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First Ever all Irish (Gaeilge) Song Stage Show in the midwest
Mike OLaughlin at the Irish Roots Cafe

How it all began
“For 2,000 years a grandfather could speak to his grand-
son in his native language, and be understood. For the
first time, this was no longer true, this was my family
and I was the grandson…. I would learn it the ‘old way’
by ear, and not as an academic classroom exercise”

Irish Language Song for KC and the world
We have introduced hundreds of folks to Irish language
song over the last 6 years. A few have gone on to learn
to sing in Irish themselves. We (The Irish Roots Cafe)
performed the first all Irish language stage show in the
midwest, in 2013 (The Granada in Lawrence, Kansas) and
subsequently in (Kansas City, MO) and (Weston Missouri).
We also sang on stage at the Dublin, Ohio Irish festival,
individually and as a group. Lastly, our first album
is held in the ITMA in Ireland, under Commercial Sound
Recordings dated Sept. 2013.

See us in person at supporting venues
Our favorite venues today include The Celtic Ranch in Weston,
Brownes Irish Marketplace in Kansas City, The Scottish games
in K.C., and Louisburg in Kansas. These four locations have
been our best supporters over the years. Keep an eye out for
our next appearance and support these folks whenever possible.
The regular venues above also support our ‘Irish Gatherings’
of Irish Song and Dance instruction (particularly sean nos).

Seachtain na Gaeilge
‘Irish language week’ might be better known as Irish language
month today. It has been a project we support whole heartedly.
Headquartered in Ireland, they have supported us for several
years, and list our events on their international calendar.
They support and promote the Irish language in all ways
possible, and beginners are welcome, including singers…

Related Projects
Related Irish language endeavors include reprinting a music
book (Gaeilge) and sheet music selections in Irish. My
first album also ranked among the Top 10 Irish Song Albums
of 2013 (per Tradconnect in Dublin, Ireland).
Many of the selections on that album are in Irish.
All the songs below are found on our CDs, on iTunes, SoundCloud,
on Amazon, on CDBaby, on YouTube and on Spotify.
Please do support our old style Irish songs as possible.

Our Irish Language songs online today
Album 1, Irish Song Traditional and Sean Nos
My Irish Language Songs included are below.
Si do mhaimeo i (She’s your granny – Irish Wedding Song).
Oro Se do Bheatha ‘Bhaile.
Slan agus Beannacht (Goodbye and Farewell). macaronic.
Bean Phaidin, I wanna be Paddys girl.
Sadhbh ni Bhruinneallaigh.
An t-Ull (The Apple)
Roisin Dubh (My little Black Rose)

Album 2, Irish Old Style traditional and..
My Irish language songs included are below.
An Droimeann Donn Dilis (macaronic)
Sadhbh Ni Bhruineallaigh (mastered)
Caoineadh na Dtri Muire (Keening of the 3 Marys)
Cunla (Coonla)
An Raibh tu ar an gCarraig (Were you at the Rock)
Bean Phaidin (mastered)
Roisin Dubh (mastered)

Album 3, Ireland by Land and Sea
My Irish Language song included is noted below.
Amran na bhFiann, The Irish National Anthem (Irish/ English)

Album 4, Upcoming Album – fall 2016
Included as noted below to date.
Gaol ise Gaol i, She is my Love (Scots waulking song)

On the Horizon
We will be releasing our 4th album, in Irish and English,
this fall. A larger project is our ‘Oro se‘ stage show of
Irish song. Rehearsals will likely be held at the places
noted in the above blog. We will also be holding sessions
on Concertwindow online.
To be more involved in these projects, contact us at www.Irishroots.com
(NOTE: the songs listed above do not include our traditional
English language songs.)

Mike OLaughlin
author and publisher
www.Irishroots.com
since 1978
The Irish Genealogical Foundation
The Irish Roots Cafe

p.s. The ‘fada’ is temporarily disabled due to computer difficulties.

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The Irish Roots Cafe www.Irishroots.com
Publisher of Irish (Gaeilge) Books and CDs

Our Events with songs in Irish and English
March 12, Seachtain na Gaeilge, dinner in Louisburg, KS
https://www.facebook.com/events/1045252338850376/

Friday, April 15, ConcertWindow, Oro Se rehearsal
https://www.concertwindow.com/irish

Our Irish Language Books
The Irish Roots Cafe publishes both CDs and
Books in the Irish Language. Today we highlight
two classic hardbound works by noted historian
John O’Donovan. The English and Irish appear side
by side within each hardbound book. Additional
material appears in Engish at the rear of these
volumes. As part of the season of Seachtain na
Gaeilge, we present them here.

Two distinguished titles
1. The Tribes and Customs of the Hy Many
2. The Tribes, Customs and Genealogies of the HyFiachrach

Below are descriptions and links to each work
which focus on the genealogical content of each.

