My grandfather was 100% Irish; his name was Leo. Behind his back they called him Leo the Lion. It was not a compliment. And I actually had an “Uncle Patty”.
But, alas, only one-fourth of my earthly being is Irish. Would that it were more…
Some quotes about being Irish…
‘The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination.’
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
‘I am Irish by race…
but the English have condemned me to talk the language of Shakespeare.’
‘Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.’
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
‘This [The Irish] is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.’
“Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.”
POPE JOHN PAUL II
‘We have a tradition of passing our history orally and singing a lot of it and writing songs about it and there’s kind of a calling in Irish voices when they’re singing in their Irish accent.’
“Being Irish, I always had this love of words.”
“It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked looking-glass of a servant.”
“The tune was sad, as the best of Ireland was, melancholy and lovely as a lover’s tears.”
“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”
Some notes about my family name
The Irish name “Fahey” has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit.
Numerous spelling variations of the surname “Fahey” are preserved in the old documents. The various spelling of the name that were found include Fahey, Fahie, Fahy, Fay, O’Fahey, O’Fay, Vahey, and many more.
The original Gaelic form of the name Fahey is O Fathaigh, derived from the word “fothadh”, meaning “foundation”, a cognate of “fothaigh” meaning to “support or sustain”.
First found in Galway, part of the province Connacht, located on the west coast of the island, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
The name is numerous in the area of Tipperary in the 17th – 19th centuries. The 1890 birth index finds the family in counties Galway, Tipperary and Mayo, with Fahy as the preferred spelling,
A sept of the Uí Maine, (Uí Maine, often Anglicised as Hy Many, was one of the oldest and largest kingdoms located in Connacht, Ireland) the centre of their patrimony, which they held as proprietors up to the time of the Cromwellian upheaval in the mid-seventeenth century and where most of them still dwell, is Loughrea in the south of the county: their territory was known as Pobal Mhuintir Uí Fhathaigh, i.e. the country inhabited by the Fahys. There is a place the modern name of which is Fahysvillage.
The O Fahy castle was known as Dunally and was located in the parish of Kilthomas. Nothing remains of it today – however the townland in which it was located is still known as Doonally.
O’Fahy or O’Fay (A Sept of the race of O’Conor, King of Connaught) Arms: Azure field, a hand couped at the wrist fessways in chief proper holding a sword paleways, Argent pommel and hilt point downwards pierced through a boar’s head erased of the last.
My ancestors immigrated to America from County Mayo.