Ann’s father, Thomas Joseph Geraghty – portrait from the Blue Bird Studio in Roxbury Mass. early 1950s.
Thomas was born to a farming family in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, the eldest of eight. When he was 21, he emigrated to Boston, arriving on July 4 1948. Thomas had been invited to the US by his uncle who had been working for the city of Boston for some decades. His uncle got him a job digging ditches. He enrolled in Wentworth Institute of Technology, started as a bricklayer and then got into general construction. His brother, Peter, 8 years his junior, who himself had emigrated to England, relocated to Boston and worked with his brother in the construction business.