Hello! My name is Meaghan. I am a 21-year-old student at a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania. I grew up in a small town on Long Island, NY.

It wouldn’t really make sense to call this page an “about me” because my blog isn’t just about me. It is about my dad, mostly, and the rest of my family as well. My Dad was born in Ireland in 1950.  He was one of Irelands “Banished Babies”. Born in a mother-baby home run by the catholic church, my dad was taken from his birth mother and put up for adoption. He came to America when he was about 3 years old.

Growing up, I always knew that my dad was from Ireland and that he was adopted, but it was not until I was 11 years old that I started to realize what that meant for him. My dad’s lack of identity never effected my upbringing, in fact I would say I had a very idyllic childhood. Everyday I am impressed by my dad’s resilience. He is one of the happiest people I know, and that is quite amazing considering everything he has been through. Recently his smile has been bigger than ever, in the spring of 2014 my dad finally reunited with his birthmother and his half siblings. Things have been going really well, everyone is truly enjoying getting to know one another.

I invite you all to join us on this journey as we get to know our new family and I try to find out more about the history of my dad and many other banished babies.


11 thoughts on “About

  1. What a great story. So exciting for you all to meet new family members. Thanks for sharing such a good news story. I remember your Great Grandma Konitsky asking, “Why is Chris always smiling and laughing?’ I said “Grandma, he’s happy!!!’ Must be in the genes…..


  2. Meagan, I grew up with your dad and can tell you that God gave him an abundance of character, Grace, perseverance, courage, and humility in navigating the travails of his life. He’s always been a friend, and hero to me. His countenance has always been an inspiration, and that laugh, and Irish smile have always lit up his surroundings, no matter who he’s with!!!!


  3. Your blogs is one of the ones that sticks out the most to me just because it tells such an important and meaningful story. I can relate to your father’s story because I was also adopted at a very young age, but from China. I see a lot of myself in the way you describe your father as being ‘resilient.’


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