Shannon, Wexford, Dunbrody, O’Flaherty hero

From the Irish Roots Cafe: Broadcast Shownotes.
Irish Families Worldwide History and Genealogy. week 91

Among Todays Topics:

1)  Shannon is the Name of the Day
2)  Wexford genealogy is the book of the month
3)  Searching for Long, McGawn, and Lewis
4)  Dunbrody Genealogy Centre in Ireland
5)  Tommy Hilfiger has Irish Roots
6)  O’Flaherty honored in Killarney
7)  Shannon Airport 1st to have US pre-clearance
Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics: 1:25
Notes from Mike:    2:15
Book of the Month: 6:40
The Magnificent Seven: 8:45
Irish Name of the Day: 10:52
Website of the Week:   15:55
Curious News and Notes: 17:26
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Notes This Week
1)  I just noticed a very interesting article in the at:
They talk about the Irish, Scots Irish, Presbyterian, Catholic,
and Church of Ireland Irish in America, and have some interesting
conclusions. They start of talking about Ann Dunham that left Ireland
in 1850. She descended from Falmouth Kearney who was Barack Obama’s
ancestor.  They then go on to talk about the myths of the origins
and background of some of the Irish in America.

2)  Dear Mike, Hi it’s Seamus I made the MOST fundemental
mistake in geneology ASSUMPTION and following that I had the WRONG
LONGS  I went back to square one I started at MaryLong’s Immigration
record and worked backwards I obtained Mary Long’s Birth cert in
Glasgow Scotland in 1908 in ALL of Glasgow there is/was only ONE MARY
LONG . I had the wrong Long family  .My Mary Long was born to William
John Long NOT as I surmised William L LONG !!! SO subsequintly MY Mary
Long born to William John Long and Maryann Long in Glasgow Scotland
24 April 1908 at 26 Claythorn nSt calton ward of Glasgow !! William and
Mary married in Ballygalget ST Patrick’s Roman
Catholic Church 20th August 1903 County Down  I feel kind of sad I am
losing a family that I reseached extensivly  >BUT at least I”vd foud
OUR REAL IRISH ROOTS !!! SO now i guess I have to buy the Families of
County Down.                 – Seamus Hojnowski

3) Dear Mike, Wicklow County Tourism is launching its sparkling 2008
Christmas campaign
this month, with an extensive festive section on our website
Here you will find all the information you need about what is happening
in the Garden County this season including Christmas parties, seasonal
events, carol singing, festive markets, Santa visits, great accommodation
packages etc.

Christmas Competition:
Test your knowledge of Wicklow and win great prizes this Christmas season.
As part of our campaign, Wicklow County Tourism is giving great prizes each
week in the run up to Christmas.

This week’s question is:
Who founded the ancient monastery at Glendalough?
Go to web site to enter the competition

Come enjoy Wicklow this Christmas season.
Wicklow County Tourism wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – Nollag Shona agus Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Daoibh go Léir!”
Kind Regards,
Wicklow Tourism Staff

4) A full fledged National Emigration center with a genealogy facility is planned for the Dunbrody vistor centre in Wexford Ireland.  They have just received a 1.88 million grant.

Book of the Month
County Wexford Ireland, Genealogy and Family history notes.

Here is a sample extract from this book:
The 19th century birth index of Ireland finds the following
families most numerous in County   (Possible variant
spellings after each name have been added) :

-end of Irish Family History extract-

County Wexford 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:
Butler, V.
Le    Mareschal, E.
de    Montmorency
O’    Cavanagh, L.
Mac    Keogh
Mac    Murrough, K.
O’    Cosgry, C.
O’    Doran (Brehon)
O’    Doyle
O’    Dugan, C.
O’    Garvey, C.
O’    Larkin, L.
O’    Murphy, L.
de    Renzy
Strongbow, E.
Talbot, E.

-end of extract from The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters-
Coming Up Later in this episode
Find out why Fr. O’Flaherty is being honored in Killarney

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

1) New member Sovonne Ukam of West Collingswood, NJ
Searching for McGawn and Lewis, indentured servants.

2) T.J. O’Gara of Dagenham, Essex in the UK.
Your ‘Families of County Donegal’ has shipped !

3) Charles A. Teator of Plainsboro, NJ.
Your ‘Families of County Cork, Ireland’ has shipped.

4) Eva Marie Jurisson of Morgantown, West Virginia
Your “Surnames of Ireland” has shipped.

5) Jane E. Howe of Raleigh, North Carolina
Your “County Fermanagh Genealogy and Family history notes has shipped !

6) Fr. Dan Madigan of Clarksburg, CA
Your “Passengers from Ireland” and 1659 census has shipped.

