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Family Tree Charts… (not really)
Well, it’s a little bit more than that if you
are truly tracing your family heritage.
Todays blog covers our informal ‘school’
of music here, which grew out of our
genealogy programs.

Who were your ancestors?
How did they entertain themselves,
and how did they sing ? This is
before the coming of Danny Boy,
and the Irish National Anthem.

Sean Nós
Sean Nós is not a persons name,
nor is it the leader of our band.
Sean Nós means ‘old style’ in the
Irish language. It often refers to
ways of song and dance from the
old days, before the conquest of
Ireland, say in the 1600’s.

In Irish
In its pure form, Sean Nós song
is sung in the old language, which
is Irish, of course. It is also sung
in the old way, which means it is
not an English ballad with Irish words..
It has a feel all of its own. This was
the way your ancestors might have
sung, or what they might have listened
It is usually sung solo, in a raw format,
with great latitude given to the singer.
As you might figure, different areas of
the country sang the same song – but

Our Efforts
Here is where we are, in sort of a year
end report on our efforts to understand
our forefathers way of song !

1) On You Tube
(This Link includes our genealogy shows too.)
We have some basic practice songs on
YouTube in very rough form including
more modern tunes. ( user ID: mickthebridge)
(This Link includes our genealogy shows too.)

2) Click here for our band on Reverbnation.
We are 7th in the U.S. and 14th in the world
in the ‘Celtic’ category (somehow!).
We include many Irish language songs, some
done in the old style, hence our name is:
Sean Nós Abu ! Do click the fan buttons if you like….
and we are available for performances and some
information on each band member is included.

3) Click here for our Song and Recitation Podcast
We have several seasons complete, including
old songs all the way up to Tin Pan Alley tunes,
all for free !

4) Click Here for our Sean Nós band page monthly notes, in progress.

5) Our Irish Song and Recitation Hedge School CD set
It is sort of a ‘best of’ compilation of our songs
over the last few years, including Sean Nós.

6) On Facebook
Our Facebook Song Page is Sean Nós Abu !
Please click above and do stop by an check
it out or ‘like it’.

7) Our first book on Irish Song and
Songwriters, along with many lyrics and
some of the background to the songs,
click above to open a link to its page.

Thank You
I appreciate all your help, and wanted
to share with you, some of the unexpected
benefits of tracing your family heritage…
The song links above are all free !
(memberships appreciated)

p.s. Our band page at Reverbnation is below:


  New Irish Language Song, Sean Nós group
  We have singers who specialize in Sean Nós Song,
  as well Irish Ballads in the English Language.
  Check out our band page on Reverbnation
  by clicking the picture on the left !

   Our ‘band’ name is set up as ‘Sean Nós Abu’
   Sean Nós means ‘old style’. Abu is a war cry !
   Listen to hedge school songs for free.

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It’s the Irish Family History show #208
Shownotes from

“When I was a young lad, of 7 or so, with me
turf and me primer to school I did go, we
went to a school house without any door…..”

Show #208 Today at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)  Name of the Day: O’Brien
2)  Searching for: Green, McDonnell,
3)  Web Page:  Clare County Library Sources
4)  Books of the Month: County Clare genealogy
5)  Video of the Day: Cliffs of Moher
6)  Curious News: New Titantic Tickets sold out
7)  Note: Irish Community Archive Network

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1- Todays Topics
2- This Week at the Cafe
3- Books of the Month
4- The Magnificent Seven
5- Irish Family Name of the Day
6- Curious News, Notes and Videos

Total Audio Time: 25:50

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This week at the Cafe:

1)  We are now forming a group of Irish language
Sean Nós singers, as well as singers of Irish ballads!
Here is our new Irish ‘band’ page at reverbnation:
Click the link above and like our page please !!

2) Correcting our County Kilkenny genealogy book:
Printers scanning error left some of the already
aging pages nearly blank, so its back to the
presses for that one that had just been rerun !
If you ordered directly from me in the last month
or so let me know and I can send you those pages
by mail.
Coming Up:
Would you take a trip on the titanic today ?
and… how much would you pay !

#1 in Irish genealogy books, videos & broadcasts !
Books of the Month:

1) Families of County Clare, Ireland.
Hardbound collection of family histories.

