Saturday, 28 April 2012


The "Erin Go Bragh" and it's passengers hold a very special place in the hearts of so many Queenslanders...

Celebrations are in place to mark the Sesquicentennial of the "Erin Go Bragh's" arrival in Moreton Bay. Many of the passengers were from Tullamore, Ireland.

I have two links to the "Erin Go Bragh" which you can see on the Left hand side of this page...

If you have connections to this ship and in particular the voyage mentioned below, you are welcome to be part of the celebrations.

Please contact one of the organisers as in the Press Release at the end of this page, remembering to click on the image to enlarge.

You can download a complete list of passengers from the Queensland Irish Club site at

I dedicate this post to a friend, Bev Kerlin, who did extensive research on the "Erin Go Bragh".

DUBLIN LECTURE -"From the Talty Farthing to the Talty Millions.."

Dr Patrick Waldron, Chair of CIGO and member of Clare Roots Society, will give
a talk called "From the Talty Farthing to the Talty Millions - Tracing your
Clare family to Dublin and beyond."

The date: Monday 30 April.
It will be at Wynn's Hotel, 35-39 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1 - at 8pm
There is no charge to attend.

(Thanks for the reminder, Christina Hunt...)

Thursday, 26 April 2012


Courtesy of Larry Brennan, Clare Roots Society...

On working on a recent book with regard to house ownership I got great assistance for the Archival section of Clare County Council.

The register of Electors I have found as an unknown treasure when coming forward from 1934 to today.

N.B.  Unfortunately the Archival Section has no research room or facilities, so you are required to put a request to your Local Library a request to view.

 I attach details of available Registers.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

CLARE ROOTS SOCIETY... Registry of Deeds

Courtesy of  Eric Shaw... Clare Roots Society

Members might like to read this in preparation for our May talk by Nick Reddan on the Registry of Deeds.

What is the Registry of Deeds?

In 1707 the Registry of Deeds in Henrietta Street, Dublin was founded by act of the Irish Parliament to secure the transfer of land after the final conquest of Ireland by King William II (a.k.a. William of Orange or 'Good King Billy'). Its main function was to provide security of tenure for new owners of land in Ireland.

Registration or 'Memorializing' of deeds was done on an entirely voluntary basis. Memorializing involved the clerk making a complete or near complete transcript of the original sworn document. Once a document was accepted and memorialized it guaranteed full Parliamentary title to land. As this was the most secure form of ownership available, and as registered deeds of title to land had priority over unregistered deeds of title, this new system quickly became popular amongst 'old' owners of land.

  • There are an estimated 600,000 deeds in the Registry of Deeds, memorialized between 1708 and 1830.
  • There are a further 1.5 million deeds memorialized between 1830 and 1929

The records in the Registry of Deeds can be searched alphabetically using the Grantors Index, or geographically using the Townlands Index.

There is also a further geographical division for the principal cities, where records can be searched by a street index organised alphabetically.

From the 1820s, its possible to search the borough towns by name, thence by street.

Who is recorded in the documents held in the Registry of Deeds?

One of the very many myths in Irish genealogy is that the deeds held in the Registry of Deeds only record the Protestant Ascendancy. The records of the Registry of Deeds record the Irish middle class of every denomination present in Ireland, as well as the gentry and aristocracy.

Here you will find:

  • Roman Catholics
  • Anglican Catholics (otherwise Church of Ireland)
  • Quakers
  • Presbyterians
  • Plymouth Brethren
  • Jewish

All of whom at one time or another had reason to draw up contracts regarding:

  • the sale, transfer or mortgage of land
  • the formation, expansion or dissolution of a business or professional partnership
  • marriage settlements for sisters or daughter
  • registration of wills.

The people recorded here are:

  • farmers, artisans and manufacturers
  • businessmen and occasionally business-women
  • innkeepers and ale-sellers
  • professionals and property owners

If you move beyond the grantors recorded in the documents, and look at the witnesses to these deeds, you will find another class of people not usually visible in the records- small shop-keepers, school-teachers and law-clerks, who although literate, did not possess property or assets and would therefore not usually appear in the historic records.

Where you find a relevant document in the Registry of Deeds, you will usually find a great deal of evidence that you won't find in any other surviving record-set. This information will include:

  • the grantor's name
  • their occupation or status
  • the grantor's townland or street address
  • a statement of his property and/or business interests
  • the name of the grantee (purchaser)
  • the grantee's townland/ street address
  • the grantee's status or occupation
  • the names of witnesses
  • the witnesses' occupation/ status and the nature of their relationship to the contracting parties

Records in the Registry of Deeds also start from 1708 onwards, so they provide much earlier and more detailed coverage, and as such these records provide a real door into the past.

Monday, 23 April 2012


John Grenham today on BMDs and their legitimacy in certain places.
 Courtesy of... Clara Hoyne
 Clare Roots Society Secretary


With this title, you know you must read it...

from Clare People, courtesy of Clara Hoyne, Secretary of Clare Roots Society... Paddy Waldron is one who is involved...

'Kilrush has a hunger for famine project'

As always, please click on the image to enlarge...

Friday, 20 April 2012


Following our brief story previously, here is the summation of the Presentation Dinner.

