/Culture

December 2017

Most popular Irish family names in America explained

By |2017-12-14T09:27:50+00:00December 12th, 2017|Culture|

Over four million Irish immigrants came to the United States between 1820 and 1930. Their surnames are still common around the country, especially in historic enclaves in the Northeast. Many originally had a tell-tale “O” before the name, which meant “descendant of” in Gaelic, but it has largely been dropped. With or without the O, according to Ancestry.com’s tally of surnames [...]

Born on Christmas – Remembered on New Years

By |2017-12-13T22:09:32+00:00December 8th, 2017|Culture|

BORN ON CHRISTMAS – REMEMBERED ON NEW YEARS By Mike McCormack (source: www.aoh.com) During the 1904 St. Louis World Fair, John Philip Sousa and his band dominated the entertainment, which included a young John McCormack singing at the Irish Pavilion. It was an era when America’s musical superstars were not individuals with a hit recording, but band leaders – people [...]