Sean Nos, Monaghan, Cantwell, Archaeology

From the Irish Roots Cafe: Broadcast Shownotes.
Irish Families Worldwide History and Genealogy. week 92

Among Todays Topics:

1)  Monaghan is the Irish County of the Week
2)  Dublin Rents are up.
3)  Leap day let’s ladies ask for it.
4)  Cantwell is the Name of the Day
5)  Some real snail mail in County Meath.
6)  Road Building and Archaeology is the web site of the month.
7)  Sean nos dance challenge on video

I’m Mike O’Laughlin, your host.
Reach me on my web page at

Please do leave me feedback on iTunes, Click on the link below to get to my shows !

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:            1:05
Notes from Mike:               2:14
Book of the Month:            3:33
The Magnificent Seven:      6:10
Irish Name of the Day:       7:56
Website of the Week:         14:46
Curious News and Notes:   16:27
Get All 3 of my Free Broadcasts online, click below:

– Irish Families Worldwide Broadcast –

– Irish Families Worldwide – ENHANCED VERSION:

– Irish in America Broadcast –

– Irish Song Broadcast –


Notes This Week
1)  Contact familytreedna for DNA testing questions:
Contact our customer support at any time if you have questions or
need help. The link below lists our customer service contact options.
Using this link, you can direct your question to the appropriate person,
which will result in a quicker response.

Click on the link below to order if you have tested at another vendor.

2)  Mike,  Thank you for all the information you have provided on Connelly.
I never expected so much!     -Bonnie Connelly Clifton

3)   They say there were 199 million searches on Google last year for the word ‘Ireland’ !

Book of the Month
County Monaghan Genealogy and Family History notes.

Here is a sample extract from this book:
What this book does This work includes copies of actual records
(some worn, torn and faded), from the IGF Library. It also includes
rough sketches of family coats of arms and notes from centuries
past – seldom found elsewhere. The resources provided here will
help research any family in the county, including old Irish families,
and settler families from England, Scotland, Wales and the
continent. This book is a hands on guide for finding your family in
Monaghan- some family history is included – but it is not a
gigantic collection of family histories . (For that see ‘The Book of
Irish Families, great & small’, the first book in the Irish Families
series by O’Laughlin.)

The Irish Families Project for Monaghan The Master book to the
29 volume Irish Families series is ‘The Book of Irish Families,
great & small’. That book gives hundreds of family histories from
County Monaghan, and the surrounding areas. ” County
Monaghan Genealogy and Family History Notes”, volume 22 in
the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and
new resources just for Monaghan. (In this way both books can
work together as a set if desired, or they may be used
independently for research.)

Most Numerous Families
The most numerous families here in the 19th century were:


From the Monaghan County Council:
Local History:
At most of the branch libraries, a selection of local histories on County
Monaghan is available, for example:

* The Monaghan Story by Peadar Livingstone
* Shirley’s History of Monaghan
* Clogher Records
* History Of Monaghan For Two Hundred Years 1660-1860 by Rushe
* Patrick Kavanagh poetry & prose
* Local Parish Histories
* Carrickmacross & Clones Lace
* Archaeological Inventory of County Monaghan
* At The Ford Of The Birches: The History Of Ballybay, It’s People and Vicinity
* The Plight Of Monaghan Protestants, 1912-1926
* County Monaghan Sources in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
* Monaghan In The Eighteenth Century by Denis Carolan Rushe
* A Time of Desolation, Clones Poor Law Union 1845-50

-end of Irish Family History extract-

County Monaghan 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, P = Prince :

Devereux, E.
Mac    Ardell, Chief
Mac    Cabe, C.
Mac    Donnell, C.
Mac    Gilmichael, C.
Mac    Gilroy
O’    Boylan, C.
O’    Cassidy
O’    Connolly, C.
Mac    Kenna, L.
Mac    Mahon, L.
Mac    Mahon, P.
Mac    Neney
Mac    Oscar, C.
Mac    Quade
O’    Duffy, C.
O’    Hoey
O’    Marron
O’    Neny

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

A Story of ‘Snail Mail’ in Ireland’

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

1) James F. Savage of West Chester, Ohio
Your ‘County Down Ireland’ History and Genealogy notes has shipped.

2) Member  Irene Wilkinson of Chesterfeld, Derbyshire in the UK
Your ‘Book of Irish Families, great & small’ has shipped.

3) Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC,
Your ‘Co. Meath and Westmeath, genealogy & family history notes shpped.

4) Carole Burns of Foxboro, MA.
Your ‘County Roscommon genealogy and famiy history notes shipped.

5) Theresa McAlpin of Cumming, Georgia
Your ‘Co. Meath and Westmeath, genealogy & family history notes shpped.

6) Paul De Labat of Yonne, France
Your ‘Genealogical History of the Milesian Families of Ireland’ has shipped.

