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 Ancestry.com 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

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The legend in the family is that a Scottish Campbell lad, fell in love with a Stuart girl....the royal Stuart's and there was NO WAY!! So they eloped to Ireland. I have direct Campbell Ancestry straight from Argyll,  Scotland, and indirect via Irish Campbell's....the descendants of the pair who eloped. I have yet to be able to prove the story so family legend or myth!
by Sarah Jenkins G2G6 (9.5k points)
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I have Goggin and Duggan from County Cork and McWade from Northern Ireland
by Robyn Lowe G2G Rookie (230 points)

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