Ancestry Kits & St. Patrick’s Day

Sarah McMahon
4 min readMar 19, 2023

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Are you Irish? said the man on the other end of the phone when he heard my last name. “McMahon,” I had told him.

“With two n’s?” he asked.

“No, like Ed McMahon,” I answer, “M-c-M-a-h-o-n.”

Old men always know who Ed McMahon is, or was. McMahon is an Irish name, the man on the phone…