When Steve was born , his mother , Johanna Enright Hannagan , was forty – one , and his father was forty – three . Johanna was a short , cheery woman of ample proportions with a loving personality . Her parents came directly from Ireland , but their ancestry in Ireland is not available. This is typical of many Irish immigrants who left their country behind and never talked about their life in Ireland, what county they lived in, and what they did when they arrived in the States. It is often a mystery of how or why immigrants like Johanna Hannagan’s parents traveled from the East Coast to places like Lafayette . This mystery of the trek to a river town in Indiana is also true for the Hannagan ancestors .
–Steve Hannagan: Prince of the Press Agents and Titan of Modern Public Relations by Michael K. Townsley