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Trivia Test Results. Irish Language dates

Our Trivia Test
The Irish Roots Cafe house band played last
week, and we set up the Irish trivia contest.
The previous year I also prepared the trivia
test, but a few folks thought it might be too
easy, so this year I took it up a notch…
a big notch it seems..

The Questions
Well, there were 50 questions, and the high
score was 14 correct out of the 50. Here is
a question I prepared. I knew it would fool
a few, but it even got the historians…
How many leaves are on a lucky Shamrock…

King James Irish Army List described
One of our books nearing sellout

Not one correct answer. I will only tell you
that there is no difference between a lucky
Shamrock and a normal Shamrock.

Luckily, one person knew what country the Irish
got their flag from, and most knew where the
Cliffs of Moher were. Other than that it was
a low rate of positive responses, including
the location of the Lee and Liffey rivers.

Next time
Next year I will have a two part quiz. 20 easy
questions, like the colors of the Irish flag,
and then 5 hard questions. We’ll give a prize
for who ever does best on each one. It’s the
only way to keep everyone happy…

The house band
Meanwhile, the band is keeping Irish language
week in full force with a nice selection of
songs in Irish gaeilge. We of course, still
balance out the show with English language
songs, unless otherwise requested.

Here is our current schedule
Irish Language week(s) Seachtain na Gaeilge
March 15. Louisburg, KS, March 15, Irish Dinner 6:00
March 17, Californos in Westport. 11:30 to 1:00
March 17, Conroys Public House, 2:00 to 5:00
April 23, Irish gathering in Weston at the Celtic Ranch
April 24, Session to be announced
April 25, Irish gathering in KC at Brownes Irish Market
April 26, House session to be announced
April 27,(closing event.
June 14, 15, Scottish Highland Games, Riverside, Missouri
Aug. 30, KIrksviille, MO, Harvest Festival Fundraiser

Remember to support the rare books that
we publish and author. It keeps the
wheels turning for everything at

My Next Entry will be on
The Sean Nos gathering, calling singers, dancers and students.
Final details being arranged… Be There..
We’ll also be teaching folks to sing the chorus to an Irish
language song….so stay tuned to our events

Mike O’Laughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe and Hedge School
The Irish Roots Cafe house band

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The Irish Roots Cafe
Books authored by Michael C. OLaughlin

End of Career Totals
Yes, it turns out that I am the most
published author in my field. At first
I thought it was a bit much, but then,
it didn’t say I was the best in my field,
so it wasn’t braggin, it was just true.

The Totals
I made a quick tally of the books, CDs,
podcasts, and newsletters I’ve written.
Then I added the books I have edited or
published, and YouTube videos produced.
It’s a pretty good list.

Full disclosure
In the interest of full disclosure, here
is the near complete list of my works,
substantiating the outrageous claim that
I am the most published author in my field.
Actually, I may be the only full time author
in my fied over the last 35 years..

Most all of these works are found at
Some are on and on YouTube. The podcasts and
video podcasts are also on iTunes, as we are an iTunes provider.

The Irish Families Project. 34 book set, 1980 to 2013.
v1  The Book of Irish Families great and small. 2013.
v2  Families of County Kerry, Ireland. 2002.
v3 Families of County Clare, Ireland. 1996.
v4  Families of County Cork, Ireland.
v5  Families of County Limerick, Ireland. 2002.
v6  Families of County Galway, Ireland. 1998.
v7  Families of County Dublin, Ireland. 1999.
v8  Families of County Donegal, Ireland. 2001.
v9 Co. Antrim and Belfast Genealogy and Family History.
v10 Co. Armagh Genealogy ..  50 p.
v11  Co. Cavan and Co. Leitrim Genealogy…
v12  Co. Cork Genealogy .. 68 p.
v13 Co. Derry (Londonderry) Genealogy….
v14 Co. Down Genealogy … 50 p. $28
v15 Co. Fermanagh and Louth Genealogy…..
v16 Co. Kildare, Wicklow and Carlow….
v17  Co. Kilkenny Genealogy .. …  58 p.
v18 Kings (Offaly) and Queens (Leix, Laois) Counties. 76 p.
v19  Co. Longford Genealogy .. 46 p.
v20. Co. Mayo Genealogy ..  54 p.
v21 Co. Meath and Westmeath Genealogy.
v22 Co. Monaghan Genealogy ..  48 p.
v23 Co. Roscommon Genealogy…. . 52 p.
v24 Co. Sligo Genealogy ..   48 p.
v25 Co. Tipperary Genealogy..  76 p.
v26 Co. Tyrone Genealogy .. 54 p.
v27 Co. Waterford Genealogy …  48 p.
v28 Co. Wexford Genealogy …  52 p.
v29 Co, Kerry Genealogy..  54 p.
v30 Co. Dublin Genealogy…  52 p.
v31 Co. Limerick Genealogy.  52 p.
v32 Co. Clare Genealogy..  55 p.
v33 Co. Galway Genealogy. 58 p.
v34 Co. Donegal Genealogy. 52 p.

