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Among Todays Shownotes:

1)   Family of the Day:  Hayes
2)   Irish County of the Month: County Clare
3)   Searching For: Kirkpatrick, Smith, Walsh
4)   Curious News:  O’Regan and Holmes age well…
5)   Video of the Month: Meath: where Halloween began
6)   Curious Note:  Two Irishmen on Chile stamps…
7)   One minute podcast:  Red is the Rose (song)

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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) Let see, Saturday is the Music Masters workshop at the
Irish Museum in KC at Union Station, so come on down if
you can, learn an instrument or a song !

2)  The National Archives here continues to have programs
to help Family researchers and genealogists, and they have
a great group of volunteers to help anytime you might drop
in… they are in the building next to Union Station in
downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Check them out !

3) is the web page for Kennys Bookstore in Galway.
They have been around awhile and are active on the web at:

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Todays Podcast extract is from last weeks Irish Song Podcast:
Red is the Rose by Karen.
Plus a little note on different versions of the song…

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Books of the Month:

1)  Families of County Clare, Ireland (Hardbound)
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We have covered lists of families in Clare from this book
earlier. Here are a few more extracts from the Clare Book:
The Viking Era
We have early records of Viking raids from Scandinavia which
included landings at Galway Bay on the north of Clare and up
the Shannon River into Limerick in the south of the county.
Clare formed in 1565
When the new geographical division called ‘Co. Clare’ was
formed in 1565, it would hold most of the territory earlier known
as Thomand.  In earlier times the territory of Thomand was
larger than Co. Clare, containing major parts of Co. Limerick
and Co. Tipperary, running to the borders of Kilkenny and
Queens County.  The exact boundaries were somewhat flexible,
rising and falling with the fortunes of the families of Thomand.
Co. Clare is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, and
by Lough Derg and the Shannon river on the east and south.
It is thus separated from Tipperary, Limerick and Kerry.  These
natural barriers would become a part of the reason Clare
remained independent for so long.  They also give Clare a
flavor of its own.
Links to Surrounds
It is not surprising to find links between the families of Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.  Because of the close geography and
because of a shared history within the kingdom of Thomand.
In the 17th century we find Irish from all over Ireland ‘invited’
into Clare.  For example, dispossessed Irish in nearby Co. Kerry
were given rights to settle in the barony of the Burren in Co. Clare.
(see map for examples).

Six ancient cantreds of Thomand are sometimes given as:
(1) Hy Lochlean (O’Lochlainns territory),
(2) Ibh Caisin (Ibrickane- patrimony of the O’Briens),
(3) Hy Garman (Moyarta),
(4) Clan Cuilean (Clonderlaw, patrimony of …….. end of extract

2) The second book I have put together on County Clare is:
County Clare, Ireland. Genealogy and Family History Notes.
including Illustrations and Extracts
Cliffs of Moher A-2
Clare Records A-8
Surname Map: McNamara C-28

3) You might also be interested in:
The Houses of Clare by Weir, which traces occupants of houses
in Clare back a ways.

4) The History of Clare by White.

5) The History of Clare by Frost.
First introduced to me as a ‘chilling’ subject in Dublin Castle
back in 1980, and it took a few moments for me to get the play
on words, as I was one ‘serious’ researcher at the time.
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The secret of 400 millionaires in Ireland ?

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

1) Terence J. Lyons of Aitkenvale, Queensland, Australia
your Irish Book of Arms has shipped

2) Sharon Dyanne Zimmerman your Irish Families book has
shipped, and welcome as a new member searching for:
Kirkpatrick and Smith

3) Jason McGrath of Chicago, IL, your County Tyrone genealogy
book has shipped !

4) William T. Lerch of Chico, CA welcome as a new member.
Catherine Walsh b. 1853 approx., We believe from Co. Clare
and came to the U.S. around 1877.

5) Kim Clancy of Temecula, CA, your Families of County Kerry
has shipped !

6) Paul Rogers of Mountain View, CA. your many books on
Irish Genealogy have shipped !

7) Maureen Miller of Stafford, VA your Meath and Westmeath
genealogy book has shipped !

