Thursday, 30 June 2011

Prehistoric BBQ Leftovers Found

Circa 4,000 BC our ancestors hunted aurochs, a type of early cattle, and grilled them up. Excellent article, and btw, we liked ribs also back then.   Link to story below.


Pre Historic barbecue

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Canadian Headstone Project Update – Now a Non-profit Corporation

The following announcement was written by James A. McKane of the Canadian Headstones Photo Project:
The mission of this project is to capture digital images and the complete transcription of  headstones of our ancestors. As decades pass, it is becoming harder - if not impossible - to read the inscriptions these stones originally contained. By archiving the images and transcriptions, these important records are saved.
As such, last year our concern became the longevity of the project and website.  There are many websites which archive cemetery photographs and other valuable genealogical information; however, virtually all of them are under the control and ownership of one person. This leads to the strong possibility that all the records and hard work by many volunteers will disappear into cyberspace upon the owner's death or serious illness.
Last fall, to combat this concern, we incorporated as a Non-profit Canadian Corporation. As with any corporation, can now live forever under the direction of its Board of Directors which is currently four people.

Growth of the site has been very rapid! Our last announcement in EOGN was December 2009 at which time we had only 23,000 records indexed. In the 24 months since inception the database has grown to over 216,000 indexed records! We have a large group of steadfast volunteers which is ever-expanding with a number of large volume additions to the database in process at this time. has a separate website and database for each province and territory. The site is fully automated so that uploading the photo, editing and transcribing the text from the headstone is very easy and fast. Then, to avoid SPAM and errors, a coordinator approves each entry. The system is designed to be very user-friendly. The database is fully searchable by surname, first name, starts with, contains and even sounds like.
We are seeking:
1.    people like yourself to upload/transcribe any and all headstone photos you may possess – 1 or 1001 photographs
2.    coordinators to assist in "approving" the photos as they are uploaded
3.    volunteers to photograph headstones of cemeteries and upload them
4.    genealogical societies, church groups and others who would like to create a photographic archive of their cemeteries
5.    your assistance to install a link to on any website with which you may be associated

The Canadian Headstone Photo Project is a non-profit educational site. The site is completely FREE for everyone to use and will remain as such. We ask that you patronize our limited number of advertisers which is necessary to financially support this effort. 

The success of this Project depends completely upon the efforts of many volunteers and other individuals who contribute photographs and time to the Project.  Comments, questions and offers of assistance should be directed to Jim McKane at

Bio - Jim McKane
Jim McKane is the President of He has been a genealogist for over 35 years and a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society for many of those years, currently holding membership in three Branches of OGS. He has led a number of genealogy training sessions not only in Ontario but also in Arizona and is currently the webmaster of several genealogy/DNA based websites. Other than the most active of these sites are and

Thursday, 23 June 2011


More than 400 fans turned up after golf sensation Rory McIlroy made a ‘secret’ visit to Co Donegal today.

Link to story below:

Donegal Fans Swamp McIlroy

Friday, 17 June 2011

County Tyrone Gaelic Classes Event


Le theacht an tsamhraidh, tá cúrsa Gaeilge ag teacht go Cabhán an Chaorthainn, Tír Eoghain.  Seo an dara bhliain le haghaidh Gaeltacht Thír Eoghain agus is é atá i gceist ná cúrsa seachtaine do dhaoine fásta nach féidir dul chun na Gaeltachta.  Tá trí leibhéal i gceist – bun, meán agus ard.

Bunrang               Séamus Mac Giolla Phádraig
Meán Rang          Gearóid Mac Domhnaill
Ard Rang             Cathal Ó Donnghaile

Beidh ranganna maidine ann ó 9.30 – 12.30 agus ansin imeachtaí tráthnóna ó 1.30 – 3.30in (cosúil le ceol/scéalaíocht ón chláirseoir Nodlaig Brolly, siúlóid nadúir sa choill, turas staire na háite). Beidh cúpla oíche airneáil ann ar an chéadaoin agus ar an oíche dheireanach – de haoine.
Beidh an cúrsa ar siúl ó 4ú Iúil – 8ú Iúil 9.30-3.30 agus cosnaíonn sé £45 don tseachtain – sin sos agus lón san áireamh.

Iniata gheobhaidh tú foirm iarratais – bí i dteagmháil le haghaidh tuilleamh eolais!

I hope you are all keeping well.  I want to inform you of a couple of events which are coming up for Gaeilgeoirí.  Gaeltacht Thír Eoghain – the second annual Irish language course for adults who cannot get to the Gaeltacht is on its way to Pomeroy.  There are three levels provided for beginner / intermediate and advanced.

Teachers are as follows:
Beginner              Séamus Mac Giolla Phádraig
Intermediate      Gearóid Mac Domhnaill
Advanced            Cathal Ó Donnghaile

There are morning classes from 9.30 – 12.30 followed by afternoon activities from 1.30-3.30pm (such as music & storytelling with harpist Nodlaig Brolly, a nature walk in the local forest, local historian bus tour).  There will be two social nights – on Wednesday and on Friday.
The course will take place from Mon 4th July – Fri 8th July and the cost is £45 for the week – break and lunch included.
You will find an application form attached – make contact for further information!

