O'Shaughnessey's Irish Heritage

It seemed appropriate to share photographs from a family trip to Ireland seeing that today is St. Patrick’s Day.
One of the objectives of the trip, besides seeing this beautiful country, was to find out more about our Irish ancestors. My family name is O’Shaughnessey (which became Shockney once the relatives landed on American soil )… But once we were in Ireland and heard how the name was properly pronounced, it was easy to understand how the American version came to be, like it or not.
My family roots are in Galway, a lovely city on the west side of Ireland on the River Corrib. We went there and found our family’s Coat of Arms, which is what I used as inspiration for the O’Shaughnessey logo.
Ireland offered many things besides Guinness beer, Jameson Whiskey, Irish Stew, and Bangers & Mash… Which is delicious, but after a week, we were ready for a salad.
My best memories are of the castles, specifically Dromoland Castle in County Clare, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and just the beautiful landscapes. We even kissed the Blarney Stone!
I’ve added some photos below of some of my favorite place.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, and may the luck of the Irish be with you.


  • Vivian Miller-Rahl

    After hearing stories about your trip it is great to see the pictures. The photos are beautiful, and interesting about the family name change. A similar thing happened to my husband’s ancestors who came from Sweden!

  • Cary Boyll

    Sara. What a lovely post! Your family has been a special one in my life for nearly 60 years. … and I never knew this. Thank you for sharing.

  • JOseph PAtrick GOnzales

    How wonderful a story this is….

  • STeve FLeming

    Very nice I hope you guys had a great time.

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