My name is Mike Kelly, born and raised in the Detroit area. I spent the first six months of my life at 5656 Christiancy Ave., tucked behind Holy Redeemer Church at the corner of Vernor and Junction. Both my parents were raised in the area and attended Holy Redeemer High School. The first connection to the Detroit area was my grandfather Joseph J. Kelly born in Galway. He came to the area in the early 1900’s and that’s where my Kelly story begins.
I attended St Monica elementary School in Northwest Detroit and later attended Catholic Central High School..yes, when it was in Detroit. I went on to Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a degree in Special Education. Eventually I earned a Masters degree in Learning Disabilities and an additional two endorsements.
I retired in 2010 after teaching for 39 years, all in Special Ed. and most years with Farmington Public Schools. I married my High School sweetheart Rose in 1971, we have two children and currently two grandsons.
So why Genealogy?? Love of history to start combined with enough family stories to pique my curiosity, a pride in my Irish heritage, and the need to find out more about my Irish story.
Little did I know that when this this adventure began nine years ago that I would have not only have the opportunity and Blessing to connect with my Galway cousins, but also an invitation to "Come Home"!