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Newsletter for January, 2007

I can remember a time when you could depend on your neighbors to watch your house when you went on vacation, feed your dog, pick up your mail or keep the thrown papers from announcing you were gone. This is not gone from all neighborhoods, but for too many of them it is a courtesy no longer extended or expected. I have lived in my block area for almost 30 years and can remember when I knew the names of every family up and down the street and on the streets behind and in front of my street. The only ones I know now are the ones who are still in their houses. This attitude, apathy or whatever you want to call it is now extending within families. Families in the United States are drifitng apart for many more reasons than geography. This is not true of all the familes but for too many of them. Modern life with its many changes and opportunities is dispersing families from the family center and from each other.

Younger generations are often taking advantage when the older generation passes, of extending their freedoms beyond the ties of family and traditions that were expected of them when members of the older generation were authorities in their lives. There is often less an effort to keep in touch with peripheral family members. In some cases even siblings and cousins become seperated from each other let alone from each other's childrens.

This social movement is becoming an outgrowth of American society. Traditional fraternal and social organizations such as the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish Historical Societies, the Knights of Colombus, the American Legion, the VFW and many more are slowing disappearing due to lack of interest by the younger generations.

Just as the Amercian family and the community as a whole was a loser when it sought cheaper pricing that cost us a family doctor,a family pharmacist and a local gas station attendant, so too will we lose in this movement away from each other, away from extended family responsibilities and accountabilities.

Every mother who can remember, wishes to again have the doctor or pharmacist she could call for advice,a quick visit or medicine to assist a sick family member during a holiday or during off hours. Single aunts or a sister could really use the full service gas station to care for their cars they abuse and neglect because they do not know the basics of caring for a car.

Irish Americans and Americans generally will soon find a time when they can not expect the support, physically, emotionally or monetarily that at one time could have been expected only from a family member - simply because the family will have drifted so far apart that they no longer think of themselves as family and therefore have no investment or responsibility to assist people who are family in name only.

The words "family values" used to mean a vaue system tied to family and community. To Irish, Italian, Hispanic, Japanese and Jewish families, I knew, it meant more than that. It was often tied to tradition and religion so that all were living in and with a higher standard of ethics than those who did not have family values. Protect your family and your community by again embracing the tradition of family values.

The Celtic Connection to Texas History

There has been some interest shown in publishing the Celtic Connection in book form. The Houston, Texas area

Irish Heritage Society has contacted the author about publishing the book in 2007 or 2008.


Out of the blue not long ago, I got a letter from a gentleman related to Morans. He felt sure that our two Moran families from Crossmolina that came and settled in and around Boston, Massachusetts must be related. He sent me all kinds of data. One piece of which was his grandgfather's notes written in the 1950's about his family in which he stated a number of them were born, lived at, died or visited a Moran home at 42 Harbor View. Now THAT got my attention because that was the name of the street my father's family grew up on, as well as some cousins at another address on the same street. In trying to see if they were related I called my aunts to see if they could recall another Moran family on the street. They said they never knew another Moran family on their street, Harborview, except the Morans up the street at 11 Harborview Street. One of the aunts was in fact kind of mad that someone was claiming that. She was adamant there were no other Moran families on Harbor View. She suggested I call her daughter who has been doing a good bit of genealogy and with whom I have worked in the past. While talking to her I was doing searches on Google on the Internet and put together with other bits in the grandfather's book that their Harbor View was an Avenue in Winthrop, Massachusetts across Boston Bay from our Harbor View Street in Dorchester, Massachusetts. I asked her to tell her mother that she was right all along. There were no other Morans on Harbor View Street. These Morans from Winthrop will, however, soon find their way on the website under Other Morans.


There are two sides to every story and in my direct family's case that other side of the Moran family is the Traynor family. Of course this changes as you go back or forward in generations, but in the case of my Father, his mother's maiden name is Traynor. That makes all my Father's brothers and sisters (13) and their children, and their children, etc. related as well. Kate Sullivan, daughter of my Father's sister Kae Moran (Sullivan), has built a website showing the Traynors and all the allied families. It has gotten to be quite a genealogical database and has provided many finds including the interrelationship of several of the same families over the generations and finding a large number of cousins in New Zealand. Kate Sullivan, daughter of Jim Sullivan and Kae MORAN Sullivan, who put together the TRAYNOR family genealogy. can be reached at this e-mail address:kategalway@yahoo.com That site is http://www.tribalpages.com the username is "Traynor" for the ID ( password), please e-mail Kate.


