weeks very soon. Staying in the West.  

Best wishes to all.

Welcome to The Wild Geese community, John.  Glad to have you aboard!

Thanks for giving us your background ... always interesting to hear where folks came from.  Enjoy your time in Ireland ... we live in Connemara and happen to think the west is best.

~ Ryan

Thanks Ryan. We have spent time in Connemara on both of our previous trips. Absolutely beautiful country.

This time it's off to Clare, Kerry and Cork.

Hello, my name is Marilyn but go by Annie, a long-used Irish family name.  I knew my family was Irish because my mum has always said she is 125% Irish!  She always wanted to know whatever happened to her Uncle Daniel.  As she is failing, I decided that would be the greatest gift I could give her.  After 10 years of research, I have found her grandparents or ggrandparents are from Co. Mayo, Galway, and Tipperary.  They left home for a new life and I will never get my mind around how difficult that must have been and what horrendous conditions were in place to force it. 

My mother carried on with the tradition.  She met and married my father when he was in the Navy.  She lived with the amenities of Boston but moved with him to his childhood home: a ranch in Wyoming that his parents homesteaded.  They were 68 miles from a town of about 2000, no electricity, no improved roads, no running water.....

My father's family went from Ireland to England and then to the US to fight in the Rev. War and make a better life.  His family has always owned land (purchased or homesteaded) every generation including my father.  We (my parents and we, children) homesteaded a farm when I was young.....so my mother went back to minimal amenities. 

I admire my parents so much.  I know I wouldn't be where I am if it hadn't been for my two great parents.  Ireland spawned those incredible people.

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