About Me


This site chronicles my research on the O’Flynn and Cahill clans of Rathcormac, County Cork, Ireland.

I am Terence (Terry) Timothy Flynn, the seventh child of Patrick Joseph (Joe) Flynn (who was born in Rathcormac on 8 September 1921 to John Flynn and Mary (Molly) Cahill) and Norma Jean (Betty) Brown (who was born in Toronto, Ontario on 21 May 1922 to Jeremiah (Miah) Brown and Bridget Farrell (both grandchildren of Irish immigrants who came to Canada in the mid 1800s and settled on farms in Arthur Township, Ontario — which is just north of Guelph, Ontario.

I have always been curious about my family’s history — especially given that my dad was a F.O.B. (fresh off the boat). I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune to visit his birthplace on four occasions over the last 43 years and have been fascinated by the people and places of County Cork.

My position as a university professor in Canada has also afforded me time and encouragement to see this project as a true research endeavour — a pursuit of the known facts about my family’s heritage and history. If you would like to know more about my professional work and research interests, visit my blog at terryflynn.ca

This site will document the research I have been engaged in over the last four years and chronicle my upcoming 6th trip to Ireland in May 2018 to attempt to discover that which the Internet can not provide.

That’s me in the above photo taken by my dad in May 1973, kissing the Blarney Stone — some say I didn’t kiss it, I swallowed it!