Yep- I'm truely part Irish (prolly like 1/1000th) but whatever! I hail from the McMurrah clan of Wexford (HAHA) and yep- there's even a King in my history! I'm taking Jordan to Ireland next year for vaca and I can't wait! It's always been at the top of my bucket list! Just to brag a lil about my suuuuper distant royalty, here's the scoop ;) just ignore the part where is says he's the cause of Irelands loss of independence. details!
King Leinst Dermott McMurrah:
aka Diarmuid-Na-Ugall (Irish, na u Gall, "of the foreigners"), 58th Christian King of Leinster.
Murtough O'Loughlin of the Ulster O'Neills was the most powerful king from 1156-1166. Dermot supported him against Rory O'Connor of Connaught. When Murtough was slain in 1166, Rory secured the high-kingship of Ireland.
Dermott was a lineal descendant of Diromaid, one-hundred and seventy-seventh king of Ireland, and forty-ninth king of Leinster, A.D. 1074. He is considered to be the ultimate cause of the loss of Ireland's independence.
In 1166, Dermot MacMurrough of Okinselagh, King of Leinster, was defeated by the High-king Rory of Connaught. In 1167, Dermot obtained Henry II's permission to engage the help of any of his subjects in a war for his restoration. Adventurous volunteers were soon found among the barons of the Welsh Marches. The highest in rank was Richard de Clare, surnamed Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, who was promised Eva, Dermot's daughter, in marriage, but far more energetic were the Anglo-Welsh descendants of Nest, daughter of Thys ap Teudwr of Deheubarth, a matriarch of conquerors, whose sons by her husband Gerald, castellan of Pembroke, and grandsons of varying descent were on fire to make their fortune like the Normans in Italy a century earlier. Dermot himself easily gained his restoration on terms with little help in 1167, but he nursed both revenge and ambition for the high-kingship, and eagerly pressed for more. In 1169, a son Nest, Robert FitzStephen, and others landed. All told, they were not more than 600 men, but they were inured to warfare, the horsemen armed in mail. The archers wielding a weapon unknown to and not to be parried by the Irish. The immediate result was the surrender of Scandinavian Wexford and widespread submission of Leinster clans.
With Easter around the corner, I went to check out what kind of deals Michael's has:
My brother's video went VIRAL! Ha crazy... he rides in stunt group and they were practicing one Sunday for a stunt show on a runway with a stunt plane- they took video and posted some clips on Facebook and YouTube- next thing they know, the video was played on the Today Show and was reposted across the globe! Funny thing is- they didn't have their video tagged with names- so everyone was making up their own stories as to what happened... pretty funny. And I told my brother he's famous around the world but no one knows his name! HAHA! I bet they tag their names from now on ;)
A few weeks ago I got to go to a press junket for the TV show Cougartown- in NAPA!! So cool, and I had a great time! Even if it did rain the whole time...! Below are a few of my fav pics from my weekend meeting the cast- don't forget to watch the new season that starts this month on TBS!
That's really the only way I can describe it. My heart hurts. a little over a week ago I lost my hero and role model- my grandfather. He worked hard his whole life, never met a stranger, loved everyone and everything, loved to tell jokes, and was the most amazing person I've ever known. Below is one of the stories we wrote for the paper, though I don't think they ever printed it. I figured I'd share some of just the little thing's he's accomplished over the years... I love you grandaddy!
David Luther Goforth, 89, of Dallas Texas Passed away December 5, 2012 due to
complications of lung cancer. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Bettye, 5
children, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He honorably
served in the US Navy Air Corps during WWII as Aviation Cadet V-5. Worshipful
Master of Garland Masonic Lodge, Worthy Patron of the Garland Eastern Star,
Founder and First Worshipful Master of the Vickery Masonic Lodge, former
Director of Southern Bank of Garland, Ordained Deacon of First Babtist Dallas,
former President of the White Rock Rotary Club.
David was born April 21, 1923 in Garland, TX where he grew up working on the cotton farms of Garland and Lake Highlands area. After graduating from Garland High School in 1940 he was drafted to the Cleveland Indians in 1941 but turned downthe oportunity to stay home and work the farm. He attended North Texas
Agricultural College (A&M) where he was when he joined the US Navy Air
Corps for WWII. In 1948 he married Bettye Jean White of Gatesville, TX. David
continued working cotton and corn farms until 1954 and then began ranching
raising quarter horses and beef cattle all over North and East Texas until
2008. David and Bettye loved to travel and visited many beautiful places over
the years. David played mens softball and eventually senior softball
competing in the Senior Softball World Series in 1989, 1990, 1994 where he made an unassisted tripple play from third base. In 2000 he was the MVP of the
Senior Softball All-Star Team. He continued to play until 2003 at the age of
80. David and Bettye resided in Athens, TX several times over the years and
recently relocated back to Dallas.
David never met a stranger and could talk up a room. He was well known for
telling jokes and always wore a smile.
"He left third base... he finally stole home."