7) Member Molly Nickle of Kansas City, Missouri, searching for Savage
Your ‘County Down, genealogy and family history notes’ 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:
Kevin Cantwell

Searching for info on
Birth of Edward Cantwell c.1842 Clonmel. He was mayor of
town 1873/4, 1881/2 & 1895

Related Spellings of the Name:
Cantwill, Canwell, Kentwell, de Kentwell, de Cantwell

Varient Spelling Groups: #
See also the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
The name of Cantwell is found as a principal name of Tipperary,
and is found as well in Kilkenny in the census of 1659.
Subsequently, Tipperary and Dublin have become the main
locations for the name.  Some of the name are of Anglo-Norman
origins, coming originally from the name of de Kentwell.

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)  None found.

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family 27 times
including the following examples :

1)  Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters, Connellan Translation (2)
2)  County Kilkenny Genealogy & Family History Notes (6)
3)  County Tipperary Genealogy & Family History notes (5)
4)  de Cantwell found in Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe.
5)   T. Cantwell found in Irish Knighthoods
6)   Irish Genealogies, (v.3 of Keatings History)
7)   M. Cantwell in Kings and Queens Counties’ genealogy notes….

Websites of the Week:
1)  Monaghan, the County, Ireland.

The above is a site for :
This is a compilation of information found over many years and with
the help from friends of Monaghan on the Internet. This may help
those searching for ancestors in County Monaghan, and those interested
in the general history of this area.

2) Archaeology Ireland: What Road Building has uncovered in Ireland.

“In 1987 a small team of people with an interest in the general field of
archaeology published the first issue of Archaeology Ireland. It has
been published every quarter since then. Archaeology Ireland covers
many fascinating topics spanning all the sub-disciplines of archaeology,
including science, art, architecture, history, geography, economics,
sociology, anthropology, technology, religion and more. Archaeology
Ireland keeps the reader in touch with the latest news, reviews and
debates that are influencing archaeology and history in Ireland, Britain
and the rest of the world.”

Contact Information:
Archaeology Ireland Ltd
PO Box 69
Co Wicklow
Tel: 01-2765221 Fax: 01-2765207

Curious News and Notes
1)   Ladies Choice one day every 4 years.
A new movie  called ‘ Leap Year’ tells the tale of a woman who
struggles against all odds to ask for her boyfriends hand in marriage
on the one day he cannot refuse – Feb. 29, on leap year. That is
an old tradition, and as it comes only once every 4 years gentlemen
you may rest easy.  That is, except for those of you caught on
Feb. 29, of this year, which was leap year.  Ladies, 2012 is your next
chance to jump on this opportunity.

2)  Top 10 most expensive.
It’s expensive to do business in Dublin, latest stats show it is
the 9th most expensive place to have a retail business, based upon
the cost of rent.  Dublin was more expensive than Los Angeles, but
cheaper than New York and Hong Kong. 5th Avenue in New York
is the most expensive in the world…..

3) Real Snail Mail.
Neither rain nor sleet shall delay the mail, but then there are always
those pesky snails !  Rathfeigh, County Meath residents are getting their
mail returned.  Three years ago they closed the local post office, and now
have to drop letters in a postbox by the roadside.
The problem is snails have found the way to the post box and the letters
and they are somehow making the letters illegible.  Perhaps the real
question is, how long does it take to pick up the mail if the snail is making
a meal of it ????

4)  Battle over road signs in Ulster.
COUNCILLOR George Shiels’ comments on Irish Language roadsigns are
“ ridiculous, ill founded, ill informed, sectarian and scare-mongering”, claims
Sinn Fein Councillor Sean Kerr.  for more see:

5)  Sean nos dancing online.
See some Sean Nos dancing in America and more! “Footworks Percussive
Dance Company, plus Boston-based step dancers Jackie O’Riley, Ingrid
Sanders, Pete Donohoe, Janine Susan, Kristen Kelly, Kieran Jordan,
Christine Morrison, and Liam Harney, plus Brian Harte, and Kevin Doyle.
2008 ICONS Festival in Massachusetts. “ Go to:

Remember to send your comments by clicking the
‘contact’ link on our web page at
or send by mail to our American address:

The Irish Roots Cafe
Box 7575
Kansas City, Missouri 64116

Leave your message or report on things in your part
of the world, when you call my phone recorder at:
816 256-3360
Skype me at: IrishRootsCafe

Members foot the bill so they get first priority –
but we are open to all ! (By the way – a BIG thank
you to all of our members !).
….and away…… !

About Your Host
A one of a kind resource, Mike is the most published author
his field including numerous hard bound books; guides;
newsletters; podcasts; videos and hundreds of articles.
Today, he hosts the first weekly broadcast on Irish Family
History at

The founder of the Irish Roots Cafe, he also publishes
great works of history, including ‘The Annals of Ireland by
the Four Masters’; and Keatings ‘History of Ireland’.

He recently completed the Irish Families Project,
a 34 book set on Irish Family History, published by the Irish
Genealogical Foundation.

About Mike

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.
This entry was posted in Irish Families and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.