Irish Family History and Genealogy

with curious news and notes from Ireland.

From Mike O’Laughlin at

Some of Todays Topics

1) Family of the Day: Flaherty

2) Book and Videos of the week

3) Irish Newspapers Online

4) Irish Records by county going online

5) 9,000 errors in successful Irish book.

6) The Irish in England

7) The Irish help defeat the Moors in 1452

Notes This Week:

What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

Happy St. Patricks Day to everyone across the world !

Seems like we discover more Spanish connections this year

How will I ever get back to the Irish Song and Recitation

podcast ? and the Irish in America Podcast ? I have some

things recorded but not the time to get them in show format.

Hello Fada Irish language show is going strong, as are

Irish Hedge Row History lessons and the Irish Family history

broadcast !


Genealogy/ History Book of the Month:

1) Tribes and Customs of the Hy Many

A Rare historical work "The Tribes and Customs of Hy Many" in Ireland.

This is a scholarly and most respected work from the 19th century, both

the gaelic language version and the English language version are

included in this book, side by side.

Originally pubished by the Irish Archaeological Society in 1843,

from the Book of Lecan, with John O'Donovan as editor.

Both the old gaelic and modern English text of this work are

reproduced complete.

Includes the ancient history of the land and families in this area.

Family History in the book

Includes Notes and Pedigrees on the families of :




Mac Keough,


O' Donnellan,

O' Naughten, and

MulLally or Lally.

Included also are the families anciently descended from

Sodhan, being the families of :

(Mac) Ward,





O'Maigin and


This volume covers the territories of Co. Galway and

County Roscommon, Ireland both historically and genealogically.


Irish Family Name of the Week:


Related Spellings of the Name

Flagherty, Flaheartie, Flaherdy, O’Flaherty, Flahertey, Laffferty

Varient Spelling Groups: 625, 2308, 2297, 626, 1052

From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name

'From the ferocious O'Flahertys - God defend us,' was the motto

displayed in Galway by the enemies of the O'Flaherty clan.

O'Flahertys Castle at Aughnanure near Galway stood as their

stronghold, and its' remains stand today.

In the north, the spellings of Laverty and Laherty are found,

due to a different pronunciation of the same Irish name. In

Donegal the head of the family was known as the 'Lord of Aileach',

and was said to be the 'Tanist' of Tyrone, by the Four Masters.

This family was likely of separate origins from the above.

Clan Flaherty of the swords is also mentioned in Keatings History

of Ireland......

My research has shown a constant feuding between O'Connor,

Burke and O'Flaherty in Galway. The Joyces, formed alliances

with the powerful O'Flaherties...and wasn’t it Grace O’Malley

herself who once married an O’Flahertie ?

copyright 2009, 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) Yes, illustrated arms and description are given in the

Irish Book of Arms for the O’Flaherty family.

What do we see, well, two battling lions, with a hand

cut off at the wrist, and a boat with 8 oars !


The Free Master online index at shows:

Listings for the name over 100 times, here are a few examples:

1) O’Flahertys Castle in the Annals of Ireland by the Four Master

over 20 listings including O’Flaherty dies; O’Flaherty expelled;

O’ Flaherty History; Lord O’Flaherty; and O’Flaherty of Tyrone

2) O’Flaherty of Galway in the book Irish Knighthoods.....

3) O’Flaherty in Irish Settlers on the California Trail

4) O’Flaherty in Missouri Irish

5) In several of our county books including Glaway Kerry and Dublin.

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) Nanook of the North, filmed by Robert Flaherty (1921)

Rare early record of Eskimo on film.

2) Aughnanure Castle, County Galway (video)

Built by the O’Flahertys around 1500 on the shores of Lough Corrib.

3) James Joyce reading from Finnegans Wake (video)

4) Lorca Spain visit (video)

See article below - the town where they celebrate St. Patricks Day !

see also our Irish Video Shorts at:


Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1) Thousands of Irishmen and women died during the famine and

were laid to rest at St. Brigid’s graveyard in Kilteely, Co. Limerick.

2,000 were said to have been buried here in less than a month.

2) 33 men and women left Ireland for Leeds after the war, and are

documented in this book: “Taking the Boat, The Irish in Leeds”

Some 25,000 Irish, mainly from the west of Ireland, now call Leeds

home. Read more about this collection including oral histories:

3) Special St. Pat’s Celebration at Lorca, in Spain, each year to mark

the victorious battle against the Moors in 1452 ! St. Patrick was given

the credit. If you are interested in visiting, they have two Irish pubs and you can contact the Lorca Tourist Office at Tel: 0034 968 441 914 .

4) The well known book ‘Finnegans Wake’ is being re-published

with some 9,000 minor corrections and alterations. Amazing how a

successful work needs to be corrected to be ‘more correct’

gramatically. We wonder how many changes Joyce would approve of.

5) Irish Records Online Research System is being introduced

by the IFHF. The counties going online now with certain records on a pay

per view basis are:

Antrim and Down



Cork North

Dublin North

Dublin South

Fermanagh and Tyrone

Galway East

Galway West










Tipperary North

Tipperary South


6) Irish Newspapers are online, some dating from the 1700’s to present.

You can browse a bit for free, but there is a fee to research during a

24 hour period or greater, etc...

…….So end the notes from the today.


About the Author

Mike O’Laughlin

Mike descends from the O’Loughlins of Kilfenora, County Clare,

and the O’Donahues of Glenflesk, County Kerry. He also bears

Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots.

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