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Irish Family History Advance Shownotes 201
Among Todays Podcast Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1) Family of the Day: Moloney
2) Irish County of the Month: County Donegal, Ireland
3) Searching For: Keating, Flynn, Kennedy and more
4) Curious: a) Prison Autograph books. b) Sri Lanka.
5) Author of the Day: Keiron Curtis
6) Curious Note: When Joyce work was destroyed
7) Interview: K.U. defeats Notre Dame: O’Hegarty rules!

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Notes This Week:
What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

1) Meet the Author
We’ve been in touch with Keiron Curtis, author of
“P.S. O’Hegarty (1879 – 1955) Sinn Féin Fenian”..
ISBN: 978-1-84331-859-0
Note the front cover of Keirons book is from a photo of
O’Hegarty, taken while he sat in his library in 1952.
We’ll put a picture of his book on our enhanced podcast
and our blog, if I can figure it all out. It’s quite a story,
and of course, O’Hegarty is the man whose library now
rests at KU in Lawrence. His collection was the subject of
last weeks, and todays broadcast at the Irish Roots Cafe.
Photo Credits:
Our Thanks for Photos on enhanced podcast & Blogs to:
“Special Collections, Spencer Research Library.” (Book Shots)
“University Relations, University of Kansas.” (O’Hegarty Stacks)

2) ” K.U. Defeats Notre Dame ” ;) O’Hegarty Rules…
Here is a comment from JamieLM on last weeks show:
“One might think that Notre Dame would have the honor of
having the #1 Irish library, but I agree with you. I’ve been
to KU and have seen the special collections dept. Awesome.
It’d be a great opportunity to examine the collection for
those who had no problem with time and distance – like I
do. Someday…. I don’t think people like you get enough
thanks for the invaluable knowledge, services, and
resources you share with those of us who are interested in
Irish literature, history, and genealogy. Thank you. It’s a
privilege to read your columns.”
More details on the K.U. collections below……

To Contact The Library by phone or mail:
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-4334


Todays Special Report:

Round the Table
This week we continue our interview with Elspeth Healey
at the Spencer Research Library at Kansas University in
Lawrence, Kansas. You will simply have to listen in
this week, to get the real scoop, but here are some
scribbled notes. (Yes, scribbled, as our proof-reader and
editor left for parts unknown some years ago).
These will give you the flavor of todays podcast items:

Rare Autograph Books
1) Paul Cussack book, autograph books from Frongach in
Wales where rebels from Easter Rising were interred.
Sinn Fein University, Irish Republicanism, training
ground for further movements. Contains sketches of
camp, signatures of people, line or two of comments in
Irish or English, or poetry, or sayings. Terrence
McSweeney…… signatures from 1921 from Mountjoy
2) Autograph Book #2: Ballykinlar in 1921. Those interred.
Address both by hut number and by address in Ireland,
given by the individual. Sketches. John Eagan from
Cork; Nesbitt; one of a kind source, the orginal books
passed around the interment camps for signatures/notes.

Unique Printings
Local printing example ‘Connemara 30 years ago’ with
lithography and hand coloring. Poems and Stories, ‘a
talk in Joyces sand’  //// ‘she had no affection for her
kin… stories never told before about Connemara.’///

Yeats Connection
Yeats – O’Hegartys daughter was married to Yeats son,
so some inscriptions or sketches are to be found.
Yeats to his sister, etc… full run of lists of Coolagh
press with ballads, wood cuts by Jack Yeats, diversity of
material, advice translated by Lady Gregory to the Irish;
and American Indian… the American West idealized,
on covers 1908-1909.

Joyces Dubliners
Two items – one copy of poem ‘Gas from a Burner’ by
James Joyce which is a satirical poem about the refusal
to print the Dubliners. From the perspective of a printer
who destroys…. with hand inscription by Joyce in a
railway station waiting room after the destruction of the
first edition of the Dubliners. Then a program noted
‘Announcement of play by Joyce, with advertisement by
publishers who were to first publish the Dubliners,
before its destruction.’ (end of written notes for this
collection – listed to podcast for more !.)

