Byrne;Canada; Irish Australia convicts; Chicago;Passenger Lists

Irish Roots Cafe: Genealogy and History. week 105
From the Irish Roots Cafe Broadcast Network.

Among Todays Topics:

1)  The Irish Family Name of the Week is: Byrne
2)   Special on the Chicago Irish
3)   The Book of the Month is: Families of the Clanna Rory
4)   Pink License plates in Dublin ?
5)   The Irish Video of the Day is: Return to Irish Roots 1984
6)   The Cheapest Pint in Ireland is where ?
7)   The Web Page of the week is: Searchable passenger lists
8)    Convicts to Australia and New South Wales

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:         1:30
Notes from Mike:             3:00
Book of the Month:          7:30
The Magnificent Seven:  10:06
Irish Name of the Day:   12:20
Websites of the Week:    17:09
Curious News and Notes:  19:05

Time:  26:05
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Notes This Week:
1. Remember our four other podcasts, all available on our
web page or on iTunes
a) Photo enhanced version of this podcast  (Irish Families)
b) Irish Song and Recitation Festival
c) Irish in America
d) Irish Roots Cafe Videos

2) I am just finishing up our first DVD project. It contains:
a) our first video of Ireland from our 1984 trip
b) episodes from our audio podcasts
c) 7 of our videos with genealogy tips.
Now that the first one is done, I know much better how
to proceed with our next 3 DVD, CD, projects.  Maybe I should
hire a publicist, or a wardrobe expert.

3)  We were recently featured by, Colleen Kelm, Editor & Designer,
in the The Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan newsletter, The Irish Tree.

4) Canadian Irish Magazine relaunched.  Formerly called Toronto Irish News
it is now named ‘Irish Connections Canada”.  Copies are also being sent to
the Irish Cultural Society of Ireland members and the Ireland Canada Chamber
of Commerce.  And what do you know, it is run by an OLoglin with roots in
Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland.  ( of no proven relationship to me, yet)

Book of the Month:
The Clanna Rory
The History of the many families of the Clanna Rory or Rudricians,
compiled from the ancient records in the Libraries of Trinity College,
The Royal Irish Academy, and others…. by Richard F. Cronnelly
Too many families to list here but including:
Maginnis, O’Cronnelly, O’Dugan, O’Moran, O’Lennan, O’Casan, McGowan
or Smith; McWard; McScanlan; O’ Kenny; O Lawlor; O Lynch; O Mannion;
Maginn; Gray or M’ Colreavy; Mc Cartan; O Carelon; O Conor Kerry;
O Conor Corc; O Loghlen Burren; O’ Keily; Mc Shanly; M’ Prior; O Ferral;
O Roddy; M’ finvar or Gaynor; M Cormick; Mc Dorchy; Reynolds; O Quin;
Mulvey; Neidhe; Conary; Maoletighs; M’ Keogh; O Beices; M’Maolisas;
O’Dugan; O Coscridhs; Mc Rory or Rodgers; Corca- Dallan; Corca-Aulim;
Dal-Confinn; Ui Liodan; O Drennan; Duans, M’Dubhains……
Coming Up:
The Cheapest Pint in Ireland is found where ?
and what about Angel Cabs ?

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

1)  New Member Joseph Harrison of Aston, PA.
Researching Co. Louth for Byrne, Campbell, Warren and possibly
Cooney. Also Kenney family unknown origins.
Your County Fermanagh and Louth genealogy book shipped !

2)  Thomas Rainey of newcastle-upon-tyne, in the UK,
The Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans has shipped !

3)  Righton McCallum of Columbia, South Carolina,
Your Irish Book of Arms genealogy book has shipped !

4) Pamela Moore of Park Forest, IL.
Your County Antrim and Belfast book has shipped !

5) Janet Schraitle of Hinckley, Ohio
Your Families of County Kerry, Ireland, has shipped !

6) Ruth Turner of Vienna, Virginia
Your seven Irish Families county books have shipped !

7) Christopher Mack, of Alameda, CA
Your Kings and Queens County genealogy book has shipped !

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

Irish Family Name of the Day: Byrne

Todays family history in honor of member Joseph Harrison.

Related Spellings of the Name
MacByrne, O’Byrne, Burn, Bierne, Burns, Birne, Byrney…….

Varient Spelling Groups: #102; 197; 206; 207; 1233; 2122
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
A name prominent throughout Irish history, the family is
traditionally associated with the province of Leinster in Ireland.
As the 7th most common name in all of Ireland, it can be difficult
to trace the history of any one family.  Several completely
unrelated families now use the name in both Ireland and America.
Byrne is found listed in the census of 1659 as a principal name
of Co. Carlow, as well as in counties Louth, Meath, Queens and

Published materials:
“The O’Byrnes and their Descendants” published in Dublin in 1879.
“History of the Clan O’Byrne and other…septs”, by Rev. P. L. O’Toole.
published in Dublin in 1890.

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)  illustrated arms:
Gules a chevron between three dexter hands couped at the wrist argent.  Crest: A mermaid with comb and mirror proper.
Coming Up Later in this episode:
McCarthy Performs what for Obama ?

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family 200 times
including the following examples :

1) Byrnes of Wicklow = Pynnars Survey
2) O’Byrnes galloglas = The Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans
3) OByrnes Country; OByrnes Wicklow; M. OByrne; OByrne, L =
Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters.
4) The Queens O’Byrne  = Co. Kildare, Wicklow & Carlow genealogy book.
5) Thomas F. Byrne obituary = (J 11); Rev. Wm. Byrne Obituary (J12)
6) O’Byrne in King James Irish Army List
7) Byrnes and O’Byrnes = Surnames of Ireland with 200 familly location maps.

Websites of the Week:

1) The O’Byrne Files, History, Genealogy, Ballads !

2) Search Database who arrived in New York during the famine here:

3) Irish Convicts and Prisoners to Australia and New South Wales 1788-1836

4) Irish Video of the Day, ‘Return to Irish Roots’ 1984.  part 1.

Curious News and Notes
1) Eddie Doyle is the man who the TV series Cheers was
modeled after (behind the bar). He outlasted the TV show
but just lost his job at the ‘Ball and Finch’  bar.

2)  Hailing from Dripsey, Co. Cork, Maggie McCarthy is a skilled
dancer and fiddler, and she does both at the same time ! She
will be playing and dancing at the White House for this years
St. Patricks day celebrations, performing for President Obama.

3)  Tom Quirke claims to have the cheapest pint in Ireland, at his
pub in Tralee, Co. Kerry.  How does he do it, well cutting things out
like music, and business is now climbing back to former levels at Quirkies !

4) The ladies might be more comfortable in a cab with female drivers, so
thats just the idea for Angel Cabs, and they are now going to use pink
license plates to advertise the fact !  They now have 12 female drivers and are
looking for more….

5)  Amateur astronomer David Grennan will get to name the
asteroid he recently discovered.  It was only 224 million kilometers
from earth when he spotted it and reported same on a hunch !

6)  They have just aired a ‘Chicago Irish” documentary on WTTW -channel 11
It traces the history of Irish immigrants from their earliest arrivals in Chicago to dig the Illinois and Michigan Canal,
the building of Old St. Pat’s church and the building of an enduring political machine.
John Cullerton, who during the course of filming ascended to the presidency of the state Senate, reminisces about his family’s generations-long involvement in politics, going back to his great uncle, Ald. Ed “Foxy” Cullerton.
Foxy was reputed to have told voters, “Don’t vote for my opponent. He’s never run before. If he gets in here he’ll steal you blind. I’ve been there eight years. I already have enough.”,Irish-Chicago-PBS-0303.article


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