Flannery O’Connor’s
Irish Roots

How Flannery O’Connor’s upbringing and her Irish Catholic heritage impacted her writing. By Joe Zenter O’Connor’s great-great-grandfather, Patrick Harty, came to Georgia in 1824 from County Tipperary, settling in Taliafero County. His Irish-born daughter Johannah, who became Flannery O’Connor’s great-grandmother, married Hugh Donnelly Treanor in 1848. Hugh had also emigrated from...

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