Over a twenty-two year period, Gabrielle Ní Mheachair has researched and recently published a detailed history of the Maher/Meagher/ O’Meachair Clan, thus providing for the very first time a well researched history of the Clan. Same publication now provides a valuable asset to any library and more importantly a convenient research tool for any person wishing to research the Maher Clan.
“Ó Meachair -The Story of a Clan” is the most thorough history of the Maher/Meagher Clan possibly ever written. Appreciate the role your Maher/Meagher ancestors played in all the major events of Irish history from the coming of the Celts to National Independence in 1922.
This book is not only a history of the Maher/Meagher Clan but also a simple history of Ireland written for an audience versed or unversed in Irish History.
Gabrielle Ní Mheachair – The Author
Author Gabrielle Ní Mheachair spent the first twenty years of her life residing on a rural farm just outside Templemore, Co. Tipperary, here in Ireland. After four years of teaching in Co. Donegal, she travelled to the United States on an adventure that has kept her resident there ever since.
A renowned historian, folklorist and genealogist, Gabrielle is also the author of several children’s books in the Irish language, together with three genealogical works and is a former columnist for the Mid West Irish Focus, Jefferson City, Missouri; latter which focuses primarily on Irish-Americans in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Arkansas and Oklahoma. She lectures and writes for various genealogical organizations and historical journals throughout the United States and currently resides with her husband and three children in Saint Louis, Missouri. The Tipp FM, Arts and Entertainment Award, was awarded to Gabrielle in 2009, for her valuable contribution to the arts through her various writings.
Irish authors, like Gabrielle, spent years of their lives researching history at tremendous personal expense. They invest thousands of Euros into the travel, research, and self-publication of their works for the benefit of future generations, knowing they can never ever recoup their expenditure. As a result, they rely on the help of our historical societies to promote their work, not for profit, but for educational value and for posterity.
This book is a ‘must have,’ for anyone who bears the Maher/Meagher name.
I came across your webpage here by way of researching a John Jack Maher who was transported to Western Australia aboard the Pheobe Dunbar in 1853. This John Maher was convicted in Limerick in June 1851 (probably with a previous charge behind him) and sentenced to 7 yrs Transportation. He has an interesting history in Australia too, having fathered both Aboriginal and European children.
The problem is establishing his Ancestry. John’s Death Certificate lists his birthplace as Limerick and his parents as David Maher and Anna Kelly but we can find no birth or marriage records that ties this information together. The name David may give a clue. I found one who was married in Kilkenny in 1830 which suggests some possible military connection but further searching revealed nothing binding.
I just wondered if you may have come across this John Maher in your many explorations or if you may have some tips for honing in on him using further searches.
I’m not a relative by the way, just a researcher looking at early West Australian settlers who ventured into the world of the Aborigines. You may be intersted to know that John’s son to Bordenan (A Noongar woman from around Albany in Western Australia) became a renowned cricketer whose memory has been preserved in a book called The Invincibles (but that is secondary to what we’re looking for now).
How do we purchase this book? My grandfather on my moms side was a Maher from Tipperary.
For Gabrielle Ni Mheachair,
I heard your presentation at the St. Louis County Library and enjoyed it immensely. I was wondering if you would give a presentation to an organization at my church called the Prime Timers (old people). We meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 10:30 am at St. Alban Roe Catholic church. Would you be interested in giving your presentation next January or February?
Also enjoyed your book “Out the Gap”.
In 1993, my mother wrote and bound a homemade book called Maher. It has the same crest as above and contains over 100 stories, obituaries, deeds and photos of a Maher branch that came to the Americas, settling in the Midwest and West Coast of the USA and some of the northwest territories in Canada.
As most stories, these are the ones that have been written down and cherished. There are other stories that I have heard, usually during late nights with wine and emotions involved. Some of them date back pretty far into Ireland. I don’t have the names, but I have character descriptions and scandals, and heard about the events that led to being shipped off to the Americas. I never really took them as anything but whispers. What girl doesn’t want to believe that she is the descendant of people that lived in castles?
I don’t even know what I am digging for. I honestly just felt like making a shutterfly book for my kids earlier today and just opened up my moms old book earlier to see if it had any cool old family pics and got a bit carried away photographing every page.
I searched for the castles and found this site. When I saw that you wrote a book too, I thought it might be worth sharing my notes. Let me know if you are interested in the history of a strain of Maher that could easily be forgotten to history.
Please tell me how I can purchase book about Mahers.
I’d love to get a copy of your book. My Great Grandfather was Thomas Maher 1845-1925. I think he was from Co Carlow. His wife was Bridget Smith 1846-1930. They married in St Louis in 1864. They are buried in Calvert Cemetery. They lived in Florrisant,MO. I have never been able to trace him back to Ireland. I think his parents were George Maher and Mary Doyle if my families oral history is correct.