Archive | July, 2013


Mountbellew Vintage Club Rally 2013

As I write this post I feel an insatiable desire for multi-layered fudge. There should be some left in the kitchen after our trip to Mountbellew Bridge yesterday but I’ve searched every nook and corner to no avail. I suspect Alison has hidden it as part of her continuing war on my volatile waistline. I should explain that we spent much of […]

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Finding Ballagh and Browne in Connemara

Just back from a four-day holiday with Alison in Connemara. A good friend of Alison’s lives in a cottage near Rossaveel, in the Connemara region in the west of Ireland, and generously allowed us to stay in a small cottage beside her own house. This allowed us a marvellous break in what turned out to […]

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Moore of Cloghan Castle, etc.

© Donal G. Burke 2014 On the south face of a tomb in the graveyard of Clonfert Cathedral, the arms of the Moore family of Shannongrove in the parish of Clonfert, a junior branch of the more senior Cloghan castle and Cloonbigny lines, is given in stone as a lion rampant, in chief three mullets […]

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© Donal G. Burke 2013 The Lallys or O Mullallys of east Galway are an offshoot of the wider Uí Maine family group, the principal family of which came to be the O Kelly chieftains of Uí Maine. The O Mullallys, together with the O Naughtons, ruled the territory of Maonmoy, covering a wide area […]

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