Monday, 27 April 2015

Irish Language Program: Comhaltas North American Convention, 7 – 10 May 2015

a chairde Gaeil,

This is a reminder that the Comhaltas North American Convention is taking place in Parsippany, NJ, in less than 2 weeks (7 – 10 Bealtaine 2015).

We have a very extensive Irish language program which, even in itself, would justify making the trip.  We have 3 excellent Irish language instructors, two of whom are visiting Fulbright professors from Ireland.  We have Irish language classes, a teacher’s workshop, a lecture concerning the Irish language during the Easter Uprising (1916), and a mini “Oireachtas na Gaeilge”.  All of this is in addition to the ordinary convention program of workshops, music, dance, banquet, concert and céilís.  The convention also coincides with the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh.

The Irish language program is available at:



The convention program and registration brochure is available at:



There is a designated Irish language area, “Ionad na Gaeilge”.  This area includes the Morris and Ford boardrooms, which are on the second floor, up the stairs behind the front desk.  Please note that earlier correspondence referred to the “Livingston Boardroom”, but renovation has occurred, and the room names have changed.

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GAEILGE

a chairde Gaeil,

Is nóta cuimhneacháin é seo go reáchtálfar Coinbhinsiún Bliantúil Chomhaltais Mheiriceá Thuaidh i bParsippany, NJ, níos lú ná coicís ón am i láthair (7 – 10 Bealtaine 2015).

Tá clár Gaeilge, atá iontach agus forleathan againn.  Dá réir, is cinnte gurbh fhiú an turas.  Tá 3 múinteoir ardcháilíochta againn, beirt atá ina aoi-ollaimh Fulbright ó Éirinn.  Beidh ranganna Gaeilge ann, ceardlann múinteoirí, léacht faoin Ghaeilge le linn Éirí Amach na Cásca (1916), agus mion-Oireachtas-na-Gaeilge.  Tá sé seo ar fad de bhreis ar ghnáth-chlár an Choinbhisiúin a chlúdaíonn ceardlanna, ceol, damhsa, féasta, ceolchoirm agus céilithe.  Tá sé ag láthair agus am céanna le Fleá an Lár-Atlantaigh. 

Tá an clár Gaeilge le fáil ag:



Tá bróisiúr cláir agus clárúcháin ginearálta le fáil ag:



Beidh “Ionad na Gaeilge” le fáil againn tríd an deireadh seachtaine, agus clúdaíonn an t-ionad an Morris Boardroom agus an Ford Boardroom.  Tá siad ar an dara hurlár, thíos an staighre taobh thiar na deasca tosaigh.  NB: rinne comhfhreagras roimh seo tagairt ar an “Livingston Boardroom”, ach tharla obair athchóirithe ón am sin, agus ath-ainmnigh na seomraí.


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Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh
2526 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 7T1

Freagraí as Gaeilge, le do thoil, oiread agus is féidir.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

McCain's Corner: DNA Match Group & Derbhfine Names

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Thistle Scottish Heritage Festival & Highland Games

 
Enjoy a taste of Scotland at the Iron Thistle Scottish Heritage Festival & Highland Games. There’s something for everyone, Scottish or not. Entertainment includes rousing Celtic bands and pipe bands, Scottish and Irish dance troupes, traditional Scottish heavy athletics and sheep herding demonstrations. Families will also love the Celtic shopping, Scottish and American cuisine, and kids’ crafts and games.
 
Entertainment will include Flowers of Edinburgh, Ravens Three, As the Crow Flies, the Ladymon School of Scottish Dance, All About Irish School of Dance, the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes & Drums, and many more.
 
Make sure to attend on Friday night for a traditional fire ceremony. This exciting reenactment of the gathering of the clans before battle will let all visitors get a taste of the festival before the official opening on Saturday. Admission on Friday night is free.
 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Kerr County, Texas, Celtic Festival, August 15-16, 2015

An excellent Celtic festival in one of the most beautiful spots on earth (though one wonders why they picked August to hold it, i.e. wear Tevas and shorts lads and lassies)



Link: Kerr County, Texas, Celtic Festival

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

COMÓRTAS LITEARTHA: OIREACHTAS GAEILGE CHEANADA

COMÓRTAS LITEARTHA: OIREACHTAS GAEILGE CHEANADA

Spriocdháta Taiscthe: 30 Bealtaine 2015
Glaoch Deireanach

Catagóirí:

Údar Ceanadach
Údar Neamh-Cheanadach
[ábhar ar bith]
[ábhar Ceanadach]
• Aiste
• Aiste
• Aistriúchán
• Aistriúchán
• Ábhar Múinteoireachta
• Ábhar Múinteoireachta
• Dráma
• Dráma
• Eolaíocht
• Eolaíocht
• Filíocht
• Filíocht
• Gearrscéal
• Gearrscéal
• Úrscéal
• Úrscéal

Duaiseanna: Le bronnadh ag Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada, 28 Meitheamh 2015

Tuilleadh Eolais: Aralt, kenny-h@rmc.ca

Suíomh Gréasáin Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada: www.oireachtas.ca



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Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh
2526 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 7T1

Freagraí as Gaeilge, le do thoil, oiread agus is féidir.

