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Irish Language / Re: an aimsir
« on: Thursday 25 November 21 15:36 GMT (UK)  »
 Garbh-shíon na gCuach....  " rough-weather (period) of the cuckoos"......literally ~     
    a bad spell that comes between Winter and Spring.

  ['S' at the beginning  a bit of   'Is'  (=It is) or the conjunction 'agus' (and)]   

Irish Language / Re: leac uaighe
« on: Tuesday 25 August 20 20:36 BST (UK)  »
Not a reply, but a correction by myself.   I used ' O'Looney ' as an English version/translation for the surname, without studying the top of the memorial !  More common in the north of Ireland as an English version of the old Irish name is ' O'Loan '. (Some Irish names have several versions, when it comes to translating/and historical use).

Irish Language / Re: leac uaighe
« on: Wednesday 22 July 20 03:47 BST (UK)  »
May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on the soul of Henry [O'Looney] who died 2nd April 1901.... and Sybil Carey[Ní Chiardha]his wife who died on 26th March 1901....and on the soul of his son Henry junior [O'Looney] M.E., solicitor/lawyer [fear dlí] who died 27th July 1898.
And on the soul of Fr. Dónal [O'Looney] D.D., the oldest son, who died 15th November 1911,
who was a professor in Maynooth College for fifteen years.... and on the soul of Fr Cathal[Charles]
[O'Looney] S.P., who erected this tombstone, and who died 30th October 1935. 

Ireland / Re: Change of Terms at
« on: Friday 15 June 12 21:58 BST (UK)  »
Glad to see I'm not alone in avoiding/boycotting rootsireland/IFHF....A few years ago I joined on the strength of their advert, which then proclaimed(with bad English) that you could search umpteen millions of records "for free"....which was not true, because if you didn't make a purchase within a few hundred they would cut you off.
   They have copies of many (not all, by any means) records which CAN be found elsewhere ~ and nobody minds paying reasonable fees.
   Claiming their 'system' is "not-for-profit" does not alter the fact that it's another classic bit of rip-off Ireland.

Canada Lookup Requests Completed / Re: William Nelson Brown
« on: Monday 26 September 11 21:54 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, Deb ~ sending longer reply as a Personal Message.

Offaly (Kings) / Re: Blong in Ireland
« on: Monday 07 December 09 19:19 GMT (UK)  »
There were Blongs in or around the Edenderry area between 1900 and 1950s - maybe still.   I remember an older family member from there mentioning the unusual name.  I thought it must have been  Blanc originally, and in local/Irish  pronunciation just lost the final 'c' .......?
  Just looked it up : the name  IS  still ther, in the phonebook.

Offaly (Kings) / Re: McDonald in Offaly
« on: Monday 13 April 09 01:47 BST (UK)  »
Tom ~
          Thank you for such a prompt reply.  My McDonalds  were around  the Rogerstown/Monasteroris area, and the Hacketts were in Monasteroris....but it's quite possible they were originally from some other townland......The WW1 connection is a total unknown, but possible.  Further searching necessary.    Thanks again for your help...keep up that 'lurking around' the archives !

Offaly (Kings) / McDonald in Offaly
« on: Friday 10 April 09 20:46 BST (UK)  »
McDonald/Hackett and McDonald /Lenehan......any info on these related families in Co. Offaly, 1800s to present.

Offaly (Kings) / Re: Knocknagalla
« on: Thursday 12 June 08 23:15 BST (UK)  »
I'm afraid  family history has been very much on the back-burner in recent months. I did have a bash at Laois, but no luck ....Knocknagalla will have to wait for another time.
   Thanks again.

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