There’s Always a Kernel of Truth

Actor Barry Fitzgerald whose birth name was William Joseph Shields (by unknown, eBay, Public Domain)
David Shields, 1929
Northern and Coleraine Constitution, 22 June 1929
Baptism of Joseph Shields, 11 Nov 1894 (Jersey City, New Jersey)
Marriage record for parents of Joseph Sheals/Shields (FindMyPast)
1901 census for Robert Shiels
George Shiels
Exhibit for 70th anniversary of George Shiels’ death, Ballymoney Museum
Barry Fitzgerald played the role of Paul Twyning in George Shiels’s play of the same name (Digital Theatre Archive)

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