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Darren McGettigan

Darren McGettigan

Darren is an established Author and Genealogist from County Wicklow, Ireland. He provides genealogy services to help you discover your family history in Ireland.

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With the wonderful horse racing in recent weeks I hope readers of my genealogy blog won't mind if this week my Friday blog does not have much to do with Irish genealogy but with the great love of the Irish for their race horses, which apparently stretches way back in time to early modern and probably even medieval times.

With Veterans' day recently in the US and President Obama's appointment of General Martin Dempsey as commander of the US armed forces, I thought I might write this week's blog about one of the most famous Irish American soldiers of World War II, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, the hero of the siege of Bastogne, fought during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 and January 1945.

Historically in Gaelic Ireland, families retained their surnames over the centuries unchanged. The O'Donnell or O'Neill lords of Tír Chonaill and Tyrone were still called O'Donnells and O'Neills four centuries later. Occasionally surnames changed slightly or were confused such as the manner in how the McLoughlin family of Tyrone are sometimes recorded as O'Loughlins in some sources. From time to time a branch of a major surname could also sometimes adopt a unique surname for a period, such as the McShanes, the sons of Shane O'Neill, the lord of Tyrone who was killed in 1567, did in the latter years of the sixteenth century.

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