Moriarty, Co. Leitrim, Banned Irish web page

From the Irish Roots Cafe: Broadcast Shownotes.
Irish Families Worldwide History and Genealogy. week 94

Among Todays Topics:

1)  McCloskey wins title
2)  Irelands First Ever Turkey Walk follows elephant walk
3)  Mac, Mc and O names is the book of the week
4)  Searching for Moriarty and Kennedy from Dingle to U.S.
5)  County Leitrim, Ireland, is the county of the month
6)  Catholic websites banned in Ireland !
7)  Call to Newfoundland O’Shaughnessy families
8)  Moriarty and Leitrim – Roscommon web sites of the week.
Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics: 1:20
Notes from Mike:    2:36
Book of the Month: 5:18
The Magnificent Seven: 11:04
Irish Name of the Day: 12:29
Website of the Week:   17:06
Curious News and Notes: 18:49
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4) We have a phone message this week asking about
a ‘recitation’ CD from us.
Well, we don’t have that yet, but we are coming out with a CD
with some old Irish tunes on it, in Irish and English. Stay tuned –
they will be in very limited quantity!

Book of the Month
Mac, Mc and O Names in Ireland, Scotland and America

Here is a sample extract from this book:
Names Identified and Located In print for the first time
ever in 2003. Authored by Michael C. OLaughlin. This is a
study of names that begin with Mac, Mc, and O, based upon
several census records in Ireland and early America. Many
families are noted and pinpointed as to specific location in
both countries. Includes extracts on these names from the
work of OHart; a chart of all Mac and Mc names from the
1790 U.S. census, along with count of names by county.

Names In Ranking Order Gives the ranking of the top Mc,
Mac and O names in the U.S. based upon the social security
records. In Ireland,the original spelling of all of these names
is given based upon the 1659 census and the 19th century
records of Mathesons survey…… Not a big collection of family
histories but a guide showing the location these family names,
spellings and locations, with actual records illustrated. Several
old and worn pages have also been taken from the IGF archives
showing famous and infamous individuals with Mac and O names
as recorded in the 1800s.

From the Intro to this work Here is a passage from the
introduction of this work; “By Mac, Mc, and ‘O’, you’ll always know
a true Irish or Scotsman so they say “…….The purpose of
publishing this work is to introduce you to the meaning and use of
these family names. Mac names originate in Scotland and Ireland.
The ‘O’ names, which appeared first by many accounts, is a name
considered exclusively Irish. Nearly all old Irish surnames were
originally prefixed with Mac or ‘O’. They were such attractive
additions to a name that some families settling in Ireland from
abroad took a name with a Mac prefix. This included the Vikings &
the Normans ! Some old Irish families would drop the Mac or ‘O’
during certain periods of turmoil… the plot thickens when trying
to determine exactly what your name might have been spelled like then.

One fact needs to be recognized immediately. There is no difference
between Mac, Mc, and M’. You cannot say one form is Scottish and
one is Irish. It becomes obvious that Mc and M’ are both merely
shortened forms of Mac, which is the originally Gaelic form that has
come to stand for ‘descendant of’. Originally the ‘Mac’ meant ‘son of’,
and the ‘O’ stood for ‘grandson of’. Today both simply mean ‘descendant
of’, or perhaps more generally in some cases ‘follower of’.

Coming Up:
Where will Irelands First Turkey Walk be Held this year ?
And what did elephants have to do with it….

County of the Month: Leitrim
Taken from County Cavan and Leitrim Genealogy and Family History Notes

The 19th century birth index from this book finds the following
families most numerous in County Leitrim   (Possible variant
spellings after each name have been added) :

-end of Irish Family History extract-

County Leitrim 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:

Ford (McConsnava) C
Mac    Clancy, L.
Mac    Consnava (Ford) C.
Mac    Dorchy
Mac    Fergus
Mac    Finnevar
Mac    Courty
Mac    Gilmartin
Mac    Gloin
Mac    Gowan
O’    Carroll, C.
Mac    Kenny
Mac    Keon
Mac    Partlan
Mac    Rannall (Reynolds)
Mac    Rannall, L.
Mac    Shanley, C.
O’    Cuirneen
O’    Finn
O’    Meehan, C.
O’    Mulvey, C.
O’    Rodaghan, C.
O’    Rourke, P.

-end of extract from The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters-
Coming Up Later in this episode
This web page banned by Irish Government:
Censorship for sure !

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

1) New member David G. Moriarty of Decatur, GA
Searching for Moriarty and Kennedy from Dingle in 1860’s to Mass.

2) Wayne Pricer of Roayal Oak, MI.
Your Genealogy books on Meath/ Westmeath and Clare have shipped.

3) Robert Williams of Bronx, NY, Your Donegal book has shipped.

