Wow - I really did not believe that story my great aunt told me about the Normans but it might be true after all. Unfortunately I do not have info on my great great grandfather's family in Kilkenny - he was James Blanchfield and certainly had brothers and sisters who remained inIreland. Someone else on this list posted a note that there is Blanchfieldtown In Ireland - have you heard of this? My brother also visited Ireland and said there are a lot of Blanchfields there!!