More books authored by OLaughlin
Missouri Irish, the original history. softbound.
Irish Song, Singers, and Sheet Music.
Irish Family History Series, 6 books on 6 families.
(OLaughlin, Donaghue, Kelly, Sullivan, Murphy, OReilly).
Geographical Guide to Ireland. 1982.
Genealogical History of the Irish Peoples. 1982.
The Complete Book for Tracing Your Irish Ancestors.1981.
The Complete Book of Irish Family Names. 1987.
The Irish Book of Arms. 1988.
Irish Settlers on the American Frontier.1985.
The Book of Irish Families Great and Small.1992
The Irish Book of Arms, in color. Hardbound.
Irish Settlers on the American Frontier.
Master (Atlas) and Book of Irish Placenames. 1994.
The Master Atlas and Book of Irish Surnames. 1993.
Irish Song, Singers and Sheet Music. 2010

Published by OLaughlin
The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters. 1846.
A Social History of Ancient Ireland. Joyce. 2 v. set
Keatings’ ‘History of Ireland’ 3 v. set. (1856) OMahoney,
The Conquest of Ireland. The Plantation of Ulster, Rev. Hill.
vol. I The Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans
vol. II  Names in the Land Grants.
vol. III  Londonderry Lands and Families.
vol. IV  A Special Census of Ireland.
King James’s Irish Army List. DAlton.
Irish Genealogies..from Keatings History. (1856)
Poetry and Song of J. Boyle OReilly,1865.
Irish Names and Surnames by Rev. P. Woulfe.(1923).
Surnames of Ireland by Kneafsey. 2002.

Published in Irish (gaeilge) and English
Tribes and Customs of Hy Many. ODonovan.(1873).
Tribes and Customs of Hy Fiachrach. ODonovan (1874)

Research Aids Published by OLaughlin
The History of the Clanna Rory in Ireland. Cronnelly.
Guide to Irish Family Research.
Irish Passengers to America.(7,400 listings)
Irish Census of 1659, surname extract.
The Birth Index of Ireland. by surname and county.
Gaelic Titles and Forms of Address.1997
Irish Knighthoods and related subjects.2002.
History of the Milesian Families of Ireland. 2002.
Guide to the Spellings of Irish Names
Mac, Mc and O names in Ireland, Scot. and U.S..
Irish Families on the California Trail. 2003.
The Scottish Macs. Names that begin with Mac, Mc., 2003.

Posters and Maps
The Ortelius Map of Ireland. (1572) 14 x 20.
Irish Coats of Arms, full color poster. 18 x 24. (1980)
Irish Family Location Map of the 4 Masters. (1846)

Periodicals, Columns
1) OLoughlins Journal of Irish Families.1990 to 2000.(ISSN 1056 0378)
2) The Irish Roots Cafe printed newsletter.
3) The Irish Roots Cafe Blog online.
4) columnist (online)
5) The Shamrock Newspaper (KC hibernian newspaper)
6) Irish Focus (KC Newspaper)

Author, creator, and host of the following CDs and DVDs
1) Irish Genealogy CD, 2011.
2) History of Ireland CD, 2011.
3) Learning Irish CD, 2011.
4) Irish Song and Recitation CD, 2011.
5) Missouri Irish Audio Book on CD, 2011.
6) Irish Video Shorts DVD, 2011.
7) Return To Irish Roots DVD, 2009.
8) Irish Song Traditional and Sean Nos.CD. 2013.

Broadcasting. Author, creator and host of
The worlds first Irish Genealogy Podcast series
1) “Irish Families”, 2006 to present. over 200 episodes. iTunes.
2) The Irish Song and Recitation” Podcast series, 30 episodes.
3) “The Hedgerow History of Ireland” Podcast series.
4) “Hello Fada”, before you take an Irish class, podcast series.
5) The “Irish in America” Podcast series, 20 episodes.
6) ”Irish Video Shorts”, video podcast (History, Song Genealogy).
7) Photo enhanced ‘Irish Families’ genealogy podcast.

Videos produced for YouTube
Over 50 videos produced for YouTube, with a focus
on Genealogy, History and Song. Ireland, and Irish America.
Both Irish (gaeilge) and English songs are featured.

You be the Judge
Well, there they are, I have not counted them all, but
it is a considerable sum. Large and small. Hope they
have been helpful to many of you, and that the best of
them will continue to be, long after my day has passed

For more information consult

About the Author
I began genealogy work before the days of the working
internet as we know it today. At my first computer
show, I typed in the word Irish or Ireland and only
several hundred returns came back. A couple months
later it seems there were many thousands, now it seems

Irish Festivals and Special Events.
I am still at it, exhibiting at Dublin, Ohio, Louisville,
Kentucky,. and even in Kansas City at Brownes on occasion.
DNA is the new keyword in genealogy and I have a users
group at for that.
Too make matters worse, I am in the Irish Roots Cafe house
band, with songs in Irish and English. Released my
first album last year. The band and my displays are
available for festivals and special events.
Just got word the band has been selected to play at the K.C.
Highland Games this year. Things just keep surprising me
as we go along.. The link to our main band page is

Thanks for your support over the years.
Hope to see you for a few more.

Mike OLaughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe
Box 7575
Kansas City, MO 64116

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