4) Charles Barbour of Limavady, Co. Londonderry, in the UK.
Your County Derry genealogy and family history notes have shipped.

5) Janet Fessier of Hawthorne, California, your ‘Irish Families’ book
has shipped.

6) Tim McAuliffe of Wilmington, NC, your Families of Co. Cork shipped !

7) Dale Smith of Toccoa, Georgia, your Kilkenny Genealogy book 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:
David G. Moriarty

Searching for info on: see above, ‘Magnificent Seven’.

Related Spellings of the Name
MacMoriarty, Murtagh, O Muircheartaigh,

Varient Spelling Groups: #1553, 1604, 2488
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name Moriarty
They were centered in the west of Kerry, in the baronies of
Corkaguiney and Trughanacmy, centered in the Castlemaine
Harbor area  most anciently, even prior to the Norman invasions.
With the coming of that invasion the family fell from power, as
the Fitzgeralds rose to power.  They have remained in
county Kerry into modern times however.
In Keatings History, O’Moriarty is given in the parish of Templenoe,
and some adjoining districts in the barony of Dunkerron.  They
are spoken of as chiefs of Aes Asdi, and given by O’Heerin…
In Co. Meath, near Kells, another family of this old Irish  name
exists. .  Murtagh is as well, a name of Scottish origins in Ireland.

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) Moriarty is given in the Irish Book of arms with illustrated
arms. “Argent an eagle displayed sable. Crest: an arm in armour
embowed holding a sword fessways entwined with a serpent all proper.”

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

1)  ‘Families of County Kerry’ (Moriarty in Boston)
2)   ‘Irish Genealogies’ volume 3 of Keathings History
3)    County Meath and Westmeath genealogy book.
4)    The Families of Co. Kerry. ( Moriarity arms, Bishop Moriarty
Moriarty branches, Anne Moriarty, Moriartys Hotel ).
5)    History of the Clanna Rory Families (The Two Moriartys)
6)    Capt. Thomas Moriarty marries Deborah Bodwitch (J17)
7)    The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters, Connellan translation.

Websites of the Week:

1) Moriarty Family Genealogy Forum
The above is a site for : Posting messages from those
searching for Moriarty families worldwie.

2) Moriarty Genealogy
A one page summary of the authors research:
The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Moriarty

3) Leitrim – Roscommon Genealogy Web site
Sample from this web page:
* * * ANNOUNCEMENT * * *
Databases being compiled.
Many thanks go out to Roger McDonnell and his dedicated
group of volunteers.  All the 1901 census records for Counties
Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo & Sligo are now entered in the
1901 census database
Last updated on December 07, 2008

4) A User’s Guide to the National Library of Ireland
Eileen Ó Dúill is a Dublin-based professional Irish
genealogist who specializes in legal and probate research.

Curious News and Notes
1)  Turkey Walk is a go !
The Parades Commission has approved Ireland’s first Turkey Walk.
They’ll be walking right through town centre in Irvinestown,
County Fermanagh. They were told to apply for a permit after an
(circus) elephant parade of sorts in Bangor, caused some disruptions.
see article in Belfast Telegraph:

2)   Newfoundland calling O’Shaughnessys
Stella Burry Community Services is searching for descendants
of Mother O’Shaughnessy for the opening of a homeless shelter,
formally called the “O’Shaughnessy House” which honors
O’Shaughnessy in Newfoundland.
see article in Galway Independent.

3) It’s expensive in Ireland today.
Ireland is ranked fourth in the list of most expensive countries
in the world. The are ranked in front of Sweden, Finland and
England. This is even worst than last year, when they ranked
sixth. see: Irish Herald.

4)  Dr. Barry honored on 100th birthday
Dr Vincent Barry, who discovered the cure for leprosy is being
honored in Ireland. Born at Sunday’s Well in Cork city, he
developed drugs that have helped bring about a cure for millions
of people.

5)  McCloskey grabs British title
Dungiven southpaw Paul McCloskey won the British light-
welterweight title over Colin Lynes in Dagenham, Essex recently.
He has a perfect record to date.  see: BBC

6) This ad was banned in Ireland by the government
Veritas ad: – “ Veritas has a range of different and thoughtful gifts,
something for everyone, drop into your local veritas shop.  This
Christmas why not give A gift that means more. Books and Candles……
They won’t allow the web site to be mentioned or and words like
‘nativity scene’ are forbidden, Where has free speech gone ? Beware,
it could be you next !
They have banned the mere mention of the   in
advertising because it “Promotes veritas which is run by the Catholic
church, and promotes the characteristics of the gifts’.  ( ‘mean more’. )
Cannot advertise religious or spiritual gifts !  Talk about censorship.
We can advertise everything else !’  Let me know what you think.

see video giving the ad:

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