Life Background

My wonderful parents

The Clan

Where do I start? There are so many uninteresting things about me that I can’t wait to tell you. It’s like a bad first date.

I’ll give you a relatively simple bullet point Biography.


Now for more trivial matters


  • I am the 3rd child in a family of 14 kids!
  • There are 8 boys and 6 girls.
  • My parents are incredible – clearly!
  • I love being part of a big family and couldn’t ask for a better one.
  • I was born in and grew up in Virginia in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
  • I have over 80 first cousins


  • I am a devout Roman Catholic.
  • My faith guides me and give me strength.
  • I owe everything to God.


  • My paternal grandmother is from Bradford, England and my paternal grandfather was from Killarney, Ireland.
  • My maternal ancestry is mainly made of of Norwegian blood, my great grandfather was from Olso. Yes, that makes me a viking. But there was also some English on that side as well.
  • I have duel citizenship! So I’m American with Irish Citizenship.
  • I am proud of my ancestry and that is part of the reason I love being over in Europe.
  • My parents would bring us to Europe when I was growing up and they still make trips over when possible with my younger siblings. I’ve been to Ireland (6+), England, Norway, France, and Spain. Yes, I am spoiled.


  • I was home schooled for most of my life. From my mom mostly when I was young and then as I grew older I had a number of tutors and co-op’s that I was involved with.
  • I did my last year of High-School at Seton, a small Catholic High-School in Manassas, Virginia. It was a great experience and I made some great friends there!
  • I went to college at Saint Francis University. I graduated with summa cum laude honors with a double degree in Management and Management Information Systems. Not bad for a guy who was home-teached. Again it was a great experience and I have many good memories and good friends from there.
  • I did 1 semester of graduate school (i know, I’m a quitter) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, while pursuing my masters in Sport’s Management.
  • My biggest tip to doing well in school is go to class and pay attention. You say DUH! you’d be surprised…


  • I have worked a number of years, mainly summers, in the family construction company. I love the work, its extremely rewarding and you learn many valuable skills. I love craftsmanship of any kind.
  • I fell off a ladder once, and got stung by a bee on my ass…not at the same time.
  • I did a great internship while I was at college at the PA Small Business Development Center affiliated with the school. I would work with clients in the area who had an interest in opening a small business. I would do some web development for them and also do loads of market research. It was fun to work with motivated entrepreneurs, but on the other hand, some people have really idiotic ideas. I’d love to own my own business one day
  • I’ve done a bunch of other part-time/freelance work as well; anywhere from data processing, to UPS delivery boy, to youth coaching.
  • I half volunteered/half worked/half did community service (because I got in trouble) at an Outreach Center on Saint Francis University’s campus. I did it at first because I had to, but they really do some great work and it ended up being a really great experience. I’m still to selfish with my time.


  • I will refrain from putting soccer as one of my hobbies.
  • I love to build things, particularly a bit of nice wood furniture, though I’m not necessarily a winner at it.
  • I love being on the water (not having it pour down, like it does here in England). I grew up on a river and I love water sports of any kind.
  • I go through reading phases whenever I can. Books are great!
  • I have many a good friend that I love too spend time with whenever possible.


  • I like you if you laugh at my jokes, but it probably means you are a moron.
  • I’m a moron.
  • I have 6 fingers on my left hand…ok not really.
  • My sisters would tell you I love showing them up at Irish dancing in the Kitchen, but don’t listen to them. #Notoriousfibbers – they are actually fabulous dancers.

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