Black Irish, Donohue, Brian Boru, Top Films, Aghadoe

Irish Genealogy and History Shownotes. episode 130
From the Irish Roots Cafe at

Among Todays Topics:

1) O’Donohue (part 2) is the Irish Family of the Day
2)  How Irish is Montserrat (The Black Irish)
3) Searching for Gleason, Spiering, McIlhaney and Bowen
4) Top 10 Irish American Films
5)  History of Aghadoe, County Kerry
6)  Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Monument
7)  The Irish Emigrant
8)  Have you heard of Gormflaith ?

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:            1:22
Notes from Mike:               2:55
Book of the Month:            4:22
The Magnificent Seven:      6:13
Irish Name of the Day:       8:38
Sources for the name       17:10
Websites of the Week:      18:55
Curious News and Notes: 20:27

Total Time: 25:48

Notes This Week:

1)  Irish Hedge Row History Lessons are now being recorded.
We will take on all comers !  Send your question in today.
Here is our announcement and where you can subscribe Free on iTunes:
By the way, have you heard of Gormflaith, an amazing woman,
sister to one Irish King, wife to 2 other Irish Kings, wife to Viking King
of Dublin, and her son became ‘king’ of Dublin and they met at
the Battle of Clontarf…. just part of our Irish Hedge Row History
Broadcast coming up soon….

2)  Did you know the Irish Hedge schools appeared in the Penal days
of the 17th century, and they are not the same as the older Bardic
Schools which disappeared in the same era….. we’ll be talking
more about that on our new series !

4) has asked me to start an Irish Roots Cafe blog
on their master site !  So we are well underway. Here is my page there:

Books of the Month:

1)  County Kerry, Ireland Genealogy and Family History Notes

2)  The Families of Co. Kerry, Ireland.

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Coming Up:
The Black Irish ?

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1)  Welcome new member Joseph Kerins of Howard Beach, N.Y.

2)  Welcome new menber E. John Martin of Oakridge, OR,
your Irish Families, great & small book, & county books shipped!
I’m searching for my G.G.G Aunt Mary Catherine Gleason’s roots.
She came to America as a 13 yr.old. She married Peter Spiering in Portland,Oregon around June 1889. They had 7 kids, after his
death in 1905 she remarried (unkown man) & later died about 12/10/1920 in Roy or Verboort Oregon

3)  Welcome new member Janice Butner of Lexington, Kentucky.
searching for:I am just beginning a genealogy search and have
much to learn. At present, I am interested in the surnames
McIlhaney and Bowen

4)  Stephen Cooper of Belfast, N. Ireland your County Tyrone
genealogy book has shipped.

5)  Graham Lacey of Wanneroo, Australia your Co. Clare genealogy
and Families of Co. Clare books have shipped.

6)  Michael Bilberry of Houston, Texas, your Irish Book of Arms has

7)  Scot Banister of South Windsor, Australia, your Co. Tipperary
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:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Dwaine O’Donohue

Related Spellings of the Name Donahue, O’Donoghue, Donaghue etc….

Varient Spelling Groups:   2243, 531,
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
partial extract of the entry in the Families of County Kerry,
Chiefs of this proud family are named in the old Annals of
the 10th – 13th centuries.  The Lough Lein branch was given
extinct, as chiefs of the clan were not elected after Geraldine
confiscations, and the abolition of clanship.
In 1013 is recorded the battle between the Ui-Eathach, that
is, the families of O’Mahoney and O’Donahue of South Munster.
Ui-Eathach was the tribe name of both families.  At the reign of
Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf, Irish tribes began assuming
family names.
Both of these families distinguished themselves at the Battle of
Clontarf, where Cian (Kean), son of Maelmhuaidh (Molloy), the
direct ancestor of the O’Mahoneys, commanded that family, and
Domhnall (Donnell or Daniel), son of Dubh-da-bhoireann (Duv-Davoran), the direct ancestor of the O’Donahues commanded them.

Driven out by the Mahoneys
The O’Donoughues, forced from Cork by the O’Mahoneys in the
twelfth century, settled in Kerry on the lands of Killarney and
Loch Lein. (Eoganacht chiefs of Lough Lein.) In 1107 MacCarthy
Mor gave the land of Moriarty of loch Lein to O’Donoghue Mor.
The family split into two distinct branches, those of Lough Lein
(Ross Castle) being the O’Donoghue Mor, and those of Glenflesk
seated at Killaha Castle.  In 1158 O’Donoghue Mor rebuilt the
church at Aghadoe.  Jerpoint Abbey was founded in 1180 by
Donogh O’Donoghue.

Loyal to the Irish Cause
Prominent to the time of Elizabeth, they allied themselves with
the Earls of Tyrone and Desmond, losing their estates, with the O’Donoghue Mor line becoming extinct.  Many accounts and
legends of the O’Donoghues can be found, including those in ‘
Windele’s Notices of Cork and Killarney’………..

What ????
Of course, some of the latest DNA testing says that the Donahues
of the Glen, were not Donahue by blood at all ?  Perhaps
O’Donoghue meant ‘Follower of’ Donoghue, or Donoghue could have
been the maternal grandfather, way back when…….before the
generations multiplied…

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)  The arms of ‘O’Donoghue of the Glens’ Co. Kerry are illustrated
in the Irish Book of Arms.  The crest includes a serpent wrapped
around a sword and the shield includes an eagle above two foxes
rampant – I think I remembered that correctly.

Coming Up Later in this episode:
One Persons Top 10 Irish Films…

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family name 15 times
including the following examples :

1)  In both of our County Kerry Genealogy books, with most
of the information found in Families of Co. Kerry.
2)  Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters, including the Battle at Clontarf.
3)  Missouri Irish: including family history of Patricia Donahue
4)  Irish Families on the California Trail: P. Donahue, J. Donahue
5)  Clare, Limerick, Kerry, Meath & Westmeath….. Co. genealogy books
6)  Donohue: Families of Dublin, Families of Clare, Co. Fermanagh books
7)  Donoghue: Families of Co. Cork, Clare, Kerry, Cavan & Leitrim…..

Websites of the Week:

1)  Irish Connections Canada, article on discovering Irish Roots

2)  History of Aghadoe, County Kerry

3)  Searchable 1911 Census of Ireland online

Blog for the Irish emigrant across the world.

Curious News and Notes

1)  How Irish is Montserrat (The Black Irish)
IT IS A BRITISH Colony that calls itself the Emerald Isle of the
Caribbean. Montserrat’s immigration stamp: a green shamrock.
“132 families of
Allens, 91 Ryans, 81 Daleys, 68 Tuitts, 57 Farrells, 42 Rileys,
38 Skerretts, 35 Sweeneys, 28 Brownes, 26 Roches, 19 Lynches,
16 Cartys and 12 Kirwans. O’Gara, has become O’Garro (38 families). the Cabeys (39) ? (Mac)Cabes, and the Brades (14) be Bradys?”

2)  Covington, Devou Park monument to Ireland’s Great Famine
of 1845-49 is planned. A “crown jewel” not only for Covington, but for the
Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region.

3)  Irish Soda Bread Recipe with photographs and instructions !

4)  Irish in America: Top Ten Irish-American Films
How can they leave out The Quiet Man ??

5)   A jig can leave you in pain
Irish dancers are more likely to have dodgy ankles and tears in their tendons,

6)   Who was Arthur Guinness?  It depends which one you mean…..

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