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Introduction and Welcome


Hi, I am Ted O’Neill and since 2010 I have been working on a genealogical project focused on Patrick O’Neill and family, documenting the research and telling a story in a book. Patrick O’Neill was born in County Wicklow, Ireland in the early 1800’s. He emigrated to Canada and bought a farm near Ridgetown, Ontario Canada. Today his family’s descendants live all across Canada and the United States, and probably further than that. At this point we just haven’t found them.

This project seems to take me for ever. So I decided to read in the parts I have already written and publish them in a podcast on my website oneillclan.ca! If you are listening to this I am glad you found me. Hopefully this podcast approach will move things along faster and have the added benefit of making it much easier for people to learn about our family’s history.

What are my goals in undertaking this project?

1) To document and preserve the genealogical research completed to date for future generations of our family;

2) To present the information in an easy to consume format which is both interesting and historically accurate.

I hope that these podcasts will endure and that some of our future grand children will take up the cause and continue to document and maintain our families history.

So put on your headphones and sit back with a coffee or whatever and enjoy the story.


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The Question

If you’re a famous chef-restaurateur, such as Daniel Rose, you might offer a few lines about food, Dorianne Laux’s “A Short History of the Apple.” For the dancer-choreographer Savion Glover, there’s Allison Joseph’s tribute to a standby of 1970s television, “Soul Train.” And if you’re former “Today” show correspondent Ann Curry, who knows well the changing fortunes of public life, you find special delight in Maya Angelou’s anthem “Still I Rise”:

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Rose, Glover and Curry were among the readers, or “honorary poets,” as host (and poet) Elizabeth Alexander called them Wednesday night at the 17th annual “Poetry & the Creative Mind” benefit. Presented by the Academy of American Poets, the event was staged before an appreciative audience at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. As in previous years, “Poetry & the Creative Mind” brought in prominent guests from a wide variety of careers, united by a willingness to read a few favorite poems before some 2,000 people or more. Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and Gloria Steinem have been among the performers at the academy benefit.