Sunday 25 March 2018

Professor Sean Duffy: What JBM and Davy Fitz have in common is Geraldines ancestry

ULTIMATE GAA trivia quiz question: apart from being in charge of Cork and Clare’s titanic struggle for the Liam McCarthy Cup, what do Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Davy Fitzgerald have in common?

Clue: look at their surnames. It’s the same thing that the Kerry senior football manager, Éamonn Fitzmaurice, has in common with his Waterford counterpart, Niall Carew. Answer: they’re all kinsmen.

Undoubtedly, it’s a distant and an ancient link. But if you trace each man’s ancestors – the Fitzgeralds, Barrys, Fitzmaurices, and Carews – back through time, you find that all are descended from a Norman called Gerald, whose sons and grandsons came from Wales to Ireland at the invitation of Diarmait MacMurrough in 1169. They are the men known to history as the Geraldines.

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