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Irish Family History Show 188
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day: Rowan
2)   Irish CD of the Month:  Irish Song, Dance, Recitation
3)   Searching For: Millard, Phelan, Lowry, Adams
4)   Curious News:  Disease saves Titanic passengers
5)   Web Page of the Month:  Maureen O’Hara
6)   Navy Hero inspires ‘Warship Murphy’ & launching
7)   New Irish site with 4 million records !

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Todays Topics:                    1:00
Notes from Mike:                 2:00
One Minute Podcast:           4:00
CD of the Month:
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
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Notes This Week:
What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

1)  Number 5 of the 6 CD’s in our Irish Masters CD program
is due in this week !  It has songs and commentary, and
notes on Irish dance history in the U.S..  The next and
last to the set will be Irish Genealogy & family history by
yours truly.

2)  In the line-up we also have a CD of Irish recitations for
next season.  Taking applications now from all continents,
if you have a recitation, story or the like memorized.

3)  Here is a note from Ed, looking for info on the name
Staerett. His gr gr grandmother was named Janet b. @ 1848,
and cannot find anything on the name….  I checked the
spelling quickly and saw that the common spellings were
more often Starat(t) and Starett and that shows up in
Donegal in my records.  If you have addtional info, pass it
on !

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
Irish Song and recitation CD

This CD also contains:

– A Nation Once Again   (song)
– Óró, Sé do Bheatha…  (as gaeilge)
– Micheál Mór                 (recitation)
– Danny Boy                    (song)
– Irish Dance History       (commentary)

– Leaving of Limerick        (song)
– Sadhbh Ní  Bhruin…       (as gaeilge)
– Ar Bhruacha Na Laoi  (as gaeilge)
– Over the Mountain      (Sean Nós style)
– A Soldiers Song           (song – Irish and English)

with Peter Reilly Adams:
Peneleapaí:  Michael Collier;  Maria Morton;
Mike O’Laughlin;  Renata Rua

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Coming Up:
These Irish saved from Titanic by what misfortune ?

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

1)  Bernard Keilty of Milford, CT, your Annals of Ireland and the
Irish Book of Arms have shipped !

2) Sharlene A. Flynn of Cedar Rapids, IA welcome as a Gold
Member and your free passenger list has shipped !

3) Rev. Dennis F. Millard, of Douglasville, PA, welcome as a new
member.  My gr grandfather: b. Aug 3, 1855 in N. Ireland, Co.
Antrim. Lived at ‘Bally’ some miles from Ballymena. Looking for
info. I have history on his parents and family.

4) Edward G. Lawrence of Aberdeen, MD, welcome as a new
full member. searching for my gr grandfather William John
Phelan, b. Kings County, Ire., Nov. 5, 1883. I have his WWII
draft card for Boston, MA. Can anyone help ?

5) Shirley Boyd Dwyer welcome as a new member, searching:
Lowry of Carricknahorna; Freeborn of Drumholm; Boyd of Corlave, Fermanagh.

6) Kevin Flood of Jacksonville, FL, Welcome as a new member !

7) Marlene Williams of Santa Clara, UT, welcome as a new
member. Charles Adams b. 1795 and Catherine Mills. Children,
and would like to contact cousins living in Ireland now. Charles
lived and owned business in Hillsbough, Down, Ireland.

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Related Spellings of the Name
Rowane; O’Rowane; Rowantree; Rone; Roane; Ruan; Rowen

Varient Spelling Groups:   #1821, #1819
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
The Rowan family of County Antrim, given in the Irish Book of Arms,
is said to have originated in Scotland. Another branch of the name is
found in Families of Co. Kerry, Ireland after the rebellion of 1641-2.
That line is traced to a George Rowan, and several related generations
are given.
Kerry historian Jeremiah King gave Ua Robhachain as O’Rowan
In Nothern Ireland, Pynnars Survey gives us a Mr. Rowan or Rone,
in the footnotes as well as the text.  His entry involves the
mismanagement of his land, due primarily to his death.

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)  Rowan is given and pictured in the Irish book of arms.  This branch
of the family is given centered in Co. Antrim, Ireland.

Coming Up Later in this episode:
This Irish copyright expires next year…. what song would that be ?
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name 41 times, here are a few examples:

1)  Rowantree in Guide to the Spelling of Irish Family  Names.
2)  Rone as Rowan in: Special Census of Ireland: Pynnars Survey
3)  O’Rowane in Irish Names and Surnames by P. Woulfe
4)   Maj. Rowan in : The Families of County Kerry, Ireland.
5)   Hamilton Rowan in Haverty’s Irish American Almanac.
6)   Rowan in County Mayo Ireland, genealogy & family history notes.
7)   Rowan in The Milesian Families of Ireland

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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)   Rowan Cottage: Inch Island.  Donegal Holiday Cottage.

