Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Ulster DNA Test Sale!

Family Tree labs, which are used by the Ulster Heritage DNA Project, have their year-end sale on going.  The prices are significantly reduced and  anyone wanted to participate in


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New Kits Current Group Price SALE PRICE
Y-DNA 37$149$119
Y-DNA 67$239$199
mtFullSequence (FMS)$299$199
SuperDNA (Y-DNA 67 and mtFullSequence)$518$398
Family Finder$289$199
Family Finder + mtDNAPlus$438$318
Family Finder + mtFullSequence$559$398
Family Finder + Y-DNA 37$438$318
Comprehensive (FF + FMS + Y-67)$797$597
Upgrades Current Group Price SALE PRICE
Y-Refine 12-25 Marker$49$35
Y-Refine 12-37 Marker$99$69
Y-Refine 12-67 Marker$189$148
Y-Refine 25-37 Marker$49$35
Y-Refine 25-67 Marker$148$114
Y-Refine 37-67 Marker$99$79
Y-Refine 37-111 Marker$228$188
Y-Refine 67-111 Marker$129$109
mtDNAPlus$149 $129
mtHVR1toMega$269$179
mtHVR2toMega$239$179
mtFullSequence Add-on$289$199
To order this special offer, log in to your personal page and click on the Order An Upgrade button in the upper right corner. A link to the login page is provided below. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012 11:59:00 PM CST TO RECEIVE THE SALE PRICES.
                           
Link to sale:   Ulster Heritage DNA Project

Sunday, 11 November 2012

New Issue of the Donegal E-Zine Up!

 
Welcome to the Donegal in Touch e-zine.  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 - http://www.donegalcdb.ie/ using the following link:
 
 
 
For further information on Donegal or on the Donegal Diaspora Project, please contact Roisin McBride at rmcbride@donegalcoco.ie.
 
 
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 - http://www.donegalcdb.ie/ 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 maria.ferguson@donegalcoco.ie nó le Róisín Nic Giolla Bhríde ag rmcbride@donegalcoco.ie.
 
With kind regards
 
 
The Donegal - community in touch / Dún na nGall - pobail i d'teagmháil Publication Team
 
 
______________
Roisin McBride
 
Donegal County Council
 
 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Fuair an Fhantaisíocht an Bua ar an Réalacht

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Fuair an Fhantaisíocht an Bua ar an Réaltacht


Tá an t-olltoghchán thart, agus rinne Meiriceá an rogha mhícheart, faraor.  Cad a tharla?

Is iomaí duine atá lán de dhóchas gan bhunús, ar cuma leo pé rud a rinne Obama sa réaltacht.  Is maith leo Obama mar choincheap, mar shamhail, mar ídéal.  Ní féidir leis aon rud olc a dhéanamh a chuireadh isteach ar thacaíocht a leithéid de dhuine.  Agus rinne sé a dhícheal!

Bíonn sé an-deacair uachtarán atá i réim a bhuachaint, mar tá buntáistí aige atá an-chumhachtach.  Ina measc, is iomaí duine a ghlacadh an daibhal a bhfuil aithne acu air, seachas ceann nua.

Bíonn an preas ag tacú le Obama, agus do aon duine nach n-éisteann le raidió cainte agus nach bhféachann ar Fox ar an teilifís, agus nach bhfaca na díospóireachtaí, níl aon fhios acu go ndearna Obama rudaí olca, nó go bhfuil droch-smaointe agus droch-iompar aige.  Ní bhíonn ach scéalta maithe faoi.  Agus scéalta olca faoi na Poblachtánaigh.  Nuair a insítear go bhfuil na Poblachtánaigh ag insint bréag, níl aon fhios acu nach fíor sin.

Bhí stoirm mhór in oirthear na tíre a chur isteach ar an toghchán.  Ní raibh teilifís ná peitreal ag a lán daoine, agus ní raibh na hiomaitheoirí críochnaithe ag caint leo.  Ní bhfuair siad an deis.

Ach thar aon rud eile, is léir go bhfuil níos mó daoine sásta le rialtas an-mhór, an-dhaor, agus an-chumhachtach, seachas bunreacht agus bun-phrionsabail na tíre.  Is fearr leo dea-chaint ná ciall cheannaithe.  Is fearr leo stuif a fháil ó Washington, cé go mbeidh fiacha ollmhóra ar a bpáistí, agus go mbeidh an tír ar fad bun os cionn sul i bhfad.  Is maith leo stuif.

