Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:
1) Irish Name of the Day: Talbot
2) County Kerry Ireland: Irish Families Project
3) Searching For: O’Brien, Driscoll and Carey
4) The Donahue Family from Glenflesk exposed!
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What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe
1) Well, we just put up my first Irish Sean Nós, old style Irish
song video. It is a little rough, as I had to remember how to
record video up to YouTube. Check it out on YouTube here:
An Raibh tú ar an gCarraig
2) We have also started a Traditional Irish Song group page
on Facebook. Feel free to post or view a video of traditional
song, music or dance. The address is:
3) If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, the folks at
familysearch.org now have a microfilm ordering system
available in selected areas. Great for family researchers
needing one of those records when researching.
You no longer have to travel to a family history center to
order. They posted the details here:
4) Sept. 17, we’ll have a tent at Royals Stadium, before the game ! https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147379492020091
One Kerry Family
The first county book that I decided to write for the Irish
Families project was on County Kerry, Ireland. In part
for my mothers side of the family, who had passed on the
name of that county of origin for several generations. It
was just a few scraps of information that had come down
to me however.
O’Donoughue of the Glen
I had been told that we were “The O’Donaghues of the
Glen”, for it was told to my mother by my grandmother.
I did not know that it meant we came from ‘Glenflesk’
County Kerry. My mother also told me that she would
imagined a horse galloping through the glen, and how
beautiful it was – though she nor her mother had ever
been there. That was one ethnic memory that led me to
make the first trip to Ireland to find out just who I had
descended from !
I remembered little else, except that when speaking in
San Antonio before an Irish group, my Uncle Jim counted
from one to ten in Irish Gaelic at a language seminar.
I had no idea where that had come from, or that my grand-
mother had taught one of her grand-daughters how to dance
an Irish jig ! Where was I then ? Lost in America for a few
decades while growing up, I think!
Root Beer and Song
Then again, a few stories were passed on about my Donahue
grandfather: he delivered singing telegrams as a boy; was a
telegrapher; almost died in the great flu epidemic; and his
favorite song was The Rising of the Moon. My mother also
remembers some funny little spiraling tubes in the basement
where he made ‘root beer’ for everyone. She first made the
comment when she saw a ‘still’ in a tent on the TV program
called ‘Mash’. She was serious and I could not hold in a
very loud chuckle or two.
English not Irish
More to the point. She remembered that my Grandpa would
tell visitors in the parlour:
“We are in America now, speak English “
This could be one reason the family quickly assimilated into
the America culture and were successful in many professions.
It might also be why I had not heard many of the stories that
I wish I knew about today.
County Kerry Hedge Row
More little secrets that had not been passed on, began to
accumulate as I uncovered my family history. We had a
‘hedge school’ tradition in the family. My ancestor had
been educated in a hedge school in Kerry a long time ago.
This might be one reason the family all got an education
when they came to America – they put a high value on it.
Before I forget the genealogy side of things, we also had
a few legends that did make it through. Cornelius
Donahue and Mary Kelliher had both planned to make
the trip to America. The story gets a little fuzzy here.
One story says that Kelihers parents drowned in the
river shortly before the voyage, so she did not come. But
I have been informed by the Sullivan side of our family
that indeed she did come, but lived apart ??? very interesting..
Now, we know that the O in O’Donaghue, no matter how
you spell the name, means grandson of; or descendant of;
or perhaps ‘follower of’. So, should you believe in this new
science of DNA, they tell me it shows that the O’Donoghues
of the Glen were not O’Donoughues by blood at all !
I am glad on this point that my Uncles are gone from this
world. For this family, renowned as the ‘Masters of the
Caustic Invective’, descended from Maire Nee Dubh herself,
would give short shrift to such a claim, science aside itself !
I must close now, but two of the books I wrote on Kerry, as
a result of my family ties and family history, are part of the
Irish Families project. I will list them below dedicated to my
aunts and uncles – most long gone, but ne’er forgotten.
We publish more Irish genealogy books than anyone, anywhere !
County Kerry, Ireland is the County of the Month
Co. Kerry Resources from the Irish Families Project:
1) The Families of County Kerry, Ireland by M. O’Laughlin
This was the first of the County books in my series, (hardbound)
244+ pages. 40 illustrations, indexed, castles, spelliongs, Map.
There are notes on three thousand families.
These families below have a full column of coverage in this book:
Genis Ginnis Guiness;
This book is complimented by the books below.
2) County Kerry, Ireland, Genealogy & Family History Notes.
This is our Co. Kerry research book, spiral bound, created
to help you find any family in Kerry. It is not a gigantic
collection of family histories. Rather, it gives us the sources
most often consulted when folks visit the Irish archives here
at the Foundation.
It includes copies of actual records, and rough sketches from
centuries past, names, addresses, the complete 1659 census,
and the like. It is a hands on guide for finding your family
in County Kerry. The 29th county book in our series.
3) The Book of Irish Families, great and small.
This book is the master book to the series and contains information
on hundreds of families from County Kerry, much of it not included
in the first two volumes above. It is a very large collection of family
histories, arranged by surname.
4) Video about the Irish Families Project
This video explains what the Irish Families project is and
what these books look like, live and in person. Feel free
to enjoy the browsing !
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Coming Up: The Magnificent Seven.
The Talbot Surname Report.
One family of the name was of old Norman ancestry,
having arrived in England with William the Conqueror.
Two of this line are said to have settled in Ireland, Richard
Talbot settled at Malahide, Co. Dublin and the name is of
long standing there.
Sir William Talbot, of Carton, Co. Kildare is found in the
early 17th century. The Talbot family of Talbot Castle, Co.
Wexford is given in the Irish Book of Arms.
– Extracted from The Book of Irish Families, great & small.
Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
We have a good number of overseas orders today….
1) Welcome new member Ronald J. O’Brien of Buxton, Maine.
Trying to find info on Richard E. O’Brien (my gr-grandfather).
b 08-24-1862 Co. Cork. father: Thomas O’Brien, mother:
Mary Carey. arrived in Portland, Maine USA 1866.
2) Michael Ranspot of Kew, Surrey, in the U.K., your County
Kilkenny Genealogy and Family History book has shipped !
3) Michael Prendergast of Raheny, Dublin, your Gaelic Titles
has shipped ! (address has since been corrected !)
4) Peter Doyle of Westport, Co. Mayo, your County Kildare
genealogy and family history notes, has shipped !
5) Neil Cleere of Hampshire, United Kingdom, your County
Kilkenny genealogy and family history notes has shipped !
6) Michaelene Hanrahan of Vermilon, OH, your County Galway
genealogy and family history notes has shipped ! ( From the
Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival).
7) Kathleen Shuller of Panama City, FL, welcome as a member.
Looking for Michael Driscoll and wife Joanna Driscoll. He was
born in England to Irish parents.
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Coming Up in future episodes:
More Family Histories explained county by county…
…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today..
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