Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patricks Day!!!

 

Today's the day when the Irish—and people who want to be Irish—celebrate by doing typically Irish things; like drinking green beer, dancing Irish jigs, and going to mass. (?)

My ancestors on my mother's side are (mostly) Irish. My grandfather was a Doherty (O'Doherty). Thats the name at the top of the map in country Donegal. That side of the family came to Canada in 1802 and the Irish blood has been diluted—most notably by American refugees from the Revolutionary War (United Empire Loyalists) (gasp!).

The O'Doherty's are descended from Niall Noigíallach who kidnapped St. Patrick.

My grandmother was a Foster from Fermanagh. That's by the two lakes (Lower Lough Erne and Upper Lough Erne) in the upper central part of the country near the seat of the Maguires. Her family came to Canada in 1865 but both of her parents were Irish so at least 1/4 of my genes are undiluted Irish. I'll drink to that.

We don't talk about the nasty little fact that the Foster's were probably English invaders from the 1600's. As they say, somebody had to civilize the Irish and it might as well have been the English!

One of the reasons why the topic was avoided by my grandparents was because the O'Doherty clan was almost wiped out by the English during the O'Doherty rebellion in 1608 led by Sir Cahir O’Doherty. Some of the survivors had to flee to Skye to avoid being hung. I descend from those refugees.

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  1. On the "topic being avoided": my grandmother was from Dublin. Catholic.

    My grandfather was born in Canada of Irish parents (g-gfather of Swedish extraction, though.) Very Protestant.

    When they married, both families disowned them. End of story. Never to be mentioned more.

    My grandfather never even went to his father's funeral.

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  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day! My maternal grandmother (nee Farrell) came from County Leitrim- right across the border from Fermanagh (where she had some Protestant relatives.) My grandfather was surnamed Cosgrove and came I believe from Mayo (they met in this country.) The Irish half of my father's ancestry were McLaughlins, don't know what part of Ireland they originally hailed from. (The other quarter of me is French Canadian, as you might guess. ;) )

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  3. Hi larry member of the Lynch family here we don't even get a mention on U're map. I know we are not royal. Just thugs.

    Dennis

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