Tá na ceathracha móra i mbun na tíre.  Fuair Obama an bua ar an dá chósta agus in áiteanna a bhfuil ceathracha móra.  Ní bhfuair sé faoin tuath.  Luíonn sin le ciall, mar bíonn Obama ag iarraidh airgead a thógáil ó mhuintir na tíre ar fad chun é a roinnt le muintir na gcathracha.

Tá beagán taithí ag Obama ar an bpost anois, ar a laghad, agus tá sé níos cáilithe ná a bhí in 2008.  Ach ní bheidh air toghchán eile a sheasamh, agus beidh sé ag iarraidh a rogha rud a dhéanamh as seo amach, níos mó ná riamh.  Tá ceannas an Tí ag na Poblachtánaigh go fóill, agus mar sin, tá bac éigin air.  Ach ní féidir linn na botúin a rinne sé go fóill a cheartú.  Tá an deis sin imithe.

Tá jab deacair os a chomhair, pé rudaí a dhéanann sé.  Tá súil agam nach ndéanann sé a lán dochair.  Ach tá imní orm go ndéanfaidh.  Tá Meiriceá níos lú, níos laige, níos faide i dtreo na heite clé, agus níos boichte anois.  Go ceann tamaill.  Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach...

Friday, 2 November 2012

Remember the Alamo

The epic battle fought at the Alamo in 1836 is still an event that inspires people who value liberty.  Many among the Alamo defenders were of Ulster ancestry.  The state of Mississippi recently honoured her sons that fell there.  Link to story below. 



Mississippians at the Alamo Remembered

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Happy Halloween!


The night of Halloween has its beginning with the Gaelic festival of Oíche Shamhna (Eve of Samhain) and is one of the oldest folk festivals in the world.  The first of November, Samhain, is halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.  For thousands of years and into the twenty-first Century the festival has been celebrated and enjoyed in Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and in the many places the sons and daughters of these lands have settled in around the world.

Samhain, Halloween, also has a serious side. On the eve of Samhain the barriers between  'Otherworld' and our world grow weak and the spirits and ghosts of passed ones could walk among us in our world.   To counter act and protect against the ill effects of this opening between the worlds the custom guising came into practice.  Guising is to dress up in costume, preferably one very scary, in order to frighten any ghost or spirit that might do one harm.  This custom lives on in our Halloween costumes and our 'trick or treating' rituals. 

The great Robbie Burns wrote a engaging poem of Halloween, Ulster Heritage Magazine posts the first verse of the poem:

Upon that night, when fairies light
On Cassilis Downans dance,
Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze,
On sprightly coursers prance;
Or for Colean the route is ta'en,
Beneath the moon's pale beams;
There, up the cove, to stray and rove,
Among the rocks and streams
To sport that night.
 
 
The best of Halloween, Samhain, to everone....
 
 
 


Monday, 15 October 2012

Donegal Conference event in November

Golden Bridges Award - Donegal & New England – 8 & 9th November 2012

Donegal will be participating in the 2012 Golden Bridges Conference over the 8th & 9th November promoting Donegal and the North West, and recognising the achievement of people in the United States, on behalf of the people of the North West of Ireland. This year’s event will have special focus on the Donegal Gathering 2013 Project and the Donegal Global Diaspora Project. 

If you are interesting in attending the conference or would like further information, please find attached the conference brochure.

With kind regards

Roisin

____________
Roisin McBride

Donegal County Council
Tel: 00353 749172461
 

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival

A reminder to all the  6th Dandridge Scots-Irish Music Festival is on 29 September. It features Bagpipe & Snare Drum Competitions, Irish Step Dance & Highland Dance Demos, Highland Games Athletic Demos, and will have tonnes of good music and food.  Dandridge is located east of Knoxville is a scenic part of Tennessee.      Link: Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival

Donegal Wins!

Donegal have won their second All-Ireland Football Championship title in a wave of emotion at Croke Park, beating Mayo 2-11 to 0-13 this afternoon.   Comhghairdeas!   Link:  Donegal Wins

Saturday, 25 August 2012

The Knox Families of Donegal



Donegal's Ivan Knox
Ivan Knox is a retired self made business man and much more, he is also a published poet and historian of the families and events of the Finn Valley in County Donegal.  He has a website with excellent data on not only the Knox families of old Donegal, but of the many families they are related to by marriage. 



Link: Knox Family Records  

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Sale on Ulster Heritage DNA Testing

The Ulster Heritage DNA Project uses Family Tree labs in Houston, Texas.  The lab is currently running a 72 hour only sale on DNA testing.  This is an excellent time to participate in the Ulster Heritage Project and a much reduced rate.

