Moriarty, Armagh genealogy, Scots Tartans

Irish Roots Cafe: Genealogy and History. week 113
From the Irish Roots Cafe Broadcast Network.

Among Todays Topics:

1)  The Irish Family Name of the Week is:  Moriarty
2)   Obama Targets Ireland
3)  The Book of the Month is:  County Armagh Genealogy
4)   Scottish Tartan Archives.
5)   Kenyans overrun the Irish convincingly
6)   See you at National Archives family history fair in KC
7)   Irish Video of the Day: Best Riverdance smiles yet….

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:            1:05
Notes from Mike:               2:04
Book of the Month:            5:36
The Magnificent Seven:     8:28
Irish Name of the Day:     10:50
Websites of the Week:      16:18
Curious News and Notes: 18:59

Time: 25:15
Notes This Week:

1)  We will be recording at the National Archives genealogy and history fair
May 23, at the National Archives in Kansas City at the grand opening !

2)  Here is another book finder site on the internet.
130 bookstores, 80,000 book sellers, 90 million new and used books !

3) Tips for finding Ship Passenger Lists from 1820’s to 1940’s.

4)Irish Song and Recitation on or iTunes
iTunes tag:

Book of the Month:
County Armagh Genealogy and Family History Notes.
Part of the 34 book set from the Irish Families Project.
Here are some sources and notes from the book:

Some of the Printed Sources Given
Guide to County Sources. Armagh. 1996. Belfast. PRONI.

Researching Armagh Ancestors.  2000. Maxwell.

Pedigree of Molyneux, of Castle Dillon, County Armagh. 1819.  Sir T. Phillips.

A record of the descendants of John Alexander, of Lanarkshire,
Scotland, …..1878.  J. Edminston

From Armagh to Parkes : a history of the Clarke, Brown, Campbell, Tanswell, Johnstone, Davis, and Cresswell families. 1990.   B.L. Campbell.

Connecting  the Conn, Cowen, Greenaway families from County Armagh
to Upper Canada. 1995. Conn.

The descendents of William Gordon born in County Armagh, Ireland,
1785-1860. 1977.  E. Gordon.

Those members of the Davison/Davidson family who descended from
William and Elizabeth Davison of County Armagh, Ireland, . ….1990.
R. S. Hand.

end of extract.
(This volume, Co. Armagh genealogy… works well together with the master
volume in the set: The Book of Irish Families, great and small.)
Coming Up:
Best Riverdance Video spoof  yet, with real dancers…..

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1)  Welcome Sue Morrissey of Canyon Lake California.
Looking for Morrissey family. Could be from Ballyneety or Bruff.

2)   Gabriel Criswell of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Your 3 volume set, Keatings ‘History of Ireland’ has shipped.

3)  Terry Edwards of Woodstock Georgia,
Your Families of County Cavan has shipped.

4)  Paul W. Norris of Syracuse, NY.
Your Irish Book of Arms, has shipped.

5)  Christopher Beal of Lindenhurst, NY
Your Irish Census of 1659 has shipped

6)  Bernard M. Malloy of Washington, DC
your Co. Mayo genealogy book and Co. Kilkenny genealogy book shipped.

7)  Lorre Wells of N. Richland, Texas, your
Return to Irish Roots DVD has shipped. ( part of Irish Roots University !)

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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:
Joan Albright of Desboro Canada

Related Spellings of the Name
MacMoriarty, O’Moriarty, Mariarty, Muriarty, Murdock, Morey, etc…

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

Notes on the History of the Name
The O’Moriartys of Co. Kerry are of the same stock as the O’Donaghues and O’Mahoneys of that region.  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 of the 12th century.
With the coming of that invasion the family fell from power, as the Fitzgeralds rose to power there.  They have remained in county Kerry into modern times….. (partial extract)

Joan Denise Moriarty, was founder of the Irish National Ballet.
sometimes known as Ireland’s “First Lady of Dance”. She was born in Mallow,
Co. Cork.  (see Moriarty video / web page of the week below.)

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)   O’Moriarty found illustrated in the Irish Book of Arms
“Argent an eagle displayed sable. Crest: an arm in armour
embowed holding a sword fessways entwined with a serpent all proper.”
Coming Up Later in this episode:
Where and When will the Worlds Irish Drum Championship be held ?


The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family name  56 times
including the following examples :

1)  ‘Moriarty in Boston’, and ‘Bishop Moriarty’ and ‘Moriartys Hotel’
in ‘Families of County Kerry Ireland’.
2)  ‘The Two Moriartys found in ‘The History of the Clanna Rory’
3)  O’Moriarty given in the Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters.
4)  also in Families of County Cork, and more……..
5)  Irish Families on the California Trail.
6)  Keatings History of Ireland (parish of Templenoe, and adjoining)

Websites of the Week:

1)  Best Yet: Riverdance Video laughs in the UK version.
Stavros Flatly and son:

2)  County Armagh Ancestry Online
Birth Records for Co. Armagh              310,005
Marriage Records for Co. Armagh        197,678
Death Records for Co. Armagh              10,001
Census Records for Co. Armagh            29,025
Griffith’s Valuation for Co. Armagh        40,589

3) The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Moriarty

4) Moriarty’s Bar
Mallow , County Cork, Ireland
“Moriarty’s Bar is named after Joan Denise Moriarty, founder of the Irish National Ballet. Ireland’s “First Lady of Dance” was born in Mallow and lived part of her life not far from where the bar is situated. Moriarty’s is full of old world charm and is packed with memorabilia, old pub signs, old pub mirrors and other interesting antiques.”

Curious News and Notes

1)  World Bodhran Championships in Milltown, County Kerry
The fourth year for this festiaval – the only one of its kind.
Germany, France, the UK, and the US already have representatives.

2)  Bike rentals on rise and 40 new rental stations with 450 bicycles available
starting July in Dublin. (several folks interested in this last week)

3)  Scottish Register of Tartans from the National Archives of  Scotland.

4)  The County Leitrim Post Newspaper is shutting down, due to economic
downturn.  The companys owners however say 12 other regional titles are
performing very well.  It seems advertising slowed to a crawl here….
Well, that was the last chance to advertise for your ancestors in Leitrim in
this paper…..

5)  “ Obama Targets Firms in Ireland ” to limit tax advantages in Ireland….

6)   Kenyans Dominate Belfast Marathon.  John Mutai is first man to win
this race three years running !  The top Northern Ireland runner was number 5, the veteran Alan McCullough.  Same news for the womens side of the field,
with 4th place Susan McCormick making the run just under the 3 hour barrier.
Not bad though, as 17,250 people took part in the Belfast City Marathon.

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