Scanlon, Sligo genealogy, UFO’s, Irish Place Names

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Irish Families Worldwide History and Genealogy. week 85

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Among Todays Topics:

1)  Scanlon is the family name of the day.
2)  County Sligo genealogy… is the Book of the Month
3)  Savage, Keenan, O’Connor, Kelliher, Byrnes and Power
4)  Looking for Irish singers and songs !
5)  UFO’s over Ireland
6)  Irish Language Place Names
Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics: 1:25
Notes from Mike: 2:50
Book of the Month: 4:20
The Magnificent Seven: 5:50
Irish Name of the Day: 8:15
Website of the Week: 14:05
Curious News and Notes: 17:00
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Notes This Week

1)  We’ve begun recording for our Irish Song and Recitation
broadcast, season two !   Be sure to contact me if you have some
knowledge of Irish Song or recitation you would like to share.

2) This is our 30 year anniversary here at the Irish Roots Cafe

and the Irish Genealogical Foundation…who would have thought it possible !

Book of the Month

County Sligo Ireland, genealogy and family history notes.

County Sligo Families on the 4 Masters Map
What families were in the county in earlier days ? This
might provide a clue to the locations of your family today.
Here are some of the families given on the Map in the History
of Ireland by the 4 Masters: (Connellan translation. 2003, I.G.F.)
E. = Earl, L.=Lord, C. = chieftain:

Mac    Firbis
Mac    Conway
Mac    Dermott, P.
Mac    Donogh, L.
Mac    Geraghty
O’    Brogan
O’    Coleman
O’    Conaghty
O’    Conor, L.
O’    Crean, C.
O’    Devlin
O’    Donnell, P.
O’    Dowd, P.
O’    Durkan
O’    Feeney
O’    Finegan
O’    Flannelly, L.
O’    Gara, L.
O’    Gavagan
O’    Hara, L.
O’    Hart, C.
O’    Howley
O’    Keevan
O’    Kernaghan, C.
O’    Meehan
O’    Mongan
O’    Moran
O’    Morrissey
O’    Morrison
O’    Moynagh
O’    Mulclohy, L.
O’    Mullany
O’    Mulvany
O’    Spillane

-end of extract from The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters-
Coming Up Later in this episode

Multiple UFOs seen in Ireland captured on film.

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1) New member Michael Collier of Newton, MASS.
Searching for Savage and Keenan.

2) New member William Davis of Skaneateles, NY
Searching for Scanlon or Skanling

3) New member Judith Rowley of Ridgefield, CT
O’Connor Kelliher Kelleher

4) Jon Singer of New Haven, CT, Your Annals of Ireland has shipped !
Searching for Byrnes and Power

5) Sharon Forgey-Landry of Bellevue, WA
Searching for Forgey.  Your Conquest of Ireland, v1 has shipped !

6) Julia Chaplin of West Sussex in the UK,
Your County Meath Genealogy and Family History Notes has shipped.

7) Donald McClain of Sissonville, WV,
Your Irish Families book has shipped!

Check out our online search list at:

Thanks to all of our members – without you these
podcasts would not be possible –  !

Irish Family Name of the Day:
Scanlon / Skanling

Todays family history in honor of gold member:
William Davis

Searching for info on
My mother was a Scanlon from Otsego Co. in NY, USA. I have
researched ancestors to a Peter Skanling(Scanlon) who immigrated
to America in 1802 from Ireland. Am interested in where he emigrated
from and general history of the Scanlons in Ireland.
Researching Scanlon family roots. A suspected  ancestor, Peter
Skanling(Scanlon), immigrated to the US from Ireland in 1802 and
lived in upstate NY. Interested in his family in Ireland.

