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  • Reply to: Books on the O'Neills   3 days 17 hours ago


    Shaving the Dead is a new play which will be directed and produced by Guy Masterson. Guy is an Olivier Award-Winning Director and Actor who has been producing and directing for twenty years with his company ‘Theatre Tours International’.

    Shaving the Dead is a black comedy about two undertakers Connor and Eurig who get involved with a gang of drug dealers who use their business for mock funerals with the intent to transport and hide cocaine. Connor will be read by Marty Maguire. Marty hails from Belfast and has starred in such recent theatre hits as The Long Kesh Chronicles and the Musical stage production of Angela’s Ashes. Swansea born Christian Patterson will read the part of Eurig. Christian has played such iconic names as Harry Secombe and Dylan Thomas and was recently in the National Theatres production of the post Brexit play My Country.

    Shaving the dead is written by the award winning Irish Actor, Comedian and Writer Owen O’Neill.

    Owen O’Neill is a writer, actor and stand-up comedian. He has written and performed eight one-man plays and has won a string of awards including three Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Festival, the Herald Angel award for best play and the Edinburgh Critics Award for best comedy. In 2012 he won best actor for his off-Broadway one-man play Absolution. He has appeared in five feature films including Michael Collins directed by Neil Jordan and The General directed by John Boorman. His short film The Basket Case, which he wrote and directed won best short at the Boston Film Festival in 2010. In 2009 he, along with Dave Johns, adapted The Shawshank Redemption for the stage. Owen rewrote it in 2013 for the Edinburgh Festival and it received five-star reviews from The Times and Scotland on Sunday.

  • Reply to: Please share the history of your Celtic family name   1 week 1 day ago

    This is my connection...  McNeill...  
    I cannot find any info further on the family past Mathew McNeill...  Records in Ireland have been destroyed in a fire...

    During the Civil War, the Four Courts, where it was based, was seized and the repository building destroyed by detonating explosives, resulting in a fire in June 1922 during the Battle of Dublin, along with most of the records held here, some dating back to the thirteenth century.

    I am at a stop in my research...

    Mathew McNeill
    BIRTH 1827 • Belfast, Ireland
    DEATH 30 APR 1913 • Turtle Mountain, Manitoba
    2nd great-grandfather

    Margaret Rae Taylor
    BIRTH 1829 • Belfast, Ireland
    DEATH 21 AUG 1894 • Manitoba, Canada
    2nd great-grandmother

    Mathew & Marg McNeill had several children 
    - one was William Lawrence McNeill.

    William Lawrence McNeill
    BIRTH 21 JAN 1866 • Teeswater, Ontario, Canada
    DEATH 16 JUL 1941 • Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

    Hattie May Coote
    BIRTH 1 MAR 1876 • London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada
    DEATH 4 AUG 1953 • Colwood, British Columbia, Canada

    Wm Lawrence & Hattie McNeill had several children 
    - one was Muriel Pearl McNeill...

    Father Reuben Archibald
    BIRTH 8 APR 1879 • Nova Scotia
    DEATH 30 DEC 1969 • Kelowna, BC, Canada
    paternal grandfather

    Muriel Pearl McNeill
    BIRTH JUL 1905 • Star City, Saskatchewan, Canada
    DEATH APR 1984 • Saskatchewan, Canada
    paternal grandmother

    George Whitehead - he was put in an orphanage.
    His real name isn't known - it may be Jack.  His year of birth is between 1919 & 1924.  

    He asumed the alias of George Whitehead after a man Muriel Pearl McNeill married.. 
    DNA says he is Reuben Archibald's child.

    Then there is me - Kat... 
    I am shaking the tree getting to the truth of who my family & ancestors are...
    It has been an interesting journey...

    If anyone has info or insight on this branch of McNeill's - I would love to hear from you...
    Might help me figure out where I fit in with the O'Neill Clan...

