Irish Family History and Genealogy Shownotes. episode 135
From the Irish Roots Cafe at www.Irishroots.com
Among Todays Topics:
1) McKelvey is the Irish Family of the Day
2) The tragedy of Skibbereen, records and famine pits
3) New Yorks Top Ten Irish Places in pics
4) Irish Convicts to New South Wales
5) Golf club wins the right to be ‘mens only’
6) 40 days and 40 nights ?
7) Families that fought alongside Brian Boru, High King
Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:
This Weeks Topics: 1:05
Notes from Mike: 1:57
Podcast /Book of the Month: 6:00
Irish Name of the Day: 12:54
Websites of the Week: 16:35
Curious News and Notes: 20:13
Total Time: 25:02
Notes This Week:
1) Our Hedge School is coming along nicely here. We now have
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2) The newest subject we are adding to the Hedge School
broadcasts and presentations is the Irish Language. We are
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history and fun thrown in……. watch for the first episodes
before the end of the year. You’ll have some fun and history
with the Irish language like never before !
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Book and Podcast of the Month:
1) Audio Excerpt from upcoming Hedge School podcast on
High King Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf.
Who were some of the families supporting our last ‘high king’…
(so to speak)…. ( listen to podcast excerpt )
The Battle of Clontarf
The Eugenians including the Donahues ancestor was there,
The battle was between the Province of Leinster and the Viking
Sitric who held Dubliin against Brian and his supporters.
They also say Gormflaith, a notorious Irish woman, was an
instigator of the battle itself.
Brian marches on Dublin as his son attacks elsewhere. The
battle is on Good Friday. Vikings came in from their many
island strongholds to ally themselves with Sitric.
We cover the details of the battle and the folklore of this era,
including the families that fought beside him.
Some of The Families at Clontarf with Brian
Per the Annals of the Four Masters and Keatings History:
O’Mahoney, O’Donoghue, Lyons, Moriarity, Donovans, Phelan,
MacNamara, Brehons, Kennedy, Hogan, Lonergan, Moroney,
Boland…. and more…
Listen to our Hedge School History sessions podcasts for more
like the above, click here: http://www.irishroots.com/content/view/105/158/
2) Our Book of the Month is ‘The Scottish Macs’, which was an
early modern style work on names that originally began with
Mac or Mc, found in Scotland and Ireland. Found in the link
Mac, Mc, M’, Mak, and O !!!
Many, but not all of the Mac and Mc Names from this book are
listed in alphabetical order at the end of this blog. You’ll even
find Mac changed in a few names to ‘Mak’ as in Makcall for
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Photos of the top ten Irish places in New York, including
some very historical places you have heard of….
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:
Anita McKelvey of Canada
looking for James McKelvey b.1779
Related Spellings of the Name
McKelvy, MacKelvey, Kelvie, McCalvey, McCelvey
McElvee, McElvie, M’Gilvie, Kilvey, McElwee, McElboy
Varient Spelling Groups: 1398
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names) http://www.irishroots.com/id4918.htm
History of the Name
A family traditionally of the North of Ireland, in the old Province
of Ulster. The family may be of Scots or of Irish origins when found
in Ireland, but most are assumed to be Irish. It is most common in Counties Donegal, Derry and Tyrone in our records.
Spellings such as MacIleboy can be found in the census of 1659 in
County Down, and the variant spelling of MacEvoy can be found
used in that county as well. The many different spellings of this
name may account in part for the relatively low numbers of any
single varient of the McKelvey name
Note the inclusion of this family in the book ‘The Scottish Macs’ by Johnston, this weeks book pic.
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) Not given in the Irish Book of Arms.
Coming Up Later in this episode:
The story of the famine and Skibbereen and survivors on film
The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at Irishroots.com finds the family name 12 times
including the following examples :
1) M’Kelvie in ‘The Scottish Macs’
2) McKelvy in Families of County Donegal
3) William and John McKelvey in J27
4) McKelvey in Co. Derry genealogy & family history notes
5) McKelvey in the Birth index of Ireland
6) McKelvey in The Families of County Donegal
7) MacKelvey in Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe
Websites of the Week:
1) New Yorks Top 10 Historical Sites, including Tammany Hall,
St. Patricks Cathedral and The Five Points.
2) Surprising facts about Ireland…..It once rainded 40 days straight..
It is now illegal to be drunk in Ireland, An Irish man founded the
Argentinian Navy, Only two members of U2 are Irish born…etc..
3) Irish Convicts to New South Wales 1788 – 1837
Hat tip to Gould Genealogy on Twitter
4) Skibbereen disaster, Irish Famine Commemoration.
from 6,500 people, less than 1/2 of population survived.
Some died, some left in coffin ships to America, Canada, Australia, England. Also some prison in prison ships…some only spoke Irish.
All records were kept in the local work house, include birth, death,
but they were burnt during a period of troubles…
Many were buried where they lay, some buried with only sawdust
over them, one young boy did not wake until the shovel broke his legs,
there were no coffins, very few spoke of the time in later days….
Curious News and Notes
1) It seems certain words are dying out in the North of Ireland,
and even phrases like ‘wetting the tea’ are dying out. Shipyard
terms and words from the linen industry once popular have
fallen into disuse. Collins dictionaries has carried out a survey
to explore which words are now gone…
2) Ballykinler, Co. Down, Northern Ireland is home base
for many returning from the war in Afghanistan. One groups
six month tour of duty saw the loss of 13 lives and 80 injured.
500 or so recently were awarded medals there.
3) It seems that Cork city has been named one of the top
ten tourist cities in the world by the Lonely Planet folks. Seems
they liked the food, sophistication and ‘youthful’ buzz. It was the
only Irish city to make the list…
4) Portmarnock has won a supreme court case, keeping the right
to have a mens only golf club, by a vote of 3 to 2.
5) Irelands first PhD in Food History has been awarded to
professional chef Mairtin Mac Con Iomaire. He won that honour
with a thesis on the history of Dublin restaurants.
6) 70,000 people recently took to the streets in Dublin protesting
that the wealthy should pay their fare share to avoid all the budget
cuts of late by the government. Organized by the Irish Congress of
Trade Unions, events were also held in Cork, Galway, Limerick,
Waterford, Sligo, Tullamore and Dundalk.
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Here are the Family surnames given in the book entitled:
‘The Scottish Macs’ and Mc’s, more fully described in the
link here: http://www.irishroots.com/id4713.htm
Mac an aba
Mac an baird
Mac an chleirich
Mac an duibh
Book of Deer
Book of Scone
mac ghill Bhrid
Mac ghill Breis
Mac Gilla Brighde
Mac gilla duibh
Mac gilla ruaidh
mac giolla choise
Mac in ghabhann
Mac in maighstir
Mac In uir
Make Gile Reue
Mac n ri
M’ Zewnie …… and so on see the book page for full listing
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