Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:
1) Family of the Day: Burke
2) Irish County of the Month: Galway
3) Searching: Caldwell, Cunningham, Flanigan, Payton, Leonard
4) Curious News: Irish matchmaking festival in Clare
5) Video of the Month: Liam O Maonlaí – Sadhbh Ní Bhruinneallaigh
6) Curious Note: Outboard bath tub for Mervyn
7) One minute podcast: The Old Claddagh Ring, from Galway
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This Weeks Audio Timeline
Todays Topics: 1:00
Notes from Mike: 2:00
One Minute Podcast: 4:00 The Old Claddagh Ring
Book of the Month: 6:30 Galway Sources
The Magnificent Seven: 9:30
Irish Name of the Day: 11:30 Burke
Websites of the Week: 16:30
Curious News and Notes: 18:30
Total Time: 25:50
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Notes This Week:
What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe
1) Finishing up the Song festival recordings !
You have one week left, so send it in or phone it in or
walk it in ! I am making my debut this year as well, or
as the others say, “once you see him, you’ll have no fear about
doing it yourself….”
2) We are slowly expanding some of the web pages, including
Top 50 Irish links, DNA, and Irish song. Watch for it !
3) For the first time ever, we are having a professional
photographer friend come do a few shots of us for use on the
web and p.r. etc…. She said there was nothing she could do
about the age of the subject, but she could at least make it fun
and meaningful …….. We’ll see about that
4) We have just finished the 2010 edition of our ‘Irish in America’
podcast. Our last interview at Brownes Irish Street Fair goes up
this week. That includes the Gaelic Brass performance to top
it all off, with a tune by special request…. Take a listen and let
us know if you would like your area featured next season…
It is available on iTunes and on our web page at www.Irishroots.com
One Minute Podcast
Let’s listen to one of our 7 podcast series’ on Song; Recitation;
Travel; History; Irish-America; or Irish language.
Todays Podcast extract is from:
The Upcoming Irish Song and Recitation Podcast.
Ya have one week to enter a song and sing it best you can.
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Hello Fada, notes on the Irish language:
We publish more Irish genealogy books than anyone in the world !
Three Books of the Month you should have:
(Since Burke is the name of the day, we pick County Galway.)
1) Families of County Galway, Ireland.
2) Co. Galway Ireland, Genealogy & family history notes.
3) History of Galway by Hardiman. (not my publication- but soo good)
Some extracts from book #1 above:
12th Century Norman Invasion
Our story begins essentially after the Norman invasion of Ireland in the
12th century. This was a time of great upheaval and change in Ireland.
There was no immediate impact on the people of Galway in the year of
the invasion. In fact, it took some time before foreign troops set foot on
In 1171 Strongbow landed at Waterford. It was not until the year 1178
that the English first set ‘hostile foot in Connaught’. That incursion was
successfully repulsed however.
The town of Galway had been rebuilt, and it was increasingly necessary
to control Galway town in order to rule the province of Connaught.
Centuries of conflict erupted as a result. The town of Galway would often
stand against the rest of the County.
Burke Arrives, Flaherty, O’Brien
Once the conflict began, the ‘ferocious O’Flahertys’ (chiefs before the
arrival of the Normans), the Norman DeBurgos and Berminghams, the
ruling O’Connors and O’Kellys, and the O’Briens of Clare would enter
the fray. These are a few of the well known leading families that would
be intertwined in battle.
In the battles involving Galway, there were strange, shifting alliances.
At times the leading Galway Irish families would ally themselves with the
O’Briens of Clare in order to defend themselves from the ruling O’Connors
of Connaught to their east. Sometimes the alliance was exactly the opposite!
As the old Gaelic families began to be replaced, De Burgo (Burke) came
to shelter and protect the crowded town of Galway.
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The Middle Eastern Coptic Church in Ireland, since when !
Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1) Miriam Kerrigan of Melbourne, FL, your Surnames of Ireland
book has shipped !
2) Teresa Caldwell of Long Valley, NJ, Welcome as a new member !
i am searching for William Caldwell born 1815 Ireland married Eliza ?
1837 ireland one daughter mary born 1838 Ireland, after Mary was
born they left for Nova Scotia and then to Phila which is where I
have them documented, i am interested in finding where this family
is from in ireland.
