Welcome to the Brabazon Blog! We are trying to get a forum going that would be more instantaneous and universal than either the family website (brabazonarchive.com) or separate emailing. We have commenced with a handful of topics - taken from the website - to kick-start conversations. Your suggestions for additional areas of interest and emails of a personal nature can be sent to Michael Brabazon at mbbrabazon@yahoo.co.uk

As we are probably all now aware, the Brabazon Clan is not homogenous but rather a mosaic of smaller genetic groupings, sometimes explicable by descent via a Brabazon female line, sometimes due to the adoption of the Brabazon name for various known or unknown reasons. By casting the discussion network as wide as possible perhaps we can begin to shed more light on each of the sub-lineages of the Clan - worldwide brainstorming, so to speak!

The Earl and Countess of Meath remain the standard bearers of the Brabazon name, and I think we would all agree that we have an excellent family at the very heart of the Brabazon Clan. Across the spectrum of our Family we are a good microcosm of Irishness in all its cultural forms and our cohesiveness in diversity is perhaps the best testimony to the greatness of our ancestors. So start blogging and let's see where it goes!



This section of the Blog is dedicated to biographies (but short!) of living Brabazons who have done something outstanding and inspiring.  The Team will use its own combined knowledge to start the ball rolling, but we would be very grateful for contributions of either just names or, better, prepared entries (picture plus short text).   We're not looking for superstars, but I'm sure we have some of those as well!  Having built up a wealth of historical knowledge, we think we should pay more attention to the up and coming Brabazon generations, who will, after all, be the folk heroes of the future.  Let's collectively inspire ourselves - Proud to be a Brabazon time!

Fergus Brabazon Finlay (born Dublin 1950) is the chief executive of the charity Barnardo's in
Ireland. He was a senior member of the Irish Labour Party and is also a weekly columnist with the Irish Examiner and the author of a number of books, including Mary Robinson: A President with a Purpose; Notes from the Margins; and Snakes and Ladders.

Having worked in government press secretarial roles in the 1980s, Finlay served as an adviser to Dick Spring from 1983 to 1997. During this time he was involved in campaigns that led to the election of Mary Robinson as president, a large increase in the number of Labour TDs in 1992 and the dropping of the constitutional ban on divorce in 1996. He resigned from Labour in 1997, becoming a director of Wilson Hartnell Public Relations, heading the company's public affairs unit. In 1997 he also started presenting the Network 2 show Later On 2 with Frank Dunlop former Press Secretary of Fianna Fáil. In April 2010 the Sunday Business Post said he is "one of the great backroom operators of Irish political history, a strategist, tactician, and media briefer par excellence." Finlay is also credited and helped to organise the visit of the Special Olympics to Ireland. In 2009, Finlay was listed as 59 on a list of "most influential people" in Irish society put together for Village magazine. In 2010 he ran as the Labour Party nomination for the President of Ireland.


Ryan Brabazon, born 26 December 1986, Albany Western Australia, is an Australian Rules footballer in the Australian Football League. A hard running midfielder, he made his debut for the Sydney Swans in 2008 against the Western Bulldogs. In 2010 he returned to the West Australian Football League club, Claremont where he made two grand final appearances, winning a premiership in 2011. He spent the next two seasons with Canberra’s North East Australian Football League side, Eastlake. In 2014 he joined the University of Sydney Business School’s Masters Degree Program with an Athlete’s scholarship and a role as a senior assistant coach. He is a descendant of Joseph and Rebecca Brabazon from County Cork Ireland, who immigrated to New Zealand in the early 1860s.

Honor Brabazon is a doctoral candidate in Politics at the University of Oxford.  She holds a BA (Hons) from Trinity College in the University of Toronto and an MA in Political Science from York University in Toronto.  She has been a visiting student in the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London and at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto.  All of her undergraduate and graduate degrees have been funded by government research grants and independent awards for academic achievement, including from the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.