7) Grodon L. Connelly of Spirit Lake, Idaho.
Your “Book of Irish Families, great and small” 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:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Carol Shannon of St. Louis, MO

Searching for info on
My Shannons are from Wexford and settled in Callaway County, Missouri

Related Spellings of the Name
Shanin, Seanan, Shanaghan, Giltenane, Fox, Shanan, Shanny, Shanon….
O Seanachain, MacGiolla t-Seanain

Varient Spelling Groups: #714, #1859, #1860, #3117
Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
Irish families of the name of Shannon may stem from one of at least
three separate origin there.  They may descend from O’Shanaghan ,
O’Seanain, or from MacGiolla Seanain.  No research we have uncovered
has connected this name to the River Shannon however.
The O’Seanin family was anciently found in counties Carlow and Wexford,
but it is not found numerous there in either 1659 a.d. or 1891 a.d. records.
Spelled as Shannon the name was most often found in Antrim, Clare and
Roscommon in the 1890 index.
In 1659 Shannon was found in Cork, and Shannahan under various
spellings was a principal name of Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary.
According to Keatings History Shannahan was Anglicized mistakenly into
“Fox” and “Shannon”.
Subsequently they spread into Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Limerick and Waterford,
the main locations for the Shanahan name in the 1890 birth index.

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

Irish Family Coats of Arms
Here is some of the information given in the Irish Book of Arms

1) O’Shannon

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family 100 times
including the following examples :

1)  Dover, N.H. Stronghold of the Shannons – (J-7)
2)  Shannon – found in my ‘Missouri Irish’ book.
3)  T., J., and C. Shannon – Irish Families on the California Trail
4)  The Irish Book of Arms
5)  The Surnames of Ireland with 200 Maps….
6)   The 1659 Census of Ireland
7)   The birth index of Ireland

Website of the Week:
Co. Wexford Heritage and Genealogy Society
Yola Farmstead, Folk Park, Tagoat, Rosslare, Co. Wexford
Tel: 353 (0) 53 9132611
Fax: 353 (0) 53 9132612
open year round, from 10 to 4, Monday through Friday.

The above is a site for :
Genealogical research in County Wexford.
Birth, Death, Marriage Records, and sources such as
the 1654 Civil Survey; Tithe Applotment Books; Griffiths Valuation;
and the 1901 cenus.

Catholic Records include (as given by web site):

Parish       Baptisms       Marriages       Deaths
Adamstown  1849-1900  1892-1900
Ballycullane 1827-1900  1827-186     1828-1832
Ballygarrret  1828-1900  1830-1900 1830-1869
Ballymore       1813-1900     1802-1899
Bannow     1873-1900
Blackwater     1825-1900     1815-1881     1840-1883
Castlebridge 1832-1900     1832-1892
Cleariestown 1846-1854     1844-1854
Clongeen     1847-1900     1847-1900
Cloughbawn 1816-1900     1816-1900     1816-1900
Craanford     1871-1900     1971-1900
Crossabeg     1794-1900     1794-1900     1899-1900
Enniscorthy 1794-1900     1794-1900
Davidstown 1801-1900     1840-1859
Ferns     1819-1900     1840-1900     1840-1859
Glynn         1817-1900                       1867-1883
Horeswood     1826-1900     1825-1894
Kilmuckridge 1818-1900     1875-1890
New Ross     1789-1900     1817-1900
Our Lady’s Island     1737-1900     1837-1900     1868-1900
Oylegate     1804-1900     1803-1900     1865-1870
Piercetown     1811-1900     1812-1900
Ramsgrange 1835-1873
Rathangan     1803-1850     1805-1850
Rathnure     1853-1878     1847-1853     1846-1853
Taghmon     1801-1900
Ragoat     1853-1881     1853-1881     1853-1881
Templetown 1792-1900     1792-1900
Wexford Town 1686-1900 1671-1900

Curious News and Notes
1)  Irelands first ever home grown youth TV channel is available
online at, and on channel 100 on the Magnet
Infinity TV ( MiTV).

2)   Tommy Hilfiger made his first trip to Ireland last week.
He has 12 stores in Ireland, and revealed he had ancestors
from Ireland.  He also noted that on his next trip he might
like to look up family there.
Hilfiger’s great-grandmother on his mother’s side hailed
from Cahill, Cork, and his paternal great grandfather, James
Gerrity, was originally from Westport, Co Mayo before emigrating
to Wisconsin in the States.

3) There is a new website out there for those interested in
Dingle, County Kerry area:
It was put together by Pat and Lisa Hennessy, who help
arrange holiday packages for those who like outdoor activity.

4) Officer can close Irish pubs for up to 24 hours.  The reasons
include creating disorder or noise nuisance, or if a disorder is
imminent, which requires a bit of psychic intuition I think.

5)  Joe Biden, the first Catholic U.S. vice president, has his
secret code name from the secret service, it is ‘Celtic’.
Well, so much for secrets…..

6) Good news if you are flying out of Shannon Airport to the U.S.,
Shannon Airport has been named the first pre-clearance facility
for U.S. bound flights outside of North America.  That means all
necessary inspections can be made at Shannon, reducing any
inspection delays when arriving in the U.S. !

7) He was born in north Cork but grew up on Henn Street in Killarney
and saved thousands of lives in WWII as a priest in the Vatican.
Msgr. Hugh O’Flaherty is being honored as these words are being written.
Exhibitions in Killarney are being held, and a road is being named in
his honor.
See the film ‘The Scarlet and the Black’ for the movie of his heroic
actions, said to have saved over 6500 people, including Americans,
British, and Jews, during the war. For more information see:

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