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Irish-Operated Carriage Horses -- A Stroll in the Park or Slave Labor?

Started this discussion. Last reply by That's Just How It Was Dec 10, 2014. 42 Replies

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What Shattered Within You on 9/11?

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Once Upon a Time, Maureen O'Hara Might Have Been My Mom

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 3:30pm 5 Comments

I once held the conceit that Maureen O'Hara was my mother. So it came as both a surprise and a delight to come across a picture of the deservedly famous Irish redhead standing alongside my father.

In the photo above, Dad is standing,…


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

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 3:30pm 13 Comments

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…


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

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

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…


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

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 10:00am 3 Comments

"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…


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I am an uncrowned family historian for the extended Regan and Condon clans, despite being adopted as an infant into my family. I have the incurable family history bug. My families of origin include O’Connors, Ryans and, on his first father’s side, Shiman, so I have plainly got my work cut out for him. 

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At 2:57am on September 26, 2011, Damian Shiels said…
Thanks Ger! I am based in Midleton in Co. Cork at the minute (though I am an exiled Limerick man!). There was an Arthur Shields who woreked with John Ford I think, but I must admit I don't know too much about him!
At 10:11am on September 29, 2011, Damian Shiels said…

Hi Ger,


There are four derivations of it that I know of- Shiels, Sheils, Shields and Sheilds and they appear to be the same name but with the usual split in the spelling once it began to be written down- ultimately I think we are all of the same stock no matter where our 'd' is!

At 9:04pm on September 29, 2011, Gerry Regan said…
LOL. Is it considered a Munster name, in ancestral terms?
At 12:42pm on February 27, 2013,
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Rick Grant


This is awesome. Just flew back from San Diego, so I'll explore this more after I've rested my eyes some. Well done!


At 4:10pm on March 22, 2013, Bit Devine said…


I have been brought up with a sense of belonging. I come from a Canadian Ulster Scot family on my father's side. My Gran always exposed me to the culture, the language, the customs, history and the heritage of both Ireland and Scotland. I felt a sense of coming home from the first time I stepped out into the peat air in Shannon. I had a sense of "knowing" as the Ferry pulled into the dock at Cill Rónáin. It is that which I try to speak to within my photography and writings 

At 9:07am on March 25, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Bit, can you share with us some of your written work, as well? Where is Cill Rónáin?

At 9:56pm on April 17, 2013,
Jane Sherry Gardner

Gerry .. Thanks for making me feel so welcome.  My people are in Kilteevan, Carrowban and Ballinaboy, Roscommon.  There's a well known restaurant called Regan's in Roscommon town .. any relation?  (Excellent Lamb Chops!)

At 12:42pm on April 29, 2013, John Walsh said…

Hi Gerry,

My lucky day. Thanks for the welcome. My address is 

John Walsh

Doire Press

Aille, Inverin

Co. Galway


I look forward to rocking.



At 9:49am on May 10, 2013, Jim Curley said…

Talking with those Galwegians on Wednesday was fun. Thanks  for hosting the event.


At 8:17am on May 11, 2013, Felicity Hayes-McCoy said…

Thanks, Ger. I'm rather up to my ears at the moment promoting the new paperback edition of The House on an Irish Hillside and completing work on my new novel. But I'm delighted to be here, looking forward to keeping in touch, and I'll do some quick uploads now while I've time.

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