Tuesday, 15 December 2015

An Irish Christmas Present, Finding the McCains

day, December 15, 2015

An Irish Christmas Present, Finding the McCains


Mongavlin Castle, Donegal, Ireland
A wonderful read that covers 40 years of travel in Ireland; it includes stories and insights into the relationship between Diaspora and Homeland and reconnecting with one’s cultural roots; it tells the history of Highland Gaels and their migration to Ireland in the 1500s; it is mystery story solved using Y chromosome DNA testing and an excellent guide for families on how DNA testing to locate their family in Ireland and Scotland and uncover their real history.   Available on Amazon in time for Christmas:  Finding the McCains, a Scots Irish Odyssey
 
McKane's Corner, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal
 
 
Ivar Canning & Donovan McCain at the Auglish Standing Stones, Co. Derry

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sunday, 18 October 2015

McCain's Corner: Iníon Dubh

McCain's Corner: Iníon Dubh: Iníon Dubh (said, Nee-an doo) is one of the most remembered and beloved heroines in Irish history.  Iníon Dubh was her pet name which means ...

Sunday, 27 September 2015

McCain's Corner: BBC Ulster, the Kist o' Wurds program

McCain's Corner: BBC Ulster, the Kist o' Wurds program: Barry R McCain on the Thacker Mt Trail My BBC interview will be on today, evening in the UK, at 1:30 PM (13:30) on BBC Ulster Radio.  Th...

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

McCain's Corner: Celtic Life Internation Magazine

McCain's Corner: Celtic Life Internation Magazine: A note to one and all; there is a review of my new book Finding the McCains in the October 2015 edition of Celtic Life magazine. Th...

Thursday, 20 August 2015

McCain's Corner: Epigenetics

McCain's Corner: Epigenetics: Epigenetics is the study, in the field of genetics, of cellular and physiological phenotypic trait variations that are caused by external o...

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Ohio Celt Fest, August 7-9

The 4th Annual Ohio Celtic Festival

Welcome to the Ohio Celtic Festival! We'll feature some of the very best in Celtic music, dance and our children's stage will feature lots of activities and shows for the children.
Of course there's food and beverages in abundance for all ages, and some new events that we're working on. Once again we'll bring you some exciting new musical groups some making their first visit to the greater Cleveland area. New entertainment and features are being added, so we hope you'll check back often. Like us on facebook to stay informed.
Our mission is to once again bring you a festival where the whole family can enjoy themselves at a very reasonable price. We hope you'll spend a day with us and enjoy some of the music, song, and dance, not only from our Irish heritage but also from around the world.
 

Want to Volunteer?
Lots of fun (and perks!) if you volunteer at the event. Email volunteer@ohiocelticfest.com for more information.



Link:  Ohio Celt Fest

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Gaeltacht Week in Ontario 1 August

Summer Gaeltacht Immersion Week


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FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT: DEADLINE, SATURDAY 1 AUGUST 2015
GUEST INSTRUCTORS FROM MAYO IRELAND:
  Síona Ní Dhufaigh          Laura Ní Mháille      Deirbhle Ní Dhubhghaill
WHEN:                 9 – 16 August 2015
WHERE:               Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir
298 Gilmore Road, Tamworth, Ontario, K0K 3G0, Canada

COST: Full Week $325 Can (including meals).  Ask about child and family rates.
ACCOMMODATION:
1.      Camping on Site: $7/night
2.      B&B contact Dorothy Burley http://tamworth.ca/?page_id=301
3.      (ask for special rate)
BROCHURE: Click Here
FURTHER INFORMATION: Click Here
WEBSITE: www.gaeilge.ca
CONTACT: Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh, kenny-h@rmc.ca , (613) 731-1857
Stiofán Mac Thréinfhir, stephen.rayner@bell.net , (613) 379-8921
                               


Saturday, 25 July 2015

McCain's Corner: Anglicized Surnames; the many forms of John

McCain's Corner: Anglicized Surnames; the many forms of John: Knowing the Gaelic form of our surnames is a very helpful in genetic genealogy research.  There are many surnames in Ireland and Scotla...

Friday, 24 July 2015

McCain's Corner: An Ruaille Buaille

McCain's Corner: An Ruaille Buaille: an tábhairne Tagann an pótaire seo isteach sa tábhairne agus labhraíonn sé le fear an tí.  "Gloine uisce beatha go gasta, le do t...

Thursday, 23 July 2015

McCain's Corner: Mo Shinsir Gaeil

McCain's Corner: Mo Shinsir Gaeil: an scríobhnoir i nDún na nGall Bhí suim agamsa i mo shinsir Gaeil nuair a bhí mé thart ar 12 blain d'aois, nuair a bhí mé ag léamh ...

Friday, 17 July 2015

Fulbright Irish Language Teaching Program


A Chairde,
 
Dia Daoibh ó Choimisiún Fulbright na hÉireann!
 
Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh here, the Awards Manager of the Commission. We hope you are all well. Along with our new Executive Director at the Commission, Dr Dara FitzGerald, I will be working with those of you interested in hosting a Fulbright FLTA this year at your immersion days and weekends.
As you know, with support from the Irish government, the Fulbright Commission sends Irish Language FLTAs to teach Irish at US higher education institutions. For the 2015-2016 academic year we will have 9 FLTAs at the following institutions:
1.              Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
2.              Davidson Community College, North Carolina
3.              Drew University, Madison, NJ / New York University, New York, New York
4.              Elms College, Chicopee, Massachusetts
5.              Idaho State University, Boise, Idaho
6.              University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
7.              University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
8.              University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
9.              Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA 
 
You will notice that we now have two new institutions on board- Idaho State University and Davidson Community College, which may be closer to home for some of you, and thus a more cost-effective way for you to host an FLTA.
 
So that we can endeavour to send an FLTA to all of you who would benefit from their assistance, I would appreciate your returning the attached application form by Friday 7th August 2015 if you are interested in hosting a FLTA for one of your Irish language programs. 
The Commission will cover the FLTA’s travel and an honorarium and as is tradition, the host organization would cover his/her accommodation / meals during the teaching period where at all possible.
I look forward to hearing from you and providing you with further updates of our Irish language awards and activities in due course.
If you have any further queries about this please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Beir bua!
Lisa
 
 
Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh
Awards Manager
The Fulbright Commission
Brooklawn House
Shelbourne Road
Dublin 4
Ireland
 
 
Cuirtear fáilte roimh chomhfhreagras i nGaeilge i gcónaí
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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Irish Traditional Music, Dance, and Singing even in Canada

Céad Míle Fáilte Romhaibh
1000 Thousand Welcomes
 
WHAT: TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC, DANCE, and SINGING through the medium of the IRISH LANGUAGE
 
WHEN: This Sunday (28 June 2015), 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
WHERE: The North American Gaeltacht, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario
 
Tamworth.Erinsville

 
ENTRY FEE: $10, students $5, children under 12 free
 
 
FURTHER INFORMATION: www.oireachtas.ca
 
 
 
Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh
2526 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 7T1

Saturday, 20 June 2015

McCain's Corner: Autosomal DNA Test Sale

McCain's Corner: Autosomal DNA Test Sale:   Autosomal DNA tests utilize DNA from the 22 pairs of autosomal chromosomes. Autosomal DNA is inherited from both parents. Ther...

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Sean Nós Workshop... Win a Trip to Ireland

WHAT: Sean Nós Singing Workshop
WHERE: Days Inn, 33 Benson Street, Kingston, Ontario
WHEN: Saturday, 27 June 2015
TIME: Session #1: 11:00 a.m. – 13:00 p.m.; Session #2: 14,00 – 16:00 p.m.
COST: Included in Full Registration for Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada, or $10/session
FURTHER INFORMATION: www.oireachtas.ca or kenny-h@rmc.ca
 
WIN A TRIP TO IRELAND:
 

 
The sean nós winner at Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada (26 – 28 June 2015) receives a trip to Ireland to compete in Oireachtas na Gaeilge (27 October – 1 November 2015)
 
INSTRUCTORS
 
Máirín Uí Chéide:
 
Máirín was born in Leitir Móir, Conamara, into a family with a long line of poets and singers.  She won the Corn Uí Riada prior to emigrating to Boston in 1986.   She has taught the Irish language and Sean Nós singing for many years.  She has an Irish language radio show on WNTN, every Saturday, as part of the “Sound of Erin” team.  She has performed before former-President Clinton, as well as various foreign dignitaries.
 
Meaití Jó Shéamuis:
 
Meaití is from Na hAille in Connemara, Co. Galway, and is a well-known and respected figure in music circles throughout this country and further afield.  He is an acclaimed sean-nós singer, and won Corn Uí Riada, the All-Ireland sean-nós competition, in 2001.  He is also a skilled instrumentalist, and plays flute and uilleann pipes.
 
 
Mícheál Newell:
 
Michael Newell is from Ros Muc Connemara, and is currently living in Boston.  He is a two time winner of Corn Mhic Concharraige, the highest distinction for sean nós singing in North America.  He has represented Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir at Oireachtas na Gaeilge in Ireland. 
 
 
 
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GAEILGE
 
CAD: Ceardlann Amhránaíochta ar an Sean Nós
CÁ hÁIT: Days Inn, 33 Benson Street, Kingston, Ontario
CATHAIN: Dé Sathairn, 27 Meitheamh 2015
AM: Seisiún #1: 11:00 r.n. – 13:00 i.n.; Seisiún #2: 14,00 – 16:00 i.n.
COSTAS: San Áireamh le Pacáiste Iomlán, Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada, nó $10/seisiún
TUILLEADH EOLAIS: www.oireachtas.ca kenny-h@rmc.ca
 
FAIGH TURAS go hÉIRINN mar GHRADAM:
 

 
Faigheann buaiteoir amhránaíochta ar an sean, Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada (26 – 28 Meitheamh turas go hÉirinn chun páirt a ghlacadh in Oireachtas na Gaeilge (27 Deireadh Fómhair – 1 Samhain 2015)
 
TEAGASCÓIRÍ 
 
Máirín Uí Chéide:
 
Rugadh i  Leitir Móir í, de shliocht fada filí agus amhránaithe.  Bhuaigh sí Corn Uí Riada roimh dhul ar imirce go Bostún i 1986.  Tá sí ag múineadh na Gaeilge agus amhránaíocht ar an Sean Nós le fada.  Tá clár raidió ar WNTN as Gaeilge aici, achan Satharn mar chuid d’fhoireann “Sound of Erin”.  Chan sí amhráin d’Iar-Uachtarán Clinton agus uaisle ón gcoigríoch.
 
