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'Women's Christmas' in Ireland

January 6th is celebrated in Ireland as "Women's Christmas" (Nollaig na mBan).  More commonly known in other parts of the world as the Feast of the Epiphany, it marks the end of the Christmas period in Ireland.  It is known as "Women's Christmas" because of the Irish men taking on all the household duties for the day.  Most women hold parties or go out to celebrate the day with their…See More
Dec 18, 2017
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Nov 9, 2017
Joseph Kissane commented on Dee Notaro's blog post What Is An Orphan Train?
"The records, such as they are are available on-line for many of the orphan train children but they do not have a lot beyond name and age. The ancestors in our family tree had a unique enough last name and we knew the circumstances of the children…"
Nov 2, 2017
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Ireland – The Birthplace of Halloween

It seems to me people start Halloween the first of October. They claim it has overtaken Christmas as the best holiday of the year. Approximately 100 countries celebrate Halloween but just what are we actually celebrating? Halloween's origins date – 4000 B.C. - when according to the Celtic lunar calendar “summer’s end” was celebrated. This festival was called Samhain (Scots Gaelic:…See More
Oct 31, 2017

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Surname August

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Recorded in the spellings of August and Augustine, and the more popular Austin and Austen, this is a medieval surname of biblical and Roman origins. Introduced into Europe in the 12th century by the returning Crusaders from the Holy Land, the derivation is from the pre-Christian "Augustus," meaning venerable or sacred. The name was particularly popular on the continent where it was and still is, associated with St. Augustine and the monasteries that he founded in the 7th century, but less so…


Comic Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen: July 26,1895

Posted on July 12, 2015 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Gracie Allen was born to George Allen and Molly Darragh, who were of Irish Catholic extraction. The Darraghs are listed as being from County Antrim with Gracie’s father, Patrick, born in 1833 and married Margaret Peggy McKillip from Ballymoney, County Antrim. The Darraghs were from County Antrim. Gracie’s father, Patrick, born in…


Origin of Surname July

Posted on July 1, 2015 at 10:54am 1 Comment

This rare surname spelling is one of a group of variants such as Jul(l)ie, Jewley, Juely and Julee, which are first recorded in England in the early 17th Century. They derive from the Old French "Jolif", through the Middle English "Jolly", a nickname for a person of happy and cheerful disposition. The name may also be associated with the Old Norse-Viking "Jol", a variant of "Yule", the midwinter festival which celebrated the end of the shortening of the days. In this case the name would have…


Money Trivia

Posted on June 21, 2015 at 5:00am 2 Comments

How much does $1 million weigh? That  depends on the denomination of the bills you use. Since there are 490 notes in a pound, if you used $1 bills it would weigh 2,040.8 pounds, but if you used $100 bills it would weigh only 20.4 pounds.

That is, there are 3/4's of a pound of cotton in each pound of dollar bills.  This same source also says that are 454 bills in a pound of currency. 

So when you watch TV or a movie and there is a payoff in a suitcase or a duffle/gym bag....will…


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At 8:32am on May 15, 2015, Don Gray said…
Hi Dee, Thank you for your comments. Rural life has changed dramatically in the last twenty years.

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