James Martin Brabazon (born 18 February 1972). James Brabazon is an award-winning frontline journalist and documentary filmmaker and author. Based in London, he has travelled to over 70 countries investigating, filming and directing in the world's most hostile environments. His awards include the Rory Peck Trust Sony International Impact Award 2003, the Rory Peck Freelancer's choice Award 2003, and the IDA Courage Under Fire Award 2004. He has made over 30 international current affairs films broadcast by the BBC, C4, CNN, SABC and the Discovery Channel. He lectures on the ethics and practicalities of reporting from war zones and his writing has been published in the Observer, the Independent and the Guardian.
He has also been nominated for two BAFTAs and two EMMYs. He has made thirty international current affairs films broadcast by the BBC, Channel 4, CNN, SABC and the Discovery Channel. He lectures on the ethics and practicalities of journalism in war zones and has written for the Observer, the Independent and the Guardian.

James is the son of Michael Brabazon, a descendant of the Swinford, Co Mayo Brabazons


Nicholas Alexander Rees (born March 17, 1982 in Nassau) is a retired Bahamian swimmer, who specialized in butterfly events. He is a two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004), a former Caribbean and Bahamian record holder in the 100 m butterfly, a varsity swimmer for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and a graduate of business administration at Ohio State University. Rees later obtained an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami. Nicholas Rees is also the grandson of Lionel Wilmot Brabazon Rees, VC, British war hero, Victoria Cross recipient and advisor to the Crown.
He is a direct descendant of Anna Marie Brabazon born in 1824 in Clayford, Kent..

Photo courtesy of www.linkedin.com/pub/nicholas-rees/6b/254/75b

Lady Serena Alexandra Brabazon (born 23 February 1979 in Dublin) is the daughter of  John Anthony Brabazon, 15th Earl of Meath and  Lady  Xenia Brabazon
Serena is an accomplished Irish actress, with a BA from RoseBruford, (LISPA) and Jacques Le Coq International School, in Paris.
Serena also often teaches at acting workshops, having taught at many schools including; The Gaiety School of Acting, Dun Laoghaire Theatre School, Festival of Work Cultures-Children’s Workshops, Red Kettle Theatre Academy, and Temple House Festival-Children's area.
Her film &television credits include; the popular television series The Tudors in which she played the role of Nan Saville, The Chronoscope, The Witch of Portobello, The Lactating, and The Unusual Inventions of Henry Cavedish ,all directed by Andrew Legge, Albert Nobbs directed by Rodrigo Garcia and The Lotus Eaters, directed by Alexandra McGuiness.
Serena’s theatre performances include; Big Love at the Gate Theatre directed by Melissa Keiffman, The Gift, The Paper Princess and  Alice, all at the Monkeyshire Theatre directed by Kareen Pennefather, Cinderella directed by Jaimie Carswell at the Galway Performing Arts Centre, Lost in the Forest directed by Philip Hardy with Barnstorm Theatre Company, and The Pattern directed Fiona Reed, with the Offaly Arts Council.
Serena has also coordinated and performed at many festivals and events including; Dublin Fringe Festival Community Games, Killruddery Arts Fairytale Picnic-Walkabout and Killruddery Arts Enchanted Garden-Interactive Performance Day for Children and Families.
Serena also has many directorial and writing credits which include; A Christmas Song and The Snow Queen at Kildare Village in which she wrote, directed, and performed in.
She is married to the film director Andrew Legge. She and Andrew are also 'guerrilla gardeners' – coming up with the idea of bringing a bit of joy to ghost estates by planting trees on them. For more information and to watch a video by Serena on this subject go to http://www.amara.org/en/videos/hSQPd7Ydhe93/info/nama-to-nature-serena-brabazon-at-tedxdublin/

