Barony Map

of County

Clare, Ireland

Shownotes 199 from

Audio podcast version now posted at:

Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1) Family of the Day: Leahy

2) Irish Families Project for: Co. Clare

3) Searching For:Mortimer, Northcote, Walters, Riley

4) Curious : Torpey making Hurleys, ‘sticks’ that is.

5) Web Page of the Month: Google search tips Video

6) Curious Note: Irish Ghost Convention in County....

7) One minute podcast: my search in Co. Clare

8) Ryan families in Australia


Our Enhanced Irish Family History podcast with photos and

links can be found at:


Notes This Week:

New contacts on the web for the Irish Roots Cafe

1) Irish Roots Cafe YouTube Channel genealogy videos:

2) Facebook

New Main FB page:

New FB song page:

FB Hedge School:

3) iTunes Irish Roots Podcast Provider Page:

4) “County Tyrone, Ireland, Genealogy and Family History

notes”, our most recent upgrade with a full color, detailed

19th century map ! Here is the link for Tyrone researchers:

5) Coming up later this month, will be our series on the

Irish Collections and Irish Studies at KU in Lawrence

along with in person interviews. Lots of surprising things

there to be sure.... and our 200th Irish family

podcast, and that’s just one of our 7 podcast feeds.


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:

Our Irish Genealogy CD, or maybe I will just wing it with

impromptu comments on my research experiences in

County Clare, like:

Visiting all the elders named O’Loughlin.

B&B of the name, calling ahead.

Spelling and Pronunciation of the name.

Local Historians Spillane, Nacy Cleary.

Viewing original parish record book in the church (Fr. Vaughan)

in Kilfenora and D. Spillane in Glenflesk.

Country music in the streets.

Old books with genealogies, Frost and White, a chilling subject.


( The Irish Genealogy CD now available free to renewing

gold m

embers, just drop me an email.)


From The Irish Families Project

County Clare, Ireland, Book Review(s) of the Month:

1) The Families of County Clare, Ireland.

(hardbound). contents page (see above)

Containing hundreds of Irish Families not

found in our other works. A brief excerpt:

From the introduction

We have early records of Viking raids from

Scandinavia which included landings at

Galway Bay on the north of Clare and up

the Shannon River into Limerick in the south.


When the new geographical division called 'Co. Clare' was

formed in 1565, it would hold most of the territory earlier

known as Thomand. In earlier times the territory of Thomand

was larger than Co. Clare, containing major parts of Co.

Limerick and Co. Tipperary, running to the borders of

Kilkenny and Queens County. The exact boundaries were

somewhat flexible, rising and falling with the fortunes of the

families of Thomand.


Co. Clare is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west,

and by Lough Derg and the Shannon river on the east

and south.

It is thus separated from Tipperary, Limerick and Kerry.

These natural barriers would become a part of the reason

Clare remained independent for so long. They also give Clare

a flavor of its own.

It is not surprising to find links between the families of

Limerick, Tipperary and Clare. Because of the close

geography and because of a shared history within the

kingdom of Thomand. In the 17th century we find Irish

from all over Ireland 'invited' into Clare. For example,

dispossessed Irish in nearby Co. Kerry were given

rights to settle in the barony of the Burren in Co. Clare.

(see map in book for examples).

2) Co. Clare, Ireland, Genealogy & Family History Notes.

Our spiral bound, county research book. This is not a

gigantic compilation of history on specific families, but

rather it is set up to help research any family within the

borders of Co. Clare.

3) The Book of Irish Families, great & small.

with hundreds of families from County , Ireland.

Master volume to the set, including index to all volumes,

and thousands of family histories throughout Ireland.


Three Things to Remember:

Our Podcast (a radio show on the net, available 24/7.

Our Blog reader, where a computer voice reads the blog.

Our Blog itself, which can be read any time night or day ! _______________________________________________________

Coming Up:

Who’s attending & where is the Irish ghost convention ?


Raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and ask for help !

Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1) Welcome new member Christine Faltz of Merrick, NY,

Ancestors who escaped to New York from the famine !

2) Jennifer Cipriani of Lexington, MA, your County

Roscommon book has shipped !

3) David Mortimer of Christchurch, UK, welcome as a

new member searching the Mortimer family.

4) Linda Drake of Hyannis, MA, your ‘Families of

County Cork” book has shipped !

5) Welcome member Ms. Maria Northcote of New

South Wales, searching: Northcote Walters Riley

Lysaght Hickey

6) Welcome new member Jean-Robert Passemard

of France

7) Arnold E. Rolfsrud of Allyn, WA, your County

Donegal genealogy and family history notes...

has shipped !

Check out our online search list at:


Irish Family Name of the Day:


Todays family history in honor of :

Frog Haven, Queensland, Australia

My family has two Irish branches: my maternal

grfather: Patrick Leahy and my paternal....

Related Spellings of the Name

Leehey, Lahy, O’Leahey, Lehy, Lahey...

Varient Spelling Groups: #1079, 2477,

The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

Notes the Name

The family name seems to be centered in County Cork in

many of our records, and it is found as a prinicpal name

in Cork City in the 1659 Irish ‘Census’. As would be

expected the Provinceof Munster holds most of the name.

copyright 2010, IGF, based in part upon

The Book of Irish Families, great and small

Irish Family Arms From the Irish Book of Arms

A Brief search in that work shows:

1) Leahy of County Kerry is given in both editions.

A Lion on the crest and on the shield, surely noble !

Oh, and a motto as well.... not found on all arms....


The Free Master online index at shows:

Listings for the name ‘Leahy’ 39 times, here are a few:

1) in the ‘Families of County Cork, Ireland’, numerous times.

2) O’Leahy in our ‘Irish Genealogies’ book.

3) in the Irish Book of Arms, 1st and 2nd edition

4) ‘Surnames of Ireland’ with 200 surname maps by Kneafsey.

5) Col. A. Leahy; John W. Leahy; Mary Leahy; Leahy-White

family; and Leahy coat of arms “The Families of County

Kerry, Ireland.”

6) Daniel Leahy: ‘Irish Families on the California Trali’ &

‘Missouri Irish’

7) OLeahy in the Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters.

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) Leahy Wedding Day Jig

(video with Natalie MacMaster)

2) World Ghost Convention Song, for the first time ever

3) Torpey Hurleys in County Clare.

The hurley making process.

4) Leahy Family genealogy forum (web page)

5) Irish Roots Cafe Genealogy Video Shorts at:


Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1) New list of 18th century people in the Limerick

Workhouse. Book entitled “Pauper Limerick” ....

1774-1793. From the Irish Manuscripts Commission.

2,747 people admitted. Most of these folks came

from Limerick and surrounding counties of Clare,

Tipperary, Cork...

ISBN: 978-1-906865-10-8, PP: xxxvi+109 ,

Cover: Hardback Price: €45.00

2) Interesting Obituary on Sean O Riada (John Reidy)

born in Cork, 1931, to parents from Cork and Clare.

Traditional Irish Music enthusiast.

3) The World Ghost Convention is set for Oct. 29th

in Cork City, Ireland.

4) Check out the Clan Ryan of Australia and

website bringing all Ryans of Australia together !

5) TalkIrish. The easiest way I’ve seen to learn Irish,

with pictures online. And the cost is not bad at all,

with a 30 day guarantee. About $10 monthly. Now

I need to find the time....

6) Reminding you of Irish Catholic parish records on

Did someone say they have 40 million records now ?

7) Search tips for finding your family on

Google search engine !

…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today.

You can see the entire series at


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.

A one of a kind resource, he is the most published

author in his field, including books; newsletters;

podcasts; and videos.

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