Dear Family Tree DNA Project Administrator,

It seems that every time we run a super sale that a few people email us days later that they were traveling, sick or just hadn't looked at their emails in time, so for all of you who have wanted to entice a friend, neighbor or reluctant relative to get involved in Genetic Genealogy here's one more opportunity, but it will last for only 72 hours.
These are the only two options on sale, and they are geared specifically for newcomers. This sale will end on Saturday, August 25, at 11:59PM.
New Customers Only Current Price SALE PRICE
Family Finder + Y-DNA 12 $339 $249
Family Finder + mtDNA $339 $249

 If you take advantage of this sale, just tick the Ulster Heritage Project and your results will automatically go into our project.

Link To Join:  Ulster Heritage DNA Project







Family History Class in Belfast

(from the Ulster Historical Foundation) 
Our popular family history class returns on the 25th September. This is a 10 week course taught at Stranmillis University College, Belfast on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm. We look at census, church and civil records as well as wills, estate papers and valuation documents. The course also includes a visit to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). Price £55.00 (£45.00 concession). For further information and booking please contact lifelong@stran.ac.uk or 028 9038 4345.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Important discovery on Rathlin Island

ARCHAEOLOGISTS discovered prehistoric flint tools which suggest human beings lived on Rathlin Island 7,500 years ago - around 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

The five-year survey by a University of Ulster team, sponsored by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), was the most comprehensive ever taken into the island’s archaeology.
In addition to the survey’s fieldwork on the island, researchers investigated artefacts that are held or documented in other museum collections on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Project leader Dr Wes Forsythe, of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at Coleraine, said the quantity and quality of flint tools and ceramics unearthed during the survey have greatly exceeded researchers’ expectations.

The team unearthed prehistoric sites that had not been recorded previously.
Dr Forsythe said: “Finding a flint in north Antrim is not surprising in itself but finding hundreds of worked flint tools in one area, scattered across three fields that we chose at random because they had just been ploughed for spring seeding, is pretty remarkable anywhere.
“Rathlin had a real richness of prehistoric finds.”

A book by Dr Forsythe and his colleague Rosemary McConkey describes the survey and its findings.
‘Rathlin Island: An Archaeological Survey of a Maritime Landscape’ was launched at a ceremony on the island recently.

The illustrated text describes new evidence about prehistoric and medieval settlement and the kelp industry, fishing and agriculture. Finds included a huge haul of flint tools, polished axe-heads, pottery, a bronze finger-ring and lignite jewellery.  Post-holes detected inside one cave during excavation are thought to be the first such examples discovered in the United Kingdom.

The discovery is important because it indicates the erection of a structure on poles, perhaps a protective screen or windbreak – an aspect of early human activity in caves not previously found here.
Dr Forsythe said: “For archaeologists, Rathlin has always been something of an enigma. It is always throwing up things that disrupt the pattern of how we understand prehistory, and it’s still doing it. I don’t think there is a parallel anywhere in Ireland or Britain for post-holes inside a cave.”
The Vikings’ first documented raid in Ireland was on the monastery at Rathlin in 795 AD and Dr Forsythe hopes that future excavation might unearth another link with the Norsemen, at a spot known as “the Dane’s Burial” in the north of the island.

“It is possibly a very rare example – and it would need to be tested by excavation – of a Viking ‘boat burial’,” he said.  “The site looks as if it has been damaged some centuries ago, maybe by people looking for gold in it. Nevertheless it is a mound which is boat-shaped, and which was never recognised before this particular survey.”  NIEA will call on the survey when deciding on future planning applications.




Link:  Rathlin Island Important Discovery

Friday, 17 August 2012

Ballintoy Shore

Ballintoy Shore
Another beautiful photography from the photographer Nevin Taggart; the Ballintoy shore line.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

MacFarlane in Ulster

Members of the MacFarlane Highland Scottish clan settled in Ulster in the sixteenth century, as did many other families from the Scottish Gaeltacht.  The MacFarlane, or more properly, Mac Pharláinn, families were native to the lands west of Loch Lomond.  Many of the Mac Pharláinn families that settled in Ulster were in the Redshank colony in the old Portlough precinct in east Donegal. The Redshanks in the Portlough precinct were part of an elaborate plan initiated by the fifth Earl of Argyll, Giolla Easpuig Donn Caimbeul.  His niece was the famous Iníon Dubh, mother of Aodh Rua Ó Dónaill, and it was on her lands that many Caimbeul sponsored Highland Gaels settled. 

