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  • Is Your Family Name On This Map of Ireland?

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    This brilliantly detailed map of Ireland lists over 700 traditional Irish surnames in the counties of their ancestry.Trace your Heritage on this Ancestral Map of Ireland. Locate the roots and lineage of your family name in counties such as Derry, Dublin and Cork. Research your ancestral clan heritage and proximity to beautifully depicted Irish Historical Landmarks, such as the Cardonagh Stone Cross and the burial place of St. Patrick, with this easy to use alphabetical name listing and map grid system. Makes a great gift or a unique supplement to your family tree portfolio display. Share the Genealogy of your family’s native homeland, Ireland with your friends and family. This skillfully designed map, printed on quality parchment like paper, measures 17 by 22 inches and is suitable for framing
    to show pride in your Irish Heritage.


    Landmarks and Historical Locations:
    Cardonagh Stone Cross
    Siege of Derry
    Massacre at Magee
    St. Columba
    Antrim, Place of St. Patrick’s Captivity
    Downpatrick, Burial Place of St. Patrick, St Brigid and St. Columbkille
    Antiphenary of Banger
    Book of Kells
    Diarmaid and Gráinne
    Glendalough Round Tower
    Tara Brooch
    Fochard, Birthplace of St. Brigid
    Cromwells massacres at Drogheada
    Battle of the Boyne
    Wicklow, Landing Place of Palladius
    Wexford, Landing Place of the Milesians
    St. Finnian
    Dinn Rig
    Ahenny Stone Cross.
    Celtic Invaders
    Waterford, Landing of Strongbow and Henry II
    Youghal, First Franciscan Convert
    Kinsale, Landing of James II
    Landing of the French at Bantry Bay
    Siege of Dunboy
    Landing Place of Partholan
    Dingle Bay, Landing of Fitzmaurice
    Ardagh Chalice
    Cáshel Round Tower
    Arran Isles, St. Edna’s Monestary
    Battle of Athenry
    Athlone Plaque
    Medb, Queen of Connacht
    Cú  Chulainn
    Lough Erne Reliquiary
    Catach of St Columba

    St. Patrick’s Day Parades 2014

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    For over 250 years Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, has inspired an awesome number of people to show pride in their Irish heritage by participating in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  By early morning, eager children and adults alike don their green and line the streets to get a glimpse of their favorite parade.  From bagpipes to marching bands, traditional Irish dance to Kelly green fire trucks, from Irish Wolfhounds and Irish Setters to green beads thrown from colorful floats, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade offers something for everyone.

    Originally of British lineage, Saint Patrick was captured at age sixteen and sold as a slave in Ireland.  He turned to Christianity during his six years of captivity.  He escaped, and later returned to Ireland as a Christian Missionary. Legend has it the Saint Patrick wore a green shamrock to teach the Holy Trinity to the non-Christian Irish people and thus the tradition of wearing green was born.

    Saint Patrick’s Day has long since been observed in Ireland as a religious holiday. Dublin, Ireland recently began celebrating a St. Patrick’s Day Festival which lasts five days and includes traditional Irish theatre, music, dance, and fireworks and concludes on their national holiday, March 17th, with a spectacular St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Today, hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day Parades are held in honor of Saint Patrick throughout the world in cities such as London, Quebec, Sydney, and Tokyo.

    New York City is home to the first official Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in the world, when in 1762, a group of Irish Soldiers marched to celebrate their Irish roots.   New York City also boasts the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade which has over 150,000 participants, and covers over one and a half miles.  Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia (the second oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade) and Savannah also host large St. Patrick’s Day Parades, each attracting between 10,000 and 20,000 participants. In a brilliant show of Irish pride, the Chicago Journeyman plumbers have been dying the Chicago River green during their St. Patrick’s Day Parade for over forty years.

    St. Patrick’s Day Parades all over the world allow those of Irish ancestry to celebrate their family roots by participating in time-honored Irish traditions.   Whether a direct descendent from a clan in County Cork, or one who has traced his genealogy to County Mayo, or just one who enjoys the Irish jig, all are welcome to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  After all, every one is at least a wee bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

    A Sampling of 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parades around the nation:

    South Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m.

    Chicago IL, Saturday, March 15, 2014, 12:00 p.m.

    New York City, Monday, March 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

    Philadelphia, PA, Sunday, March 16, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

    Pittsburgh, PA, Saturday March 15, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    Savannah GA, Monday March 17, 2014 10:15a.m.

    Baltimore, MD, Sunday, March 16, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

    Slainte (Cheers),

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