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Lyons to share story of Irish heritage

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Longtime Lake Oswego resident Paul Lyons will be the guest speaker at Oswego Heritage Councils First Wednesday lecture March 2. He will share information about his Irish pioneer relatives.

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As its First Wednesday Lecture, Oswego Heritage Council will present Paul Lyons, who will tell of his Irish family’s journey to Oregon and exploration of his Irish heritage.

Born in North Portland of Irish immigrants, Lyons, a longtime Lake Oswego resident, and his wife Helen traveled to Ireland in 2002. In County Meath, they discovered Newgrange, a Stone Age monument crafted more than 5,000 years ago during the Neolithic period: It is older than Stonehenge and the three pyramids in Giza, Egypt.

In 2009, Lyons and many of his Irish cousins discovered the Dinnen family ranch in Condon, where many of their Irish uncles and aunts had settled starting in 1910. After working the property for 10 years, three Dinnen brothers bought the 5,000-acre ranch for more than $90,000 in April 1920. In September of that year, they abandoned the ranch, and the families moved, spreading themselves throughout Oregon and Washington.

Lyons researched public records at the Gilliam County Courthouse in Oregon, and uncovered the purchases and sales of many pieces of land of the Dinnens. The assistant county clerk at Gilliam County made the connection that her grandfather had purchased the ranch from the Dinnens in 1938 for the sum of $10.

What happened? Lyons will share what he knows of the history.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. at Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St. in Lake Oswego.

The lecture is free, but donations are appreciated.