Gerry Regan's Blog Posts Tagged 'Family History' (7)

Baa, Baa 'Black Sheep': A Chat About the Mysterious Irwins

Compiling family history can be a fascinating pursuit, particularly when a living descendant bequeaths a story as colorful and riveting as that of brothers Tom and John Irwin. The young men, among my grandmother’s numerous first cousins, shared a cold-water flat in Manhattan’s gritty Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. That was, until…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 30, 2017 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

A U.S. Sailor Writes From His Post in Cork, 1918

Navy veteran John Washington Michael Condon died as he lived, a gregarious man with a penchant for sharing a good story. He was one of my father’s numerous uncles, and was known to me through Dad’s recollections as Uncle Jack. As evidenced by the following letter, dated July 19, 1918, Jack served during World War 1, when…

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Added by Gerry Regan on November 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Injustice in Hell's Kitchen? -- The Story of Tom and ‘Yerkie’ Irwin

"Brother Pleads Guilt to Free Jailed 'Twin' " reads the headline in the July 30, 1931, edition of The New York Times.

The story refers to two of my grandmother’s first cousins, Tom and John Irwin. Tom stood accused with two other men -- and all were later convicted -- in the rape of a woman and the armed robbery of the…

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Added by Gerry Regan on March 11, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

An Homage to Ann O'Connor, Acolyte of Dorothy Day

'In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of…

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Added by Gerry Regan on September 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

A Sailor in Wartime Dixie: Startled by Catholic Apartheid

And then when we got to Miami, the Gesu Church, which is a beautiful Catholic church, an old church in the heart of Miami, they had big signs posted as you entered, ‘Colored seat from the rear.’…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:32pm — 2 Comments

From Bockagh Hill to Bayside Heights: The P.F. Grady Saga

‘I am of Ireland,

And the Holy Land of Ireland,

And time runs on, cried she,

‘Come out of charity,

Come dance with me in…

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Added by Gerry Regan on July 27, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Beer, Strikebreaking, Exquisite Furniture: How Work Came to Define This Irish-American Family's History

Thoughts of labor this holiday, however modest in its aspirations, invite me to contemplate the role of work in both defining and coloring the lives of my family.



My grandfather Ray Regan was born in Harlem, in upper…

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Added by Gerry Regan on September 1, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

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