Not long ago I was told by my Internet Provider that they were no longer going to handle dial up customers and were transferring all Dial Up accounts to People PC. Yes, I still used the 56k dial up option. When I called People PC they told me they were not going to allow the website to be transferred as well. Since I had to find a new home for the website et al, I decided to upgrade to broadband and went to DSL, then I installed the website on a new server network. Everything has been installed on the new site which can be found at:


But, the old website at the old funky address: http://users.ev1.net/~gpmoran/index~1.htm is still referenced by Google. Thus when searches are done, you are directed there, but you can not get there because it has been removed from the servers it was on. It will take some time to get Google to show the new address. I am making improvements and corrections at the new address.


The guestbook is a feature that costs to maintain. I have not maintained it much in 2006. It will be functioning throughout 2007 however, so that readers can enter comments and others can read the comments. Most comments have been very complimentary of the website and there have been a few corrections and additions made in content as a result of reader entries. We appreciate the help and have decided to sign up for a year's worth of the guestbook feature so as to continue to improve the site.


Every Christmas in Crossmolina, County Mayo, Ireland where my family is from, there is published by the Catholic Church there a booklet entitled The Crossmolina Chronicle. Families and individuals are invited to pass along information from their families or businesses to their extended family and the community by writing an article for the book. This year, through my association with the Dutch couple, Edmond and Aine van Estrick, the publisher, Mr. P. J. Hughes, invited me to write an article. The van Estricks are living in a cottage in Carrowkeel on land they bought from the Moran Family that was once part of the family farm. We met on the Internet when they did a search for "Carrowkeel". They came across my website and contacted me. We have been writing off and on ever since.

The article follows:

My name is Gerard Patrick Moran. I graduated from a Texas High School and from the University of Texas and have spent most of my life here in Texas. I was over 35 before I ever heard of Crossmolina, and yet I am from there. Not physically but figuratively. My family originated from there at Carrowkeel.

That's me on the right with my brother Bob in 1987, as you can see we are proud to be Irish

A television show, my father's death and a Dutch couple who I have never met- all played a part in my getting to know the town I never knew.

The television show was actually a highly successful television series based on the research of one man into his family's history. Arthur Haley began a genealogical research project on his family that led to his writing a book which in turn led to the television series. His book and the series were called Roots and it was all the more interesting because Arthur Haley was black and his progenitors - slaves in the American South. His ancestors had been brought there by slavers from Africa. Somehow, Haley was able to piece it all together going back to Africa and to a name we all came to know in the year 1977 - Kunte Kinte.

I got to thinking. Had anyone in my family done our genealogy? We didn't come from slaves bought and sold, families split and lost from one another, it would be a lot easier than Haley's task was. I began to ask my Dad questions - the answers to which he did not know. I asked some of Uncles and Aunts. It seems no one had all the information together in one place. The best I could get was that we were definitely from County Mayo, Ireland. Ballina was mentioned, but then I learned we were not from there but near there.

The next year my father died. He was 68 years old and at the time he had lived longer than any other male Moran of the direct family of which I was aware. It rekindled the earlier interest in our genealogy with some immediacy. I got over earlier frustrations and became inspired. It was obvious this needed to be done and done soon. I was the oldest grand child of my grandparents. I was only 27, but all my Aunts and Uncles and my Grandmother, on my Father's side, were so much older. I resolved to do our genealogy right away because if I did not - the family story might be lost to future generations who would not have the family sources I would have for a start . My Grandfather died before I was born, but his wife, who knew some of his family was still very spry at 83 in 1968. She gave me leads as did my Aunt Kay Moran Sullivan and Sister Joseph Bernadette (Mary Moran) that I took to the library and researched. I found the research of T. Whitley Moran of Ballina, and the services of the Genealogical Centre at Inniscoe and many more resources.

