Mike Pence’s Irish Roots

On July 25, I wrote (at https://goo.gl/jj4H2u) about vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine’s Irish ancestry and his visit to ancestral locations in Ireland. A newsletter reader then pointed out that his competitor, Mike Pence, also has Irish ancestry and also has made the trip back to the homeland. It’s interesting that we have two Irish Americans running for Vice-President with traceable genealogical roots.

Mike_PenceAn article from 2013 in the IndyStar describes Pence’s Irish interests:

“Pence’s grandfather emigrated to Ellis Island from Tubercurry, Ireland, about a century ago and later worked as a bus driver in Chicago, according to the governor’s staff. His grandmother was born and raised in Doonbeg, Ireland.

“Their experiences left a lasting impression on Pence, who as a member of Congress sought looser immigration restrictions than many of his fellow conservatives liked.”

On a trip to Ireland, Pence visited the small house where his great-grandfather, James Moloney, was born. He also was able to meet his grandmother’s first cousin, 92-year-old Patrick Moloney.

You can read the article at http://goo.gl/dDZ3Nl.

My thanks to newsletter reader Paul Hacker for telling me about the newspaper article.

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Cousin connections made stateside can be very helpful in locating a family’s homestead. A cousin of my husband’s family, who lives in Ireland, met us in Ireland and took us on a tour of my husband’s family homestead and church burial ground. Sadly, the home was recently demolished. There was wattle and daub in the pile of rubble.

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My Uncle once said to my grandmother, “Why are you so proud of your Irish ancestry, the Irish never gave us anything!” Wish Uncle Ernie could, “Look at us now!”

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