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Not only does an Irish surname reveal almost all about where a family hails from, it exposes much about the genetics as well.

The tourists flooded into the Gaeltacht village of Spiddal for the Irish bank holiday weekend that just passed, and I was still there happily after our family celebration.

Out and about through the crammed village for those days and nights was not alone a wonderful break after the hard winter but also a remarkable experience in relation to the reality that the old clans of yesterday, all through the island, are still concentrated to a huge extent in the home baronies.

Actor and wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson can trace his roots back to Ireland on his father's side.

The fitness fanatic only discovered his Irish lineage a few years ago.  

Johnson (46) hails from a family that boasts a rich, multi-cultural heritage - and a line of famous fighters.

His father Rocky Johnson, who was also a WWE wrestler, is a Black Nova Scotian of Irish descent and his mother is Samoan.

Guinness Archive has preserved records and artifacts, dating from 1759, including photos, and 20,000 individual personnel records of past employees giving a glimpse into the history of St. James's Gate and Guinness' staff.

The Guinness Archive, housed by the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, collects, preserves and makes accessible records and artifacts from the formation of the company in 1759 to the present day, including 20,000 individual personnel records of past employees.

Everything you need to know about the Irish surname Ryan - meaning, origins, interesting facts and famous people with the last name Ryan.

Irish derivation: Ó Riain

Name meaning: "Descendant of Rían (little red one/little king disputed)" 

Counties associated with the name: Carlow, Tipperary, Limerick

Coat of arms motto: "I would rather die than be disgraced"

Interesting facts: 

- It is just as popular a first name as it is a surname.

Where in Ireland is Speaker Paul Ryan and how has he spoken on his Irish roots in the past? 

In 2015 Congressman Paul Ryan was the youngest speaker elected since before the Civil War and a frequent guest at Irish events, including those at the Irish Embassy and the American Ireland Fund.

Ryan, as we learned during the 2012 Presidential race when he ran for VP on the Romney ticket, has strong Irish roots.

Where in Ireland is Speaker Paul Ryan and how has he spoken on his Irish roots in the past? 

In 2015 Congressman Paul Ryan was the youngest speaker elected since before the Civil War and a frequent guest at Irish events, including those at the Irish Embassy and the American Ireland Fund.

Ryan, as we learned during the 2012 Presidential race when he ran for VP on the Romney ticket, has strong Irish roots.

If you’re a Doherty of origin, you could have a link to one of the great sculptors of Ireland or even Riverdance.

Variants: O’Doherty, Ó Dochartaigh

This common Irish surname has its origins in the north of the country, from County Donegal, where it is still most prevalent and holds a strong connection. Today, however, this widespread family name now has an estimated 140 different variations in spelling and can be found all across the globe.

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