Two Royal Families of Ireland – O’Neill and O’Connor (#835)

This episode explores the major Royal Irish surnames of O'Neill and O'Connor. We talk about Niall of the Nine Hostages, the patriarch of the O'Neills, and the singer Sinéad O'Connor.

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Two Royal Families of Ireland – O’Neill and O’Connor (#835)

In this episode we look at two of the major family surnames of Ireland – O’Neill and O’Connor.

The first story asks if you have Niall of the Nine Hostages DNA?. This Niall was the patriarch of the O’Neills of Meath and Ulster and there are a surprising number of people on the planet today who have a direct link back to this one individual.

We then move on to the O’Connors – who provided us with the last two High Kings of Ireland. Using the first and second name of the late, great, singer – Sinéad O’Connor – we look at the origins of his Irish girls name and surname.

We also have lots of wonderful Irish songs and music related to the O’Neill and O’Connor names to help us along the way – so do enjoy!

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Letters Featured in This Episode:

Music Featured in This Episode:

  • “O’Neill’s Cavalry March” performed by Seán Ó Riada.
  • “The Flight of The Earls” performed by Carlos Nuñez.
  • “The Foggy Dew” performed by Sinéad O’Connor.

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