  • Reply to: Books on the O'Neills   1 week 3 days ago

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  • Reply to: Hugh O'Neill / O'Neall   1 week 6 days ago


    The Fomorians

    There are many oblique references to the presence of Black people in ancient Ireland. Ancient Irish mythology refers to the original inhabitants of the island as being a giant, sea-faring people called the Fomorians (Fomors), which means “dark of the sea”. According to the ancient lore, they were a cushitic people from the African continent. Often depicted as demons, they defeated the first few incoming waves of invaders, but could not defeat the Firbolgs, who settled the land and lived side-by-side with the native Fomors.

    Those myths may have a factual historical basis. It is proposed that the Formorians were a real people who were in all likelihood sailors from the African continent.

    Two more invasions, the first led by the godly Tuatha de Danaan, and the second by the Celtic Milesians, took control of Ireland, mixing together with the Fomorians until they were no more.

    There are credible sources for the African association with Ireland. The most likely of these is that they were Phoenicians and/or Egyptians. The Phoenicians were Canaanites, which came from the line of Ham. Ham is the mythological ancestor of the Black nation.

    The Phoenicians were also well-known for their sailing skills, and are said to have traveled to the British Isles, which they called the “Tin Islands”. Perhaps, before Ireland was a Celtic domain, which it wasn’t until a few centuries BCE, the Phoenicians colonized it. It is noteworthy that the name Fomorians sounds a bit like Phoenicians.

    There is also a legend that an Egyptian princess, Scota, left Egypt with some followers and journeyed to Ireland. Legend has it that Egyptians left many ancient tin mines all over Britain but especially Ireland which was their major source of the valuable metal.

    Another idea is that they were Taureg Berbers. The Berber language is Hamitic, and the Berber people live in an area from which travel to Ireland would be easily accessible. The Berbers perhaps set sail from western Morocco, and settled on Ireland before the Celts, making it their new home.

    Moorish Science Temple founder Drew Ali teaches that Ireland was once part of a Moorish empire, and that the Irish are a Moorish people. Perhaps there is a common root between the “moor” sound in Fomor and the word Moor?

    Selkies and Half-Breeds

    Another Irish legend tells of the Selkies, a sort-of “wereseal” that is a seal during day, but a human by nightfall. Sometimes, in an Irish family of fair-skinned, light-haired people, a child is born with dark hair eyes, and skin, and is called a Selkie.

    The concept of the Selkies appears to make subliminal reference to the half-breed children that resulted from the extensive miscegenation that occurred between the Celts and the dark skinned original inhabitants that they had met upon their arrival in Ireland.

    Many people of Irish descent have distant and recent African roots, and these features can still be seen in the people and in the culture. There are some Irish people with Afros (just like Andre the Giant a late continental European wrestler with afro-hair). In Southern Ireland, some people, referred to as “Black Irish”, are noted for their strikingly dark features, as opposed to the fair-skinned, light-haired north.

    Although many Irish descendants are particularly pale, they do have pronounced Africoid facial features, as well as dark brown eyes, and dark brown hair that is sort-of kinky, especially in moist conditions. A sub race of the Irish called the Bronn are noticeably Mediterranean (read: African) in features especially their hair.

    In addition to all of this, Celtic music is distinctly different from the rest of Europe, and easily comparable to African music.

    Black, Viking and Irish

    Unlike Scotland and England, Ireland was never colonized by the Romans. As a result, Ireland remained relatively isolated.

    The Vikings established port cities like Dublin. The Viking texts left stories and descriptions of African soldiers captured in Ireland whom they called blaumen[blue-men].

    Most Viking references to ”black” in Norse would have signified having black hair as opposed to skin color but blaumen meant black skinned. Most of these blaumen were captured soliders from Moorish Spain. It was observed that:

    “A prominent Viking of the eleventh century was Thorhall, who was aboard the ship that carried the early Vikings to the shores of North America. Thorhall was “the huntsman in summer, and in winter the steward of Eric the Red. He was, it is said, a large man, and strong, black, and like a giant, silent, and foul-mouthed in his speech, and always egged on Eric to the worst; he was a bad Christian.””

