Tuesday, 28 July 2015

PERSSE FAMILY GATHERING SEPTEMBER, 2015






PERSSE FAMILY GATHERING SEPTEMBER, 2015 




Program of Events
Wednesday/Thursday 23/24 September 2015



Wednesday: 23 September:

7 pm - Meet and greet Reception/Introduction at the Loughrea Library, former Church of Ireland, Loughrea. This beautifully restored library has a strong connection to the Persse family including memorial tablets belonging to the Persses of Moyode and others.

Guest speaker: Gerry Daly – former teacher and local historian. Gerry has recently completed a thesis on local history from the period of 1700 to 1850 at the University of Limerick.

Title: The Persses of Roxborough.

Time : 8 pm including light refreshments.


Thursday 24 September:

Tour of the Lady Gregory Yeats Trail
– self driven with map and details 
available.


“ Be inspired and follow in the footsteps of Lady Gregory and W.B.Yeats”

The Lady Gregory Yeats Trail incorporates historical sites between the towns of Loughrea and Gort associated with Lady Gregory, the Persse family and W.B.Yeats. These sites include Kilmacduagh, Coole Park, Kiltartan Museum, Thoor Ballylee, Killinane Graveyard, Roxborough Gates, Woodville Walled Garden, and St. Brendan’s Cathedral. This unique landscape of South Galway and its people inspired both Lady Gregory and W.B.Yeats to create some of their greatest works. Writers, poets, historians, artists and musicians have long been attracted to the area. We invite you to follow in the footsteps of Lady Gregory and W.B.Yeats along this trail.

4 pm - Afternoon tea at Woodville Walled Garden with a power point presentation on the Persse family. Over 100 photos containing members of the Persse family including Roxborough, Chevy Chase, Woodville House and Coole Park.

Reunion Dinner Thursday 24, Sept. at 8pm in the Loughrea Hotel (see special offer for accommodation attached) –music ensemble - local musicians.

Note: Kilchreest/Castledaly Heritage Group have been working for some time on restoring Killinane Graveyard, the burial place of the Persses. A Tablet identifying most of the headstones and graves has been erected on site and a Commemoration Service is being planned. It is hoped to fit it in with the Persse Gathering. Details will be forwarded as soon as they are available.


Accommodation Offer


Special offer for the Persse Gathering from the Lough Rea Hotel, Loughrea. Co Galway

Mary Connaughton

Two Nights Bed & Breakfast, plus two Course Dinner on evening of Thursday, 24 September @ €99 pps.

Booking to be made directly with the Lough Rea Hotel – reference Persse Gathering

Contact person: Mary Connaughton I Reservations Manager 

Lough Rea Hotel & Spa I Galway Road, Loughrea, Co Galway

DDI 091 880 237 I Tel: 091 880088 (Reception) 

Email: MConnaughton@loughreahotelandspa.com

Web: www.loughreahotelandspa.com 

www.loughreahotelandspa.com/ specialofferpackages.htm 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

MARRINAN CLAN TO MEET IN KILRUSH: AUG 21-23, 2015



MARRINAN CLAN TO MEET IN KILRUSH 
 Aug 21-23, 2015



Every 2 years since 1997 descendants of the Marrinan's of past centuries have met to trace their family history. Since the first gathering in Minnesota a huge amount of information has been gathered. The next gathering will be centred in Kilrush over the weekend of August 21st - 23rd. The last gathering was in October 2013 in Cape Cod, USA and the most recent gathering in Ireland was in Ennistymon in 2011.

The name Marrinan with its various spellings of Marnon, Maranane, etc has been prominent since the middle ages, but one of the striking aspects of the gatherings is the attendance of so many who no longer bear the name but who are proud of their Marrinan ancestry. The history of the Marrinan's of Clare like so many other families is one of relocation and emigration, not to mention transportation under the "to hell or to Connaught"edict of Cromwell. In 1830 there was over 180 families tenant farmers in Co Clare. By the mid 1850s, this number had fallen by more than half. 


The bulk of the families before this huge dispersal were in the parishes of Inagh, Miltown, Ennistymon, Kilrush and Kilkee. With the descendants of those 19th century emigrants mostly in USA, Australia and Britain, there has always been a good attendance by them. Already there are over twenty confirmed from USA for this year's event. In recent months a number of members of the clan have taken DNA tests and already some interesting connections mostly in the 4th and 5th cousin range have been confirmed. Once again this year we are asking those who have Marrinan ancestry and who no longer bear the name to come to the gathering.

 There are two Facebook groups re this that you might be interested in...





The weekend begins with a meet and greet in the Haven Arms Bar, Kilrush on Friday evening August 21st from 8:00 pm. The main formal part of the programme will be in the Comhaltas Teach Cheoil in Kilrush on Saturday 22nd from 1.30pm. 






Corey Marrinan from the USA will talk on DNA and the comprehensive family tree charts which have been developing over the years will be on display. This is a great opportunity for new members to add their information or to search for missing links in their own trees. 



Saturday evening dinner at Kilrush Golf Club at 6.30 pm will be followed by a night of entertainment from clan members many of whom are prominent in traditional music circles. Mass in Cooraclare on Sunday at 11:00 am will include traditional music followed by a bus tour to some relevant townlands and cemeteries. The usual golf tournament for the Marrinan Trophy presented in 1999 by the late Jack Marrinan will take place Sunday afternoon in Kilrush Golf Club. For anyone interested, access to the family trees will available until 5:00 pm on Sunday evening. For further information contact Micheál at 087) 3638002 or Grainne at 087)9276369.



TOURIST INFORMATION 

Friday, 24 July 2015

NEWS FLASH: 1939 REGISTER COMING SOON !



    

FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, UNITED KINGDOM

Do look for all nationalities when this arrives.



 
1939 Register coming soon
In 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, the government introduced an act that would allow them to gather vital information about the country's population. This information would inform decisions on identity cards and rationing.

In 2015 Findmypast, in partnership with The National Archives, are publishing the Register online, for the first time. The 1939 Register provides unprecedented insight into a country on the verge of war, and bridges the gap in Census records caused by this war.

You can sign up to receive updates on the release of the Register from Findmypast.
Behind the scenes
Findmypast have been hard at work digitising the 1939 Register.

Go behind the scenes to see the conservation and scanning that is being done in preparation for its online release later this year.

March madness in our bookshop

Sunday, 19 July 2015

OBITUARY : KATHLEEN SNAVELY.. SHE WAS CLARE'S OLDEST PERSON ..



KATHERINE SNAVELY

"is believed to have been
the oldest Irish person in history."


article from The Independent
Saturday July 11, 2015
supplied by Larry Brennan from
Clare Roots Society

Thursday, 16 July 2015

THANK YOU...A QUARTER OF A MILLION VIEWS !!!!


THANK YOU



TO ALL MY READERS

WE HAVE JUST GONE PAST
A QUARTER OF A MILLION VIEWS!

I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD 
TO SEEING WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

Go raibh maith agaibh!





Wednesday, 15 July 2015

IRELAND'S OLDEST PUB?



SEAN'S BAR
ATHLONE
 Co Westmeath

 Is this Ireland's oldest pub as claimed?
The Guinness Book of Records thinks so...
 Perhaps you know of another... happy to hear from you. 



You can read more about it here


 But what's an Irish pub without music?

ENJOY!

             

Monday, 13 July 2015

DEAR ANCESTOR.... with JOHN GRENHAM






Dear Ancestor....

I've been meaning to get in touch with you....