Weir, Handibode genealogy, Westmeath Ireland, Mac and O

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Some of My Topics Today at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day:  Weir  & Handibode
2)   Irish County of the Month:  Westmeath
3)   Searching For: Collins, Callan, Kealy, Barnes
4)   Curious News: Lawrence of Arabia tied to Irish Castle….
5)   Video of the Month: 9 secs. Westmeath bleeting sheep
6)   Curious Note: Buddhist Temple planned in Ireland.
7)   One minute podcast:  by Mac and O…..

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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

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What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

1)  Renata is busy with her Irish class, deciphering the
secret code that appears to be the Irish language to the
rest of us…. and some the students are beginning to rally
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2)  The Irish Song and recitation podcast, season 3, is well
underway.  We’ve put up two episodes to date, with another
on the way, maybe even today !
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3)   With some help from our friends we have now done some
groupings to our Irish Families DNA project at familytreedna,
might make it a bit easier to make sense of and compare.


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Book of the Month:

1)  County Meath and Westmeath, Ireland, genealogy and family
history notes. From the Irish Families Project.
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Some top names in 19th century Westmeath found on:
The Map of the Four Masters, in the Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters.

Dillon, B.
de    Lacey
de    Lacy
de    Lamare
Mac    Auley, L.
Mac    Evoy, L.
Mac    Geoghegan, L.
Mac    Geoghegan, P.
O’    Carbery, C.
O’    Casey
O’    Coffey, C.
Mac    Ruarc
O’    Corrigan
O’    Curry
O’    Daly, L.
O’    Dooley, C.
O’    Fay
O’    Fox
O’    Hanrahan
O’    Hanvey, C.
O’    Hennessy, C.
O’    Higgin, C.
O’    Kearney, C.
O’    Malone
O’    Melaghlin, P.
O’    Mulleady
O’    Reilly
O’    Shiel, C.
O’    Sionagh (Fox)
O’    Tolard, L.
Petit, B.
Tuite, B.
de    Verdon

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What Irish County has ties to Lawrence of Arabia…..

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

1)  Welcome Mary Agnes Brown of Amityville, NY, new member.
searching for: Collins in USA and Callan in Ireland. Peter Collins
(US) wife Mary Ford arrived with sons Peter, James, John, sister
Bridget b. Stamullen 1833. Mary Ford d. by 1852.

2) Thomas Tracy of Tallmadge, OH, your Book of Irish Families,
great and small, has shipped !

3) Welcome James Kealy of Aberdeen, MD, as a new member !
searching: Kealy Barnes Mc Bride Mc Manus Mc Farland

4) Welcome Debra Caynor of Virginia Beach, VA.
Your ‘Families of the Clanna Rory’ has shipped.

5) Welcome New Member Janice Kent-Mackenzie, new member !
From Caulfield North, VIC, Australia.
researching grandparents who emigrated from Co. Cork and Co. Donegal

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of 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?

Related Spellings of the Name
Wier, Weire, Mac Weir, Wyer, Wyre

Varient Spelling Groups:   2040,
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
Most families of the name of Weir are considered to be of Scottish
extraction, and the name is traditionally found in the province of
Ulster in Ireland.
Although sometimes confused with the name of Wyer because of
its sound, the Wyer surname is traditionally tied to County Westmeath
in Ireland.  Lets take a look at a few instances of the name found in
the Conquest of Ireland set, found under the spelling of Weire or
Weir in the 17th century.
In Pynnar’s Survey in the 17th century Robert Weire is given as a
freeholder with regard to 60 acres, along with a Gabriel Coningham
and a James Somerville in the north of Ireland.
Thomas Weir of Kirktoun is mentioned twice as cautioner in 1609,
in the ‘Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans’, lead volume in the ‘Conquest
of Ireland’ series.

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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:

1)  Not Found in the Irish Book of Arms

Special Note on Handibode in Westmeath and elsewhere, sent to us via email:
Handibode and its variants are Norman Irish. They arrived in the Bay
of Youghal in Cork in 1088, or so I’m told by Al Handiboe of Savannah,
Georgia, deceased. His family had it researched, Also my father said
that his godmother had it researched at St. Patrick’s Cathedral abt.
1932 and they reached the same conclusion, stating that those with
the name crossed over to Ireland a short time after the Battle of
Hastings (1066). The name is pronounced Handibo. I believe the
original name was Norman and spelled Handibeau.
Anyway not long after arriving in Ireland, they moved into the Midlands,
and have been there in Westmeath, and Offaly and Dublin City ever
since. In Westmeath their townlands were such as Castletown
Geoghegan and Monaduff and Horseleap and Streamstown and
The earliest one I have is Matthias Handibode, a soldier from County
Louth, in the army of King James the 2nd. (Seen in a book listing the
soldiers which is located  London and Dublin). My dad did say they
were archers in the King’s army.
I am trying to get a list of the Handibodes who are buried in Horseleap
cemetery next to the church of StS Peter and Paul,  just in off of the
N6 road, but haven’t had any      luck. Can you refer me to anyone
who can find that out for me. I’ m sure that Peter Handibode and
Mary Philand/Filand (my gg grandparents) are interred there but
need to prove it. Sure would appreciate it if you can help me with
a referral.
Peace and Good Health to you, Mike.
Frank Handibode

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Tibetan temple to be built in what county in Ireland ?
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name 17  times, here are a few examples:

1)   Birth Index of Ireland
2)   County Antrim genealogy and family history notes. (v9)
3)   Weire spelling in 1659 census of Ireland extract
4)   A. Weire, R. Weire, in Co. Fermanagh and Louth genealogy and
family history notes (book v15 of the Irish Families project)
5)   T. Weir in ‘The Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans’
6)   R. Weire in Pynnars Survey, a Special Census of Ireland.
7)   Weir in Co. Armagh Genealogy and family history notes. (v 10)

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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)   Sheep bleeting for 9 seconds in Rathowen, County Westmeath.

2)   Weir Family Origins web page.

3)   Boy Scouts reach 40,000 membership in Ireland.

4)    A soul song from the Committments….Mustang Sally…..20 years back…

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Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  The cast of the Commitments reunited after 20 years.
If you remember the film, with some great music…

2)  The Kilfenora Ceili Band, will be performing at the Cliffs of Moher
on Friday the 15th of October.  Great heritage in Kilfenora for me too…

3)  Publishing Ireland represents 70 Irish book publishers and has just
celebrated its 40th anniversary.  The number of books sold in Ireland
is declining, and they are looking outside of the country for markets.
Ten publishers were represented at the Publishing Ireland booth at the
Franfurt Book Fair: Brandon, Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Futa Fata, Gill & Macmillan,
Liberties Press, Maverick House, Mercier Press, Oak Tree Press, O’Brien
Press and Veritas.

4)  Killua Castle in County Westmeath, near Clonmellon, is being
restored by a Swiss Banker, Allen Krause.  It was built for the Chapmans
in the 18th century.  There is also a tie to Lawrence of Arabia, as TE
Lawrence was the illegitimate son of Sir Thomas Chapman, 7th Baronet
of Westmeath.

5)   Tibetan Buddhist temple being built on Beara peninsula, Co. Cork,Ireland.
Funds now being raised for the first temple in Ireland.

6)   Rose of Tralee winner, Clare Kambamettu returned recently to her
home town of Athy, County Kildare.  Her father hails from India.

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