3) Margaret Kerr of Lannon, WI, Welcome as a new member !
4) Patti Wilcox of Grants Pass, OR, welcome as a new member.
Patrick Cunningham b. approx. 1837 Co. Down to Richard, MA
5) Welcome new member Jean Johnson of Sandy, Utah. Searching:
Irish Flanigan and Payton ancestors, research and find and pass
on their stories.
6) Welcome new member Edward Leonard of Jenkintown, PA.
Searching: Michael Leonard came to Ulster County, NY, USA
shortly before 1850. Where did he live in Ireland?
7) Padraig Lynch of Dublin, Ireland your Co. Tyrone genealogy
and family history notes have shipped !
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Sponsors are welcome and needed.
Coming up: The First Irish Woman ever to swim….what ?
Irish Family Name of the Day:
Todays family history in honor of members:
Joseph R. Burke of Odenton, MO. (Burke of Ballinasloe, Galway)
Mary Moffett of Bozeman, MT. (James Paul Burke b. 1887, K.C., MO.)
Possible Related Spellings of the Name
Bourk, Bourke, Burk, de Burgo, Burkett, Burgh, Borque, etc..
Variant Spelling Groups: #192, #193,
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names
History of the Name
One of the 20 most numerous names in Ireland, Burke was one
of the most common names arriving in Ireland as a result of the
12th century invasions.
The earliest and most noted of the Burke/Bourke families in Ireland
descend from William de Burgo who took the place of Strongbow as
chief governor of Ireland. He is often referred to as ‘William the
Conqueror’ by writers.
By the year 1179 large portions of land were granted the ‘de Burgos’
or Burkes in the province of Connacht. They became ‘more Irish than
the Irish themselves’ adopting the Irish way of life. They had chiefs
styled in the Irish fashion and observed the ways of Brehon law.
Galway, Cork and Dublin were centers for the name for centuries.
A century ago the spelling of ‘Bourke’ was centered in Tipperary,
Limerick and Mayo.
(end of sample excerpt)
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) Several of the name are found in the Irish Book of Arms including
Bernard; MacDavie Burke; and Redmond Burke. That source also shows
several illustrations, in black and white an in color, including those for
Burke of Elm Hall, and those of Peter Burke from the end of the 19th century.
A cross is featured prominently, with two lions and a motto.
Coming Up Later in this episode:
Story of the Cape Breton Irish, video part one
The Free Master online index at www.Irishroots.com shows:
Listings for the name numerous times, here are a few examples:
1) In Irish Book of Arms: Vater; Seonin; Thibbot; Richard; Padin…
2) ‘Castle Bourke” in Co. Mayo genealogy and family history notes
3) Bourk of Cahirmoyle in ‘Families of County Limerick, Ireland’.
4) Bourk, James; capt. of Neptune in J5, (journal Amer-Irish hist soc)
5) Ulick Bourk in King James Irish Army List
6) Burke (De Burgh), Burke of Clanrickard -Tribes/Customs of Hy Many
7) Redmond Burke in the ‘Irish Book of Arms’
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) Galway, Ireland Travel Guide Video
2) Liam O Maonlaí – Sadhbh Ní Bhruinneallaigh video
A Great song
3) Story of Irish in Cape Breton video
4) Burke Family Genealogy page
see also our Irish Video Shorts at:
Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today
1) An enclosed order of contemplative nuns is offering a
sample of the contemplative way of life for a monastic
experience weekend. It will happen in Carlow, Ireland.
Obedience, poverty, chastity and enclosure….
2) 1200 year old manuscript in Tipperary links the Christian
church in Ireland to the Middle Eastern Coptic Church.
3) Willie Daly, surviving matchmaker in Clare, interviewed as
Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival begins.
4) Meteorite lands, hides in Ireland Wednesday, worth its
weight in gold
5) Anne Marie Ward first Irishwoman.
Swims the North Channell in nearly 19 hours.
6) Mervyn Kinkead rub a dub dub, he crossed in a motorized tub…
65 year old from Lisburn First to Cross Irish Sea in such a vehicle.
7) French celebrity chef an his famine soup kitchen in Ireland,
gave the starving crowds 6 minutes to eat.
“ A worthless mass of roots and warm water”
…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today.
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