Some years ago I researched a friend's Irish ancestry. She was from Galway and it turned out that she was distantly related to John Ford the American movie director. That got me thinking about the Irish experience in the United States and about American movies in general, which eventually brought me around to reading, not watching, The Last Hurrah.
Brief family trees for William Arlidge of Deddington, Oxfordshire, and New Brighton, Pennsylvania, and his son Samuel Arlidge.
The legend among the Irish for the longest time was that they "came from Spain." You could say it was the mother of all family stories.