Ryan O'Rourke's Comments

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At 5:22pm on March 2, 2013,
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Maryann Tracy


Welcome to the New Wild Geese Family. We are thrilled to have you join us!

At 3:56am on April 19, 2013, Sheila Lucy Hemmings said…

Hello  Ryan, many thanks for your warm welcome, it was great to go back home, although it was a long time, and of course some things had changed, it was as if I had never been away, now that I know I still have family there I will go back regularly, in fact I am going in August and carry on with my research into the family tree, hope to hear from you again, take care, Sheila.

At 1:13pm on April 21, 2013, Neil Hanlon said…

Hi Ryan

Thank you for your warm welcome. I am not a southerner but came down here 14 years ago to retire. Have known Gerry Regan from the days when I belonged to the Irish Brigade Association in New York.
Personal history and contribution to perpetuating the memory of the Irish soldiers can be found on my website -- www.irishbrigadestore.com.
I am crazy about Richmond and visit friends there often. You won't find much on me in Facebook. I'm in my 80th year and just not into social media much.
At 11:25am on April 26, 2013, Rachel Cleary said…

Thank you Ryan for the welcome to the Wild Geese - my ancestors "flew the coup" in post-Famine times & we have been in Australia for 5 generations... after my aunts traced the family tree, it felt good to return and live in Ireland for a year, about a decade ago... am feeling its about time to return again soon... Rachel.

At 4:14am on April 28, 2013, Rachel Cleary said…

Hello Ryan,

From Enniskillen... although I believe the Cleary's were originally from Galway, and then Donegal for centuries...  




At 12:40pm on April 29, 2013, John Walsh said…

Hi Ryan, Lisa and I would like to ask you if we may put up your fantastically atmospheric photos of the Literary Walk on our Doire Press site? If so, could you send them to us at doirepress@gmail.com

Hope you and your wife enjoy the Stories. We're very proud of it and it's running out of our hands, we're glad to say. 



At 1:50pm on April 29, 2013, John Walsh said…

Hi Ryan,

That's great. Would you mind sending us the photos in smaller units as our internet here is pathetic and if they all come in one block, we're screwed.



At 2:14pm on April 29, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Sure, John.  Incidentally, I think we're neighbours.  We live in Teach Mór. :-)

At 2:15pm on April 29, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Do you want them in collage form as I've done here on the site, or would you like them individually?

At 2:45pm on April 29, 2013, John Walsh said…

Okay Ryan,

as we are neighbours then just bring them over!!!

Individually would be best.

Do you have good internet and how?

What's your private email?



At 3:00pm on April 29, 2013, John Walsh said…

Hi Ryan,

Lisa says if we're neighbours it would be much easier just to put the photos on a disk. You come here or we go there. Tel. 593290 best, John 

At 3:08pm on April 29, 2013, Ryan O'Rourke said…

Okay, John.  I'll give you a ring some time tomorrow, and we can arrange it.  I can bring the photos over on a flash drive ... no probs.  My private email is Ryan@IrishHomelandPhotography.com.

At 7:59pm on April 29, 2013, rod Murphy said…

A Chara,

      I'm a long way from Uganda. I could not figure out your
mapping utility and screwed it up. I was born in Boston and live in
Southbridge, MA. My folks are from Cork.

Roderick P. Murphy (Rod)

At 11:27pm on May 8, 2013, Kevin Patrick Molloy said…

Thanks Ryan, yes I am very proud of my name and that is my family crest. No relation to Matt but I did meet him once at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia great guy and I love the Chieftains.  I have been following the Wild Geese website for quite awhile now and always loved it. I am a huge Irish history buff. Very glad to be aboard.

At 3:18pm on May 9, 2013, Kirk chomh ciúin anseo said…

Thank .. i am just visiting this site .check out stuff .

At 3:53pm on May 11, 2013, Felicity Hayes-McCoy said…

Hi Ryan, Just finding my way round this site and not sure if I responded to your kind welcome and your comment on my book. They're much appreciated. Best, Felicity.

