Archive | May, 2012

Memorial Day Honors: Joseph Jeremiah McCarthy

22 May

The Medal of Honor…

…the highest award for valor that a soldier in the United States armed forces can receive. Since its inception the United States has had a population of more or less of 554 million people. 3459 medals have been awarded, making the chances of you receiving one: 1 in 160,161…as if any of the awards were obtained by chance.

Of course we all know that these awards were not earned by some chance circumstance. These men  joined the Armed Forces knowing full well that they might meet challenges and tests that might maim them or kill them. None of them fully understood how they would be tested and that to pass their tests they would need uncommon Valor. None of them really knew how they might react when faced with perilous circumstances…yet the fear of unknown, the fear of the possibility of failure and of being branded a coward by your countrymen did not cause these men to choose lesser professions. Perhaps none of them knew they even had such Valor within them. Many would sincerely and humbly profess that they have no such character. Yet their actions reveal it. A child is known by his actions; likewise, men are known for theirs.

Now, being members of the fighting race and of royal lineage, it is also not just mere chance that the MacCarthy Clan would also have one of our own standing in the ranks of Medal of Honor recipients, so this Memorial day weekend we honor:

Joseph Jeremiah McCarthy

After his service in WW II, he also served in Korea. Joseph spent the rest of his days working for the Chicago Fire Department. He died in 1996 and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

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Billy The Kid: William Henry McCarty, Jr.

16 May

It has been said, and rightly so, that Ireland’s greatest export is its people.  No doubt this is true. When you look at the contributions of the Irish people to the Nations of the world it is no doubt that they unmistakably burn brighter in proportion to those people of other nations.

Sometimes though the brightness hurts the eyes of those around them…for those accustomed to the dark anyway.

The American West…a land yet untamed in the 1800s.  For America to fulfill her destiny in the world the West had to be brought to heel.  Who could tame such a land?

Well, the Celtic people brought the first civility to the wild untamed lands of the European continent before they settled in Ireland. There could be no better people to take on the American West – but how to get them out of Ireland? For Ireland was the perfect place for such a people. It is the most beautiful of all lands, and yet an island. The small island of Ireland serves a few purposes. It prevented the Celtic people from obtaining too many resources and it was such a nice home that they would not want to leave. If just one of those two things were not true it is a sure thing that they would have taken over the whole world!  So again, how to get enough them out of Ireland to tame the American West so a home could be built for people of weaker constitutions?

Enter – the potato famines of the 1800s. When there is too little to eat, well it might be a good idea to go searching for food elsewhere….and this, it is believed, is what brought a young family to Ireland that would produce one of the greatest legends of the American West: Billy The Kid.

His Legend continues to grow today and is recounted in comics, books, tv shows and movies.

A few misguided people will argue that Billy the Kid was an Outlaw and part of the lawless and uncivilized West. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, Billy was rough, ruthless when he had to be – and that is just the type of man needed to stick fork in the eye of the corrupt officials of Lincoln County in the New Mexico Territory; and corrupt officials are worse than the untamed wilderness.

The facts of the story spell out a  man worthy of tribute. And what of those lesser men whom he engaged in battle?

Well they would never have been in any story told, if they had not been illuminated by the light of,  a McCarty…

William Henry McCarty Jr.     Known to the world as:

Billy The Kid.

Book review: The MacCarthys of Munster by The MacCarthy Mor (Samuel Trant McCarthy)

15 May

The version of The MacCarthys of Munster that is usually obtained is a nicely bound facsimile edition of Samuel’s original book accompanied by a Commentary by the controversial Terence Francis MacCarthy.

The full controversy surrounding Terence can be found elsewhere. However, It is important to point out that the scholarship in Terence’s commentary is generally sound with notable exception of his misdeeds in regards to inserting himself into the Sliocht Cormaic of Dunguile sept of the MacCarthy dynasty.

It is also important to note that Terence, in an effort to promote himself, appears to be unnecessarily harsh in his assessment of Samuel’s scholarship.

In any case, this book is a must read for all descendants of the Name.

The first chapter provides a brief overview of the early history of the the ancestry of the MacCarthys and from where their blood line originated. The book begins with King Milesius of Spain (himself a descendant of Zerah of Judah) , his sons Heber and Heremon,  and from the Heber line we come to Olioll Olum who had Eoghan Mor (from whom the Eoghanachts derive their name) and then the line continues down the centuries to Aodh Duff who had two sons: Failbe Flann (the Father of the MacCarthys) and Finghin (the father of the O’ Sullivans). History shows  the MacCarthy Clan, though the younger of the two sons of Aodh Duff, was the dominant Clan and is to be considered the head family of the the Eoghanachts and thus the head family of the House of Heber.

The following chapters follow the history of the MacCarthy family, their kingdoms, property and details on the various septs that developed from it. Included are several illustrations, some genealogical information regarding the various septs mentioned, historical records, and a list of Authorities used to compile the book.

The book can be ordered from Abe Books.