Related Spellings of the Name :
O’Scannell, Scanlan, Scanlane, Skanlane, O’Scannlain

(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
Families of the name of Scanlon can find their family commemorated
in place names such as Ballyscanlon, Ballymacscanlon, Scanlansland
and Scanlans Island in Ireland.
Those of the name may find origins from one of several different family lines.
Some descend from Mac Scannlain of Louth, others from O’Scannlain of the
province of Munster, and others still from O’Scannell of the north of Ireland
in counties Sligo and Donegal.  These names have been interchanged from
time to time, so origins may be difficult to determine without some specific
Keatings History gives the family of O’Scanlon in Co. Kerry, and again
separately in Co. Limerick in the barony of Pubblebrien, along with the
MacArthur family.
The birth index shows 54 births of Scanlon and 42 births of Scanlan,
concentrated in Kerry, Clare, Sligo, Limerick and Cork.
Both the “O” and the “Mac” prefixes found before the name in earlier days
has been dropped for all practical research purposes today.

copyright 2007, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small

Irish Family Coats of Arms
The family is given with arms in the Irish Book of Arms

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family 34 times
including the following examples :

1)  Families of Clare, Kerry, Cork, Limerick
2)  O’Scanlon, in Irish Genealogies, v3 of Keatings History
3)   The Milessian Families of Ireland
4)   Families of County Donegal, Ireland
5)    Missouri Irish
6)   MacScanlons in the Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters
7)   Fr. Scanlon in ‘Irish Families on the California Trail”

Websites of the Week:
1) County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre

Contact Details
County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre,
Aras Reddan,
Temple Street,

Phone: (071) 9143728
International. phone: 00 353 71 9143728

Web: and

The above web page tells us :
“This centre offers a comprehensive genealogical service to people
tracing their County Sligo roots from all over the world.
County Sligo is situated on the North West coast of Ireland in the
province of Connacht. Like many other Irish counties, it has suffered
greatly from emigration over the last two centuries. According to the
Census returns a staggering 75,660 emigrated from Sligo in the
half-century from 1851-1901.

Prior to 1855, most of those emigrating from the port of Sligo took
their passage directly to North America, usually to New York, Boston,
Quebec and St. Johns. Since the 1850’s, the majority of the emigrants
took the coastal steamers to Glasgow or Liverpool from whence most
of them crossed the Atlantic in purpose built steamers. “

2)Barretstown Hole in the Wall Camp.

“Barretstown was founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994 after
the success of his Hole In The Wall Camps in the USA.
He had been looking at places in English-speaking countries to set up a
European camp, so the transfer of his concept would be easier.
He decided to set up the first camp at Barretstown Castle”

Curious News and Notes

1)  UFO’s have been spotted by the garda, politicians and
pilots recently in Ireland, centered around north Dublin and Meath.
Film footage was even made of the triangular object. Look for more.
Some speculate it is tied to recent excavations and artifacts !!!

2) Aer Lingus has been suffering losses and is cutting prices to
increase traffic and compete with budget airlines.

3) Want to find out the official Irish language name of places in Ireland?
A new web page has been launched that gives you that information for
100,000 locations, including Irish and English versions of the names.

4) Reports say that 1500 pubs have closed in Ireland since 2001, due to
taxes on alcohol, increased home drinking and a decline in overall

5) The QE2, the famous ocean cruiser is on her final voyage round the world
and was set to dock in Belfast recently as part of the farewell trip.

6) Paul Newman is noted for his ‘hole in the wall’ camps in the US that
have helped so many children, and remember also his camp at
Barretstown Castle, Co. Kildare, which he founded in 1994.  It was the
first European base he set up.

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Mike is the worlds most published author in his field, with over 40 books, 700 articles, two newsletters, a blog, 200 podcasts and 170 videos. He also publishes rare books like "The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters" and Keatings "History of Ireland". Mike also sings in the Irish (Gaeilge) Language, with 3 albums to his credit. Mike descends from the O’Loughlins of Kilfenora, County Clare, and the O’Donahues of Glenflesk, County Kerry and also bears Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots. He has led tours to Ireland and maintains a 3,000 volume Irish library.
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