Question of the Week: Do you have Irish ancestors?

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St. Patrick's Day is March 17. Do you have any Irish ancestors?

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in The Tree House by Sarah Rojas G2G6 Mach 9 (95k points)
Did your Gallaghers come over to Nova Scotia in the early 1800s?  I have a 3rd great grandmother, Ellen Gallagher born in 1824 in Co. Donegal who lived in Chamcook, N.S.
37% of my heritage is Ireland/Scotland per my DNA test results. Wish I knew precisely who.
My gt-grandmother was a Crossgrove descendant. They crossed from Ireland to Scotland and then to New Zealand. I also have Irish from Campbells, McGildonie & Downie antecedents
Yes I was born in Ireland and have numerous relations
Hi Edwin Power, My husband David Jackson's g/g/father Edward Jackson married a Mary Power in the Curragh,Ballysax-Kildare,18.8.1857(Army barracks).He was born in Little Gonerby, Grantham,England,enrolled as a private in Cork as a private with the 16th Lancers ,but later in his career became the Inductor of a military prison in India, died in 1903 in West Ham England. Don't know what became of Mary Power.Pity she doesn't have a middle name to help identify her , but even then she would be difficult to trace. Just thought I'd contact you as I haven't come across your surname on social media before.Margaret Jackson ,Western Australia
I have Irish ancestors on my Mother's side ..Powers, Howard and McLaughlin. I have only been able to trace them in the US in Ohio around 1850. Figuring they came over shortly before that as the census records indicate that they were born in Ireland. I too have hit a brick wall in tracing them to Ireland.Has anyone had luck in finding ship information for their ancestors traveling from Ireland to the US?
Hi Margaret, apart from this site I'm not on social media, I don't do Facebook or any of the other sites although my children are.I do however have distant relations in Australia or I think I do as two of them were transported for stealing sheep, I think they were in Sale.
I most definitely have Irish ancestors. My DNA tests show more than 65% Irish and Irish/Scottish DNA at much more than that

Irish family names are Noonan, Hickey, Murphy, Corcoran, Barrett, Moran and more...

I have a lot of relatives traces back to County Mayo and Tipperary but hard to find information beyond late 1700’s there. My 3-4 great grandparents came over to Ontario, Canada and New York/Virginia/Massachusetts , USA
I have Irish DNA. The most common group that I know of right now is Sheridan.
Yes, I do from family names such as Lynch and Rafferty

62 Answers

+8 votes
My dad's side seems to have several lines that go back to Ulster.

My great aunt was able to trace one of the lines back. I hope to find more solid information on some of the others.
by Anna Bulthuis G2G Crew (590 points)
+7 votes
My gr-gr-gr-gr-grandpa is Irish, Michael Bannan (b1809 Louth County, Ireland - d 1842 Châteauguay, Qc), married Marie Tranquille in 1837 in Châteauguay, Qc. He's the son of Owen Banan and Margret Hoey. Unfortunately, that's all I know from them. Found Michael's baptism, marriage and death records, but that's it. Nothing on his parents, even with all the free records available this week / weekend.
by Andréa Boudreau G2G6 Mach 2 (22.3k points)
+7 votes
Oh Yes! Even though my mother didn't know it both sets of her paternal grandparents were Irish, she thought only 1 set were Irish.

They left Galway and Roscommon in the 1850s and moved to Staffordshire, England.

Patrick Shaughnessy and Mary Kennedy,  Patrick Rodgers and Mary Sheridan, we have traced the Shaughnessy family to their home village of Slieve in Galway.

