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Margaret’s missing middle name
The poverty-stricken Irish: Why did they pick Boston?
(also see “The city where a century ago he came unwanted, he has made his own…”)
"Very good post. As well, I am just finding out more about my Irish ancestors and the places where they arrived in America." ~ Thomas MacEntee, Destination Austin Family
Studying the struggles of the Irish people who have often fought famine throughout their history has given me a new perspective on the plight of the millions of people that face starvation even today. I wrote a series of articles for Blog Action Day 2008's focus on poverty. In this article, I've begun with a look back at Ireland's struggles (particularly during the Great Famine of 1845-1849) and then moved on to a focus on the sufferings of many throughout the world today. Read this article for a look at famine and poverty - and to learn what you can personally do about it.
Shared by: From “hard knocks” to Harvard and
My grandfather’s memory: Alzheimer’s in the family
"A great post - and thanks for listing some great resources." ~ Thomas MacEntee, Destination Austin Family
These two articles provide a look at two separate times in the life of one man: his early struggles and eventual success as a Harvard graduate and businessman, and his later sufferings from the disease of Alzheimer's. George McCue's story is one of triumph over adversity, and I personally draw from his inspiration often. I hope you'll enjoy reading about one of my personal heroes.
Sad news: There is "no Irish at me"
The more I learn about my ancestors, the more I want to learn about their homelands, cultures and languages. In honor of my Irish ancestry, I would love to learn how to speak Irish Gaelic - especially since the language is facing a decline in modern times. Unfortunately, this language is more challenging than most to an English-speaker, and I have few friends around me with whom I could practice my newly-acquired language skills. Enter Hiberno-English. You may not realize that there is actually a version of English spoken throughout parts of Ireland that has been so heavily influenced by Irish Gaelic that it could be considered its own dialect. In this article I've taken a light-hearted look at the Hiberno-English way of speaking, some of which I had incorporated into my own vocabulary without my knowledge!
The death of memory
As I stated in this article, "There is a Mexican saying that we die three deaths: the first when our bodies die, the second when they are lowered into the earth, and the third when we no longer remain in the memory of any of the living." Here I have told the story of the "death" of my family's memory with regard to one of its patriarchs: Patrick Tierney, the very man who brought the family from Ireland to the United States in the mid-19th-century.
Special thanks to Jasia of Creative Gene for hosting the iGene Awards at the Carnival of Genealogy. Also, thank you to footnoteMaven for a the awards poster and a little inspiration in my presentation. See you at next year's event!