Mill Creek Swim Club 2
Dearest Cameron and Frances, It is with great fondness that I look back upon all the times that we were able to share together.  Having two children as wonderful as you is a blessing beyond anything that I could have ever imagined in this lifetime.  I love you with all […]


The Cathach of St. Columba is traditionally associated with St. Columba (d. AD 597), and was identified as the copy made by him of a book loaned to him by St. Finnian, and which led to the Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in 561 in Cairbre Drom Cliabh (now in Co. […]

The Cathach of St. Columba

Born at Buck Mountain, in Foster Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (near Wilkes-Barre), McGroarty was the youngest of 12 children. He was educated at public schools and Harry Hillman Academy in Wilkes-Barre, and was employed as treasurer of Luzerne County from 1890 to 1893. He later studied law and was admitted […]

John Steven McGroarty

Sister Julia McGroarty, original name Susan McGroarty (born Feb. 13, 1827, Inver, County Donegal, Ire.—died Nov. 12, 1901, Peabody, Mass., U.S.), Irish-born American religious leader and educator, the first American superior in the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, whose efforts increased the scope and quality of Roman Catholic education […]

Sister Julia McGroarty

Descendants of Stephen McGrorty Generation No. 1 STEPHEN1 MCGRORTY was born Abt. 1805 in Ireland, and died Unknown. He married MARY FERRY/ FAIRY. Children of STEPHEN MCGRORTY and MARY FAIRY are: i. MICHAEL2 MCGRORTY, b. July 1825, Donegal, Ireland; d. April 16, 1926, his residence, outer edge of town, New […]

Descendants of Stephen McGrorty

One of Derry’s historic place-names is Ballymagroarty – Baile Mhic Robartaigh, the townland of the McGroarty family. The area is named after this herenach clan. In the middle ages, each parish had a herenach family whose duty it was to take charge of and preserve the church relics. In Derry […]

Ballymagroarty – Baile Mhic Robartaigh

An Cathach (meaning ‘the Battler’) was a very important relic used by the Clan Ó Domhnaill (O’Donnell Clan), the old Gaelic royal family in Tír Chonaill (mainly modern County Donegal) in the west of Ulster. It was used as a rallying cry and protector in battle. It was said to […]

An Cathach

Kings of Ireland – McGroarty Family History O’Donnell dynasty – Like the family of O’Neill, that of O’Donnell of Tyrconnell was of the Uí Néill, i.e. descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, High-King of Ireland at the beginning of the 5th century; the O’Neill, or Cenél nEógain, tracing their […]

Kings of Ireland – McGroarty Family History