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Irish Family Origins, part one

Todays notes:
From “The Families of County Cork, Ireland”
including leading families of Munster. part 1.
More information found here:

More Anciently
“The families of Cork have had a tremendous
effect on the whole of the province of Munster.
Ancient Munster was comprised of North
Munster presently called Thomand (see
Families of Co. Clare); South Munster today
recognized as Desmond (Cork); East Munster
(Ormond); and West Munster.

O’Brien and MacCarthy Rise
In The Families of Co. Clare we saw the
rise of the Dalcassions in Clare under Brian
Boru. The O’Briens of Clare, (North Munster),
would break from the control of The MacCarthy
and the Eugenian families of south Munster.
In the 12th century MacCarthy no longer held
sway in the north of Munster.

Families of Co. Kerry
At about the same time, in The Families of
Co. Kerry, we saw the family of O’Donoghue
move into Kerry from Co. Cork and establish
itself as pre-eminent in the beautiful area
around Killarney. The O’Donoghues were
another Eugenian family of Munster, who
replaced the existing ‘Eoganacht Loch Lein’
in Kerry, which included Moriarty, Cahill,
Flynn and O’Carroll. Some even theorize the
Eugenians as originating in that part of Kerry.

Mahoney, Kirby, Sullivan, O’Keefe, Callaghan….
There are many branches of the Eoganacht
families found in this book. Eoganacht
Raithlind anciently held south Cork, represented
by O’Donoghue and O’Mahoney. Eoganacht
Glendamnach ruled over Fermoy under O’Keefe.
Eoganacht Aine is found under O’Kirby.
Eoganacht Caisil (Cashel) claimed supremacy
over all most anciently, and of this line are
most often given Sullivan, MacCarthy and
end of part one, taken from
The Families of County Cork, Ireland, introduction,
a book written by Michael C. O’Laughlin

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Appearances in 2012
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1) The Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival, Coffman Park,
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Show #208 Today at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)  Name of the Day: O’Brien
2)  Searching for: Green, McDonnell,
3)  Web Page:  Clare County Library Sources
4)  Books of the Month: County Clare genealogy
5)  Video of the Day: Cliffs of Moher
6)  Curious News: New Titantic Tickets sold out
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1) Families of County Clare, Ireland.
Hardbound collection of family histories.

2) Genealogy and Family History of County Clare
Spiral bound aid for research in County Clare.
( with color map now added ! )

3) My other favorites are: ‘Houses of Clare”;
and Histories of Clare by Frost; and by White.
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1. Bernadette Sanders of Machaisport, ME
your Families of  Co. Donegal have shipped !

2. David Bessert of Roselle, IL. your Co. Donegal
genealogy and family history notes have shipped !

3.  Sharon Stites, of Naples, Florida.
Welcome as a full member!
Search for birth record of John Joseph Green
in Co. Clare, townland Ballycotteen North. 1901
census show b. 1892 but can find no record that
year, just 1894.

4. Rebecca M. Burke of East Falmouth, MA, your
County Cavan & Leitrim, Ireland book shipped !

5. Colleen Henry of Etobiocoke, Canada welcome
as a new member, your Donegal books have shipped !

6. George McDonnell your Missouri Irish book shipped!

7. James Blocker of Greenville, N. Carolina, your
Families of County Clare have shipped !
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The Ancient Family Song
“Three weeks ago last Tuesday I left me home in
Cork, to find me uncle Tom O’Brien
livin’ in New York.”

Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of :
Thomas J. O’Brien of Hamden, CT.

Related Spellings of the Name:
Bryan, Brian, O’Bryan, O’Brian, Briene, Breen,
Brine, Brion…

Varient Spelling Groups: #153; 176; 1233; 1642; 2118
‘Guide to Various Spellings of Irish Family Names’

History of the Name
(from ‘Families of County Clare’ Ireland)
Most of us know about O’Briens Tower there in
County Clare, right on the Cliffs of Moher, ( and one
day that cliff will eventually chip off and leave the
tower no more !) Here is a sample of info from
my Families of Clare book:

Kings of Thomand ?
“The O’Briens were the ruling family of Thomand
(which included Co. Clare).  from the time of the
first of the name, Brian Boru.  First among the
Dalcassions families of Co. Clare, they retained
power as such until exchanging the title of ‘King
of Thomand’ for the English title ‘Earl of Thomand’
in 1543.

Seat of the O’Briens
In Drumcliff Parish, Clonroad became the principal
seat of the O’Briens around 1200 a.d. when they
built a circular earthen fort there.  About the year
1240, Donogh Cairbreach O’Brien built a beautiful
monastery for conventual Franciscan friars at Ennis…..”
(this is continued on in the book.)

Assuming more powers
By the way, I have a copy of the legal agreement
where The OLoglins of Clare signed away their rights
to the O’Brien of Clare, back in the 17th century.
I’ll bet ya it should be ‘O’Loughlins Tower’ instead
of O’Briens, but enough said…. .

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The Book of Irish Families, great and small
or Surnames of Ireland by Kneafsey at:

Irish Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms
A Brief search of the above work shows:

1) Four illustrations of arms for O’Brien, including
those of Counties, Clare, Limerick, and Thomand.
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Shows the name (149) numerous times, including:

1)  O’Briens in the Colony of Georgia (J-14)
2)  O’Briens Country in ‘Families of Co. Clare, Ireland.’
3)  Billy O’Brien and numerous others in in
“ Irish Families on the California Trail.”
4)  O’Brien Burial Place in Annals of Ireland by 4 Masters
5)  Owen O’Brien in Co. Clare genealogy & family history…
6)  M. O’Brien in Pynnars Survey (Special Census…)
7)  D. O’Brien in ‘Missouri Irish’ book

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Curious News and Notes from around the world:
( Links to each item below are found on our blog)

1) Video of the Day. O’Briens Tower, Cliffs of Moher

2) This Video has some Original Titanic Video shots:

3) Story: – The Broke O’Briens make eBay money ?
First sell the TV !

4) Genealogy at the Clare County, Ireland, Library !
Genealogy & Family History
Literature & Song
Places and Placenames

5) Clare Heritage and Genealogy Centre
“County Clare, situated on the west coast of Ireland in
the province of Munster suffered greatly from
emigration over the last two hundred years. Between
the years 1850 and 1880 an estimated 112,000 people
emigrated from Co. Clare. By comparison the present
population stands at just under 90,000.”

6) 35,000 order Titanic centre tickets in Belfast
Titanics 100th Anniversary also spawns a new
Titanic Memorial Cruise up to $9,000 per ticket ?

7) Irish Community Archive Network
Showcasing local history from across the island of Ireland

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