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NEW Gaelic Ireland Map (Nov 2023)

The GAELIC WORLD of Ireland had survived and thrived after the Viking and Norman conquests. It was a world that had changed little since the time when their Gaulish cousins dominated Central Europe in the 1st Century BC. However, it would not survive the English Conquests of the 16th and 17th Centuries. That conquest saw the total collapse of the Gaelic world and the terminal decline of the Gaelic (Irish) language. Those surviving native Irish, a milieu of descendants of neolithic inhabitants, Indo-European Celts, Gaulish refugees, Vikings, Normans, and mercenary Scottish Gallowglass who were not displaced would exchange their chieftains for new foreign English and Scottish Landlords, a process that would see their names anglicised. It was a process that was extremely effective, and today we can often only guess at the original meaning of each Irish surname, does the surname Ó Leathlobhair (Lawlor) refer to the ‘grandson of the half-Leper’ or rather ‘grandson of the half-medicine man?’ Anglicisation also gave rise to multiple English versions of the same Gaelic Irish surname, for example, Caughey, Hackett, McCahey, McCaughey, McGoey, Megahey are all anglicised forms of ‘Mac Eachaidh.’ There are an estimated 5,000 different anglicised versions that can be condensed into approximately 1,400 original Gaelic surnames together with nearly 400 prominent clans and families that ruled Gaelic Ireland that have been used to reconstruct Gaelic Ireland in the 16th Century. In addition, the map has corrected for the considerable displacements that arose due to the 16th and 17th Century Plantations of Ireland, best illustrated with the McConville surname in Southeast Ulster (see attached image). The Gaelic Ireland map is the closest you will get to an image of Ireland, its territories and its clans and families in the early 16th Century.
ALL of the maps produced at Irish and Scottish Origenes (free to explore online at are tools to be used in the examination of commercial DNA test results. The Gaelic Ireland map is no exception, and has been used in one of the latest Irish Origenes Autosomal DNA reports which can be downloaded and studied CLICK HERE. In this latest Autosomal DNA report based on DNA results it shows the test subject’s ancestors in their original homeland at the time when Gaelic Ireland was at its pinnacle.


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