The ruins of Iníon Dubh's castle near Porthall; photo copyright  Jim McKane 2012

In the sixteenth century  Clann Chaimbeul spread from their homelands in mid Argyll extending their bases and influence in both the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland.  Clann Chaimbeul was the most successful kinship group in early modern Scotland.  Their great advantage was they were Gaels, but could operate not only in their traditional Gaelic society, but also in the emerging British world, including the Scottish Lowlands. The earls' (of Argyll, head of Clann Chaimbeul) main base was Inveraray on Loch Fyne, and there they had access to the Firth of Clyde and the western seas including the North Channel passage to Ireland.  The Mac Pharláinns of Arrochar were drawn into Lord Argyll's elaborate network of allies and they were one of the many Redshank families that settled in east Donegal.

For more information of Mac Pharláinn families in Ulster follow the link below.


Link:  Mac Pharláinn in Ulster

Dunnalong Archaeological Dig

The Dunnalong dig 2012 is up and running!
A programme of archaeological works involving Derry City Council, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) at Queen's University Belfast, the Centre for Maritime Archaeology (CMA) at the University of Ulster in Coleraine and the Peace III Partnership has been devised and put in place to bring the archaeology and communities of a small part of the north–west of Ireland closer together, in a groundbreaking archaeological project which will include professional archaeologists, the media and members of the wider community.
For the next two weeks, archaeologists will converge in grassy fields on the banks of the Foyle in Co. Tyrone to explore a highly significant, but surprisingly poorly known archaeological site – Dunnalong Fort or Dun na Long ('Fort of the Ships').
 Ronan McHugh is managing the site and is very knowledgeable and approachable. Feel free to come along and meet Ronan and the rest of the team during the course of the survey and excavation.
 
Ronan McHugh

For more information and photos from the dig use the link below.


Link:  Dunnalong Dig

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

August Archaeology Dig in Maine


The Maine Scots-Irish Project is sponsoring an archaeology dig on 21 through 24 August, 2012, at Bowdoinham, Maine.  Volunteers are needed.

For more information contact John Mann: john@mannassociates.net

Presbyterian Family History Conference News

Return to the Cradle of Irish Presbyterianism 16-21 September 2013 is a family history conference to be held 16-21 September 2013. 

Over six days you will discover the history of Ulster first-hand through excursions to some of the province’s most historic sites, be assisted to carry out research for yourself, and listen to talks by acknowledged experts in their field.

If you are interested in finding out more about your Irish Presbyterian ancestors or wish to explore the history of Presbyterianism in the province of Ulster this is the perfect opportunity in which to do so.

Link:  Return to the Cradle of Irish Presbyterianism

2013 is a very important year for Irish Presbyterianism. It is the 400th anniversary of the arrival from Scotland of Rev. Edward Brice, the first Presbyterian minister to settle in Ireland.

Brice made his home at Ballycarry near the east coast of County Antrim, where the impressive ruins of his church still stand. Brice was just the first – many others would follow and within a few decades Presbyterianism in Ireland had an identity of its own. Irish Presbyterians made a huge impact on this island and around the world.

Friday, 27 July 2012

New Book on Presbyterian Church in Ulster

While you may have to take out a second mortgage to afford this book, it will have many fascinating insights into the workings of the Presbyterian Church in the province in the mid seventeenth century.  Link to purchase below. 

The minutes of the Antrim ministers’ meetings, 1654–8
Mark S. Sweetnam, editor

These minutes record the business conducted at the regular meetings of
the Presbyterian ministers and elders who formed the leadership of the
predominantly Ulster-Scots community in Antrim. They provide an
unparalleled insight into the concerns and pressures that helped to
shape the identity and inform the practice of that community in a
precarious and difficult period, as they enjoyed a brief period of
toleration under the Cromwellian regime. These minutes are of
outstanding historical value, not least because they are among the
earliest surviving records of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. In
addition, the meetings’ concentration on the details of everyday life
provides us with information that cannot easily be reconstructed from
other sources. The minutes appear here in print for the first time,
with a comprehensive introduction and apparatus.

Mark S. Sweetnam is a research fellow in the School of History at TCD.
He has published widely on literature and theology, with a particular
focus on the early modern period, and on digital humanities.

Hardback.190pp. August 1st 2012
Catalogue Price: €50.00

The link to the book on the Four Courts Press website is:
http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/product.php?intProductID=1070

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Donagheady Presbyterian Churches


Donagheady Presbyterian Churches
A Brief History & Photos

Edited and Submitted by

James A. McKane

jamckane[at]gmail.com


In the early 17th century, the Scottish colony, Abercorn Estate which owned the manor of Dunnalong, was established in the Bready area. In 1622, the nearest church at Old Donagheady was in a sad state of repair being roofless. It was restored to become a Protestant place of worship. In the Rebellion of 1641, it was destroyed with the minister being fatally wounded.

