Two separate branches of the Healys were to be found from earliest times firmly rooted in the soil of the Emerald Isle.
But their lives and times were inextricably woven together as both found themselves at the forefront of some of the most dramatic episodes in the island’s colourful history.
In contemporary times and in the world of music Fran Healy, born in Stafford, England in 1976 but who grew up in his parents’ home city of Glasgow, is the lead singer and songwriter of the award-winning band Travis, whose memorable hits include Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
In the world of politics and in the form of ‘Healey’, Denis Healey was the British Labour Party politician who served as Secretary of Defence from 1964 to 1970 and as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1974 to 1979.
The proud and exciting saga of bearers of the Healy name is related here.