I learned about Carrowkeel, Moylaw and Crossmolina. I sent the word out to all the cousins. Our ancestral home in Ireland was Carrowkeel near Crossmolina not Ballina which many of us were giving when pressed "where in Ireland are your people from?"

I researched the family for ten years but could never get past my Great, Great Grand Parents on my father's side. My father was John Joseph Moran, born in Boston, Massachusetts. His father was Patrick John Moran who left Carrowkeel in 1900 to go to the United States. There he married Bridget Agnes (called Bea) Traynor of Knockfree whom he had met at a fair in Crossmolina years earlier. His father was Michael Patrick Moran who was married to Maria Caden from Killeen, and his father was Michael Moran who had married Maria Lynskey from Gortnahurra in Mygownagh parish and that was as far as the family or the record books could take me back. All of them, save my father, had been farmers at Carrowkeel.

The family did tell me there was still a Moran living on the old place in Carrowkeel, he was Paddy Moran. Paddy had quite a reputation in his younger years as a fiddle player and still played in the local pubs to a ripe age. Paddy was my Great Uncle. He was the son of Michael Moran and Bridget McHale. His Father was another son of my Great Grandfather, Michael Moran who married Maria Caden. I wrote Paddy some letters and my brother, Robert John Moran, went to visit him to see if he could add to what we had collected about the family. Also, my sister Moya had visited with him many years earlier and had gotten some information then.

I took all the information I had and put it on a website on the Internet. There are plenty of pictures and graphics. I invite the readers to take a look at it. You can find it at:


Or you can do a search on Google for the "Celtic Cowboy Company" which is my company. There is an older website on the EV1 servers which you may be directed to instead of the new one. either way you will find the website that has the Moran Genealogy, a Compendium meaning I posted anything I found about the name, my family, other Moran families and some of the allied families. Your corrections, comments or stories are welcome. You can e-mail me at gpmoran@celticcowboycompany.com or write to me at G. P. Moran, 9715 Stonemont, LaPorte, Texas 77571.

There also other areas of the website including the Celtic Connection to Texas History. I invite all who have an interest to visit the site for your enjoyment and hopefully someone of you can fill in the gaps and missing generations, or share a story about the Morans at Carrowkeel.

The Dutch family was Edmond and Aine van Estrick, two teachers in The Netherlands who had summered in Carrowkeel and felt it was the right place to retire. They came across my place on the web and we began to write one another sporadically. They shared with me many of the things they loved about Carrowkeel and Crossmolina. They eventually bought a part of the old Moran place from Paddy's sister, Josephine Moran Leonard.

Edmond and Aine van Estrick with Josephine Moran Leonard ( in white dress) and her grandson at her place in Carrowkeel.

They have since built a cottage there. They stay there during visits and there they will live when they retire from teaching in the near future.

The van Estrik cottage at Carrowkeel

The van Estrick's place is right beside what was Paddy Moran's place who is now gone from us.

Edmond and Aine van Estrick outside their cottage in 2003.

Aine with Paddy Moran at the old Moran place where my Great Grand Father and Grand Mother lived at Carrowkeel

So now, thanks to Arthur Haley, my grief at my father's passing which led me to do the genealogy and, your friendly Dutch neighbors, Edmond and Aine van Estrik - I know about Carrowkeel and of Crossmolina, Hiney's and even the Deel Rovers as I check in on the Crossmolina website every now and then. I am disappointed I could not go back further than I could. I am hoping this article will provide a lead to take me back at least one more generation.

Thanks, once again, to the van Estrik's and to P. J.Hughes for the opportunity to write this article and to all in Carrowkeel and Crossmolina - Howdy from Texas!


This newsletter is for the readers of the website maintained by G. P. Moran at celticcowboycompany.com. The website contains information on a range of subjects including Irish history, Texas history, Moran Family genealogy, and other subjects of interest to G. P. Moran and readers of the site.

E-Mail us at: gpmoran@celticcowboycompany.com

or use regular mail at : G. P. Moran

9715 Stonemont

Laporte, Texas 77571

If you wish to write an article for the next newsletter, please send it to either of the above addresses.

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