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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] That Corrigan Man---our lunch at Irish Bistro
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 22:50:43 -0600
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Hi Donna,

I appreciate your feedback, too.

I think you get the bravery award.
I don't know if I would have risked the freezing temperatures and ice,
if I had been recovering from an ankle fracture. And I was thrilled
that you were able to ride home with Ellen.

>> It's called, "Muldoon: a true ghost story" by Rocco A.
>> Facchini. A local newspaper interviewed the author, a former
>> priest if my
>> memory serves. Mr. Facchini said that the ghost of Muldoon would
>> not rest until
>> the book was written "vindicating" him. Haven't had a chance to
>> read it, but
>> it sounds fun.

Well if you do get around to reading it, I hope you'll give us a boo!
report----maybe around Halloween.

Donna, I'm glad you had a good time and thanks for your contribution
in making it a good time for all.


On Jan 24, 2008, at 9:19 PM, wrote:

> I too had a good time. The food was very good & I will be
> checking with my
> mother to see if she attended the reunion of Mercy High School alums
> mentioned in Sceal (I don't remember). I'm especially grateful to
> Ellen for the ride
> home in the frigid weather. She also saved my husband the trip of
> picking
> me up. Although I will probably be at the meeting at the Oak Lawn
> Library, I
> wanted to make sure I took advantage of the meeting on the North
> side.
> Despite the bitter cold, the weather did cooperate somewhat - no
> snow or ICE!
> Thanks, Nan, for checking on my well-being. It was good to
> compare notes with
> my cousin, Lorel, to see Gary & to put faces with e-mail addresses.
> This book came to mind while John was talking, but I couldn't
> remember the
> title at the time. It's called, "Muldoon: a true ghost story" by
> Rocco A.
> Facchini. A local newspaper interviewed the author, a former
> priest if my
> memory serves. Mr. Facchini said that the ghost of Muldoon would
> not rest until
> the book was written "vindicating" him. Haven't had a chance to
> read it, but
> it sounds fun.
> I'm also interested in how the 150th Anniversary Celebration went
> at Holy
> Family Church. Unless I missed something, all the Catholic New
> Word had was a
> captioned photo.
> I look forward to future e-mails & meetings. Donna Garvey-Shula
> In a message dated 1/22/2008 8:25:55 A.M. Central Standard Time,
> writes:
> Well on the coldest weekend of the year 17 of our members ‘bundled up
> and blew in’ to the Irish Bistro for lunch.
> From the wide Chicago area, Lorell and Gary Abrell, Donna, Elaine
> Beaudoin, Nan Brennan, Jack Clerkin, Brian Donovan, Bill “Green
> River” King, Judy Mason, Maureen Neidle, Kathleen Richmond, Ruth
> Rooney, Ellen McQuillan Zagozdon,. Trekking by train and bus from
> Milwaukee, because she just loves Chicago, was native Iowan, Mary Kay
> Kuhfiting, and Annette Oehler and her “genealogist widower” husband
> Mike O’Donnell drove down from Michigan. Mike was probably happy
> for the freezing cold weather, because Annette didn’t entreat him to
> stop at any cemeteries on the way down.. Ruth Rooney had quite a
> haul, too—by train from Woodstock. And of course, “That Corrigan
> Man”, the subject and object of our hunt! We probably spent a good
> hour mixing and mingling. Good craic! including plenty of “What
> Parish Are You From”! That was a lot of fun. We were all “old
> friends” before we took a bite. (of food she means!) It was a great
> bunch at a great brunch!
> I’ll be interested in hearing your “reviews” of the restaurant; I
> thought it was a suitable choice.
> Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Bistro is a handsome and comfortable place. We
> had a small private room on the second floor, and our own waiter,
> Jeff, who was very affable and attentive. The brunch menu had a nice
> range to select from. My entree was quite good: home made corned
> beef hash and poached eggs on English muffin with a side of fresh
> fruit. The prices were very reasonable. Jaime, the manager, and
> Jeff both said how excited the staff was in anticipation of our
> arrival, and how pleased they were that “this Irish group” chose
> them. I thought they accommodated us with a warm hospitality. I’ll
> definitely go there again.
> The best report of our luncheon on Sunday with John Corrigan will be
> the comments that come from all of you that attended.
> I hope you each join in the discussion and contribute your ideas and
> comments, and also fill in my omissions and correct any errors on my
> part,
> and most importantly, tell us what was most interesting to you.
> John says that it all started at the Corrigan family Chicago Irish
> wakes!
> Like many of us, John grew up in an “ Attendance at Wakes Required”
> Chicago Irish Family.
> He had persistent memories of these funerals and the storytellers and
> their characters. John begins the chronicling of his pursuit of
> Chicago Irish history as a search for more interesting characters!
> Two newspaper stories, one about Father Dorney of St Gabriel’s bold
> and energetic involvement in the life of the Chicago’s stockyard
> community, and the other about the controversial Father Jeremiah
> Crowley and his battles with Bishop Muldoon that caused such a
> volatile and public crisis in the Chicago Catholic Church, were so
> compelling that John was “hooked on history”. He read all the
> Chicago Irish authors and much more. He completed a Masters Degree
> in History at DePaul University, taught Chicago Irish history at St
> Xavier’s College, wrote a column for the Irish American, and became
> actively involved in several Chicago Irish organizations including
> the Chicago Celtic Council, the Midwest chapter of the American
> Committee for Irish Studies, the Chicago Irish Folklife Society. It
> was with this last group that he was editor of their newsletter,
> SCEAL. I’ve read a few copies of this publication and they are a
> treasure. And of course the focus is on interesting Irish characters!
> People well known and some not of great celebrity, but all
> contributors to and builders of this city, it’s churches, schools,
> unions, buildings, hospitals, public projects, government and
> politics, parades, organizations, clubs, societies and their purposes
> and events. I hope John will put these newsletters up on his website
> so many more can enjoy them and learn from them. During his talk on
> Sunday he spoke of AOH, COF and many more organizations and their
> activities through the years. At the turn of the century there were
> at least 148 Irish groups and organizations in Chicago.
> Early on John recognized that the remnants of records of many groups
> and organizations and events were sparse to non-existent and that the
> information of a complete and accurate history of the Irish in
> Chicago was lacking. He also in reading different papers reporting
> of the same event found vastly different accounts of the same
> events. He has been reading and indexing Chicago newspapers for
> almost 30 years. And he continues. Papers he has read and indexed
> include the Irish Weekly, the Citizen, the Chicago Citizen, the
> Interocean, the Chicago Chronicle, the New World, the South Side
> Sun. He is currently also indexing Chicago Election Registers.
> Several Chicago writers have utilized his research in the writing of
> their books. John has compiled over 20,000 records. All of this
> because he believes “ every Irish American Family has played some
> part in the community and its growth”, and that the story of the
> Irish in Chicago should be told.
> Now what will he do with them? ! His website is under development
> and so are his future plans for writing and for lecturing. His
> knowledge and body of research is remarkable. I’m grateful we had
> this opportunity to meet and learn from John Corrigan. He’s a
> treasure! Thank you John!
> And thank all of you for making it possible with your interest and
> your attendance.
> Now let’s hear from the rest of you……
> Nan
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