Monday, October 23, 2006

Pittsburgh(er) in the World Series

Splitting the first two world series games is not a bad start for Jim Leyland who is not only responsible to the fans of Detroit, but all the vicarious Detroit fans here in Pittsburgh who are rooting for him.

but I mention just in passing a point of family pride. Completely unbeknownst to him I am quite sure, but Jim Leyland and I are 2nd counsins by marriage. My great grandfather and his great grandfather-in-law was one Patrick O'Halloran who was an American citizen who actually emigrated to Ireland in the late 19th century where he would marry Mary Ann Coyne. Supposedly he was involved with the Molly Maguires in NE Pennsylvania and was forced to flee the country in some haste. but all 9 of his surviving children would emigrate to the US from Coolacloy, County Galway over a century ago. Try and find that on a map. The picture on the right is what the road to Coolacloy looked like a decade ago. Actually the road became a little less 'formal' a just past this point before it finally reached the 'town'. Given the growth over there this may all be a shopping mall by now.. well, maybe not, but still its a different Ireland than the past. The 2nd picture (below) are the remnants of what could have once been the family home which would have housed parents, 11 children and sundry relatives.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris: It was great seeing you last week. Love the Blog. We gotta get together for lunch. -Lawton

Monday, October 23, 2006 10:22:00 PM  

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