Ryan O'Rourke's Comments

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At 12:24pm on May 26, 2013, Jim Street said…

Hello Ryan, I am a transplanted Californian and have been living on Inis Mór for the past 36 years with previous stints in Galway and Spiddal in the '60's.  Thank you for your warm welcome.  Jim

At 9:52am on May 30, 2013, Kay Caball said…
Ryan, I really haven't had a chance yet to take a good look into the site.  I am involved in Writers' Week in Listowel, particularly on the Forum on Friday evening Mapping the Great Irish Famine . So next week - I would hope to get stuck into The Wild Geese.
At 1:16am on June 4, 2013, Susanna Robinon said…

thankyou for your kind welcome Ryan. I was born in Galway, Quay Lane. My parents were Galwegians -Quay Lane and Raleigh Row

At 7:27am on June 6, 2013, Lane England said…

Thanks Ryan!  I'll check that out.  I recently discovered my Irish heritage.  The Hollingsworth family from Ballyvickcrannell, Armagh.  They came in the late 1600s or early 1700s to the U.S.  My 7th great gandfather was Samuel Hollingsworth and his father was Valentine Hollingsworth.  I just shared that for the great first name - ha.  Valentine's grandfather was born in England (that explains the English name) and died in Ireland in the 1599.  More reasons to come for a visit!  

At 8:38pm on June 7, 2013, Madeline Bunt said…

Thank you for your warm welcome Ryan. I am enjoying exploring the site.


At 5:58pm on June 10, 2013, brenda robicheau said…

  Thanks Ryan for commenting to my 1st posts.  I see that my brother has posted in April

(Rod Murphy)----you asked about my French surname.  Yes that is my marriage name. My

maiden name is Brenda K Murphy with 4 grandparents from Galway, Cork, Roscommon amd


I have been in touch with you people because of my gg uncles ( born in Galway) who fought in the Civil War

and were soldiers from the Irish Brigade from Cambridge Ma,  The units joined up with the

NY Irish Brigade and were superb soldiers!!!

  The Wild Geese site is very informative and done so well.

Best to all

Brenda Murphy Robicheau

At 8:56am on June 16, 2013, Kevin S. Noonan said…


Thank for the welcome note - very nice of you.  I can see that I will very much enjoy the Wild Geese experience.


At 3:22pm on June 17, 2013, Michael Richard Coad said…

Thank you and Aloha...  My mother is from Galway.  Her maiden name is Browne.

At 9:44pm on June 17, 2013, Mary Elizabeth said…

Thanks for the welcome Ryan.  I would like an invite to Irish cuisine.


Mary Elizabeth

At 7:06pm on June 20, 2013, Patrick Murphy said…

Ryan, I am from County Cork. Came to the US on a Donnelly Visa in 187. Lived in Boston until we moved to Maine in 1999. Love been near the coast and the beaches.

At 9:42am on June 29, 2013, DAVID G BROWN said…

Hi Ryan

Thanks for the welcome! It looks like a wealth of information here. Should be very helpful, looking forward to gathering some great information.

Thanks Again!

At 2:25pm on July 20, 2013, Seamus McDonagh said…
Thanks for the welcome Ryan.
When things settle down, I'll explore the site and let's have a chat. Just arrived in NY. -on a mobile phone here and can only see half the comment area to write this. Please check out "Surviving Sam", a new sitcom that I'm in -so very busy with that.
At 5:43pm on July 20, 2013, Brian O'Sullivan said…

Hi Ryan,

First off I apologize for not following up with you regards conference regarding my book; 'Butcher A Hog'.  I actually responding several times,  but like a moron I commented to myself (just realized mistake).  Plus been busy as hell. Would there any be any chance we can set up the conference some time this week?  Book is taking off somewhat and Cahir O'Doherty,  Arts director at the Irish voice is going to review the book for me, plus I am going to hook up with him on Monday".

Again I apologize for being careless with your very kind offer.

All the best Brian O',

At 9:38am on July 22, 2013, Mary arnold said…

Thank you, Ryan. I love your website, and will enjoy exploring. My Butler-Britt-Crotty families are from Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, McLaughlin-Doherty from Dunree Co.Donegal, Mulholland and Allingham from Antrim and Down, Brady and Fitzgerald from Co.Kildare, Harrington and O'Neill from Co. Cork, and Spillane,Sheehan and Cleary from Co. Limerick. Thanks to the efforts of my grandfather and great aunt, I'm fortunate to know their roots before immigrated to the US. I'm still searching for the Flanigan, Moloney (probably Tipperary) and McGovern roots. The quest continues. We visited beautiful Ireland in May, concentrating on the south and visiting many of my Butler roots, those Norman governors for over 600 years.Fascinating history. I was fortunate to have an article published in the July issue of "Irish Lives Remembered", p. 48, about my mother's McLauglins in Donegal.

At 10:11am on July 22, 2013, Kathleen Price said…

Hello Ryan,

Thank you for the welcome! I have visited Ireland 10 times in the last 12 years.  My grandfather came from County Kerry in the late 1890's and settled in Wash. DC. I'm very interested in all things Irish, especially the history of the country and the people.

At 10:40am on July 22, 2013, Maura Kiely said…

Hello Ryan,

Thank you for the welcome message. My principal reason for joining is to find out about the Irish Brigade in Italy (St. Patrick's brigade) and the Pro Petri Sede medals. Any information from anyone will be very welcome.


At 11:05am on July 22, 2013, James McNamara said…

Thanks Ryan.  Very busy chasing down some of my friend's Newry families these last few days.

At 6:45am on July 23, 2013, Joey Burns said…

Thanks Ryan,

Although I still live in Ireland I am interested in the stories of those that have emigrated over the decades. As a sculptor I work in Irish wood and in my personal work I am constantly inspired by our ancient history and mythology. I am part of Ireland's long tradition of storytelling only I do it in a visual format. This is a link to one of my videos on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVjgkUS-7c 

Thanks again for the hearty welcome,


At 11:38am on August 14, 2013, Julianne Ní Chonchobhair said…

Go raibh maith agat! :)

At 10:57pm on August 24, 2013, Thomas M. Maher, III said…

Hi Ryan - Thanks for the welcome. I hope to get to WG more often. In regard to your question, Indiana has a rather large percentage of people w/ some Irish ancestry, often mixed with German and/or English, as most families here have been in the U.S. since the 19th century. Fort Wayne has two churches named after our patron saint. One largely serves the more recent immigrants from Mexico and Burma. The other, Saint Patrick's of Arcola, is clearly a Great Famine church, built c. 1850 for our people who were digging canals. When one uses the word "Irish" in Indiana, people immediately think of the University of Notre Dame, which is located in our diocese. Personally, I am a "half-narrowback," as it were. My mother was born in Offaly, and my father was Chicago Irish. I grew up in New York and have lived in Indiana for 15 years, where I teach history. Anyway, Thanks again and Erin Go Bragh.

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