Barry Manilow Is a Limerick Man

How name changing hid his Irish heritage

Barry Manilow’s Irish great-grandfather, John Sheehan (Ancestry)

As Irish-American Heritage Month begins, I thought I would highlight a hidden Irish American: Barry Manilow. Yes, I know, most think of him as a Jewish fellow from Brooklyn — and he is. But he’s also a quarter Irish, and due to certain circumstances in his family, that Irish share has…



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Megan Smolenyak

Megan Smolenyak


Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! You may not know me, but chances are you’ve seen my work. (www.MeganSmolenyak.com)