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The Spelling of Irish Names

The Proper Spelling of Your Name
Our names appeared quite differently in earlier times.
Note how the Annals of the Four Masters records and
translates these names with a Ua before them
becoming O . Is it any wonder there were so many
different spellings when each individual translated
his name into English… Below are a few examples.

Old Spelling…………New Spelling
Ua Ceallachain…. O’Callaghan
Ua Ceallaigh…… O’Kelly
Ua Ceinneidigh…. O’Kennedy
Ua Cianain…….. O’Keenan
Ua Cleirigh……. O’Clery
Ua Conchobhair…. O’Conner, O’Connor
Ua Conroi……… O’Conroy
Ua Cuinn………. O’Quinn
Ua Cuirc………. O’Quirk
Ua Dimasaigh…… O’Dempsey
Ua Donnabhain….. O’Donovan
Ua Donnghaile….. O’Donnelly
Ua Dubhagain…… Duggan
Ua Duibh………. Duff
Ua Duinn………. O’Dunne
Ua Duinnsleibhe… O’Dunlevy
Ua Failbhe…….. O’Falvey
Ua Fallamhain….. O’Fallon
Ua Fearghail…… O’Farrell
Ua Flainn……… O’Flynn, O’Lynn
Ua Fogartaigh….. O’Fogarty
Ua Gadhra……… O’Gara
Ua Gairmleaghaidh. O’Gormley
Ua Galchobhair…. O’Gallagher
Ua Grada………. O’Grady
Ua Griobhtha…… Griffin, O’Greefa
Ua Guaire……… Gorey, O’Guaire

Research Aid
This familiarity with Irish Name spellings
should help anyone researching the really
old records. I have published Connellans
Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters
You can find out more at the link given above.

-Mike O’Laughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe
Box 7575
Kansas City, Missouri 64116

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re: The Irish Roots Cafe house band


Irish House Band Update
Our newly formed Irish House band launched
successfully this year, and it is the first
band to perform all Irish language shows
in the midwest, as a matter of fact, I’ve
never heard of it done before in the U.S.
at all! (but I am sure someone has done it?)
The old style Irish songs date back as far as
the 16th century according to some accounts

Sean Nós and Traditional
We perform all Irish language shows, as well
as shows of traditional Irish songs in English.
Of course, we can mix the two as needed for
the occasion! Our current permanent house
members, all of whom do vocals, include:
Mike O’Laughlin also on percussion; Megan
Illidge on Mandolin; and Stevie Davis on

March Launch, Seachtaine na Gaeilge
Below are the first performances we made
in March, all of which were well received in
both Irish and English language formats!
We also played our part in ‘Irish Language Week’
(more like Irish Language month!), and offered to
teach the audience an Irish song or two…
best we could….:

Our Irish Gigs for March 2013

Irish Roots Cafe March 2013 Schedule
Feb. 23 – Browne’s Marketplace KCMO
March 1 -Crossroads Coffeehouse KCMO
March 2 – St. Andrews church (Gladstone)
March 9 – Browne’s Marketplace KCMO
March 9 – Gaelic Mass. KCMO
March 10 – Immaculate Conception/Louisburg, KS
March 16 – Celtic Ranch, Weston, MO
March 23 – The Granada in Lawrence, KS

at the Irish Roots Cafe
Recording Session Tomorrow
After that opening month, we decided to take
a 30 day break, and are now recording an album
that’s been in the works awhile. (We will of
course, break from recording sessions to
play for you if you’d like!)

Genealogy too!
I made Irish genealogy resources available at
several of our performances – including books
and maps – It’s a habit I can’t seem to break,
and all part of the historical context of what
we do. Speaking of genealogy, that is how I
was introduced to old style Irish song, and
my first reason for appearing at Irish events
around the country.

Irish Festival Season
With the Irish Fests coming up shortly, I should note
that I have sung Sean Nós style songs at the
Dublin Irish Festival tent for Sean Nós; and at the
ceili for the Louisville, KY. Irish Fest.
Hope to return this year, and get the whole group
to perform there too – soon! Two great events to be sure…

Here are links to the Irish Roots Cafe House Band:

We’ll be getting more videos up of the entire band in the future!

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