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Advance Show Notes #167:
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day:  McGough
2)   Irish County of the Month:  Monaghan
3)   Searching For: Weir, Craig
4)   Curious News: Irish Universities in worlds top list.
5)   Web Page of the Month:17 million Irish records available
6)   Curious Note: Croagh Patrick for lawbreakers
7)   One minute podcast:  St. Patrick, Monastic Schools

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This Weeks Audio Timeline

Todays Topics:                    1:00
Notes from Mike:                 2:00
One Minute Podcast:           4:00
Book of the Month:              6:30
The Magnificent Seven:        9:30
Irish Name of the Day:       11:30
Sources:                            15:30
Websites of the Week:        16:30
Curious News and Notes:   18:30

Total Time: 25:50
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What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

1) The recording of singers of old style Irish song is complete !
We will be broadcasting the 3rd season of the Irish Song and
recitation festival in a week or two.  We are also going to attempt
a group finale with the selection of ‘Sadhbh Ní Bhruinneallaigh’.
This should be interesting as we have contestants from Ireland,
and all over the states…..

2) Renata, the host of our Hello Fada Podcast with curious news
and notes on the Irish language, has started classes for both
beginning and advanced students in Irish again.  I think there
are 10 beginner classes for the season, so still time to jump in there.

She will teach you the ‘secret’ code for understanding Irish !

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Todays sample topic is on the Monastic Schools in Ireland, show #14.
We talk about St. Patrick and the first monastic schools, as well
as the first Irish monastic center.  The Bardic schools which
preceded the monastic ones.

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Book/County of the Month:

1)  “County Monaghan, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes”.

Part of The Irish Families Project for Monaghan
The Master book to the 34 book set on Irish Families and genealogy is
‘The Book of Irish Families, great & small’ by Michael O’Laughlin.
That book gives hundreds of family histories from County Monaghan, and
the surrounding areas. ” County Monaghan Genealogy and Family History
Notes”, volume 22 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added
families and new resources just for Monaghan. (In this way both books can
work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for

Extracts from this book:

Most Numerous Families
The most numerous families here in the 19th century were:

Old Monaghan Families
Some of the old Irish families of Monaghan
were : O’Byrne; Boylan; McWard; Treanor; MacArdle- MacArdell;
MacGilmartin; Callan; McNany-McNeny; Mc Gowan (Smith); Finnegan;
Cassidy; McPhillip also changed to Phillips. Settler names included
Davidson; Stewart; Buchanan; MacKenzie; Cameron; Walker;
Patterson; Sinclair; and McCutcheon.

Partial List of Contents:

P a r t T w o
The complete existing returns from the ‘census’ of 1659,
also showing the methods of spelling family names and place names
at that time in history. This census is organized by parish, townland
and name of Tituladoe, along with count of people, English and Irish.
The full names of tituladoes are given, such as Richard Blaney; Thomas
Wyatt, Nicholas, Owen, Mathew Boyd, John Thomas, John Forster…
and so on, and this is repeated for each barony. These tituladoes are
tied to specific townlands. Furthermore, at the end of this census there
is a list of ‘Principall Irish Names and Their Number’, listing names as:
McArdell 20, O Boyle and Boyle 9, O Beggan 12, O Boylan 13, O Brynan 9,
and so on. It is important to note that the spellings of place names and
family names changed over time. The researcher should be aware of
minor changes in the spelling of his name.

P a r t T h r e e
Coats of Arms and Genealogical Notes.
Arms connected in some way to the county, as taken from the Irish
Book of Arms. The original listings provide specific locations for
families, and clues for future research. Among the families with
rough sketches of coats of arms included are: Blaney; Robert
Cunninghame, Thomas Dawson of Dawson’s Grove; Fitzherbert of
Shantonagh; Hall of Rowantree house; Hamilton of Cornacassa;
Kane of Drumreaske; Leslie of Glasslough; Lewis of Inniskeen;
Lucas-Scudamore of Castle Shane; and Madden of Hilton Park….
and so on

P a r t Four
Families history notes from older works, including pedigrees of
Clancy of Dartry; MacKenna of Truagh; Kane of Drumreaske; Duffy;
Lawlor; and MacMahon of Drumgiston. A list of forfeiting proprietors
from the 17th century is included as well.

P a r t F ive
Finding Locations……………………………….
County Map………………………………………
Index of Place Names, ancient & modern.
A sampling of place names to assist in finding locations in the county,
as taken from the Master Book of Irish Placenames. This includes
modern parish names and older townland names.

