John Sheehan: Russian teacher meant world to his students

John Sheehan: Russian teacher meant world to his students

For three decades, the dozens of students who entered John Sheehan’s classroom at Winter Park High School every school day got a taste of the world beyond Central Florida.

With his thick moustache, deep voice and larger-than-life persona, Sheehan ushered several generations of students through Russian grammar and syntax — and more.

“He not only taught the language, he taught the history of the Soviet Union,” said Brett Wellman, a former student who remained close to Sheehan. “It was very well-rounded.”

The Russian Club he founded was one of the school’s most popular extracurricular activities.

Sheehan, known to his charges as Dyadya Vanya (“Uncle John”) took students to visit the Soviet Union even during the Cold War, allowing them the chance to use their fledgeling Russian language skills and to learn something about the real lives of the country’s people. He also encouraged Central Florida families to serve as host homes for foreign students with the hope of fostering cultural exchange.

Sheehan, 71, died of lung cancer Saturday.

extract from orlandosentinel.com (21st June 2012)

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-06-21/news/os-obituary-john-sheehan-20120621_1_john-sheehan-russian-teacher-students

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This blog is five years old

December 31, 2016 Leave a comment

This blog is now five years old. The family Ó Siodhacháin has been in Ireland for centuries. The Gaelic spelling was simplified to be Ó Síocháin in the 1940s. The anglicised spellings are Sheehan, Sheahan, and the other variants listed elsewhere in the blog. Sheehan’s are mostly associated with the Southern province of Munster in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork, and also county Clare. Today people with the name Sheehan can be found all over Ireland, in the United Kingdom, and scattered across the world in Australia, the United States, and Canada etc. The meaning of the name is commonly stated as peaceful or peacemaker. Search on the name and you will find people in all the professions and cultural pursuits. The “clan” is often associated with the Dal gCais – the Sept that mostly controlled Munster in the middle ages. Its most famous son: Brian Buru was the High King of Ireland.  There is no evidence that the Sheehan’s were a prominent clan. It is indicated that they had land in the Lower Connello part of county Limerick prior to the Normans. In the past, the Sheehan’s would have been predominately Roman Catholic. The History of Limerick notes that a Captain William Sheehan fought at the Siege of Limerick in 1691, and my conjecture is that he left Ireland for good with the other Jacobite troops under the agreed articles of surrender, after the signing of the Treaty of Limerick.

My own family’s more recent origin is in  County Clare and County Limerick on my father’s side. I currently reside in Donegal in the North West of Ireland, not known for many Sheehan’s. There is a Sheen avenue in Bundoran, so I wonder if it is named after a person or simply after peace?

 

 

wiki list of people named Sheehan

December 31, 2016 Leave a comment

wiki list of people named Sheehan:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheehan

Sheehan & Sheehan PA

Sheehan & Sheehan, P.A. is a Martindale-Hubbell® AV™ rated firm headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and maintains a branch office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The firm, which currently employs ten attorneys and enjoys an ‘Of Counsel’ relationship with five attorneys, is engaged in a general civil, trial and appellate practice in all state and federal courts in New Mexico…

ABOUT US

Ms. Elma Sheahan, BL

Ms. Elma Sheahan, BL
Educated: University of Limerick and the King’s Inns

Called to the Bar: 1996
Experience in personal injury litigation, including medical negligence, judicial review, non-jury and commercial litigation
Reporter for the Irish Reports: 1997 to 2003
Legal chairperson of the Mental Health Tribunals: 2009 to date
Legal Adviser to the Residential Institutions Redress Board: March 2007 to July 2014 – See more at

http://www.merrionstreet.ie/en/News-Room/Releases/Appointments_to_the_Circuit_Court.html

Appointments to the Circuit Court

At its meeting yesterday, 19 November 2014, the Government nominated Judge Eugene O’Kelly, Mr. Francis Comerford, BL, Ms. Karen Fergus, SC, Ms. Melanie Greally, BL, Mr. John Hannan, BL, Ms. Karen O’Connor, BL, and Ms. Elma Sheahan, BL for appointment by the President to the Circuit Court.

– See more at: http://www.merrionstreet.ie/en/News-Room/Releases/Appointments_to_the_Circuit_Court.html#sthash.khs7w4tC.dpuf

William “Captain Bill” Sheehan

William “Captain Bill” Sheehan

“Captain Bill Sheehan, the Hackensack Riverkeeper, is a lifelong resident of the Hackensack River area, having lived most of his life in Union City and Secaucus, New Jersey. He is a dedicated, active conservationist who founded Hackensack Riverkeeper in 1997 and serves as the organization’s Executive Director. Captain Bill, as he is known to most people, holds a Master of Inland Waterways license from the US Coast Guard.”…

William “Captain Bill” Sheehan

Billy Sheehan – bassist

William “Billy” Sheehan (born March 19, 1953 in Buffalo, New York) is an American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Niacin, and The Winery Dogs. Sheehan has won the “Best Rock Bass Player” readers’ poll from Guitar Player Magazine five times for his “lead bass” playing style.[1] Sheehan’s repertoire includes the use of chording, two-handed tapping, right-hand “three-finger picking” technique and controlled feedback.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Sheehan