Author Archives: Bill

Dual citizenship podcast interview at the Irish Roots Cafe

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed for the second time by Mike O’Laughlin of the Irish Roots Cafe for his Irish Families Worldwide podcast.   The first interview was in July about my Irish family history tour. This time, the … Continue reading

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Christmas toy on fire

I never imagined a toy remote controlled car could catch fire.  It only took four AA batteries and a tiny circuit board.  Flames burned through the windshield and were shooting several inches in the air!  It was not a nice … Continue reading

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Taking an Irish language class

I started an Irish language class this fall at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center.  Studying a language was never a strong point for me.  I “took” French for four years in high school, but I think I gave it … Continue reading

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When you make a change, it may as well be a big one

I started a new job a few weeks ago, still in IT at IBM, but out of the collaboration and social media space.  It’s a big change for me as I have been focused for the past 8 years on … Continue reading

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Workplace of the Future interview

Recently, I did an interview and webinar at simply-communicate.com.  The subject was IBM’s Workplace of the Future initiative.  I think it is a good summary of the way we are changing IT to take a more holistic view of what … Continue reading

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My podcast interview on Irish Roots Cafe

In July, I was interviewed by Mike O’Laughlin of the Irish Roots Cafe for his Irish Families Worldwide podcast.  The interview is about my family history tour to Ireland in May.  It’s a longer version of my prior two blog … Continue reading

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Our Irish Family History Tour

As I mentioned in my last blog entry, my sister and brother and I recently took our Irish family history tour.  We visited the following townlands: Gubnaveagh, Leitrim – the birthplace of my grandfather, James Francis Sweeney (left at age … Continue reading

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Thank you Gerry Clarke and Social Media

Our recent family history tour of Ireland was a great success.  We visited the townlands and old cottages for the Sweeney, Horan, and Brennan ancestors.  We knew where we were going with the Sweeney part of the trip.  The Brennan … Continue reading

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Heading back to Ireland

My sister, one brother and I are heading to Ireland this week for a little family history tour.  I made some great connections on my last trip and some new connections via the Internet that will make this trip very … Continue reading

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The friendly people of Ballinafad and Ballinamore

During our August trip to Ireland, we visited the townlands where my grandfather and grandmother grew up.   Driving was quite an experience, but we managed to make it through the trip without an accident!  I must admit I was nervous, … Continue reading

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