Coming to the Library ?
Go to online catalogue, call number, browse collection
in online catalogue search “O’Hegarty” call number
search will pull up the O’Hegarty call numbers. Pages
keep going as you browse. Also look at the O’Hegarty
library catalogue on hand at the library, a 4 volume set
of books in themselves. Also, feel free to contact them
for secret nooks and crannies….

Call ahead to the main Spencer Research Library, phone
number is listed on web site.
Leave a few minutes to register when making a visit.
Closed collection, so you cant browse the stacks, but
they will bring them to you ! No food or snacks in the
reading room, but plenty of refreshments nearby.

Healey History
Elspeth believes her grandfather was Irish, left Ireland
in the early 30’s, (a Healey from Limerick) and a sister
who went to Liverpool. Probably changed spelling to
‘Healy’ after immigrating.

She also reminds us that the KU Irish collections contain
something on every part of Irish Culture, and the depth of
materials is remarkable.

– end of todays podcast shownotes –

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Books of the Month:

1) Families of County Donegal, Ireland, (hardbound)
Continues the family histories from County Donegal,
that begin in The Book of Irish Families great & small.

2) County Donegal, Ireland, genealogy & family history.
Our spiral bound book for those researching in Donegal.
Not a big collection of family history, but an introduction
to records and resources for all.

3) The Book of Irish Families, great & small. Master Vol..
Contains families from all 32 Irish Counties, and the index
to the entire 34 books set !

Three Things to Remember:
Our Podcast (a radio show on the net, available 24/7.
Our Blog reader, where a computer voice reads the blog.
The Blog itself, which can be read any time night or day !

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

1) Elizabeth Wilson of Hyde Park, MA, Welcome as a
member ! (no surname search given)

2) Rosalie M. Zimmerman of Pulyallup, WA, welcome
as a new member, searching: Keating Brightonshine

3) Welcome James Lynn of Battle Ground, WA. as a
new member researching Flynn / Lynn out of Down
or Antrim.

4) Pamela Hallisey of Toronto, Canada your Book of
Irish Families great and small, has shipped !

5) Kathleen Fullerton of West Linn, OR, welcome as
a member ! (no search given)

6) Jane Cox of St. Louis, MO, your Meath and
Westmeath, Ireland genealogy and family history notes,
has shipped.

7) Lorre Wells of N. Richland, TX, your Irish Families
Book has shipped ! search: My great grandmother, Ellen
Kennedy was born in Colombo, Ceylon in 1853. She married
my GGF, William Boyd there c 1872. I have no other
A possible clue is my grandmother was name Daisy McGowan
Boyd, so I believe McGowan is also a family name. I could
really use some help with how to find old records in Sri Lanka

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Thanks to all of our members – without you these
podcasts would not be possible – !
Supporters are welcome and needed.

Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of :
John Maloney of Tolland, CT.

Related Spellings of the Name
Mallowney, Maloughney, Malowny, Maloney, O’Malowne, Moloney

From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

Notes on the Name
The O’Molonys were a Dalcassion sept of Kiltanon, by Tulla,
in the eastern part of Co. Clare. They are found in Keatings
history and given as follows : ”The O’Moloneys were chiefs of
Cuiltenan, now the parish of Kiltonanlea in the barony of Tully,
County of Clare. They remain in the Clare, Limerick and
Tipperary regions.
In the 1890 index we find the name of Maloney in Limerick,
Clare and Tipperary with 119 births, and the spelling of
Malony had 34 births recorded. The census of 1659 finds
the spelling of O’Malowne being used, and as such it is given
as a principal name of County Cork …..

