TG4’s recent edition of Guth on the subject of The Beatles’ Irish gigs in 1963 prompts curiosity about Paul McCartney’s Irish ancestry. On his mother’s side, he has roots in County Monaghan.

The Beatle was born James Paul McCartney on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool to Jim and Mary Patricia (Mahon) McCartney, according to

Mary Mahon was born in Liverpool, around 1909 and raised in a Catholic family. Her father had been born in Ireland. Jim’s great-grandfather was Protestant and was also born in Ireland, although details about location are unclear. Jim was born on July 7, 1902, also in Liverpool,

According to the website, Paul’s paternal ancestors first emigrated from Ireland to Galloway, Scotland, before moving to Liverpool.

Jim's father - Paul’s grandfather - Joe McCartney was a tobacco-cutter who was married to one Florence or Florrie Clegg.  “Joe never drank alcohol, went to bed at 10.00 p.m. every night and the only swear word he used was “Jaysus,” according to IrishCentral.

Florrie was dubbed "Granny Mac" in the Kensington (Liverpool) neighbourhood where she lived. The Cleggs had Isle of Man roots.

Mary’s father, born Owen Mohin, was from Tullynamalrow in County Monaghan. He changed his surname to ‘Mohan’ and moved to Liverpool, where he worked as a coal-man. He married Mary Theresa Danher, more commonly spelt ‘Danaher.’ At some point, the couple's daughter Mary Mohan - Paul's mother- became Mary Mahon.

Paul's dad, Jim, was a cotton trader while Mary worked as a nurse. According to, the children were baptized Roman Catholic at the insistence of their mother, but were raised non-denominationally.