Monday, 28 June 2010

Conradh na Gaeilge Meeting in Gaoth Dobhair

Beidh Tionól Gaeltachta Chonradh na Gaeilge i nGaoth Dobhair ón 1-4 Iúil. Is féidir an clár a fheiceáil anseo -;

Beidh seiminear gearr (i bpáirt le Guth na Gaeltachta) dar teidéal 'Ceard is Gaeltacht sa 21ú Aois?' in Ostán Ghaoth Dobhair oíche Shatharn (3 Iúil) ag 8.30i.n. Beidh oíche cheoil ina dhiaidh ag tosnú ag 10i.n.. Bigí linn!

Ní neart go cur le chéile.

Le meas,

Éamonn Mac Niallais
Guth na Gaeltachta
087 6387468;WWW.GUTHNAG.COM

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Portballintrae Sunset

Portballintrae Sunset by Nevin Taggart

A photo from the gifted camera of north Antrim, historian, writer, and photographer, Nevin Taggart. Taken recently, perhaps today in fact. Maith thú Nevin.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Ciaran Kelly, Ciaran Curran and Dick Glasgow

Some music for the summer; Ciaran Kelly, Ciaran Curran, and Dick Glasgow. Dick Glasgow's blog site is in our 'Ulster Links' make sure you visit it for the best in Antrim music.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Graeme McDowell Wins US Open!

right, Graeme McDowell's moment of victory

The Ulster Heritage Project sends out a hearty congratulations to Graeme McDowell on his prestigous victory at the US Open. McDowell was born in Portrush, Northern Ireland. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, he won the Haskins Award for most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States.

The Portrush native shot a 3-over-par 74 Sunday for a one-shot win over Frenchman Gregory Havret at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. McDowell, 30, finished four rounds at the legendarily difficult course with an even-par 284 and needed only to par the final hole to finish one stroke ahead of Havret, who shot a 72 and finished in sole possession of second place at 1-over 285.

With the victory, McDowell became the first Irishman to win a U.S. Open in 40 years and notched his first major championship.

Many of golf's biggest names participated in the tournament Sunday, and McDowell benefited from their misfortunes. Ernie Els (73) ended in third place at 2-over 286 after collapsing down the stretch, playing his final nine holes at five-over par. Phil Mickelson (73) and Tiger Woods (75) ended in a fourth-place tie one stroke further back at 3-over. They combined for nine bogeys Sunday.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

DNA Test Summer Sale

The Family Tree lab that the Ulster Heritage DNA Project uses, is running a summer sale with substantial discounts on the test kits. Right now it is possible to purchase the 37 marker test kit for only $119. That is an amazing bargain and gives a participant enough DNA markers to really advance family research and genealogy.

Visit the Ulster Heritage DNA page on the main website and follow the menu on the left for more details.

Ó Brolaigh History

The ancient origins of the Ó Brólaigh sept are examined in a articles by Edgar M Bralley. The article is found on the main Ulster Heritage Website in the History section. The Ó Brólaigh family is native to County Derry and the name has been anglicised as Broly, Brolly, and Brawley.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Royals Visit north Antrim and Rathlin Island

One of the better Northern Irish bloggers is of course Nevin Taggart, he has posted a photo collection of the recent visit by members of the Royal family to north Antrim and Rathlin. Nevin's blog is the North Antrim Local Interest List. Link below to his excellent photo spread on the visit.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Elder Family Tree DNA Blog

The Elder family has launched a DNA blog to help the many Elder families in the Diaspora keep up with their DNA project. The Elder DNA Project is headed up by Nancy Elder-Petersen. Elder families are found across Ulster; in many cases the surname was taken by a man that was an actual 'elder' of a church congregation. It is possible to find the earlier surname of an 'elder' family when DNA matches locate the name. Visit the Elder Family Tree DNA Blog at the link below:

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Ulster DNA Test Sale

The lab that we use at the Ulster Heritage DNA Project has announced a substantial summer sale; so lads and lassies, if you have ever wanted to participate in the DNA Project, now is a Very Good Time to do so.


