The name Kennedy or O'Kennedy is derived from the Gaelic O'Cinneide, which is itself derived from the original Gaelic form Cean Eidig meaning "rough head." This was the name by which the father of Brian Boru was known, and the name refers specifically to the line of Dunchad, who was one of the sons of Cean Eidig and a brother of Brian Boru. Brian Boru was perhaps the most … [Read more...] about Irish Roots: The Kennedys
By Megan Smolenyak
Now is the time to get all your documents together so that when the time is right to visit Ireland and discover your ancestors you are ready to go.
More and more Irish genealogical sites are now online, including parish records, so you can do the research here, and as soon as you land you can head straight for that place from whence your ancestors … [Read more...] about Finding Your Irish Roots
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Acting legend Liam Neeson is the first to plant a grove of trees to honor his departed family with Irish Heritage Tree. Irish Heritage Tree is for those who wish to remember, give a gift, or celebrate loved ones and their heritage by planting trees on Irish soil in their name. "I am delighted my family are being remembered in such a special way, " said … [Read more...] about Plant Your Family Heritage Tree in Ireland
The Irish Tracey (Tracy, Treacy, Treacey) comes from the historic sept of the Ó Treasaigh; however, the name originally stems from the word treasach, meaning war-like, fighter, more powerful, or superior. Although the surname O’Tracy is rooted in the ancient and noble English family from Saxon ancestry, many of the Anglo-Irish Tracys (Ó Treasaigh) were from County Limerick. … [Read more...] about Roots: O’Treasaigh, Tracy, Tracey, Treacy
The surname Mahoney originally designated the descendants of Mathghamhain, an Irishman of the early 11th century who was killed in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. He was the son of Cian mac Máelmuaid and his wife Sadhbh, who was the daughter of the High King Brian Boru, a member of the Eóganacht Raithlind dynastic line descending from Eoghan Mor, a 2nd-century King of Munster. … [Read more...] about Roots: The Mahoney Clan