Le meas mór

Ursula Uí Dhonnaile

Oifigeach Fhorbairt na Gaeilge
079 200 161 06

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Clover South Carolina Scots-Irish Festival

Clover will celebrate its Scots-Irish heritage this weekend with the music of pipe bands, the pageantry of Highland dancing and the fun of border collie demos and Scottish heavy athletics.

The annual Feis Chlobhair -- a Scottish games and Scots-Irish festival sponsored by the town of Clover and the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce -- will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Clover Memorial Stadium.

The event is in its 15th year, said organizer Carla Pendleton, who said the event began because most of the people who settled in the Clover area in the 1700s were Scots-Irish.

Link:   Clover Scots-Irish Festival

New Issue of Donegal E-zine Available

This e-zine is part of the Donegal Diaspora Project. Through this project Donegal is reaching out and connecting with people in all parts of the world who have a connection to or interest in Donegal.  This e-zine is sent to people in all parts of the world.  
Please feel free to pass this e-zine on to others that you feel might be interested in it. Any views, comments or contributions to the e-zine are very welcome.  The latest edition of the e-zine can be viewed or downloaded via the Donegal County Development Board website - using the following link:

For further information on Donegal or on the Donegal Diaspora Project, please contact Maria Ferguson at or Roisin McBride at

Fáilte go ríomhiris Dún na nGall i dTeagmháil. Tá an ríomhiris seo ina pháirt de Thionscnamh Diaspóra Dhún na nGall. Tá Dún na nGall ag síneadh amach agus ag nascú le daoine ar fud an domhain a bhfuil gaol nó suim acu leis an chondae. Cuirtear an ríomhiris seo chuig daoine i ngach cearn den domhan.

Seol an ríomhiris seo chuig duine ar bith a mbeadh suim acu ann, le do thoil. Beidh fáilte roimh thuairimí, ráitis nó eolas don ríomhiris. Tá an eagrán is deireannaí don e-iris le fáil le léamh nó íoslodáil ó suíomh idirlín Bord Forbartha Chontae Dhún na nGall - ag an nasc seo a leanas:

Chun tuilleadh eolais ar Chontae Dhún na nGall nó ar Tionscnamh Diaspóra Dhún na nGall, dean teagmháil le Maria Nic Fheargusa ag nó le Róisín Nic Giolla Bhríde ag

With kind regards
Roisin McBride
Research Officer
Strategic Policy Unit
Donegal County Council

Monday, 13 June 2011

Irish Language in Mid Ulster

Irish language Officers from Dungannon and Cookstown District Council, Cairde Uí Néill (Clonoe) and Cairde Teo (Armagh) have organised a trip to Gweedore in Donegal Gaeltacht for the community to give people a flavour of the Gaeltacht.  The trip is organised for Saturday 25 June and involves an over night stay in Bunbeg.  A tour of Ráidió na Gaeltachta (Irish language Radio Station) is first on the agenda, followed by the Cabaret Craiceáilte experience on Saturday night which entails an array of live music sessions hosted by Rónán Mac Aodh Bhuí – all musicians welcome! Sunday offers a guided walk with SIÚIL (Mid-Ulster’s Irish Speaking Walking Club) in the Mount Errigal district in the heart of An Ghaeltacht before departing on Sunday evening.  Cost £30 – Book Now!

Link:  Guth Irish Language and Culture in Mid Ulster

John Fox's Massive Mule Marathon of Ireland

Mules in Ireland, it does not get much better than this lads and lassies; a Charity ride from Malin Head (Donegal) to Mizin Head (Cork) for Barretstown.

John Fox is an American Western horseman who has spent a lifetime working with equine of all descriptions from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the planes of Wyoming... Since moving to Ireland and settling in Virginia, County Cavan John has made it his quest to raise money for Barretstown who rebuild the lives of children and their families who have been effected by cancer.

John and his Mule "Job" will ride from Malin Head (Donegal to Mizin Head (Cork) so as to raise these much needed funds.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Omagh Living History Part Epic Event in June

Those near Omagh in June can take advantage of medieval living history event held on 19 June produced by Northern Period Productions.  Call the Omagh History Park for additional details:  Mary Cartan Tel: 028 8224 4142

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival

The 5th Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival will be held 24 September this year.  A variety of music, foods, and Bagpipe & Highland Dance Competitions are featured this year.

Link for more details  Dandridge, Tennessee, Scots-Irish Festival

Monday, 6 June 2011

Mince and Gravy, Ballybofey style, from Ciaran

Donegal celebrity chief, Ciaran, shows how to make Mince and Gravy.  Enjoy. 

Gaeltacht Areas To Be Defined By Use Not Geography

 A new bill to allow Gaeltacht areas to be identified by use of Irish and not geographical location is being considered.  Link to article on the new Gaeltacht criteria:  Gaeltacht Areas

The Croghan Man 362 - 175 BC

 amulet on the arm of the Croghan man

And you think Irish politics is brutal now?  In times past leaders were asked to sacrifice much to please their constituents.  This Irish Times articles provide fascinating insight Ireland's past.

Link to Irish Times article:   Croghan Man 362-175 BC

Friday, 3 June 2011

Pre Colombian Gaels in the Carolinas

The curious history of pre Colombian European settlements in the New World is once again in the news.   There is a growing body of evidence that does suggest that there were Gaelic settlements in the Americans prior to the Norse colony at L'Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland, Canada.  Link to story:    Gaelic Colony in South Carolina