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:

1) Found in the Irish Book of Arms. Azure, on the
dexter side a quiver of three arrows, on the sinister a bow
erect all or

The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name 27 times, here are a few examples:

1) Moloney in the 1659 census.
2) O Moloneys of Clare in the Annals by the 4 Masters.
3) J. Moloney in Irish Families on the California Trail.
4) C. O’Moloney in Co. Clare, Ireland genealogy…notes
5) Moloney in King James Irish Army List
6) Moloney in Families of County Cork, Ireland book.
7) Moloney in Families of County Limerick Ireland book…

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

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Irish Family History curious news and notes. episode 137
From the Irish Roots Cafe at

Among Todays Topics:

1)    O’Donnell is the Irish Family of the Day
2)    Irish Settlers in Kansas (Book of the Month)
3)    The Callahans of Kansas (Book)
4)    Searching for: Williams, Rorke, Donelly, Magill
5)    Flight of the Earls:  The video of the week
6)    Donegal is the County of the Week.
7)    Ireland was once called ‘Wolf Land’

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:             1:00
Notes from Mike:                2:00
One Minute Podcast           3:59
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
Notes This Week:

1) You’ll see I’ve changed some segments on todays podcast,
and include a ‘ one minute podcast’ from one of our other
broadcast series…. I may just do that every show.

2) We’ve added several new courses to our hedge school here,
and one is how to broadcast your family history search, or
create your own Irish family podcast.  Students leave with their
own podcast in hand !  We help with the recording and music, etc..
We could also play your recorded search online and get you some
help for the search if you are a graduate of the class !

3)  Our Irish Counties show is recording at present. We have
Cork, Kerry, Clare and Limerick for starters.  Expect to launch

4) I signed up for the local Irish Museum and Cultural event last
weekend, it was a workshop on Fiddle, Bodhran, Song, and
Tinwhistle. Well done, with good atmosphere and a cross section
of the community.  Connie Dover was the instructor of
song and was great all the way to the finale with the rest of the
session leaders.  Connie also used plenty of the Scots influence
in the tunes she selected, which were fun for all, but I reminded
her that I was with the Irish anti-defamation league, just to be
sure she did not go to far !

One Minute Podcast
(excerpts from one of our seven podcast series )
Todays excerpt is taken from the Irish Hedgerow History podcast:


Peter discusses the Immigration of the Irish and in particular
his families coming to America as examples. He mentions those
who wrote back to Ireland and eventually sent passage money
for other family members to join them.  The packing houses,
the railroads, the city and farm …..

The complete podcast will be coming up soon.  You can subscribe
at our home page or on iTunes

Books of the Month:

The first one I published, and then 2 that I wrote:
1)  Conquest of Ireland, The Plantation in Ulster
Following the Battle of Kinsale in 1601 and the flight of the
Earls O’Neill and O’Donnell, the English implemented specific
plans for the plantation of settlers from Scotland and England
to take over the lands of the Irish in Ulster.
The is the complete story as told by Hill, including the names of
the old Irish families and the new settlers, along with the state
of the lands they were settling.  ( 4 book set includes: The
Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans; Pynnars Survey of Ireland;
Londonderry Lands and Families; and Names in the Land Grants)

2)  The Families of County Donegal Ireland  ($36)
A history of the families in the county, with over 1,000 families with bold face
entries, coats of arms, place names.

3)  County Donegal genealogy and family history notes  ($28)
The book is designed to help anyone research within county Donegal.
I include the old illustrations of family arms, mostly of settler families in
Donegal, as that is who were granted arms, census notes, records
and resources.
(not a collection of family histories, although some are included.)

Two Books on the Irish in Kansas by Patricia Callahan Walkenhorst,
of Keepsake Books, P.O. Box 1751, Blue Springs, MO 64013
4)  Irish Settlers of Kansas  ($35)
‘Memories of Pioneer Life’. The untold stories  of Kansas second
largest ethnic population, the Irish. True stories handed down
of cowboys, Indians, Buffalo, Floods, Border wars and Civil war
events will help you relive the history.
Some fled the Irish famine, some sought the free land rush, and
some were after the Gold at Pikes Peak…

5) The Callahans of Kansas, A Family History ($18.95)
( with Brady, Burke, O’Donnell, Ryan, White, and Young genealogies)

We Have a Blog Reader and a Podcast !
We have added a blog reader to this blog.  The blog reader
is a computerized reader, that simply reads this blog, turning
it into audio.  Our podcast is completely different !  I am the
host and it has some things not included on the blog.
To go to my broadcast page for podcasts go to
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Coming Up:
Was Ireland once called ‘Wolfland’ by invaders ?

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1)  Larry Curtis of Rydal, Georgia, your 1659 census has shipped.

