May your house be filled with laughter
And your pockets filled with gold
And I wish you all the happiness
Your Irish heart can hold
The following information was originally written by Ron Dennis.
From the majesty of her mountain ranges to the sweeping beauty of her shores.
Shrouded in a veil of historic stories and mystical locations, that will charm your very soul.
No matter where in the world you are, the magic of Ireland will reach your heart,
be you born here or simply mystified by its greatness, you cannot help but feel the warmth and
kindness of the Irish people.
My mother’s family name is Hogan and she was born in a little place called
Rathmines just outside the fair city of Dublin.
HOGAN or Ó hÓgáin comes from the Gaelic word “óg”, meaning ‘young’. The clan is
descended from Ógán, an uncle of Brian Ború, who was High King of Ireland in the 11th century.
The Ó hÓgáin were part of the Dál gCais tribal group and they were located near the
modern town of Nenagh in County Tipperary. Hogan is a traditional surname, Hogan is strongest in
counties Clare, Tipperary, Limerick and Cork.
Here is a map link so we can look at where these places are:
Look Around Ireland
Dublin is home to much of Ireland's cultural heritage. The country's most richly decorated
manuscript "The Book of Kells", which contains the four gospels in Latin, is on view in Trinity College.
The National Museum in Kildare Street has a magnificent display of Bronze Age antiquities and many
gold and silver treasures of early Christianity. Also Dublin Castle, and Christ Church cathedral are a delight to
Lying safely between the mountains and the sea, the capital city is vibrant and ever changing and
home to roughly a third of all of Ireland’s people. At the top of the page you see the Celtic Tiger, which is
apparently one of Ireland's nicknames in the area of economy and trade.
From a Celtic perspective Ireland, throughout the ages, has been famous for its exquisite Celtic
jewelry. Irish gifts have been passed to friends and families throughout the world and held as treasured items to
be passed down through their generations.
Even in my own family we hold gifts of Ireland and treat them as our very own piece of the romance
that is Ireland.
And How To Make It
Of all the different kinds of lace known as "Irish"
that called "Irish Crochet" is the most durable, serviceable
Easy Instructions to making your own Irish Crochet
wear and outfits.
The time of the Celts entering into Ireland’s history could be as early as the 6th century BC and
continued to be added until the emergence of Christianity.
In Celtic times it was not very unified in its kingdoms, but more by its culture and language. The
country was divided into roughly 150 small kingdoms, each of these kingdoms was known as a tuath.
A lower level king ruled over a tuath. He was the subject of a more powerful king who in turn ruled
over a group of tuatha. The king of the tuatha was in turn subject to one of the five provincial kings. This period
was rather up and down with constant shifts in power among the most senior adversaries.
The Celts worked a barter system and therefore, no coins were used and the unit of exchange was
livestock. It is said that at this time there were no towns to speak of and the majority of the population lived on
farms or homesteads. The people were placed into a class system and were strictly regulated by Brehon law.
Brehon law was an elaborate legal system based largely on the concepts of the tuath as a governing
body and the fine, (your extended family). It is true to say that Ireland remains unmistakably Celtic.
There are many tales of saints and missionaries and the most famous of these was St. Patrick. Ireland has fine manuscripts,
sculptures and exquisite jewellery plus a glorious array of traditional music. It also has one of the richest
folklore's in the world, in addition a world of culinary delights to die for.
All this washed down with a drop 'o the hard stuff (Irish whiskey) or a long cool pint of Guinness
and even if you’re not Irish you’ll be happy and laughing.
Genealogist In Ireland To
Research Your Irish Ancestors Family History. Genealogical Research In Ireland. Specializing In
Birth Certificates For Irish Citizenship. Also Assessments, Wills, Land Records, Census Records
And Birth, Death, And Marriage Records.
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