Duffy Family, Donegal Ireland, Genealogy, Dublin Academy

Irish Genealogy and History Shownotes. episode 123
From the Irish Roots Cafe at www.Irishroots.com

Among Todays Topics:

1)  Duffy is the Irish Name of the Day
2)  Donegal is the County of the Week.
3)  Duffys Circus video of the week
4)  Dublin,Ohio Festival and Academy over
5)  How to Trace Your Irish Ancestor part 1
6)  Searching McNulty, Mahon, Warburton
7)  Irish Art Festivals and Musicals

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:             1:02
Notes from Mike:                1:48
Book of the Month:             6:29
Tracing Irish Ancestors       7:03
The Magnificent Seven:     13:11
Irish Name of the Day:      15:24
Websites of the Week:       19:51
Curious News and Notes:  21:38

Total Time: 28:13
Notes This Week:

1) The Dublin Irish Festival is over now….Thanks to all
of you who stopped by the genealogy tent to say hello,
always a pleasure! Too many to remember including
Donahue of Sneem, Two separate Bodkin families,
One proud Cuban Irishman (O’Brien, etc.. and friend –
thanks for the Cuban music CD !  The weather was the
best ever, and the crowd was great.  Compliments to the
city of Dublin.

2) I took the great Sean Nos song class from Niamh Parsons
at the Dublin Irish Academy before the festival…..
There were 4 of us in the class, and the others were
all experienced singers, and graciously allowed me
to stay in class despite my obvious beginner status !
Nothing wrong with being in class with 4 beautiful
and charming female singers either.

Academy Kept Secret
The Academy for some reason remains a best kept
secret.  I asked 20 people about it, and 15 of them
did not know about it, including our great area supervisor
for the fest !  My advice: Start with a stand alone web
page for registration, as it is a bit confusing as it stands
now – according to several people.
The Classes are great. I have taken the Language,
Bodhran and now the Sean Nos classes.  Really a great
lifetime opportunity folks !  I will try to get a group to
sign up next year myself.

3) Invited to the Charlotte, North Carolina Festival at
the last minute, but I think I need a little more turn
around time

4) I have started the IrishCentral.com Irish Roots Cafe blog !
I am not exactly sure of how I will handle this, but it will
be co-ordinated with our shownotes. Here is my page there:

5) It’s that time of year – We have moved the old Irish History
and Genealogy podcast shows over to the archived area.  That
means they are available to members.  We are also going to make
the archived shows available to non-members for a small
‘pittance’.  (Is that how you spell ‘pittance’.

Books of the Month:
County Donegal Ireland Genealogy and Family History Notes

Families of County Donegal, Ireland

How to Trace Your Irish Ancestor
Part 1 of a 10 part series

In The Beginning Episode 1
My first writings here will help those in search of Irish Roots.
I will start from the beginning, as if you knew nothing about
how to do it.  We will also be covering some of the topics in
my three podcast series which bear on Irish Roots. That
includes a little about Song, Recitation, and History of the
Irish in America. I hope that my tips and experiences will
help a few of you along the way.  I’ve just returned from
the Dublin festival, which is now billed as the second
largest Irish festival in the world, but who’s counting?

Irish Festivals
A long time back I can remember going to my first Irish
Festival. That was in Kansas City in the 80’s. I have been
consulting at the Dublin, Ohio festival now for 11 years
and have learned a few things in the process.
Originally I thought the family name scrolls that were being
sold were curious, and did not mind being connected to the
‘Kings of Ireland’.
As superficial as this might appear for serious family
history, it is a point at which the curious may begin the
journey to find the ‘Kings’ from which they may descend.

Sources and Proof
If you are at a festival in this position, remember a few
things.  Find out where the information on your family
name came from.  Then, remember just because a name
is printed on a sheet of paper, it does not mean that
it is about your family at all.  It could be about a family
with the same name as yours, but totally unrelated.
Also note that your name may have been spelled quite
differently than it is today, and many names are
grouped together as a form of ‘guesswork’ in these
family scrolls.
Come to think of it, your name might have originally
been written in the Irish language, and ‘translated’ into
English. So, take in the information, but with a grain of
salt for good measure. (more later).

Irish Tartan Lies About \’Irish\’ Family Tartans
You will also find some tartan designs described as
‘Irish Tartans’ or ‘Irish Family Tartans’.  Historically
this is simply not true.  I have researched the topic
for 30 years, and the Irish never had ‘Family Tartans’.
The same holds true for Irish County Tartans.  There
have been some commercial endeavors in the 20th
century trying to sell these tartans, tied to manufacturers
or sellers of cloth in Scotland I would think.
I have written several times on the subject at
Irishroots.com, and people are always shocked at
the truth.  ( I will elaborate a bit if necessary in the
next installment. ‘Clans Originaux’ a source from
around 1880, does not contain Irish family tartans.)

Tartans are fine by me
By all means, wear a Tartan if it suits your fancy –
but do not think it was your ancient Irish Family Plaid.
It is a proud Scots tradition.  A serious student of Irish
history will realize this upon reflection.

Your Thoughts are Welcome
Well, I’ve just gotten a call about appearing at
the Charlotte, North Carolina Irish Festival next
week, so the story surely continues….. (“I wonder
if they will have my family plaid?”)
Your comments are welcome and appreciated.