    “Another Viking, more notable than Thorhall, was Earl Thorfinn, “the most distinguished of all the earls in the Islands.” Thorfinn ruled over nine earldoms in Scotland and Ireland, and died at the age of seventy-five. His widow married the king of Scotland. Thorfinn was described as “one of the largest men in point of stature, and ugly, sharp featured, and somewhat tawny, and the most martial looking man… It has been related that he was the foremost of all his men.””

    What about Scotland and Wales?

    “Any comprehensive account of the African presence in early Europe should include England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Scandinavia. The history and legends of Scotland confirm the existence of “purely Black people.” We see one of them in the person of Kenneth the Niger. During the tenth century Kenneth the Niger ruled over three provinces in the Scottish Highlands.

    The historical and literary traditions of Wales reflect similar beliefs. According to Gwyn Jones (perhaps the world’s leading authority on the subject), to the Welsh chroniclers, “The Danes coming in by way of England and the Norwegians by way of Ireland were pretty well all black: Black Gentiles, Black Norsemen, Black Host.””

    Ogu Eji Ofo Annu

    Ancient And Modern Britons, by David Mac Ritchie
    Nature Knows No Color-Line, by J.A. Rogers

  • Reply to: Hugh O'Neill / O'Neall   1 week 6 days ago

    try finding us on FB at Cineál Eoghain 

  • Reply to: Cineál Eoghain History 1   3 months 1 week ago

    you are welcome to join us on fb ancient clan o'neill

  • Reply to: Cineál Eoghain History 1   3 months 1 week ago

    Your in the grove of the Clans Ancients as I am & I am on a roll with researching & I have the gift of finding more heritage histories that others have not found but some are in other families histories so what I wanted to say to you is that our modern day Clan members are not as involved or at all & like I tell Thor Ewing in the UK of Clan Ewen as he asked me what my opinion was of them & I stated that "Yeah well they buy their kilts, gather & gussle beer" as that is all I see in the Ewing Family Assocation" & that Wally dude caved in on one bitch of our using Clan on our name & I told him hey moron beady eye pencil pushing of a leader of this assocation that were the Clan & not the KKK & were not from Albert Pikes Civil War Days Idiot were from the beginning of all get it! So the Assocations ah discussion page he wrote "ENOUGH ABOUT THE NAME" Anyways did you know the name of "EOGHIAN" is not only the oldest of all time but the 1st to be a name of a family or Clan??? Yep I am feeling like a Ancestor myself & the more I know the more others look stupid or just plain CLUELESS & when you get that alone being so full of real truthful knowledge it makes you realize maybe you are not of this time but here with others & sure enough as from 2014 to now a lot have connected & are all working this Spiritual Battle of the Evils within & all agree that we all were here by agreement to do this & we will be rewared with asscending to where we belong & not cycling here time after time & secert is to before death is telling your soul you want to asscend now & so easy but not know to many so your thoughts??? Steven Ray Ewing a deicated Clan member of 3 Clans & a Knights Templar of Rossyln & Sandy McBride & I e-mail a lot of todays events & battles & he declared war on the Pope 3 weeks ago 1st time in 10 centuries & now the 3rd Cursades are happening & same ole war of "CHRISTIANTY & ISLAM" when does this ever end??? How many of us have to fight this for the masses of Sheep??? They never fight or stand up against what & who is known to commit Treason & Betrayals to their Nation now a Zoo full of whatever,s here???

  • Reply to: its good to talk   3 months 1 week ago

    A massive thank you to all the community groups who took part in the Community heritage festival in Co Tyrone and Co Armagh. Great to see all the communities coming together to celibate our culture and heritage 

  • Reply to: its good to talk   3 months 1 week ago

    Ancient clan O'Neill pike men on the river Blackwater 



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