Kevin Brabazon is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at NYU Wagner, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in statistics and technology management in the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has also lectured in gerontology at La Guardia College, City University of New York, and in Intergenerational Studies at Dowling College. He received his MPA from Wagner. He has a special interest in intergenerational services and, as a consultant to the Brookdale Foundation, developed a national network of services for grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren. He has been president of the New York State Intergenerational Network since 1991. He has published articles and a book, "Intergenerational Approaches in Aging" with Robert Disch.
Kevin was the co-ordinator of the 1993 Brabazon family reunion in Ireland, in Swinford (the home of his ancestors) and Killruddery.
Kevin Brabazon opening Brabazon tomb at Swinford 1993

Dr. Dermot Brabazon, CEng, MIEI, MIMechE, MIoM is an Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Engineering & Computing at Dublin City University.

Dermot Brabazon completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin in 1995 and his PhD in 2001. From 1995 to 2000 he worked with Materials Ireland solving industrial related materials problems. In February 2000, he joined Dublin City University (DCU) as a lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and was appointed as senior lecturer in the School in 2007. From September 2007 to September 2008 he was appointed as Deputy Head of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and was appointed as Associated Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering & Computing in January 2009. In 2009 Dermot was awarded the President's Research Award in Science & Technology. He was Chair of the Mechanical & Manufacturing division of Engineers Ireland and the Republic of Ireland branch of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2008-2010.

Most of his research falls into the four broad areas of rapid prototyping,   material forming, material glazing, and analysis of constructive educational techniques. Many of the research projects, as well as crossing these four areas, also involve multi-discipline aspects with close involvement form colleagues from across DCU and the wider research community creating a hub of research collaboration. Specific current research interests include Semi-Solid Material Forming, Laser Micro-Machining/Rapid Prototyping, Nano-Crystalline/Glass Metal Application and Educational Methodologies. Large scale research project work has included EU work on semi-solid steel forming; soft and hard synthetic biological tissue scaffold fabrication; and laser forming of glass and polymer micro-voxel networks. Dermot has published more than one hundred peer reviewed research papers and supervised more than 15 research postgraduates to completion. He has acted on many occasions as external reviewer to programmes of research, honours engineering degree programmes, and PhD candidates. He is currently on the editorial board of the following leading International Journals: the International Journal of NanoParticles, InterScience; the International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials, InterScience; the Open Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Journal, Bentham; the Open Materials Science Journal, Bentham; and the International Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanoengineering. His recent publication work includes editing of a special issue of the International Journal of NanoParticles, on the Characterisation, Measurement and Analysis of NanoParticles; and writing books chapters in Emerging Nanotechnologies for Manufacturing, Elsevier; Modelling of Semi-Solid Processing, Shaker Verlag; and Emerging Nanotechnolgies in Dentistry, Elsevier.


Shane Laughton Brabazon is the Owner and Managing Attorney of Brabazon Law Office, LLC. A native of Northeastern Wisconsin, Shane attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he earned degrees in Economic and Finance and Minored in Speech Communication. He served three terms as President of the Creighton University Speech and Debate Team and won numerous awards for debating and persuasive speaking. He graduated from Creighton Magna Cum Laude.  Shane graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1995 and passed the Wisconsin State Bar that same year. While at the University of Minnesota, Attorney Brabazon was an intern for the Honorable Federal Magistrate Franklin Noel.

After working for a downtown Green Bay law firm, Attorney Brabazon created Brabazon Law Office, LLC in 1997. Shane has a wealth of experience in many areas of Law including; Business & Commercial Law, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Family Law, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, and Civil Litigation.  Attorney Brabazon devotes most of his practice to cases involving litigation. He has appeared in front of most Judges throughout Eastern Wisconsin and has extensive experience in both State and Federal Courts.

