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Happy St. Patrick's Day from SLC Dunk and the Utah Jazz!

May the luck of the Irish help us make the playoffs!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! To help celebrate here are some of the players, coaches, and execs who have some level of Irish ancestry based upon their family names!

1 Alec Burks 11 Jack Cooley 21 Mike Brown
2 Billy McKinney 12 Jarron Collins 22 Otto Moore
3 Blake Ahearn 13 Jeff Malone 23 Paul Griffin
4 Dan O'Sullivan 14 Jerry Sloan 24 Raymond Brown
5 Dee Brown 15 Jim McElroy 25 Rich Kelley
6 Dennis Lindsey 16 John Brown 26 Robert Smith
7 Devin Brown 17 Karl Malone 27 Scott Layden
8 Elden Campbell 18 Keith McLeod 28 Tony Brown
9 Frank Layden 19 Kevin Murphy 29 Trevor Booker
10 J.J. O'Brien 20 Kevin O'Connor 30 Trey Burke

N.B. Booker's middle name is Fitzgerald. Also I forgot to add Brian Smith (Smitty) on this list. I did not add Sideline head cheese Steve Brown on purpose though. I avoided first-names for the most part, so sorry Delaney Rudd.

I had help on this list (which is incomplete) from the Irish name database from IrishCentral.com. They have a lot of great information and help me get to the bottom of some of these names!

Aherne - (Ó hEachtighearna/Ó hEachthairn) (each, steed tightearna, lord): Originally Dalcassian, this sept migrated from east Clare to Co. Cork. In County Waterford the English name Hearn is a synonym of Hearn.

O'Brien - Ó Briain: A Dalcassian sept, deriving its name from historical importance from the family of King Brian Boru. Now very numerous in other provinces as well as Munster, being the fifth most numerous name in Ireland. In some cases O'Brien has been made a synonym of O'Byrne and others of the Norman Bryan.

Burk - de Burgh de Búrca: This one of the most important and most numerous Hiberno-Norman names. First identified with Connacht it is now numerous in all the provinces (least in Ulster). Many sub-septs of it were formed called MacHugo, MacGibbon, Mac Seoinín (Jennings), MacRedmond, etc.

O'Connor - ÓConchobhair: The name of six distinct and important septs. In Connacht there were O'Connor and O'Conor Don (of which was the last High King of Ireland) with its branches O'Conor Roe and O'Conor Sligo; Also O'Conor Faly (i.e. of Offaly), O'Connor Kerry and O'Connor of Corcomroe (north Clare). The prefix, O, formerly widely discarded, has been generally resumed. Similarly the variant from Connors has been O'Connor again.

(O) Delaney - Ó Dubhshláine (another case of dubh, black-Sláine, perhaps the river Slaney): The prefix O has been completely discarded in the anglicized form of the name. It appears as Delane in Mayo. Both now and in the past it is of Leix and Kilkenny.

(O) Murphy - Ó Murchadh: Murphy is the most numerous name in Ireland. The resumption of the prefixes O and Mac, which is a modern tendency with most Gaelic-Irish names, has not taken place in the case of Murphy.

(O) Sullivan - Ó Súileabhain: (While there is no doubt that the basic word is súil (eye) there is a disagreement as to the meaning of the last part of the name). This is the most numerous surname in Munster and is third in all of Ireland. Originally of south Tipperary, the O'Sullivans were forced westwards by the Anglo-Norman invasion where they became one of the leading septs of the Munster Eoghanacht. There were several sub-septs, of which O'Sullican Mor and O'Sullivan Baere were the most important.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!