John Hamilton was the first Presbyterian minister in Donagheady. He arrived in the 1650s from Scotland. At the time of the Restoration in 1660 Hamilton refused to conform to the will and practices of the Church of Ireland; therefore he lived as a virtual outlaw. Persecution by the authorities forced Hamilton to secretly preach to followers in small groups. Traditional lore has it that the Presbyterians met in the Wood near Magheramason. In 1667, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry excommunicated 19 Presbyterians from Donagheady.

Slowly restrictions became more relaxed with the Presbyterians of Donagheady being allowed to build their first church in Altrest townland in 1672.  Rev. Hamilton ministered at Donagheady until his death during the Siege in 1689 at Derry. Lore claims that his small gravestone, which can no longer by found was in the north-west corner of Grange graveyard. It is still debated whether he was actually buried in Grange as the gravestone may have only been to his memory. There was no minister at Donagheady Presbyterian until Rev. Thomas Wensley was ordained on 16 January 1699. After the service in the church, Church business was concluded after the service in the tavern, later known as Molly Kelly's, in Drumgauty close to the Grange graveyard.

Following the death of Rev. Wensley in 1736, a dispute over the choice of their next minister ended with the congregation splitting into two separate divisions. At its lowest point, there was a riot in the church during a Sunday service. By 1741, the Synod of Ulster agreed to splitting the congregation in two parts. The congregation in the original church became known as First Donagheady with the new one named Second Donagheady. The situation was so ridiculous that the Second Donagheady Church was built only 300 metres from the old one.

In the latter 1800s, both congregations built new churches. With changes in economic conditions membership in both congregations dwindled forcing the two Donagheady congregations to unite on 1 January 1933.  With the union, Second Donagheady was chosen at the succeeding church. A plaque in the church commemorates the union and honours the two retiring ministers – Rev. John Rutherford and Rev. James Connell.

The old First Donagheady church building was allowed to fall into disrepair and was later demolished. Today, there are two houses on the First Donagheady property with a portion of an original wall of the church still there.

 
First Donagheady Presbyterian, pre 1933


Link to additional photos: Donagheady Presbyterian Churches.


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Laggan Redshanks


A Short History of the Laggan Redshanks, 1569-1630, is the story of the Highland Scots, called Redshanks, which settled in east Donegal in the sixteenth century.  The story has many interesting elements which include Clan Campbell and their dynamic leader, Gaelic sexual intrigues, English Machiavellian manoeuvres, Iníon Dubh, and the Redshanks themselves. 

The Redshank settlement in the Laggan took place in the tumultuous years that were dominated by Elizabethan English attempts to bring Ulster firmly under the control of the Crown.  The initial wave of Redshanks came to the Laggan with Iníon Dubh (Fionnuala Nic Dhónaill) after she married Aodh Mac Manus Ó Dónaill in 1569.  The Redshanks were vital players in the affairs of those times and indeed it was their military skills that delayed the conquest of Ulster until the beginning of the next century.  They remained in service of the O'Donnell clan until the Gaelic military collapse after the Battle of Kinsale in 1602.

After Kinsale they remained in the Laggan, but as the Plantation scheme was implemented, they had new lords, the Lennox Stewarts, and the Cunninghams of Ayrshire.  The Laggan Redshanks were unique within the Gaelic world, because they were drawn from clan Campbell and their allies.  The Campbell clan under the leadership of the fifth Earl of Argyll were early converts to the Reformed Faith.  While part of the traditional Gaelic world, the Laggan Redshanks' Protestant faith allowed them to fit into the post Plantation Ulster Scots community in the Laggan.

Many of the Ulster settlers to Colonial America that became the Scots-Irish, were the descendants of the Redshanks from the Laggan.  The Highland Scottish element in the Scots-Irish is a commonly overlooked aspect of the Ulster Migration.  Even more descendants of the Laggan Redshanks migrated to New Brunswick and Ontario Canada in the nineteenth century. 

The Highland Scottish settlement in the Laggan is an integral part of the shared traditions and links between Ulster and Scotland and an important, though little known, aspect of Ulster's long history.    

A Short History of the Laggan Redshanks, 1569-1630 is available in a Pdf download which can be read on an Ipad, Kindle, computer, or similar device.  The book includes the 1630 muster roll for the Portlough precinct in the Laggan. 







