United Irish Counties: James G. O’Shea (Gerry)
Gerry O’Shea was born in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland. He graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Diploma in Higher Education. Gerry subsequently attended Manhattan College where he obtained a Master of Arts Degree.
Gerry O’Shea worked as a teacher and guidance counselor in Dublin and New York before retiring ten years ago. He is a former president of the Kerrymen’s Association in New York, and continues to be actively involved with the Association as historian and chairman of the committee that manages the Kerry Building in Yonkers.
Gerry is a member of the United Irish Counties Association of New York and played a leadership role in the production of their 1916 commemoration book, “The 1916 Easter Rising: New York and Beyond”. He is a founding member and current PRO for HOPe, a non-sectarian Third-World charity. He is a member of the A.O.H., Division 2, New York County, and is active in Call to Action, a reformist group in the Catholic church and the American Irish Teachers’ Association.
Gerry and his wife, Aileen McGill from Ardara in County Donegal, live in Yonkers, are parishioners of St. Barnabas parish in the Bronx. They have three daughters, Siobhan, Ursula and Brenda and five grandchildren, Ellen, Shay, Aine, Bridie, and Owen.