2)   Rowan Family Genealogy Forum

3) Hero Michael Murphy awarded the Medal of Honour.
Mother christens Warship Murphy.

4) Maureen O’Hara magazine, complete with interview too

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Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  Maureen O’Hara delivered a polite rebuke to the Arts and Culture
minister recently.  The poor minister inferred she was ‘over 90’ years of
age.  She publicly said “ I am not over 90”  “I am 90”

2)  I was surprised when I saw the average take for first communion
in Ireland was 416 Euro.  Not bad for a child……. I think I only got
money from one far away relative and that was about $20…..

3)  Co. Wexford launches new tourism website.  They have been
undersellling themselves it seems….

4)  Postman disappears, 10 people charged with his murder. But body
was never found….

5)  A case of chickenpox saved these Irish from boarding Titantic…

6)  The copyright on the Irish National Anthem expires next year.
It could be replaced…. changes from soldiers to Warriors also suggested

7) New Irish Records Site launch, with 4 million records
including Griffiths Valuation (1847-64), various directories,
and landed estates court records.  It is a pay site.

…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today.
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#18 – Irish Song and Recitation Festival at the Irish Roots Cafe.

Todays Chat and Recite with Michael Collier

Michael has a recitation he first heard in a pub in
west Clare in Ireland, as given by Patrick Lynch there.
It is in an isolated area of Clare, south of Milltown Malbay
near Spanish Point and Quilty.

Michaels ‘Keenan’ family roots hail from the north of
Ireland and his ‘MacNamara’ roots come from County
Clare. The recitation has a few Irish language words in it,
but it is not necessary to know the Irish words to
understand the recittaion.  Michael first heard the recitation
in the 1980’s and surmises it is a creation of the latter half
of the 20th century.  It is only a page and a half.  Author
anonymous for now. You’ll have to listen in to the podcast
to get the full poetic impact when recited.
Here is one version of the recitation of the day:

Mícheál Mór
Now follows a bi lingual tale
which is a sad, seductive scéal
concerning lust, without discretion
Agus beagneach rudai eile freisin.

Uair amháin – fadó, fadó,
On a little farm near Carraroe,
Lived buachaill maith named Mícheál mór.
An only son of thirty four.

When work was done at end of day
He’d settle down with cupán tae
And seldom felt he’d time to stroll
Or spend the evening time ag ól,
His intellectual needs were drawn
From books like Peig and Iosagán.

So it was, bliain in, bliain out
Our Mícheál hadn’t moved about.
Oh, He dreamt of cailíns – most men do-
But had never sinned, an dtuigeann tú ?
Meanwhile – up in Átha Cliath –
a cailín deas had a bright idea
When laethanta saoire time came by
decided she would like to try
áit beag, ciúin, like Carraroe.
No foreign food – not far to go
There to meet the native clan
Agus b’fhéidir, find yourself a man.

This cailín deas with eyes so blue
Was known in town as City Sue.
The lusty buachaillí came crawling
And all agreed she was go h-álainn.
She left her men in states of shock
Oh Mícheál Mór – bí cúramach !
This scarlet woman knows each trick
She’s heading west – beware a mhic !
The light shone in the Parish Hall
For the local Fáinne-wearers Ball.
Bhí Mícheál ann….. Bhí Susie ann….

Dressed in a most revealing gown.
Our brave Cuchulainn of the West
His hurling medals across his chest
Exclaimed – when City Sue came in;
“In ainm Dé ! – well féach ar sin !”
Though nervous – still – he’d take a chance
“Céad Míle Fáilte – will you dance ?”
Go luath, on the floor they strut
Cheek to cheek – from head to foot.
She whispered into Mícheál’s ear:
“Éist liom now, let’s disappear,
We’ll use my place, – the door’s unlocked,
You’ll stay the night – in Seomra a h-ocht”.

Chríost ! Mícheál’s ceann was in a spin,
Ní raibh se thinking thoughts mar sin !
He blessed himself – this Jezebel
Would surely draw his soul to Hell.
He stood aghast – could hardly stutter
So off he bolted – ar a rothar
And straight abhaile – into bed
and decades of the rosary said.
Mícheál Mór still sleeps alone
In his leaba bheag – Ochón Ochón !
He often dreams of Seomra a h-ocht ….
What might have been, Oh Mícheál bocht !

Irish Explained

We discuss a bit about the Irish words used
in this recitation, and Irish language in
Ireland.  Michael Collier has agreed to return
next week for more !

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