Parish Names in County Monaghan.

The parish is an important
subdivision of the county. Parish records can be vital to research in
the county. The following modern parishes are listed as in Co.
Monaghan in this work: Aghabog, Aghnamullen, Ballybay, Clones,
Clontibret, Currin, Donagh, Donaghmoyne, Drummully, Drumsnat,
Ematris, Errigal Trough, Inishkeen, Killanny, Killeevan, Kilmore,
Magheracloone, Magheross, Monaghan, Muckno, Tedavnet, Tehallan
and Tullycorbet. Some old townlands are given as Ballinlogh,
Ballinure, Bally Kelly, Ballyloghan, and Carnebane. Keep in mind the
spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible
in your research when looking for these names.
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Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1)  Phyllis Quarg of Lakeside, CA., Your County Fermanagh and
Louth genealogy book has shipped.

2) Clare Neyland, of Houston, TX.. Your “Genealogical History
of the Milesian Families of Ireland.” has shipped

3) William J. Conway of Alamo, CA., your County Mayo genealogy
notes have shipped

4) Welcome renewing member Elizabeth Harper of Queensland,
Australia. Looking for parents of Martha/Matty Weir bc 1832. She was
a widow, Matty Craig, when she m’d Joseph Black in 1858 in Belfast
(Malone Presbyterian). Her father was Joseph Weir. Her mother ? siblings?

5) Debbie Dean of Chino Hills, CA, your Co. Tipperary genealogy
and family history notes has shipped !

6) Rhonda Peyton of  Bosque Farms, New Mexico, your Co. Cork
genealogy and family history notes has shipped.

7) Sharon E.W. Muraoka, of Olympia, WA, your Book of Irish
Families, great and small, has shipped !

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Related Spellings of the Name
Goch, Mac Geogh, Goff, Coch, Mc Gue, Mac Keough, MacGough

Varient Spelling Groups: #1356, #2335, #2666
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
Many of the name of ‘Gough’ in Ireland are actually of Welsh
origin.  The name is found in Ireland as early as the 1200’s,
settled in Waterford and Dublin.  Most of these are of Welsh
heritage, and are found as merchants and administrators of
the day.  The name has also bee shortend to Geogh and sometimes
is derived from MacKeogh.
As McGough the name is found as a principal one of county
Monaghan in 1659, and in the last century in county Mayo.
At least two of the name served as mayors of Waterford in the
15th and 17th centuries. The name is also cited as that of a
leading family of Youghal……(partial extract)

copyright 2010, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small

Irish Family Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms
A Brief search in that work shows:

Coming Up Later in this episode:
John Paul Getty III has a lodge in what county in Ireland for family
gatherings ?
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name several times, here are a few examples:

1) MacGough in The Families of Co. Kerry, Ireland
2) MacGough in Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe
3) McGough in Master Guide to The Spelling of Irish Family Names
4) M’Gough in    “                                “                         “
5) McGough in County Monaghan genealogy and family history notes
6) McGough in the Irish Census of 1659
7) McGough in the Irish Birth Index of 1890

You can use this free index to search for your family name:
Remember to leave off the Mac or O when typing your name.

Around the World, in Irish Ways.

The Web Page and Video of the Month.

1)   County Laois, Ireland records now released online, search here:

2)  McGough Miscellanea: Irish Origins; Pronunciations; McGough in History

3)  Trip to County Monaghan, Ireland by Kathleen, Thomas and Margaret Brennan.

4)   County Offaly, Ireland, records now released online, search here:

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Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  The Irish Family History Foundation has 17 million Irish records of help to
genealogists and researchers, with much online. Here is the page to start:

2)  Despite Hard Times, Irish are 2nd richest population in the EU.

3)  Viking Fortress unearthed at Annagassan, Co. Louth (believed to have been
from 841 A.D. – same time as the Vikings in Dublin).  It includes a massive
defensive ditch.

4)  McElwee sentenced to climb Croagh Patrick, by angry judge.
He swore at a policeman and told him to go to Mayo….
“I want you to come back in a month’s time with evidence that you did
the four stations of Croagh Patrick, and say a few prayers,” he said.

“You then might have a different impression of County Mayo and its
people, and it will be in recognition to your fellow Irish people
especially those in the line of duty.”

5)   Billionaire John Paul Getty III is selling his home in County Tipperary, which
is a lodge on 100 acres on Lough Derg. A Year round retreat for family and friends.

6)  Trinity College Dublin, and UCD rank among top 100 universities in the world
at #76 and #94 respectively.

…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today.
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