Re: NEIL T BLANEY T.D. AND MEP.
Henry, most Blaney's came to Ireland in the 1500's from Scotland and Wales before that....They landed in the the nothern tip and many live in the Mulroy Bay area, Milford, today.I would guess that most of the Blaney's in the U.S. and Canada could trace their Irish roots back to this very location.If so, then we are all cousins at some point in time.My family came from Fannett which is in the Milford area also.Like some others, myself and my son have spoken to Harry Blaney (TD) and his family.Harry is no longer in the Irish Parliment, his son Neal has taken his place and his other son Liam is a councilman in Donegal.This branch of the family's interest in politics goes back to Neil Blaney Sr, who married a Blaney.They also own the Milford Inn, if you ever visit the area.
The Blaney's in Ireland, according to Harry, seem to have had many children, not unusual for each family to have 8 or 9.Blaney's in that area also tend to have blue, gray or green eyes.
My gg-grandfather was Patrick Blaney and married Mary Martin.Their son James, born in 1845 came to Philadelphia and was married to a Bridget Sweeney in 1885.His 1st wife died and I don't know who that was.I am trying to pick up before Patrick, but would need the parish records at this point.Not sure how many Parishes there are besides Masmont.
While Blaney is not an Irish name, it is a Celtic name and has been in that area back to the 700's.And to me, Celtic trumps Irish since many Irish names point to the Vikings and other conquerors.