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Posted by: Colette Foley (ID *****5912) Date: September 05, 2010 at 10:53:11
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I am finding that FOLEY's that have Aran ISLAND ancestry or Galway Ancestors are in reality FOLANS- they apparently felt they were changing the name From Gaelic to a correct More acceptable English version of their SURNAME when they Emmigrated to the New England area in the 1800's- apparently in OLD Gaelic FOLEY AND FOLAN Meant the same thing- The Aran's were kind of a land that time forgot- (didn't get electricty until the 70's and i think they just got the internet this year- Mainland Ireland treats it as a kind of HERITAGE SITE learning experience and still sends schoolchildren there to learn Gaelic)- A lot of The FOLEYS IN MAINE-like in the BATH Me area and WOBURN MA. area were in ARAN clusters of families that were recruited to work the fishing /shipyard industries- and In WOBURN MA. THE TANNERIES in the 1800's-so there were surnames that these Aran islanders changed when they came to the USA-CONNEELLY -said CON-NEELY became Connelly-DIRRANE became Duran- ect.--So if you think you ancestors could be from The Galway Bay/Aran island area keep this in Mind when searching for relatives.

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