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Brendan Hayes of Fort Worth, Texas, searching in Co. Clare

Related Spellings of the Name

Hays, Haze, O’Hea, Heys, Hoy, Hea, O’Hugh, Heas

Varient Spelling Groups: #848  #1669  #2396
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name

There are several unrelated families of the Hayes name found in
Ireland.   The older Irish name of O’Hea has often been changed
to Hayes, and Woulfe gives over 10 families who changed from
the older O’hAoda to O’Hea and Hayes.  O’Hea itself remained
as the main spelling in Co. Cork, but Hayes is also most often
found in that county in the 1890 index.
Keatings History finds the O’Heas as chiefs of Pobble O’Hea in
the barony of Carberry in Cork.  Further, “O’Haodha, O’Hea or
Hayes” was found as chief of Musgraidhe Luachra, which lay
between Kilmallock and Ardpatrick, in the barony of Coshlee in
Co. Limerick……partial extract from The Book of Irish Families….
In the 17th century both Hea and O’Hea were principal names
in Clare, and found in Cork, Limerick, Kerry, Tipperary and
Waterford…..partial extract from the Book of Irish Families….

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)    O’Hea is given in the Irish Book of Arms, on the shield appears
a sword with a serpent entwined upon it.

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Surprising popularity of Halloween this year exceeds expectations !
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name Hayes 78  times, here are a few examples:

1)   O’Hayes in the Co. Meath and Westmeath genealogy notes…
2)   de Hayes in Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe.
3)   Hayes in the ‘Families of County Clare, Ireland’
4)   R. Hayes in Co. Kildare Genealogy & family history notes
5)   D. Hayes and Hayes Park in ‘Irish Families on the California Trail’.
6)   A. Hayes in Special Census of Ireland: Pynnars Survey
7)   R. Hayes in ‘Missouri Irish’ the original history 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.

Around the World, in Irish Ways.
The Web Page and Video of the Month.

1)   The Hayes of Dublin, webisode #8. Park Lawn Cemetery,
Toronto. video

2)   Blue Shark Fishing in Ireland – video

3)  Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival. Where Halloween Began

4) Doolan County Clare, Ireland, set to Irish pipes, oceanside
and of course, this is O’Loughlin country…..

see also our Irish Video Shorts at:

Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  Pumpkins on the rise ! Halloween keeps growing in popularity
each year in Ireland, but pumpkin demand caught all by surprise
this year, with one retailer selling over 52,000 of them !  Fireworks
seem to be popular too – not so in the U.S. I think.

2)  Chile honors two patriots that originally came from Ireland:
Bernardo O’Higgins whose father was of Sligo, and is known as
the countries founding father; and John (Juan McKenna) born in Monaghan and served as commandant general of the Chilean army.

Stamps for the Irish in Chile
Chile issued 86 cent stamps in their honor, two stamps, with each
man dressed out in full military regalia !  Both men had to obtain education in Spain, as it was not available to them in Ireland,
which led to the Chile connection !

3)  100 year old Mr. Archie Holmes gives recipe for long life,
giving 3 things:
a) A fair bit of chocolate
b) gardening
c) singing (once he starts – you cannot stop him !)
He came from Laois in 1957, settling in Wellington, New Zealand.

4)  A recent Dublin Web Conference drew some of the biggest
names in tech !
The Founders of YouTube; Twitter; and Skype were in attendance….

5)   Kay O’Regan, at age 74, completed her 100th marathon
in 4hrs. 25 minutes.

6)   AT least 40 kinds of ‘shark’ swim off of Irelands shores !
I wonder if they gave the Vikings any trouble ?

7)  The 400th person to become a millionaire in Ireland
national lottery is: (anonymous).
Over 16 million Euro, and the winnings are tax free !
He purchased the ticket in Ballinasloe, County Galway.

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From the Irish Roots Cafe Broadcast Network.
Irish Families Worldwide History and Genealogy. week 88.

Among Todays Topics:
1)  Irish Jack-o-Lantern origins.
2)  Wogan is the name of the week.
3)  County Kildare, Carlow and Wicklow Book of the Week
4)  Irish House Swapping
5)  Searching for the Henry Family of County Derry
6)  Palins ‘Sheeran’ Roots Traced back to Roscommon
7)  Irish Roots Cafe Music CD !

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:  1:03
Notes from Mike:     2:09
Book of the Month:  3:59
The Magnificent Seven:  6:15
Irish Name of the Day:   7:32
Website of the Week:   12:15
Curious News and Notes: 13:15
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Notes This Week

1) Getting ready for a new web page here at the Irish Roots
Cafe and starting to work on our Irish Roots music CD !
I wonder, could I include ‘Waltzing Matilda’ which has been
here on Friday nights……

2)  Magners Irish Film Festival runs from Nov. 13- 24
You may purchase tickets at:
Thanks to the Boston Irish Tourism Association

3) Ireland was the first country recently to guarantee all
deposits made by citizens into its banks….. France and
England were said to be a bit unhappy as much money
went from those countries into Irish banks.
Several European leaders remarked about dealing with
this ‘Irish Problem’.
Book of the Month
County Kildare, Wicklow and Carlow Genealogy notes

County Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow, Families on the 4 Masters Map:
What families were in the counties in earlier days ? This
might provide a clue to the locations of your family today.
Here are some of the families given on the Map in the History
of Ireland by the 4 Masters: (Connellan translation. 2003, I.G.F.)
E. = Earl, L.=Lord, C. = chieftain:

In County Kildare
Birmingham, B.
Fitzgerald, D.
Fitzgerrald, E.
Mac    Donnell
O’    Carey, L.
O’    Colgan, C.
O’    Connor, P.
O’    Cullen
O’    Dempsey
O’    Dunn, C.
O’    Kelly, L.
O’    Murrigan, P.
O’    Toole, L.
de    Vesey, L.

In County Carlow
Butler, B.
Carew, B.
Mac    Gorman, C.
Mac    Teigue
O’    Bolger
O’    Cahill, C.
O’    Cavanagh, L.
Mac    Murrough
O’    Doran, C.
O’    Doyle
O’    Doyne
O’    Gorman
O’    Kinsellagh
O’    Moore, L.
O’    Nolan, L.
O’    Ryan, L.

In County Wicklow
Butler, B.
FitzEustace, V.
Fitzgerald, L.
Fitzwilliam, L.
O’    Byrne, L.
Mac    Murrough, P.
O’    Cullen, C.
O’    Dowling, C.
O’    Doyle, C.
O’    Gahan, L.
O’    Horan
O’    Kelly, C.
O’    Teige (Tighe)
O’    Toole, P.

-end of extract from The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters-
Coming Up Later in this episode
How Irish Jack invented pumpkin carving ?

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

1) Rev. John W. Crawford of Dublin, Ireland
Your Pynnars Survey of Ireland, has shipped

2) Tracey Keenan Lloyd of Portland, Oregon
Your ‘Genealogy & Family History for County Wexford’ shipped

3) Brian L. Crawford of Kansas City, Missouri
Your ‘Irish Settlers in Missouri’ has shipped.

4) Dr. William H. Henry, Jr., of Oxnard, California.
Searching for the Henry family of County Derry, Ireland.
Your ‘Genealogy & Family History for County Derry’ shipped

5) John Dearn of Colorado
Your Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters has shipped.

6) Katie Allen of Australia
Your ‘Book of Irish Families, great & small’ has shipped.

7) Michael Parle Younger of County Wexford, Ireland.
Thanks for the songs and good luck on your new career !

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Irish Family Name of the Day: Wogan

Todays family history in honor of member:
Francis J. O’Connor of Monsey, New York

Related Spellings of the Name:
Wogane, Ougan, Oogan, Ogan

Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names

History of the Name  Wogan

According to “Keatings History” the name is  that of a principal
family of Dublin city or county, and of Anglo-Norman descent.
We find a family of the name centered one time at New-Hall,
Co. Kildare

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

1) illustrated arms for Wogan-Browne of Castle Browne in
Co. Kildare are shown.

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

1)  7 references in Co. Kildare, Wicklow and Carlow genealogy book
2)   Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters
3)   King James Irish Army List
4)   The Families of County Dublin, Ireland
5)   County Dublin Genealogy and Family History Notes
6)   Irish Names and Surnames by the Rev. Patrick Woulfe.

Website of the Week:

Swap houses while your in Ireland doing family history ?

The above is a site for :
A new free service lets you find or list a
home for a house-swap in Ireland.

Curious News and Notes
1)  The tradition of carving pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns
began in Ireland in the 18th century.  Jack the Irish Blacksmith,
carved out the inside of a turnip, who in a deal with the devil,
ended up with only a coal ember to light his way.  He put the
ember in the turnip.
In America turnips were not as easily found as pumpkins
apparently, so they began substuting pumpkins for turnips,
which could grow much larger, and I might say, scarier !

2)  Helena Hunt has turned down an offer by a developer of
250,000 pounds, for part of her garden. She hails from Limavady
in County Derry.

3) A rare Blue Heron was spotted near Letterfrack, Co. Galway and
birdwatchers from throughout Ireland and even Britain have been
drawn to the area as a result.  Tom McCrudden was the first fellow
to see the bird, which is quite rarely seen in Ireland.

4)  Sarah Palin has even more certain Irish roots than earlier reported.
Genealogist Mary Lee Dunn finds that Palins mother was a Sheeran
whose family is now traced back to the townland of Knockhall, parish
of Kilglass, County Roscommon.

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