Little family, Australia book, Canada Parade, Irish DVD

Irish Roots Cafe: Genealogy and History. week 108
From the Irish Roots Cafe Broadcast Network.

Among Todays Topics:

1)  The Irish Family Name of the Week is: Little
2)  First Cat Hospital in Ireland
3)  The Book of the Month is: Irish in Australia
4)   Searching: Beggins, Fay and Hyland
5)   New Irish Genealogy DVD Launched
6)   Beamish Disappears
7)   Irish Video of the Day: Canada Irish Parade explained

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:            1:20
Notes from Mike:               2:14
Book of the Month:            5:45
The Magnificent Seven:      7:23
Irish Name of the Day:       9:05
Websites of the Week:      13:46
Curious News and Notes: 16:46

Time: 23:23
Notes This Week:

1) Still Twittering away at:

2) I am launching my first DVD this week !
It has 11 features, including 7 of my genealogy videos,
our early travel movie of Ireland, and one each of my three
podcasts series, Irish Song ‘Danny Boy’ broadcast with slide show,
Irish Roots Cafe with slide show, and History of the Irish in
America audio show with slides. To Learn and enjoy !

3) Finally finished recording our Irish Song and Recitation Festival
shows.  Should have the announcement up today, so either pick
it up on my web page, or subscribe for free through iTunes.
I was forced to start off with a song of my own this season, so I
picked one in the Irish language, and also with its English translation.
This will be a first time performance for me ! Next watch for a CD
of Irish Song from the 1800’s that I am putting together with friends
here at the cafe.
The song and recitation fest this season features Michael Collier,
Adam in song and recitation, and Emily Wyatt in song and on
the Harp for starters.
Irish Song and Recitation on or iTunes:
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This is the 3rd broadcast series from the Irish Roots Cafe. Here we feature
music, song and stories from days past.  We include song and history of the
Irish worldwide. You are invited to participate with your own song, story, tune,
or recitation !

Book of the Month :
“Australia has a long association with the Irish and many Irish people
have come to Australia since the First Fleet arrived in 1788. The
ebook, “The Irish in Australia” by James Francis Hogan”
might be of interest to those wishing to pursue the subject further.
Coming Up:
Calling all O’Neills – Stronghold to be opened to public.

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

1)  New member Kimberly H. Ethridge of Arnold, MD welcome !
searching for Hyland family, of Philadelphia, PA

2) Gold member John Patrick Little of Perth, West. Australia, welcome !
searching: Little Beggins Fay. townland of Drumlane /Cormeenmore
Parish of Larah County Cavan; Coyle/Corcoran Parish of Drung County cavan

3) John Nolan of Ontario, Canada. Your Co. Dublin genealogy shipped !

4) Lorraine Davis of Monticello, IN. your Co. Clare genealogy shipped !

5) Jacqueline McCarron of Honey Brook, PA.
Your Book of Irish Families, great & small has shipped !

6) Janice McCarthy of Queensland, Australia
Your Families of Cork, and County Cork genealogy….has shipped

7) Mary Bourke of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Your County Mayo 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: John Patrick Little

Related Spellings of the Name

Lytle, Littleton, Begg, Begane, Beggan, Biggane, Liddel…..

Varient Spelling Groups: #1107, 1108, 1715
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name

The Little family, when found in Ireland, may be of either Scottish
or English heritage.  As would be expected most of the name are
found in the province of Ulster, though other families of the name
are found elsewhere.  The 1890 birth index finds the family most
numerous in counties Antrim, Dublin and Fermanagh.
The name of Little can also be a ‘translated’ name, coming from the
Irish name of Begg or Beggs, Beggane, etc…

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)  arms for  Lyttelton, 1806 AD are noted as being in Debretts work,
for William Henry Lyttelton, a baron in Longford and married to
Mary Macartney.
Coming Up Later in this episode:
Did you know that a Catholic cannot marry into the Royal family
by law ?

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names

at finds the family name  36 times
including the following examples :

1) F. Little in The Families of Co. Dublin, Ireland
2) Little in Missouri Irish book
3) Littleson in The Scottish Macs
4) P.F. Little in J28
5) Littleton in the Birth Index of Ireland
6) Little in the 1659 Census
7) Little in Milesian Families of Ireland

Websites of the Week:

1) Canadas St. Patricks Day Parade Explained
Canada AM: Declan Kelly, Irish ambassador to Canada and Noel Dempsey,
Irish transport minister
By some calculations, nearly 15 per cent of the Canadian population
has roots in Ireland and the spirit of the country has become infused in Canadian society.

2) Video of the week: Classic Irish Coffee
“There’s nothing like watching a real Irishman tell the story, and demonstrate
the technique, of the classic Irish Coffee (see Kilkenny County native David
Hoyne in the video below).
Of course, the Irish Coffee began as a warming beverage for American
tourists stopping in Ireland and didn’t really take off until years later in
San Francisco.”

3) Web Page: Our New Irish DVD is launched
Genealogy – History – Song – Travel

Curious News and Notes

1) The Royal Ban on Catholics, that is, it is illegal for heirs to the
throne to marry a Catholic, may be reversed. The law has been in
effect since the 1701 Act of Settlement.  The problem seems to be
that the Queen is also the head of the established Church, the
Church of England.  They say it is a very controversial problem….
Did anyone say ‘separation of Church and State ?”

2) An Irishman named George Karellas of Co. Meath is one of
the 16 finalists for what is being called the best job in the world.
He has been picked from 35,000 applicants, to be the one who
gets to be caretaker of Hamilton Island in Australia, and write
a blog while there.  It is a six month job for 75,000 Euros !

3) The first veterinary hospital in Ireland for cats is set to open
after Easter, in County Cork.  No dogs allowed !  It is the dream
project of Clare Meade age 35, who is building the hospital at
Barnavara Hill in Glanmire.

4) Calling all O’Neills, the O’Neill stronghold at of Castle Hill
in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, will be opened to the public for the
first time in 400 years !  Sounds like time for a family reunion…
Parklands are included in the renovations..

5)  Hope you stocked up on Beamish Stout if that is your drink,
as it is being removed from all international sales, soon only to
be found in Ireland itself.

6)  Hotels in Dublin and Cork have lowered prices, but Galway hotels
are more expensive that Paris, London, and Barcelona !

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