We are going to Ireland again!

The Roach Brothers (Charley – my Dad on the left – and Uncle Bob).  I am searching out their grandmother’s parents in Ireland.  Their Grandmother, Catherine Martin Roach, was born in County Donegal; their Grandfather, William F. Roach, was born in PA…both mid-1840’s.  But, who is William’s father?  Antonio? If so, where in Ireland was he born?

June 8, 1942…birthday…so, it’s Seven – Five this year.   Calls for big thought and, this time, some help from a genealogist in Dublin to find my Irish roots.

No luck yet with the Roach family origins in Ireland, but my great-great grandmother (the wife of William Francis Roach, born in PA in 1846…the saddle and harness-maker) was Catherine Martin of Donegal.  Timeline.ie is a genealogy firm who found everything about her Irish roots and it’s amazing information.  We are going to see it all…and two of our three kids (Mike & Amy and spouses, Sky and Michael Brock) are going to travel with us (June 6th to 17th).

We have never had the pleasure of visiting Donegal and it’s way up north on the island; actually so far north that it’s in Ulster Province.   Ulster, of course, is normally associated with the part of the UK called “Northern Ireland” since 1921.  But Donegal and two other “Irish Republic” counties (Monaghan and Fermanagh) are in Ulster today.

So, our plan is to travel to find where the Martins were born, baptized and lived as farmers (renting from an English lord all the while).  Half the family emigrated in the 1840’s to 1850’s and lived in Cass County near Pottsville, then William was a saddle maker for John Wanamaker’s Department Store in Philadelphia.

The search is on and we are enjoying the planning part as we always do.  My DNA tests just came back from ancestry.com and we are hoping that those additional clues will help the search for Anthony Roach and his Irish roots.

Our Sanibel neighbors (Tom and Treas McNamara and their 4 lads…their photo is captioned “McNamara’s Band”) are from Tullamore, County Offaly.  Nancy and I will stay at their house on June 6th, right before the kids fly in to meet us in Shannon.  Thanks to the McNamara’s for reciprocating…they spent last Thanksgiving with us in Sanibel.  Their brogues and their wit carried the day there.

More to come.  Thanks for following us again.IMG_0586


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.


  • Can’t wait to follow another Roach Family excursion…….
    When wil you grace us with your presence in Philly or Avalon ?
    Miss you…Susanne


  • Look forward to hearing the stories upon your return! We will hold down the fort in SH!! Xo🍀🎉🎉🎂🎂🍻🍻


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