1. The Tribes and Customs of Hy Many (Roscommon, Galway)
http://www.irishroots.com/id439X.htm
Includes Notes and Pedigrees on the families of :
O’Madden,
Kelly,
O’Mainin,
Mac Keough,
Cuolahan,
O’ Donnellan,
O’ Naughten, and
MulLally or Lally.

Also includes information on the families of: Knavin – Nevin, Cahill, Dowling, Harrington, O’ Conroy, O’Fallon or Falon, Mac Gerraghte or Geraghty, O’Kennedy Kennedy (not of Ormond), O’Concannon Concannon, O’Murry, Tracy, Mulduff, Cannan, Connaughtan, Mooney, Finnerty, Finnaghty, Cosgrave, Cosgry, larkin, Donnelly, Brennan, Roddy, Cuolahan, Dooley, O’Coffey Coffey, O’Gledra, O’Kenny Kenny, Curran, Mac Egan, O’Lomain, Fahy,Foran, Cullen/Collins, O’Cravane, Dorcey, D’Arcy, Hughes (Aedha), Cogan,Madagan, O’Lachtnain, O’Laughnan or Laughnan, Conwy, and Conway to name a few……..

Families descended from Sodhan Included also are the families anciently descended from Sodhan, being the families of
(Mac) Ward,
O’Scurry,
O’Lennan,
O’Casan,
O’Giallas,
O’Maigin and
Dugan.
An updated surname index is included only in this edition. Complete with Gaelic and English translation, notes, Hy-Many map, as prepared by O’Donovan in 1843, this is the major source of information for the families of Hy-Many country. (Counties Roscommon and Galway in Ireland.) This work together with O’Donovans ‘Tribes and Customs of the Hy Fiachrach’, forms one of the truely historic sets of 19th century Ireland, published as part of the ‘old Ireland’ series.

2. Tribes, Customs of The Hy Fiachrach (Ui Fiachrach)
Being mainly of Counties Mayo and Sligo in Ireland.
http://www.irishroots.com/id4381.htm
Appendix 
The Pedigree of O’Dowd, 
Abstract of Dermot O’Shaughnessys will, 
O’Shaughnessy Family Tree, 
Pedigree of O’Cleary, 
Pedigree of O’Heyne, 
Pedigree of MacFirbis
, Saint Ceallach
, The Inauguration of Irish Chiefs, including The O’Donovan, 
DeBurgo’s Possessions in Tirawley, 
Special Geographical Index to the Map, 
Original Index to Hy Fiachrach plus the 
New IGF name Index appearing only in this edition.



More of the specific families included in this work are:


O’Callaghan of Erris, 
Gearan, Burns (O’Conboirne), 
Murray, Loughnane, Loftus, 
Larissy, Gaughan, O’Flynn Flynn, 
Tierney, O’Malley Malley, 
Dorcey -Darcey-D’Arcy, 
Gormley, Kilkelly, Kane, 
Markham, O’Heyne, O’Clery Cleary, 
O’Down, O’Gillin Gillen, Cuolahan, 
O’Quin-O’Cuin Quin, 
Gorman, Kearney-Carney, 
Kerrigan, Quigly, Brogan, 
O’Casey Casey, Connolly, 
Lennon-Leonard, Grehan-Derrick, 
Gadan, O’Cummins Cummins, O’Mollina, 
Flannelly, Heany, 
Mangan – Mongan, 
Breaffy, O’Moran Moran, 
Rowley, O’Finan, 
O’Spealain Spillane, O’Breslen, 
Feeney, Rush, O’Meeny Meeny, 
Boland, Scanlan, 
Coyne – Cuain, Coleman, 
Murphy, Morrissy, Fox- O’Sinna, 
MacCarrick, O’Rafferty Rafferty, Gilmer……..

The Final Word This very rare hard bound volume, is complete in modern English with translation into gaelic, (appears side by side in Gaelic and modern English); includes valuable notes on Mayo and Sligo history; pedigrees, map, foldout chart, original and new index, Placename guide, Addenda, Letters, Wills, Extensive info on O’Shaughnessy, Extra coverage of: O’Clery, O’Hyne (Hine, Hynes), Mac Firbis & O’Dowd.. Over 500 pages.

Our Works from 1978-2016
We have also published a few works of Irish (Gaeilge)
music in the past, in very limited quantity. Hopefully
our works have led to increased use of the Irish language
in a small way. Next time we will cover the Irish language
songs that we have recorded and published over the last
35 years or so.
Our English language books and podcasts focus on Irish
genealogy and history. They will be covered at a later date.

Mike O’Laughlin
mike@Irishroots.com
publisher and proprietor
Irish Roots Cafe

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