Sunday, January 18, 2009


So how far back does the love of food and baking go back? Is it solely from my youth? Or is it perhaps in my blood?

The Gaffneys traced their lineage to Niall of the Nine Hostages,King Of Ireland 379-406. In medieval records these septs appear as McEngowny,McNegowny (and to think only people funnelling through Ellis Island thought their names were changed !!!) My name in Irish is in fact Rachel Ni Ghabhna . On further research Darby and Michael Gaffney of Dublin (1720s-1730s)are recorded as 'cakemen' (or bakers) . So there it is.....perhaps it is in my blood after all !!!!