Author Archives: BrendO

About BrendO

Musician in Canberra Australia

Tracing your DNA?

Have you been enticed into the fascinating world of tracing your DNA, wondering about the origin of your distant forebears, hoping to discover distant relatives? One of our North American editors, Jane, raised the issue in a recent post. Comments … Continue reading

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From Choctaws to the world

While there may be no direct link to our Clan, some clan members may have benefited from an unusual act of kindness during the 19th century. A donation from the Choctaw Nation of Native Americans to alleviate the hardship of … Continue reading

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The magic of the Burren

First captivated by the Burren in the early 1970s, Gordon D’Arcy has spent over thirty years living on its edge and exploring its remarkable natural heritage and rich human history. Now he celebrates the flora, the fauna, the people and … Continue reading

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Season’s greetings

Your regional editors wish readers a very happy and blessed Christmas holiday and New Year 2017. Times are sometimes uncertain and turbulent, like the wild Atlantic weather sweeping over the Cliffs of Moher and the outcrops of the Burren. Politics, … Continue reading

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The woman of Ballybur

From Patrick Comerford: “For generations, Ballybur Castle near Cuffesgrange, was the principal seat of the Comerford family in Co Kilkenny. This castle, which stands to the east of the road between Kilkenny City and Callan, was lost by my branch … Continue reading

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

Your editorial team wish all readers a delightful and happy St Patrick’s Day. There will be the wearing of the green in every corner of the world where an Irish heritage, culture or connection is savoured and celebrated — I … Continue reading

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Paintings and parliaments

Two Clan members have made the news recently. Our Canadian Editor, Katherine Lochnan A major exhibition organised by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Musée d’Orsay breaks new art historical ground by exploring the mystical experience in nature Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces … Continue reading

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More on Easter 1916

Recalling history from a century ago, Edward writes from Ireland regarding Colm Ó Lochlainn (1892 – 26 June 1972). A wikipedia.org entry tells us Colm was ” … a printer, typographer, collector of Irish ballads and traditional Irish Uilleann piper. He was … Continue reading

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Susan’s snippets

An tantalisingly brief entry on Susan OLoghlen (1820-1880) has been added to the People in Ireland page. It reads: Susan OLoghlen (1820-1880), daughter to Sir Michael (1789-1842), attended school at New Hall, Ennis, County Clare and received various school distinctions, c 1834. She … Continue reading

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The Easter rising

The Easter Rising in 1916 was a precursor to the conflict that led to the separation of the Republic of Ireland from the United Kingdom in December 1921. The note below from the Clare Library archives: Republicans interned in Mountjoy and … Continue reading

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