At 2:15pm on May 18, 2013, Fran Pultro said…

Ryan, thank you for your warm welcome to The Wild Geese. Please forgive my delay in replying. I am enjoying the emails & info on the website. It keeps me going between visits to Ireland. Blessings, Fran

At 8:00pm on May 18, 2013, John M. Strathern said…
Thank u for your welcome. Will enjoy this site!
At 10:15am on May 22, 2013, Marybeth Van Winkle said…

Hi Ryan,

Thank you for your welcome. The fact is that my entire ancestry as far back as I can trace begins in County Mayo. I descend from Ruddy's from Kilfian, Ruane's from Crossmolina, McHales' who seem to have been from the same area although I am not entirely certain, (They followed the same pattern of immigration as the others, coming to Hawley, Wayne County, PA and then moving to Scranton where I still live.) and a group that is somewhat of an anomaly since they appear to be of Scottish origins. These are the Lamonds. They appear in Mayo records as Lamen, Lamin, and Lammond, although they later seemed to settle on Lammond. Related families from the area are Goldens', Hughes, and Mullins. I do know that the Lammonds were in the area by 1800 or so. My guess is that they came from Ulster after the Battle of the Diamond although they do not appear on any of the lists I have been able to locate. On the other hand, a James Lamond of Tyrone was arrested for involvement in the United Irishmen movement, tried and sent to Australia for life. There is a record of his arrival. My late mother, who died at the age of 97 in 2005, was the only member of the family who knew people in the immigrant generation and it was her understanding that "someone in the family" had gone to Australia rather that the US. I thought it might be an Uncle Martin, her father's brother, about whom I knew nothing at the time. I discovered him in Yorkshire, working as a miner and married to an Annie Smith. If this James was connected to her family, they might have moved to escape harassment. I did have the pleasure of meeting two second cousins who were the granddaughters of my grandfather sister, Margaret Lammond Gallagher of Rathnamaugh. They took me to visit Peter Lammond at the homestead there. He would have been my mother's first cousin, son of her father's brother Thomas. On my father's side, there are Gallaghers', Gillespies and Kearneys'. My father's grandfather, Edward Gallagher, was killed in a mining accident in 1874 so there was something of a disconnect of information. He came to the US in 1864 with his parents, Peter and Catherine, and siblings, Peter, John and Annie. My great-grandmother, the ever popular Mary Brady McNulty Naughton Gallagher seemed to have a problem with the Gallaghers' or they with her, because our line of the family is totally ignorant of the other descendants of Peter and Catherine. I don't think that the Gallaghers' were too happy about Edward's marriage since Mary had a collection of offspring from her previous husbands and was more than likely much older than the thirty that she professed on the 1870 census. Whatever went on, Mary was so incensed that she gave the Gallagher children's surname as McNulty on the 1880's. My father seemed to think that that the Gallaghers' were from Ballina but I actually transcribed Baptisms up to the 1860's and never found them'. 

In any case, since I went to the trouble of looking for all Gallaghers' in Kilmermoy, I decided to transcribe all of the records I could read as the handwriting is sometimes illegible or the pages very faded and post them on a website, irishhereandthere.com. There are only about ten years of Kilfian records that I can access but they are on another site called kilfiancrosskin.com. The sites are free and something of a hobby for me.

I like to blend history with my genealogy research and I find your site vvery interesting because I don't know a great deal of Irish history. In addition, Scranton was a popular destination for people from Mayo, Sligo and Galway. I can pass along any information that might be of interest to other members of the group. I am grateful for your including me.

Marybeth VW

At 11:00am on May 22, 2013, Patty Vickers said…

Ahoy, Ryan - thanks for the warm welcome! We moved to Annapolis six years ago and I'm really enjoying the Irish scene here, especially compared to what I experienced on the west coast. We went to Ireland last year and can't wait to go back again. Looking forward to learning a lot and connecting to others here. ~ Patty

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