The Rodgers-there are far too many in County Roscommon to be sure of a connection
by M Ross G2G4 (4.3k points)
+8 votes
I was so happy that my 90 year old Dad agreed to take a DNA test about 6 months before he died last year; 96% Irish!!  (I managed to get 48% of that Irish blood.)
by K O'Connor G2G Crew (450 points)
+6 votes
My fifth great grandparents (Thomas Crawford [1759-1836] & Jane Todd [1775-1852]) came to SW Pennsylvania from Donegal, Ireland. Ironically (but not really), Donegal, Pennsylvania is in SW PA. But I don't have any more information than that. Thomas' potential parents might be Thomas Crawford [1738-1819] and Sarah Duncan [1740-1799] possibly came from Scotland.   Sláinte!
by Matthew Paisley G2G1 (1k points)
+6 votes
Yes I have irish ancestors.
by Winifred Wilkinson G2G Crew (380 points)
+5 votes
Proud to say I'm 84-95% Irish (depending on when you ask Ancestry DNA!).  Two of my grandparents were born in Ireland, in Counties Galway and Kerry. I'm having a lot of fun exploring my roots.  Visiting Ireland last year, my siblings and I found my grandmother's first cousin in Gort, County Galway, and we spent a wonderful couple of hours with her sharing family photos and memories.
by Karen Haney G2G Crew (540 points)
+4 votes
I can trace my 2nd Great Grand Parents to Donegal Ireland but because of that Records fire that is far as I can go.
by Jim McGroarty G2G Crew (540 points)
+4 votes
Yes! My 2nd great grandfather, John MacNamara/McNamara [MacNamara-207] came from Ennis, County Clare, to Washington County, Maine, c1836.
by Laurie McQuarrie G2G Crew (320 points)
+4 votes
I have Irish ancestry from both sides, my dads are from the south, and on my mothers side form the north and south xxx
by Karen Butler G2G6 Mach 8 (89k points)
+5 votes
I do - just recently discovered last year after my mother did her DNA test!!

They come from Co Tipperary and Co Galway mostly.

Before that I had always thought that my parents were Scottish and English only!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (722k points)
For the record my DNA says I am 75% Irish, Scottish and Welsh and my mothers DNA says she is 86% Irish, Scottish and Welsh.
+3 votes
Yes, I have Irish ancestors by the names of Maloney from Co. Clare and Hehir from County Limerick. :) Doyles, too. I also found out that the younger Honora Hehir married a Higgins.
+3 votes
Yes, my grandfather was born in Waterford, Ireland - with mainly Anglo-Irish ancestors from 17th century or earlier, mostly in Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Limerick & Cork.

My husband, even more so, with three grand-parents with strong Irish roots, as you might expect with a name like O'Hagan.
by Jeanette O'Hagan G2G2 (2.8k points)
+2 votes
All my ancestors are Irish, either from County Roscommon in the west or County Wicklow in the south east.
by Alicia McCormack G2G6 (7.7k points)
+2 votes
Yes, one of my great grandfathers was from Dromore, North Ireland before immigrating to Canada.  I also apparently have DNA relatives in the Dublin area.
by Jennifer McKay G2G Rookie (260 points)
+2 votes
So many Irish ancestors! Including, an Irish Ryan family on my mother's side that immigrated in the 19th century and a likely Irish Ryan family on my father's side that immigrated in the 18th century!

I also inherited the "look" of my Irish family, and once was described as "having a map of Ireland on my face."
by K Frazier G2G1 (1.7k points)
+2 votes
I can trace my dna back to Ireland on my fathers side

The sea captain and how their ship was toss about and ended up in Cuba and then in the Cayman islands.

Mclaughlin's, Scott, Wilton.

I went to Ireland with my hubby's family and had know ideas I was stepping on home ground.. it does call you home. Can't wait to go back and do some research on my side of the family♡

Just to name a few♡
by Bev McLaughlin G2G Crew (360 points)
+2 votes
My dad always bragged about being pure Irish so I assumed I was at least half Irish.  Turns out his mother's parents were German and according to my CRI Genetics DNA I'm only 18% British Isles, not Ireland specifically.  My great grand Michael J Wheeler (Wheeler-19008) supposedly was born in Ireland but I have no source for that and suspect his family will trace back to England.  Even though my Irish roots were cut in half there's still a special place in my heart for everything Irish.
by Thomas Wheeler G2G Crew (960 points)
+2 votes
Probably about a third of all my ancestors came from Ireland, 5 to 8 generations ago. I probably have as much from Scotland, and England. Only one from Wales, one from Isle of Man, and one from Norway. I should at some stage go through and work it out for quicker reference.

11 confirmed Irish ancestors. I have put up a list of where my ancestors have come from. It is interesting comparing them then with each ancestor, which I have put up for them too.
by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Mach 1 (17.4k points)
edited by Ben Molesworth
+1 vote
77% Irish according to the Genome Project  and 11%Scandinavian.  I guess that bits from the viking world tours.
by Melinda Greenlee G2G Rookie (230 points)

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