Last summer we offered a pricing special that was the most successful offering of its type in our company history. Project administrators got behind the recruitment efforts and for those that did, their projects grew and our database grew, so we'd like to offer a summer special again.

Here are the details:

Bullet Y-DNA37 for $119 (Regular price would be $149)
Bullet Y-DNA67 for $199 (Regular price would be $239)
Bullet Y-DNA37+mtDNA for $159 (Combined test would cost $238)

Bypass the Y-DNA12 and Y-DNA25, and get the best Genealogy tests on the market!

The promotion will start June 5 and will end June 25. Kits need to be paid for by June 30, 2010.

Friday, 4 June 2010

1901 and 1911 Irish Census On Line

The household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, which are in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland, represent an extremely valuable part of the Irish national heritage. The website is very user friendly, we urge all the participants of the Ulster Heritage DNA Project to take advantage of this research opportunity.

To view and search the 1901 and 1911 Irish census visit this page:

National Archives Census of Ireland

Irish Festival in Miramichi, New Brunswick

Immerse yourself in Irish culture by signing up for a workshop or cultural activity while you attend the festival. Learn to play the Irish whistle, do research into your family's history, or enter a contest to display your Irish heritage.

Noted scholars, authors, genealogists and musicians make our workshops an unforgettable part of the week's festivities.

For complete details visit this link: Canada's Irish Festival in Miramichi

Vendor Booths
Outstanding merchandise will be found in the booths in the Lord Beaverbrook Arena throughout the weekend. Displays include; Celtic crafts and jewelry, Atlantic Pewter - jewelry with their Celtic designs and glass with pewter designs, Irish Family crested garments, Irish Family pins; Imported cheeses; Airbrush Tattoo artists; Irish paintings; Celtic gold & silver jewellery, home sewing crafts, quilts, pillows, bibs, placemats and more!
Miramichi Irish Festival St. Thomas University Alumni Gathering
To be announced.

Please r.s.v.p. at or 506-452-0521
Cultural Events
Irish Fiddle Competition
Winner of 2008 Irish Fiddle Competition, Kathleen Gorley-McSorley, Frederiction.
At the 24th Irish festival, an Irish-made fiddle, a gift from the Inishowen Traditional Music Project, County Donnegal, Ireland was presented to both the Miramichi Irish Festival and the New Brunswick Irish Canadian Cultural Association. An annual competition to have the use of this fiddle will be held during the Irish festival.The winner of the competition will have the privilege of having the use of the fiddle for a period of one year. Competition for the use of the Inishowen-New Brunswick fiddle is intended to encourage young promising New Brunswick musicians aged 13-19 to continue to play traditional Irish music in New Brunswick. Competition forms are available at the Irish Festival Office 778-8810.

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick will continue its annual tradition, inaugurated by Marian Beyea, the Provincial Archivist, and staff members, Denis Noel and Allen Doiron, in assisting the attendees who wish to research their Irish roots and New Brunswick heritage. The Archives will have census records, land grants information, historical photos and other research documents, which will be of interest to both the novice and experienced researcher.

A special digital film archive will be launched as part of the Provincial Archives exhibit. The North West Digital Film Archive created by Derry City Council’s Heritage & Museum Service, the Donegal Regional Cultural Center, Donegal County Museum & Archives and the Nerve Center will be available.

The EU Program funded the project for Peace and Reconciliation. It is a unique digital collection of materials from Counties Derry and Donegal. It is a collection of almost 100 hours of searchable material.

An on-line presentation by The Irish Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick of everything Irish in New Brunswick “ The Virtual Trail of New Brunswick “ will also be available for viewing.

For more information on their services, visit the website at:

Miramichi Branch of New Brunswick Genealogical Society
Miramichi Branch of New Brunswick Genealogical Society will be on hand to help you search your family tree. Focussing on Northumberland County using the Census for the years 1851, 1861, & 1871. We have complete cemetery transcriptions for most parishes in the County. Visit us at NBCC.