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ENGLISH

LITERARY COMPETITION: OIREACHTAS GAEILGE CHEANADA

Submission Deadline: 30 May 2015
Final Call

Categories:

Canadian Authors
Non-Canadian Authors
[Any Topic]
[Canadian Topics]
• Essay
• Essay
• Translation
• Translation
• Teaching Materials
• Teaching Materials
• Drama
• Drama
• Science
• Science
• Poetry
• Poetry
• Short Story
• Short Story
• Novel
• Novel

Awards: To be presented at Awards Ceremony of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada, 28 Meitheamh 2015

Tuilleadh Eolais: Aralt, kenny-h@rmc.ca

Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada website: www.oireachtas.ca

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Scots-Irish: Corn Bread, Scots-Irish Icon

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

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Friday, 3 April 2015

Y-DNA testing... When No Paternal Relative Is Available

Y-DNA test When No Paternal Relative Is Available
A frequent issue in genetic genealogy is the problem of Y chromosome DNA testing when there is no male relative available.  This means a participant does not have any known family member that is a direct paternal descendant of the family line they wish to research via Y-DNA.   This situation does present an obstacle, but one that can be overcome.  Here is how many have done this; you can do the autosomal DNA and use your results to locate a co-lateral line from the paternal line you wish to research.
 
I have done this myself.  I wanted to research the Y-DNA of the family of my father’s mother.  Since the Y-chromosome is only passed from father to son, I could not use my Y-DNA results; I needed a proxy male to test for me from my father’s mother’s father’s family.   I did the autosomal test and located a brother and sister from my father’s mother’s father’s line.  The male from that autosomal match group tested his Y-chromosome; this gave me the Y-DNA data from the line I wanted to research. I could now use his Y-DNA results to research my father’s mother’s father’s family.  This was done with great success.
 
It takes a bit longer and you have to organize the project and get proxy participant to cooperate, but usually they are happy to do it.   

Monday, 30 March 2015

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sunday, 1 March 2015

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Finding the McCains


Finding the McCains






"This is a unique piece of work.  Not only has Barry McCain produced a fine book that is very interesting to McCains--and it is that in spades--but to historians of Irish identity and Irish migration as well.  McCain uses the story of his search for his own Gaelic roots to demonstrate how the intelligent use of DNA helps to fill historical gaps that traditional historical techniques never could.  The results are dramatic and strongly challenge the traditional, nationalist mythologies of Irish historiography."  

---Rankin Sherling, author of The Invisible Irish: Finding Protestants in the Nineteenth-Century Migrations to America (McGill-Queen’s University Press, Fall 2015).




Finding the McCains, is an account of a man’s 40 year odyssey to find the McCain family in Ireland.  Senator John McCain and his cousin, novelist Elizabeth Spencer, both include a short history of the McCain family in their respective memoirs Faith of our Fathers and Landscapes of the Heart.  Their history is a romantic tale of Highland Scots who supported Mary Queen of Scots and who fled to Ireland after her downfall in 1568.  The search for the McCains became a mystery story with clues, false turns, many adventures, and then ultimate success through Y chromosome DNA testing.  In 2008 the McCains were reunited with their family that remained in Ireland, after 289 years of separation.

The McCain history includes people and events familiar to readers of Irish and Scottish history; Redshanks, Iníon Dubh, Mary Queen of Scots, the Earls of Argyll, the Ulster Migration, and the Scots-Irish, are all part of this family’s history.  Faint memories of this past were told for generations in Mississippi and as the research progressed the facts behind these memories were uncovered. 

The Y chromosome DNA results revealed that the McCains of Mississippi, which include Senator John McCain’s family, are the same family of Wallace and Harrison McCain, the founders of Canada’s McCain Foods, one of the most successful corporations in the world.  They are also the same family as James McKeen who organized the 1718 fleet that began the great Ulster Migration to the English Colonies.  All these families are paternally related and they all descend from one Gaelic man named Mac Eáin that lived in Kilmichael Glassary parish, in mid Argyll, in the Scottish Highlands, in the 1400s.

The book tells of the author’s many trips to Ireland in search of his distant cousins there.  There are anecdotal stories, some humorous and others involving “famous” people; such as, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, Mary Coughlan (Irish Tainste or vice president), Cindy McCain (wife of Senator McCain), Seán Mac Stiofáin (1970s head of the IRA) , Alan Heusaff (WW II German officer in Dublin who later became president of the Celtic League), and Muhammad Ali.  There is even an encounter with a Bean Sí (faerie woman) on the windy cold hill of megalithic stone ruins at Loch an Craoibh.  All presented from the perspective of a native Mississippian.

Another theme in the book is the Scots-Irish.  Contemporary histories about the Scots-Irish present stereotyped and romanticized accounts of this dynamic group.  Finding the McCains reveals a more complex history and shows the cultural conflation common in Scots-Irish popular history.

Finding the McCains is an excellent read for all interested in Irish and Scottish history and is an how-to guide for those interested in how-to guide for those who would like to use genetic genealogy to locate their family in the old country and recover lost family history.

To purchase from Amazon: Finding the McCains

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The Scots-Irish: Haplogroup R-S1051 Project

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The Tweedy Family: Tweedys in Scotland and Ireland

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