Hello, world. I’m MacDara Conroy, and this is my blog.

Friday Five #22

(This is going to suck since I’m not American, but for completion’s sake I’m doing it anyway.)


1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from?

Being from Ireland, and having Irish ancestors, means that my answers to these questions aren’t going to be as exciting as I know it’s going to be for, say, you Yanks, who seem to revel in your heraldry and genealogy because you only have 300 years or so of your own history. But I digress; what is my lineage? On my paternal side (Conroy), Irish – but the name seems to have originated in Spain at least 1,000 years ago. On my maternal side (Ellis), originally English, specifically Anglo-Saxon – although the name is said to have been derived from Elijah, which in turn is a variation of Jesus, so an argument could be made that I’m descended from the Son of God. So there. But this is all going back hundreds of years. Unfortunately my grandparents didn’t come here from Europe to escape the Nazis or anything historically interesting like that. Although my late Grandad John Conroy did run errands on his bicycle in the Dublin Mountains for the IRB back in the day. That’s history for you.

2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit?

Since I live in one, and the other is just across the water and I’ve been there so many times, this question is kinda irrelevant for me.

3. Which would you least like to visit? Why?

See above.

4. Do you do anything during the year to celebrate or recognize your heritage?

No, since I’m not an emigrant. The Irish usually take Ireland for granted, unless we happen to be doing well in an international sporting competition.

5. Who were the first ancestors to move to your present country (parents, grandparents, etc)?

My lineage has been settled here for too long to really answer this question. However, my maternal grandparents had planned to emigrate to New Zealand a many moons ago. If they had, their vowels would be all messed up (sorry Wendy, just kidding!) and I most likely wouldn’t be here (a metaphysical conundrum that I don’t want to get into).

(I told you this was gonna suck.)