We Have a Blog Reader and a Podcast !
We have added a blog reader to this blog.  The blog reader
is a computerized reader, that simply reads this blog, turning
it into audio.  Our podcast is completely different !  I am the
host and it has some things not included on the blog.
To go to my broadcast page for podcasts go to Irishroots.com
Coming Up:
Donkey Day, Fancy Dress Competition in Ireland

We raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1) Amy Favret of Cincinnati, OH. welcome as a renewing member !
I am searching for Duffy’s from Carrigart Donegal, and McNulty’s
probably from Derry.  Edward Duffy and Mary McNulty both came
to Philadelphia, PA in the early 1900’s. Good to see you at the festival..

2) Theresa McAlpin of Cumming, GA
Your Kings and Queens Counties genealogy notes has shipped.

3) Hannah-Leah Mahon of Twin Falls, Idaho welcome as a
gold member.  Searching for: Great grandfather William Henry
Mahon, and gr gr grandfather Benjamin F. Mahon.

4) Hugh Watson of Tacoma, WA, welcome as a member.
Warburton family name (grandmothers). Traced back to
Richard Warburton of Garryhinch in the Kings County.

5)  David Fitzmaurice of  Tucson, Arizona.
Your County Kerry genealogy and family history notes shipped.

6) Dolores Hanson of Columbus, Ohio
Your County Tipperary genealogy and family history notes shipped.

7)  James Duvall of Worthington, Ohio
Your County Cork genealogy and family history notes has shipped.

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:  Amy Favret
I am searching for Duffy’s from Carrigart Donegal, and McNulty’s
probably from Derry.  Edward Duffy and Mary McNulty both came
to Philadelphia, PA in the early 1900’s.

Related Spellings of the Name
O’Duffy, McDuffy, Duhig, Doohey, Dowey, Duffey, Duffie, Duffay

Varient Spelling Groups: 519, 521, 1656, 2272
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names) http://www.irishroots.com/id4918.htm

History of the Name
Duffy is taken from the gaelic ‘O’Dughthaigh’ or O’Duffy.
The root word is ‘dubh’, meaning black or dark.  The name
ranks as one of the top 50 surnames in Ireland, and among
the 700 most populous families in America.
There are at least two noted families of the name.  Both appear
to originate  in the province of Leinster.  Noted locations for the
family include: the parish of Lower Templecrone, diocese of
Raphoe, Co. Donegal.  Also in Donegal in the barony of Boylagh
on the west coast.  Note the location of Lissyduffy in Roscommon
barony by Strokestown.  The family is also found in Monaghan,
and in Mayo the name of O’Diff has become Duffy………….
( partial extract from the Book of Irish Families)

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) Duffy is found in the Irish Book of Arms in Part one

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Duffys Irish Circus in Irish History Video

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

1)  Duffy of Cong, Mayo and Tuam: Annals of the Four Masters
2)  Surnames of Ireland with 200 family location maps.
3)  Co. Monaghan, Co. Meath and Westmeath genealogy notes..
4)  Co. Donegal, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes.
5)  Missouri Irish, the original history of the Irish in Missouri
6)  Families of County Donegal Ireland
7)  Milesian Families of Ireland

Websites of the Week:

1) Flax Growers Bounty List 1796, County Donegal.
( Yes, it includes a few Duffys or Duffeys)

2)  Duffy’s Irish Circus – Trailer
A wonderful view of traditions and the power of family. Making its way
into every tiny village and foggy bog, this circus is a remarkable relic of …

3)  The Hills of Donegal Video
This song was written by Seán MacBride in about 1955, Seán was a
native of Cruit island which is in the Rosses area of Donegal (West Donegal).

Curious News and Notes

1)  10 Days of the Kilkenny Art Festival
“change the way you think, music to get you up dancing, and performances
to break your heart” Starting August 7.

2) Donkey Day Last Saturday.
Courtesy of The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Holywood:
Fancy cheering on a donkey, taking part in a fancy dress
competition, winning an egg and spoon race, playing musical
chairs or tackling an obstacle course?

3)  1916 The Musical: Auditions being held
Scheduled to show at Dublin’s Gaiety theatre in 2011.

4)  A Goat from County Antrim will serve as King Puck in the
County Kerry Puck Fair this year.  Seamus Blaney captured the
King at Ballycastle, and Seamus thinks it is a descendant of a
goat originally from Kerry.

5) Colleen Kelly visited County Roscommon recently. She is the
neice of the famous actor and dancer Gene Kelly.  Her purpose
was to promote the continued twinning between her home town
of Tuscon, Arizona and Roscommon.

6) Weekend Jive in Monaghan ?
The Flat Lake Literary & Arts Festival
August 14th 15th 16th  2009
Hilton Park, Clones – Co Monaghan – Ireland
A righteous weekend jive for Artyheads, Moochers,
B-Girls, Gassers, Bandrats, Grifters, Shifters,
Snowbirds, Hepcats, Heels, Groghounds..
and long gone Daddies.
I am not sure of what all that is but I bet I would be
at least a Long Gone Daddy or a Bandrat – don’t you think ?

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