Meaití Jó Shéamuis:
 
As na hAille i gConamara do Mheaití, amhránaí a bhfuil aithne go forleathan air i measc lucht an cheoil ar fud na hÉireann agus thar lear.  Is fonnadóir den scoth é.  Thug sé Corn Uí Riada leis i 2001.  Lena chois sin is ceoltóir sciliúil é ar an bpíb uilleann agus ar an bhfeadóg mhór.
 
Mícheál Newell:
 
Is as Ros Muc, Conamara é, agus é ina chónaí i mBostún faoi láthair.  Is buaiteoir faoi dhó é do Chorn Mhic Concharraige, an gradam is mó amhránaíochta ar an sean nós i Meiriceá Thuaidh.  Rinne sé ionadaíocht ar Ghaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir ag Oireachtas na Gaeilge in Éirinn. 
Máirín Uí Chéide

Meaití Jo Shéamuis
 










Micheál Newell
 












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

Sunday, 14 June 2015

McCain's Corner: Increasing Use of SNPs in Genetic Genealogy

McCain's Corner: Increasing Use of SNPs in Genetic Genealogy: This update will address the growing importance of SNP testing in genetic genealogy.   We have now reached the point that SNPs are relative...

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Gaelic Language Festival 26-28 June in Ontario

OIREACHTAS GAEILGE CHEANADA
A Festival of Gaelic Language and Culture
26 – 28 June 2015
 
 
 


When: 26 – 28 June 2015
 
Where:
Days Inn, Kingston, Ontario +
                Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir, Tamworth/Erinsville Ontario
 
Cost:
Full Weekend Package: $135
                Sunday Package (Open Air Festival, Awards, BBQ): $20
                Individual Activities: click here
 
 
Includes:
Saturday (workshops, banquet, guest speaker, stage play, music session, céilí)
                Sunday (festival: competitions and performance, awards, BBQ)
 
Workshops (Saturday, 27 June 2015):
                Spoken Arts (Ray Mac Manáis)
Sean Nós Singing (Máirín Uí Chéide, Meaití Jó Shéamuis, Mícheál Newell)
                Sean Nós Dancing (Labhrás Sonaí Choilm Léarraí)
                Instrumental Music (Meaití Jó Shéamuis)
                Online Learning ( www.isfeidirliom.ie, www.duolinguo.com )
 
Competitions/Performances (Sunday, 28 June 2015):
                Spoken Arts (Oration, Story Telling, Poetry Recitation, Pair Dialogue)
Singing (Sean Nós, Styles other than Sean Nós, New Compositions, Lúibíní, Choirs)
                Dancing (Sean Nós, Set Dancing, Brush Dance)
                Instrumental Music (Pipes, Harp, Céilí Band, Children’s Whistle Band)
 
 
Registration:
                Registration and Program Brochure
                Online Registration
 
 
Further Information: www.oireachtas.ca




 

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

 613 731-1857 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Freagraí as Gaeilge, le do thoil, oiread agus is féidir.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Catholic Parish Records to go Online In July

Launch date for Catholic Parish Register Digitisation Project announced

On 8th July 2015 the NLI will make its collection of Catholic parish register microfilms freely available online on a dedicated website.

These records, which are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census, consist primarily of baptism and marriage records and date from the 1740s to the 1880s.

For more information:  National Library of Ireland

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

McCain's Corner: DNA Match Group & Derbhfine Names: If your Y-DNA match group has developed a strong geographic pattern this will allow you to research the primary sources of that locatio...

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

The Scots-Irish: Corn Bread, Scots-Irish Icon: In the 18th Century when many thousands of Ulster's sons and daughters came to New World to settle on the frontier, they brought with ...

Thursday, 9 April 2015

McCain's Corner: The Southern Cracker

McCain's Corner: The Southern Cracker: The Cracker Cracker Cattle What is the etymology of the term Cracker?   We all know what a Cracker was (or is).   A Southern Angl...

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

McCain's Corner: Irish and Scottish Clan Surnames

McCain's Corner: Irish and Scottish Clan Surnames: Clan Surnames     Many people with Gaelic origin surnames are interested in researching their clan connections. This is cannot be...

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Scots-Irish: Barry Vann and South's Celtic Heritage

The Scots-Irish: Barry Vann and South's Celtic Heritage: University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Director of Education program and professor of Higher Learning and Geography, Dr. Barry Vann, recen...

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

To purchase from Ulster Heritage directly send US $20 (postage paid) to:
Ulster Heritage
PO Box 884
Oxford MS 38655
USA