Monday, 9 July 2012

DNA Test Summer Sale

Just received from the Family Tree DNA labs news of their substantial mark down in pricing for their testing services as part of their Summer Sale.  You will not see prices this low again I suspect.  his is a great opportunity to use the remarkable tool of DNA testing for your genealogy and family history projects. 

To take advantage of the sale visit the Ulster Heritage DNA Project 

Sale Runs Until 11:59 PM of 15 July, which is a Sunday. 


Last summer, we offered special pricing to attract new members to your projects. This was the most successful offering of its type in our company’s history. Our project administrators that got behind the recruitment efforts saw their projects grow, and, thus, our database also grew. With this in mind, we’d like to offer a summer special again this year.
Special Summer Prices
NEW KITS Current Group Price SALE PRICE
Y-DNA 12 $99 $59
Y-DNA 37 $149 $129
Y-DNA 67 $239 $199
Family Finder $289 $199
mtFullSequence (FMS) $299 $219
FF+ Y-DNA 37 $438 $328
FF + mtDNAPlus $438 $328
Comprehensive (FF + FMS + Y-DNA 67) $797 $617
SuperDNA $518 $428
UPGRADES    
12 to 37 $109 $70
25 to 37 $59 $35
25 to 67 $159 $114
37 to 67 $109 $79
37 to 111 $220 $188
67 to 111 $129 $109
mtHVR1 to Mega $269 $209
mtHVR2 to Mega $239 $199

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Engraving of linen-makers, 1782

linen makers 1782
The linen industry was very important in the history of Ulster.  Irish Times article gives a short history; link below. 


Link:  Irish Times Article

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Maine Scots-Irish Event in June


Piper Tom Seymour
Tom Seymour, musician & author, will present "Folk Instruments of Scotland, Ireland and England" for the Belfast Historical Society and Museum on Mon. June 25, 7pm at the Belfast Free Library. Belfast was settled in 1770 by Scots-Irish who brought their musical traditions and instruments with them to their new home. This program is free, all are welcome.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Cú Chulainn Short Film

 

Setanta, The Boy Cú Chulainn, is a short film by Patrick Fitz Symons and can be seen now on Youtube.

Link:  Setanta, The Boy Cú Chulainn

Cú Chulainn is the Ulster mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore.  He is the first and foremost hero of Ulster. 

Monday, 28 May 2012

Scots-Irish Music Festival

Mark your calendars, the 6th  annual Scots-Irish Musical Festival returns to scenic Dandridge, Tennessee, on 29 September, 2012.   Events planned include; Bagpipe and drum competitions, Irish step dance and Highland dance demonstrations, Highland Games, and more.  

Come to the only Scots-Irish Music Festival in the United States on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Historic Downtown Dandridge, Tennessee. The music festival honors the Town’s earliest settlers dating back to 1783. Families will enjoy this old-time Main Street Music Festival on the shores of Loch (Lake) Douglas in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The concert and all events are provided free of charge, courtesy of generous sponsors and patrons. The Town of Dandridge was named one of 2011’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The events start at 8:30 a.m. with Piping and Snare Drum competitions. At 10:00 a.m. the Street Festival opens with vendors selling Scottish and Irish merchandise and a variety of food.  There is a Children’s Play Area, a fun dog show, and many Clans with booths explaining their origins and history. Starting at 12:00 noon there will be a pipe band parade and the start of continuous stage entertainment.

At 6:30 p.m. the evening Ceilidh (Concert) will feature Scottish, Irish and Appalachian Celtic performers featuring the internationally acclaimed Celtic band Highland Reign, the Knoxville Pipes and Drums, The Nashville Pipes and Drums, Irish fiddle group The Celtic Martins, popular North Carolina duo Thistledown Tinkers, Highland Dancer Claire Macmillan, and Irish Step Dancer Katie Carver. The evening ends with the Lone Piper playing bagpipes at the top of the Town dike. “The Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival is known nationally for its high quality entertainment, vendors, and quaint downtown atmosphere,” said Tina Murrow, Director of Main Street Dandridge. “East Tennessee residents look forward to attending this Festival each year because it offers a free, fun and unique learning experience for the entire family. “ Festival Entertainment Chairman Mark Murray says:”We are proud to present an entertainment lineup that truly offers something for everyone - from dancing and piping to nationally known performers of both modern and traditional Celtic music.”

Please visit the Festival website at www.Scots-Irish.org  for complete details on entertainer bios and schedules, dance and piping entry forms, parking, contact and vendor information, and sponsor packages.




Thursday, 24 May 2012

Donegal Gathering News


County Donegal has a plethora of excellent cultural, arts, and heritage events on the schedule this year, link below.


