Warning: Irish Tartan Frauds; St. Patricks Day Warning

From the Irish Roots Cafe Broadcast Network.
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News Release St, Patricks Day Warning #1
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwwMf5Et_tA

See my recent videocast on Irish Family Tartans.
Irish Family Tartans never existed

For 30 years folks have asked me “what is my Irish
Family Tartan”. More and more people are finding out
that there is no such thing, and that there never was.
(Family plaids or tartans are a Scots tradition, and by
all means enjoy them – but do not buy into the lie
that there are “Irish Family Tartans”.) Never were,
and your ancestors would roll over in their graves
laughing if they saw such nonsense today.

Someone Wrote a Book
A few years back someone wrote a book and decided to
“assign” tartans to Irish families. This book has sold a lot
of Tartan cloth I am sure. It is totally unfounded. Some
people will try to sell you an ‘Irish family tartan’ to this day.
They are either misinformed, silly, or just trying to
make a buck.

Don’t be a Fool
I like tartans, and fully support anyone who wants to
adopt a plaid because they like it. But if you think there
is a direct tie to the history of your old Irish family, you have
been badly fooled.
Pay proper respect to your family, and history. Spread the word
this year about Irish family tartans. “Never was such a thing”.
No, Nay, Never, No More…..

For more detail see my earlier link:

Irish Family Tartan Fakery

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The author of todays blog is Mike O’Laughlin.
Among his historic firsts are:

1. The first weekly Irish Genealogy broadcast on the Internet
2. The first 34 book set on Irish Families & Genealogy
3. The republication of Connellans Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters
4. The first book and internet broadcast on the Irish in Missouri.

Mr. O’Laughlin also leads tours to Ireland, main-
tains an Irish research library of 3,000 volumes,
and publishes the work of 10 different authors in
the field of Irish history and genealogy.

All of his works can be found at www.Irishroots.com
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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.
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