2) Genealogy and Family History of County Clare
Spiral bound aid for research in County Clare.
( with color map now added ! )

3) My other favorites are: ‘Houses of Clare”;
and Histories of Clare by Frost; and by White.
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Todays Magnificent 7 Members

1. Bernadette Sanders of Machaisport, ME
your Families of  Co. Donegal have shipped !

2. David Bessert of Roselle, IL. your Co. Donegal
genealogy and family history notes have shipped !

3.  Sharon Stites, of Naples, Florida.
Welcome as a full member!
Search for birth record of John Joseph Green
in Co. Clare, townland Ballycotteen North. 1901
census show b. 1892 but can find no record that
year, just 1894.

4. Rebecca M. Burke of East Falmouth, MA, your
County Cavan & Leitrim, Ireland book shipped !

5. Colleen Henry of Etobiocoke, Canada welcome
as a new member, your Donegal books have shipped !

6. George McDonnell your Missouri Irish book shipped!

7. James Blocker of Greenville, N. Carolina, your
Families of County Clare have shipped !
Thanks to all of our members – without you our
Books, Blogs and Broadcasts would not be at all !

The Ancient Family Song
“Three weeks ago last Tuesday I left me home in
Cork, to find me uncle Tom O’Brien
livin’ in New York.”

Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of :
Thomas J. O’Brien of Hamden, CT.

Related Spellings of the Name:
Bryan, Brian, O’Bryan, O’Brian, Briene, Breen,
Brine, Brion…

Varient Spelling Groups: #153; 176; 1233; 1642; 2118
‘Guide to Various Spellings of Irish Family Names’

History of the Name
(from ‘Families of County Clare’ Ireland)
Most of us know about O’Briens Tower there in
County Clare, right on the Cliffs of Moher, ( and one
day that cliff will eventually chip off and leave the
tower no more !) Here is a sample of info from
my Families of Clare book:

Kings of Thomand ?
“The O’Briens were the ruling family of Thomand
(which included Co. Clare).  from the time of the
first of the name, Brian Boru.  First among the
Dalcassions families of Co. Clare, they retained
power as such until exchanging the title of ‘King
of Thomand’ for the English title ‘Earl of Thomand’
in 1543.

Seat of the O’Briens
In Drumcliff Parish, Clonroad became the principal
seat of the O’Briens around 1200 a.d. when they
built a circular earthen fort there.  About the year
1240, Donogh Cairbreach O’Brien built a beautiful
monastery for conventual Franciscan friars at Ennis…..”
(this is continued on in the book.)

Assuming more powers
By the way, I have a copy of the legal agreement
where The OLoglins of Clare signed away their rights
to the O’Brien of Clare, back in the 17th century.
I’ll bet ya it should be ‘O’Loughlins Tower’ instead
of O’Briens, but enough said…. .

copyright 2011, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small
or Surnames of Ireland by Kneafsey at:

Irish Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms
A Brief search of the above work shows:

1) Four illustrations of arms for O’Brien, including
those of Counties, Clare, Limerick, and Thomand.
Irish Hedge School Courses now on CD:
Free Master online index at
Shows the name (149) numerous times, including:

1)  O’Briens in the Colony of Georgia (J-14)
2)  O’Briens Country in ‘Families of Co. Clare, Ireland.’
3)  Billy O’Brien and numerous others in in
“ Irish Families on the California Trail.”
4)  O’Brien Burial Place in Annals of Ireland by 4 Masters
5)  Owen O’Brien in Co. Clare genealogy & family history…
6)  M. O’Brien in Pynnars Survey (Special Census…)
7)  D. O’Brien in ‘Missouri Irish’ book

Free index to search for your family name:
(Leave off Mac or O when typing in your name.)

Curious News and Notes from around the world:
( Links to each item below are found on our blog)

1) Video of the Day. O’Briens Tower, Cliffs of Moher

2) This Video has some Original Titanic Video shots:

3) Story: – The Broke O’Briens make eBay money ?
First sell the TV !

4) Genealogy at the Clare County, Ireland, Library !
Genealogy & Family History
Literature & Song
Places and Placenames

5) Clare Heritage and Genealogy Centre
“County Clare, situated on the west coast of Ireland in
the province of Munster suffered greatly from
emigration over the last two hundred years. Between
the years 1850 and 1880 an estimated 112,000 people
emigrated from Co. Clare. By comparison the present
population stands at just under 90,000.”

6) 35,000 order Titanic centre tickets in Belfast
Titanics 100th Anniversary also spawns a new
Titanic Memorial Cruise up to $9,000 per ticket ?

7) Irish Community Archive Network
Showcasing local history from across the island of Ireland

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