Shane has represented various types of clients; CEO's of corporations, casino employees, managers, police officers, teachers, small business owners, mill workers, members of political families, and professional athletes. Attorney Brabazon is also proud of his representation of indigent clients, whether providing his services pro bono or representing indigent clients through appointment by the State or Federal Defenders office.  Attorney Brabazon has handled very complex criminal, family and federal civil cases. Involved in numerous high-profile cases, Attorney Brabazon has been quoted in local, state and national newspapers and has appeared on CNN.
From - http://www.brabazonlawoffice.com/attorney_profiles/Shane_Laughton_Brabazon.php

Tara Brabazon is the Professor of Education and Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University (Bathurst and Dubbo campuses in Australia and the Ontario, Canada campus in Burlington). She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and head of the Popular Culture Collective.
Previously, Tara has held academic positions in the United Kingdom, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. She has won six teaching awards, including the Australian National Teaching Award for the Humanities, along with others in the areas of postgraduate supervision, disability and cultural studies. She was a finalist for the 2005 Australian of the Year and also for the 2005 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in the Community Service category. She is also a well-known columnist on education, having written for the Times Higher Education. Tara’s personal website is www.brabazon.net and she is active on social media sites including academia.edu, twitter (@tarabrabazon) and linkedin. She also has a YouTube channel and a podcast series.
Tara is a specialist first year teacher and experienced doctoral supervisor. She commenced teaching in Universities in 1992 as a Teaching Apprentice in the History Department at the University of Western Australia.  She then went on to work at the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), Central Queensland University and Murdoch University in Perth. In the UK, she held professorial posts at the University of Brighton and the University of Bolton. She was also the Professor of Communication at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada.
She was the Programme Leader of the Communication and Cultural Studies degree at Murdoch University, the founder and Programme Leader of the Master of Arts Creative Media at the University of Brighton, and the Head of Photography and Creative Media at the University of Bolton, managing 11 degree programmes.  Tara is an awarded doctoral supervisor and candidature manager with an outstanding record of successful completions, while also conducting examinations and institutional audits and validations of postgraduate programmes throughout the world.
From - http://www.csu.edu.au/faculty/educat/teached/staff/profiles/head/tara-brabazon
She is married to  Steve Redhead,  Sub Dean of Graduate Studies at Charles Sturt University. They live in Bathurst, New South Wales

Richard Brabazon, son of the legendary jockey, Aubrey, and grandson of the classic-winning trainer, Cecil, has spent his working life in the bloodstock industry. He gained experience working in leading racing stables and studs on The Curragh, at Newmarket and at Lambourn as well as short periods in France and Germany.
For over two decades Richard has been running his own livery business based at Rangers Lodge, The Curragh from where the family has been turning out winners since 1927.
In recent years Richard has specialised in pre-training at Rangers Lodge, The Curragh, Co. Kildare

Dr Sally Ruth Hinton
Dr Sally Hinton received her PhD in 2013 for her revolutionary research into freshwater toxin-producing cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that occur in drinking water reservoirs and recreational water bodies. While her research was centred on the Tweed River Catchment (a sub-tropical region on Australia's east coast) Sally's years of research yielded discoveries that are likely to impact on the way blue-green algae is monitored and managed worldwide. It will hopefully reduce the risks associated with toxin producing cyanobacteria in regards to human health as well as both stock and wildlife. Dr Hinton is currently working full time as a Senior Scientist at the Tweed Laboratory Centre - a multi-million dollar facility which is a market leader in algae identification and research handling samples from all over Australia.
Sally's Mother was the late Elspeth Genifer Brabazon McManus, who in turn was the Granddaughter of Mary Violet Brabazon of Winton, Western Queensland - the same family line as our dear late Ann Shevill. Sally's Father was the late Allan Gordon Hinton from Tweed Heads.
To balance her scientific career, Sally's artistic interest and ever time consuming hobby is Wildlife Photography, having won many gold medals in international salons with her images. Combining three passions: wildlife, travel and photography she has travelled to the Galapagos Islands and Alaska, however, it was Africa that got into her blood and she has returned numerous times enjoying the surprises that nature and wildlife produce when least expected!
Sally Hinton Website: www.sallyephotos.com

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