Link:   Donegal Gathering

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Live Broadcast and Video From Donegal on Friday

RTÉjr RADIO PRESENTS A LIVE BROADCAST AND VIDEOCAST OF our Donegal adaption of OSCAR WILDE’S THE HAPPY PRINCE WITH THE DONEGAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA & YOUTH CHOIR on Friday 18 May at 2pm and we invite you to listen in.  Pack up the school bags or put on the kettle and enjoy a  45 minute magical Donegal treat.

Ireland, and particularly Donegal is known for its creativity. Oscar Wilde, who wrote the beautiful story ‘The Happy Prince’, is one of Ireland’s most famous writers. Donegal County Council Cultural Services decided that they wanted to write a new adaptation of this most special story but write it in a way that made best use of our creative strengths in Donegal, which include music, storytelling and performance. We worked from this existing text, and writer, actor, storyteller and musician Little John Nee and composer Vincent Kennedy were commissioned to write and perform an orchestral/narrated Donegal adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince. We also asked Donegal Youth Orchestra if we wrote something especially for them, would they be interested in performing it and we were delighted when they said yes. The world premiere was performed in Donegal in April but now, with the support of RTE Jnr, we invite you to enjoy and experience our Donegal adaptation of 'The Happy Prince' .    

You can listen to RTÉjr Radio on your digital radio, online at www.rte.ie/digitalradio/rtejr, on Saorview and on the RTÉ Radio Player online, on iPad or on your mobile device. There is also an education pack that can be downloaded in Irish and English to ehance the experience for our younger 7-12 age group.  




“It is the combination of Little John’s words, Vincent’s music & orchestra and the singing of the choir that truly bring the story to life.  Close your eyes early on and the score allows you to see the snowfall on Errigal that Little John describes. The music paints audio pictures of the flight of the swallow, the people of the village, even of happiness and pain. In an era of near constant visual stimulation, it’s a treat for the audience to have their imagination put to such use.”  Carolyn Farrar, Donegal Democrat

Issued: 02 May 2012

For further information please contact:
Bernadette Johnston, RTÉ Radio Press Office
Phone: (01) 208 4157
Email: Bernadette.johnston@rte.ie

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Down From the Hills Heritage Music Festival

Traditional Southern music has Ulster roots.   The music festival in New Albany, Mississippi features fiddle music and is an enjoyable way to reconnect with one's heritage.
 
The 11th Down From the Hills Heritage Music Festival and State of Mississippi Bluegrass Championships are set May 19, 2012, at the Union County Fairgrounds in New Albany, Mississippi.  Cash awards in both youth and adult will total $8,000, as well as bragging rights with the state trophy.

Competitions in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and dobro are the individual competitions.  Bluegrass band competition will determine the state bluegrass band winner for 2012. A  Suzuki/Celtic fiddle workshop will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Admission on Saturday is $5 per person. Children under 6 free.

Union County Quilt Show and a Pony Pull are part of this event.  Other workshops for children will be held on Friday.  If area teachers would like to bring classes, they should pre register by calling 662-538-0014.  For more information go to www.mississippifiddlers.com or call 662-538-0014 or 662-534-1916.  Campsites with hookups are available.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Donegal Heritage Festival on 20 May

 Féile Grianán Áiligh 20th May

According to Historians, the ancient fort of Grianán of Áiligh was conquered and destroyed stone by stone in 1101 by Murtagh O'Brien, the ruler of the Fifth of Munster as a reprisal for the Ui Neill's destruction of his royal seat at Kincora some thirteen years before. In a few weeks time, Grianán will once again be conquered, only this time not to be destroyed, but to create an awareness of, and celebrate,the importance that this Fort has in Irish history.

The inaugural “Féile Grianán Áiligh” Ancient Cultural Event at the Fort takes place on Sunday 20th May to coincide with the Inishowen Food Feast Festival from 18-20th May.

The Féile will tell the story of the arrival of St. Patrick, who baptised “Prince Eoghan” (Owen), son of Niall of the Nine Hostages and Ri of Ireland, who came to Aileach and gave his name to Inish Eoghain (i.e. Island of Eoghan). This will be done through folklore/storytelling, ancient song, music, dance and carnival/drama/pageant in and around the Fort on the day. It will also consist of many exhibits, such as Basket Making, Wattle Making, Yarn Spinning, Falconry, Blacksmith /armoury, illustrating the life of the area at that time in history.

The ancient Fort of Grianan has much legend and historical stories attached to it and it has been the focal point for human activity for thousands of years. It was unanimously agreed by the amalgamations groups as being the ideal venue from which to host a Cultural event that will acceptable and neutral to all communities involved. The Féile will be a celebration of a period in time of An Grianán illustrating how ancient people lived their lives through work and leisure.

