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Breathnach - anglicised Walsh(e) and Welsh.

This surname shows what a Welsh affair the Cambro-Norman incursions from 1169 were. The message is in the Gaelic form of the name Breathnach or - Welshman. These were the ancient inhabitants of Britain, and the Anglo-Saxons called them Welsh or - waleis/ foreigners! So the Walsh(e) surname is a microcosm of history. It is likely though that the Irish natives applied this epithet to any invader whether true Welsh or Norman, or a mixture of both, as many of them were, like the Geraldines.

A list of counties of settlement, spreading from Wexford and Wicklow to Waterford, Kilkenny and South Tipperary, on to Cork and Kerry and even further to Mayo, reads like a flow chart of the invasion. Research on the patterns of settlement of Walsh families in the early territories would provide a window into the whole Cambro-Norman colonisation.

In Sir William Petty's 'Census' of 1659, to take a random example 'Welsh' is listed as a Principal Irish Name in Islands Barony and Tulla Barony Co Clare with 10 and 5 families respectively.

By the mid 19th century Griffith's 'Primary Valuation' of households, Walsh was most common in Cos Kilkenny (1420), Cork (1357), Mayo (1092), Waterford (835) and Tipperary (637). Totals were: Walsh (9843), Walshe (6) and Welsh (26).

In the Registrar General's 'Special Report on Surnames...' (1894), based on the birth registration figures for 1890, most Walsh(e) numbers were found in counties Cork, Mayo, Waterford, Galway, Dublin and Wexford. It was the most common name in Mayo. The totals were 877 Walsh and 55 Walshe. The variant Welsh was found largely in Co Antrim.

Based on the 1890 records above, Walsh was the fourth most common name in Ireland (after Murphy, Kelly and Sullivan). In the US it occupies 325th place.

Two famous Walshes:
Tommy Walsh (b 1983) hurling player for the brilliant Kilkenny team. Holder of 6 All Ireland Medals, Walsh is regarded as one of the greatest players ever!
Tommy Walsh is a Gaelic footballer, who played in the Wicklow side that won the Tommy Murphy Cup in 2007. In 2010 he returned to play for his native Carlow

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Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 or 3) Guy’s sons will join the Welsh Adventurers and invade Ireland bringing their quest back to their native land. Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring the story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Walsh story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages. Guy de Sancto Wallerico’s ancestor joined the Normans and invaded England in 1066. In 1128, he is granted lands in south Wales.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) You may say the Walsh surname is not of Irish origin, but Welsh and Norman (from Normandy, France). But now DNA and some recorded history says otherwise. DNA tells us the origin of Walsh is as Irish as they come. The Walsh story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Walsh surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly and McDonald in Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

You may say the Walsh surname is not of Irish origin, but Welsh and Norman (from Normandy, France). But now DNA and some recorded history says otherwise. DNA tells us the origin of Walsh is as Irish as they come. The Walsh story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Walsh surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly and McDonald in Ireland. The Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France according to research from the Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celti

Anthony Barrett

You may say the Walsh surname is not of Irish origin, but Welsh and Norman (from Normandy, France). But now DNA and some recorded history says otherwise. DNA tells us the origin of Walsh is as Irish as they come. The Walsh story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Walsh surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly and McDonald in Ireland. The Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France according to research from the Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celti

Dubhglas

Descendant of Michael Walsh of Ireland.

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