It was revealed at last Saturday’s Town Team Genealogy, Local and Family History Conference at Hannon’s Hotel that Roscommon GAA fanatic and local barber, Paddy Joe Burke, is a descendent of Fr. Edward J. Flanagan of Boys Town fame.
The links were discovered following painstaking genealogy research carried out by Mary Leyden and Eilish Feeley ahead of the ‘Who Do You Think He Is?’ event which took place during the conference.
Organiser and speaker on the night, Mary Leyden, said Paddy Joe had been aware of the link, which is on his mother’s side of the family.
“Paddy Joe knew a lot about his family history thanks to his father and grandfather. He was a brave man to take part but there wasn’t a single skeleton in the closet!
“The most interesting link was to Fr. Flanagan of Boys Town fame in the United States. There was a definite DNA link; Paddy Joe’s grandmother was Larkin and Fr. Flanagan’s mother was Nora Larkin and they were from the Leabeg area near the village of Ballymoe,” she said.
While Paddy Joe is undoubtedly Primrose and Blue through and through, the research did suggest a tinge of Maroon and White in his bloodline!
Mary said: “Paddy Joe’s a true Rossie to the core but there is also a slight touch of East Galway!”
The inaugural Roscommon Town Team’s Genealogy, Local and Family History Conference featured talks from Mary Leyden, Marian Harlow, Eilish Feeley and Mary Timoney on topics including ‘Researching Living Relatives’, ‘Your Town History’, ‘Sources for Genealogy and Local History and ‘Graveyards – A Source for Local and Family History’.