I'm Irish! My dad's mother was a very proud Irish woman whose family came from County Cork. My ancestors have wonderful surnames such as Bresnahan, Twomey, McGillicuddy and Flynn. In 2002 I completed what I could of the genealogy studies of one line of my Irish family who came to the U.S. during the mid-1800's. The other side has proved to be a real stumbling block for me. After they came to the US they resided in New York City and with a common surname like Flynn, it's as hard as tracing Ron's "Williams" family.
I love all things Irish and hope some day to see the Emerald Isle for myself. :)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!