It all started back, on a cold fall evening, one September of 1978. Bullet’s flying overhead, bodies scattered around, blood everywhere, and a young baby boy trying to claw its way into the world we all call earth…
OK MAYBE NOT…Maybe that was a little bit over dramatic, and so am I at times.
Hi I’m Michael… Bennett… soon to be O’beirne…
Originally born as Thomas Mathew O’beirne…
“I am SO LOST!!! This guy is NUTS! SO many names, he must be running? he must be hiding something…” – Your Inner Mono log.
Why the name change? Well here’s My Story
Originally I was born as Thomas Matthew O’beirne , up in the north lands of Canada. I am not exactly sure, ‘why‘ my first name was changed to Michael, but I do vastly remember the day I became Michael.
Sitting at the bottom of the stairwell around 3 or 4 of age, I remember having a discussion with my mother. We were debating new names and Idea’s, I was strongly committed to being called “Batman” but after some going back and forth on other names, and that not being an option, I settled on Michael.
Moving east to west, attending various schools, moving year after year to a new city, my mother meet and she married a wonderful-man who adopted me and legally changed my last name to Bennett, thus I became Michael Thomas Matthew Bennett here in America.
When I was 25 I was blessed with the opportunity to meet my father, and the O’beirne side of the family. I was blown away by how similar we were all alike after no contact in all those years. As our time and relationships grew I have come to learn that the O’beirne name will pass away when my father does.
After many years of debate, researching, questioning and soul searching, I have decided to take on my original name of O’beirne. I love the Bennett clan with all my heart, and made this decision a lot harder to make, as I feel for-ever I am one and always welcomed as part of the Bennett family.
I am doing this to honor myself, as deep down in my blood, my heart, my soul, I know I am an O’beirne to the core and I’m proud to carry on my father’s namesake.
Due to the increasingly insane amounts of red-tape, government building, forms and process, I am hoping to be able to amend my last name and legally carry on both as I have set a valuable name and reputation as Michael Bennett.
Michael Thomas Matthew Bennett/O’beirne
If you need to call me a name, call me “Michael“, or call me “Coach“. If we got to wear suits and you need to call me “Mr…” then call me “Michael“.