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The Book of Irish Families, great and small
by Mike O’Laughlin. (2013)

New 4th edition on the shelves !
Since the 4th edition of Irish Families, great & small
is out now, I thought it best to do a new video review.
(The 3rd edition review is still valid, this is about
the additions in this 4th edition edition !)
Below is link to video, and I’ll try embedding it too…

4th edition, Master volume to the Irish Families Project

The Book of Irish Families, great and small
√ This Master Book to the Irish Families Project includes
√ Includes complete 34 book surname index to the set.
√ Return to Irish Roots DVD included FREE.
√ 2,000 Irish Family Name histories as available
√ 18,000 family name location index by Irish County.
√ Names/County as found in the map of the 4 Masters, by county.
√ 400 full size pages, Coats of Arms, Maps, All Ireland and N. Ireland
√ Key to Poor Law Unions and 19th century locations.
√ includes settlers from Scotland, England, Vikings etc..
√ Note that general histories of family names are included,
with some specifics, but there is no guarantee of your
immediate family being mentioned !
√ Much material is included to help find what county your
family name likely originated in.

√ Get it direct from my web page here:
also available on Amazon.
or see my video book review below (if it loads):

Thanks for reading and watching !

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Today at the Irish Roots Cafe:
My Name is Paddy Leary: Off to Philadelphia

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Paddy Leary
I first heard this song, which dates at least back
to 1889, on an old Victrola recording on YouTube.
It was Wilfred Glenn I heard singing it, and it is still
up on YouTube today. It came out well before
the era of Tin Pan Alley in the U.S., and I consider
it a stage song of the 1880s-90’s

Faulty Credits
This is an old song composed by Battison Hayes (b.1859-d.1900).
It is not by John Patterson, of County Clare, Ireland, who is
also of some note. The Clare County Library had the wrong
attribution for a short while, but quickly corrected it after we
sent an email with the updated information. It is usually
given as a traditional tune, also associated with Stephen Temple.

The Victrola Version
The early version I heard was quite distinctive, with orchestra
in the background, and a rather…. exaggerated style, which I
think fits the piece, and how it was performed in the day.
John McCormack himself performed the song, as well as the
‘Irish Tenors’ in more modern times.
Todays video contains my version ‘Paddy Leary’, just because
it stuck with me for a few years.

Here are the Lyrics I normally use for this song:

Oh, Me name is Paddy Leary
from a spot called Tipp-er-ar-y-
The hearts of all the girls I am a thorn in
But before the break of morn-
it is they’ll be all forlorn
For- I’m -off to- Philadelphi in the morning
With- me bundle on me shoulder,
faith, there’s no man could be bolder
I’m lavin dare old Ireland witout warning
For I lately took the notion,
for to cross the briny ocean
And,, I start for,, Philadelphi in the mornin
There’s a girl called Kate Malone
whom I’d hope to call me own
and To see me little cabin floor- adornin
But my heart is – sad and weary -,
how can she be Mrs. Leary-
If, I start for,- Philadelphi in the morning
With- me bundle on me shoulder,
faith, there’s no man could be bolder
I’m lavin dare old Ireland witout warnin
For I lately took the notion,
for to cross the briny ocean
And,,- I start for,- Philadelphi in the morning
When they told me I must lave this place
I tried to keep a, – cheerful – face,….
For To show me hearts deep sorrow I – was scornin,
But the tears will surely blind me –
for the friends I lave behind me –
When- I start for, Philadelphi in the mornin
chorus 2:
But though, me bundles on me shoulder
sure there’s no man can be bolder
I’m leaving now the spot that I was born in
Yet some day I’ll take the notion
to come back across the ocean
To- me- home- in – dear old Ireland-
in the- mornin-
(- end of lyrics -)

You can listen to our version of the song
on our iTunes podcast or on YouTube.
The links are given at the top of this blog.

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