My father, John Joseph Rohan was born here in Brooklyn, New York, as I was also. My father's father Francis E. Rohan came to the United States from Ireland in 1905.
I have been able to trace my Grandfather's roots successfully back to Ballinahown, County Westmeath, in the Republic of Ireland. I have looked at the church records
there and have found out that my great-grandfather was John Rohan and his father was Larry Rohan, all from the same town. I have gone there and met all the Rohans
still living there today. My wife and I renewed our 25 wedding vows there in the summer of 2000 and I have been accepted by the Irish Consulate (all documents check out)
to register my foriegn birth. In August, 2001, I will recieve an Irish passport. There are alot of Rohans still living there today, Denis Rohan, Mike Rohan, Margarita
Rohan and old man Johnny Rohan, who still rides his bike down to the pub to play cards every Thursday night. I am going to find out just how far back in time those church records go. E-mail me if you like. The name Rohan only goes back in Irish
history to the 1600s. We were French Huguenots before that who left France when Cardinal Richelieu, during the reign of King Louis XII, decided to supress Protestant political priviliges around 1621.
Huguenots were followers of John Calvin and the term, Huguenots is derived from a German word meaning "sworn companions". De Rohans are descendents of the ancient sovereign rulers
later the Dukes of Brittany, founded by Conan, who ruled in the year 384.