This community lead programme of activity will support important actions at a local level and that will endeavour to create and promote the region to a wider tourism audience, and to achieve greater community cohesion in the locality. The event will help maximise best use of the An Grianán Áiligh historical site and will showcase it in all its glory. The event will encourage visitors to the area, and it will be an opportunity for all communities in the locality to work together to bring much needed tourism related products to an area/region that is underdeveloped. The theory of this Cultural event has really taken on a new dimension and is gathering support from many different sources within the community since its conception.

Féile Ghrianán Áiligh cultural event is the first of its kind on this scale to be undertaken in the ancient site for over 30 years. Féile Ghrianán Áiliagh Group are an amalgamation of local development groups, local and cross-border businesses, artists, musicians, historians and tourism providers living in the border and surrounding areas of Inishowen & Derry, (all of whom have been involved in a variety of projects over the years in their local communities). The Project is supported by PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council in conjunction with Inishowen Development Partnership.

The day promises to be a colourful one of cultural and historical interest that will capture the imaginations of all the family with events taking place throughout the afternoon from 1pm - 6pm. A full programme of the events for the day will be publicised in the coming weeks but in the meantime, reserve May 20 in your diary.

Traffic and access restrictions to the Fort will apply on the day. Parking will be available near to the Fort with transport provided. Admission is €5 or €15 per family. Tickets will be available in advance or pay on the day. For further details, contact Mary at 0872905922.

Féile Grianán Áiligh will also team up with The Inish Food Festival 2012: A Revelation of Irish food. Foodies on Tour 18-20th May 2012, this is a food blogger event initiated last year that snowballed into a massively popular weekend of demonstrations, talks, storytelling, singling, and eating, of course, on the Inishowen peninsula in Co Donegal.

For the full weekend line-up, please click the link below:
http://www.irishfoodbloggers.com/2012/04/27/revealed-inishfood-2012-line-up/

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Scots-Irish Music



Old Time Music has its origins in Ireland and Scotland, with the province of Ulster playing a particularly important role in the genre's formation.  From Old Time Music sprang Bluegrass in the mid 20th Century.  The Johnson Mountain Boys are an excellent example of the cultural continuum and links between the American Southern uplands and hills and Ulster. 

Monday, 30 April 2012

News From the Ozarks

 The Ozark mountains in Arkansas and Missouri and the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas, were settled by Scots-Irish in the early and mid 1800s. The uplands there have remained a homeland of traditional Scots-Irish people and culture.  Links to the State of the Ozarks E-zine below.
 
 
Talking Rocks (Fairy Cave), Ozark Gardening, Aunt Pena &  Shoo-Fly Pie
(StateoftheOzarks Issue 233, April 29, 2012)
 
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 Been thinkin’ about... 
 
Just enjoyin’ being editor. It’s a lot of work. No doubt about that. But the folks I get to meet, the stories I get to write, the photos I get to take? It couldn’t get any better than that. This week, our signature article is all about the beautiful and mysterious Talking Rocks Cavern (formerly known as Fairy Cave for the oldtimers):
 
Talking Rocks (Fairy Cave):
 
Also included in this issue? Articles on Ozark lettuce, the amazingly tasty Reisentraube tomato (yep, it’s definitely time to start gardening), the memories of “Elias Tucker” all about Aunt Pena (one of my favorite stories on StateoftheOzarks), a review of the bluegrass album, One Lonely Shadow and a recipe for Shoo-Fly Pie. Also, don’t forget we have Ozarks photography workshops coming up really soon:
 
 
Hope ya like it! As always, thanks for reading and God bless,
 
Joshua Heston, editor
Josh@StateoftheOzarks.net
 

Maine Ulster Scots Project

The Maine Ulster Scots Project brings news of current events and articles on the history of the Scots-Irish in New England.  Link Maine Ulster Scots Project

New Donegal E-zine Available

Welcome to the Donegal in Touch e-zine.  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 - http://www.donegalcdb.ie/ using the following link:
For further information on Donegal or on the Donegal Diaspora Project, please contact Roisin McBride at rmcbride@donegalcoco.ie.

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 - http://www.donegalcdb.ie/ 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 maria.ferguson@donegalcoco.ie nó le Róisín Nic Giolla Bhríde ag rmcbride@donegalcoco.ie.
With kind regards

The Donegal - community in touch / Dún na nGall - pobail i d'teagmháil Publication Team

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Roisin McBride
Donegal County Council
Website: http://www.donegalcoco.ie/