Margaret O'Connor

posted Feb 15, 2012, 2:10 PM by Siobhainn O'Connor   [ updated Feb 20, 2016, 9:50 PM ]
Margaret O'Connor has been involved in the Mike O'Connor Show from day one.  From the beginning, it was her support that made the show what it is today.  Margaret has done it all; from wiping the vinyl records to hosting the show during Mike's annual trips to Ireland.    Margaret was born and raised in Kiltulla, Co. Galway, Ireland.  She is the eldest of five.  Her parents John and Mary Ellen (Finnegan) Whyte were primarily dairy farmers.  They kept ducks and hens and a few odd sheep. Her home included her parents, siblings, her grandmother "Ma Whyte" and her tyrannical Aunt Maggie.  She attended school in Athenry, Galway.  She completed her leaving certificate (5 honors) and left Ireland to go to her Uncle Tom Whyte in Boston.  It was there she met and married Mike O'Connor.  She has raised three children, has nine grandchildren, and is Mike's full-time caregiver.  She continues to work full-time.  Her wit is legendary, her impatience

 Wedding day, April 1962

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

for insincerity renowned, and her humor is the kind of funny that makes your stomach hurt.  She describes herself as a "tough Galway woman".  A few little known facts about her include: she attends Mass daily, bakes the best Irish Bread (soda bread) on the planet, she feeds the hungry, and would offer you her coat on a minus zero day if she felt you needed more than her.   She will also offer to take you down a peg or two if you need it, so mind your tongue.
 
Mary Ellen and John Whyte (holding John Jr), Ma Whyte and
Marion (it's only in Chicago she's Margaret) Whyte.  About 2 years old.
She kept the crazy curly hair, but lost the blonde.
 
 December 2011
 Mary McSweeney
stopped in for a visit and a chat
on the air.
(L to R)
Margaret, Siobhainn, Mary