2)  Margaret Morgan of Park Falls, WI, your Book of Irish Families
great and small, has shipped.

3)  Mark Swan of Colorado Springs, your County Meath and
Westmeath Ireland, genealogy and family history notes shipped

4)  Marion Drennan of Saint Francisville, LA, your County
Antrim and Belfast genealogy and family history has shipped

5)  Lynette Anne Croswell of Victoria, Australia, welcome as a
new member searching for Edward Johnson Williams b. circa
1843 Dublin; and wife Adelina Rorke b. 1847 Co. Tyrone.

6)  Rodney Donelly of Newborough, Australia, welcome as a
new member ! Searching for Donelly, and Magill in County Dublin,
and Lambe and Martin in County Offaly.

7)  Susan Craven of Enfield, New Hampshire, your County Cork
Genealogy and Family History book has shipped, along with
our ‘Families of County Cork’ book !

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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:
Donald J. McCrory searching for the O’Donnells of Trough Castle

Related Spellings of the Name
O’Donel, Donel, McDonnell, Donald, MacDonnell, O’Donnellan

Varient Spelling Groups: Several varient spelling groups.
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
The MacDonnells are of separate origins from the O’Donnells
of course, and some MacDonnells are of Argylshire in Scotland,
who settled in Ulster in the 13th century…..
O’Donnell is one of the top 50 names in Ireland, and it
is traditionally centered in County Donegal. The chieftains
were installed at the Rock of the Doon near Letterkenny. There
are several distinguished of the name, including Red Hugh
O’Donnell who rallied with O’Neill at the Battle of Kinsale, fled
to France and died.
An O’Donnell was also part of the ‘Flight of the Earls’ subsequent
to Kinsale, leading to the Ulster Plantation.
There are also traditional families of the name in Clare and
Galway.  Arms for MacDonnell are given in County Clare,
O’Hart has also been given as listing Donnell among
the names of Huegonot origin.
In researching the old heralds works, I have seen MacDonnell
and O’Donnell used for the very same family of Donegal.

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
Arms are illustrated for the following families:

1) Mac Donnell of Antrim
2) Mac Donnell of Clare
3) O’Donnell of Donegal


Coming Up Later in this episode:
This Irish lady is the oldest woman in England !

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family name 527 times
including the following examples :

1)  In Both of our Donegal Genealogy books, of course.
2)  F., H., D., and N.,  O’Donnell in Pynnars Survey of Ireland
3)  N. O’Donnell in Names in the Land Grants book
4)  Both Mac and O’ in Londonderry Lands and Families
5)  Both in The Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans
6)  The Annals of Ireland (IGF edition) gives many septs of the
name including those of Cavan; Clare; Donegal; The Hebrides;
Kildare; and Tir Connell; O’Donnell poems and O’Donnell Country…


Websites of the Week:

1)  The History of the O’Donnell Family

2)   O’Donnell Clan Association Home Page

3)  Flight of the Earls, O’Neill and O’Donnell,video lecture

4) County Donegal Ireland Genealogy page

Curious News and Notes

1)  Biographical Entries of 9,700 Irish People, the work of
many distinguished historians, dating back millenniums to 2002.
The most significant publication of the 21st century so far.

2)  Old Moore’s Almanac is known for its wild prediction but
next year: A magnificent summer from June until August, the
death of Osama Bin Laden, and a royal helicopter crash, but the
sales of sun tan lotion have not yet risen for the occasion.

3)  Irish Centurian, Peggy Carter was born in 1901 and is now
108 and the oldest woman in Britain. Born in Tipperary, she is
fit and well today, and cooking is her favorite pastime.  Her secret
to a long life:
“Be good to yourself and have fun – plenty of it.

4)  Boston Irish Film Festival focus on 1910
‘Lad From Old Ireland’; Rory O’More; You Remember Ellen; His Mother…

5)  The Myth of Family Coats of Arms
Well, the chief herald of Ireland, might have just disagreed with this….

6)   Diddlyi Magazine Launching, music, arts, culture and travel…

7) 34,000 years of the Irish Wolf wiped out in 18th century.
They once referred to Ireland as Wolf land and Cromwell wanted them


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