Clare Roots Chairman, Gerry Kennedy, along with Secretary Clara Hoyne and Treasurer, Eric Shaw, accept a much appreciated award for helping to bring 35 million Euros in tourism dollars to the Shannon region over the last two years. This was done in part by the International Genealogical Conference held in Ennis in 2011. Clare Roots Society will continue to be involved with a further conference proposed for 2012, as well as their numerous projects that help to foster tourism.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

CLARE CHATTER.. Kindred Communities

Often when we travel, as well as enjoying the new, we look for the familiar... perhaps this is why so many Clare people like to visit the other Clare people... Clare Valley residents that is, from South Australia, who comprise quite a sizeable number of visitors to Co Clare, ireland.
This first story explains a little more about the Clare 'twins'... if you are among them, I would love to hear from you about your visit, whichever way it was to and from. Did you feel as if you were in familiar territory... was there something in particular that drew you to the other Clare? Or are you planning to visit?You can contact me by going to my full profile, and scrolling down to About Me, where you can find my email address.

The second article is of general interest... I couldn't resist including it, as I have a love of theatre as well. I wish the Sliabh Aughty Drama Group well in the All Ireland Finals on the 24th April.
Both articles appeared in The Clare People. You can subscribe online if you wish to follow it.

As always, please click on image to enlarge.

More to the story...

Tuesday, 17 April 2012


Courtesy of Clara Hoyne, Secretary Clare Roots Society

Subject: Abbreviations on Ordnance Survey Maps
Thanks to Tony Cassidy who prepared the following for those who use Ordnance Survey Maps
Please click on image to enlarge


Courtesy of Clara Hoyne...

Another way to look for information regarding wills around the destruction
of records in 1922. A time to thank bureaucracy!

Please click on image to enlarge...


Another well-done site to check out in detail for free books re Ireland and the Irish:

About Library Ireland

The project was commenced in February 2005 with the aim of providing free information on all aspects of Ireland —antiquitiesbiographyfolkloregenealogyhistorynamessocial history, and much more besides.
The wealth of Irish texts is constantly growing, so a sitemap has been added to aid navigation, although this is restricted through necessity to the main architecture of the site, and it is therefore worth making use of the search facility to find what lies buried deep in the heart of Library Ireland.
It is hoped that the material provided online will stimulate further interest and research, and consequently help in the preservation of the country's rich historical heritage.

Monday, 16 April 2012


The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 28 January 1893, page 153



On the 5th January, at St. John's Pro - Cathedral, Brisbane, by the Rev. M.J. Stone - Wigg, R.J.F. O'Bryen, fourth son of C.J. O'Bryen, of Clanroad House, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, to Amy Louise, youngest daughter of Richard Harvey Crakanthorp, of Sydney, NSW.

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 29 April 1893, page 777



On the 10th April, at St. Paul's Cathedral, Rockhampton, Lucious G.A. MacDonnell, M.B., son of the late Colonel W.E.A. MacDonnell, of New Hall County Clare, to Nita, daughter of Carl Harden, Rockhampton.

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 1 June 1895, page 1017



 On the 15th February, in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland, Mrs. Bourke, the beloved mother of E. and W. Bourke, of the Tweed District, New South Wales, aged 64 years. R.I.P.


Courtesy of Christina Hunt

Files added between April 1-15th 2012

We have been working to tweak our search engine to make it easier to search the web site.

You can now search all of a county from the County Table of Contents page. 

You can also search the Headstones from the Headstone Table of Contents for each County.

We now have a search page where you can search any of three ways from this page:

DONEGAL Genealogy Archives Births
Assorted McElhinney Births

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Parts 41 - 44

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ardbracken/Ardbraccan Graveyard (used as for Catholic & CoI burials)
Ashbourne, Immaculate Conception (R.C.) Churchyard
Athboy, St James (Church of Ireland) Cemetery
Athboy, St James (Old)
Athboy, St James (R.C.) - Plaques
Laracor, St. Peter's Church Graveyard
Summerhill, Agher Cemetery, Co. Meath

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Cemetery Records
Galtrim Headstones
St, James Church Of Ireland Cemetery, Athboy  (completed)
St. Lawrence Cemetery [RC] Rathmore, Athboy, Co. Meath (partial)

MONAGHAN Genealogy Archives - Headstones.
Ballinode Church - Tydavnet Parish, St Dympna's (updated)

MONAGHAN Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1840-1841 Royal Irish Constabulary

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1840-41 Royal Irish Constabulary

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Land
List of Claims - Forfeited Estates - Tipperary 1700 Pt. 3

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Desertcreat Church of Ireland (4 headstones & sign)

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Land
Records Claims - 1700 (pdf) 27K Apr 2012 Mary Heaphy Wexford Archives

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Photos
United Irishmen Commemoration Stone - Gorey

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives
List of Claims - 1700 (pdf)

Sunday, 15 April 2012



The Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau and Shannon Development recognised the efforts and contribution that Clare Roots Society had made to
tourism in the Region at a gala dinner in the University of Limerick Sports Pavilion held on Friday 13 April 2012.

The award was accepted by Gerry Kennedy, Clara Hoyne and Eric Shaw on behalf of Clare Roots. The presentation was made by Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance.
Attached are some images from the event. A report of the awards and photographs will feature in the local press during the week. CRS was the sole winner from Clare.


Friday, 13 April 2012


Do you get confused re cousins, those removed and those as first, second, etc? 

Read a great piece by Clare Roots own Paddy Waldron in the Irish times. 

 There are heaps of charts available to help as well... this is just one of them....

cartoon by Bob Humphrey (human family tree)


The final event in this year's Centre for Historical Research series will take place on Wednesday 18 April (4.00-7.00 p.m.).

A symposium on 'Death and the Family' will bring together a group of distinguished speakers from Folklore, Archaeology and History:

Professor Patricia Lysaght (UCD);

Dr Georgina Laragy (NUIM);

Dr Ciara Breathnach (UL);

Dr Maura Cronin (MIC)

Finn Delaney (Eachtra Archaeological Projects).

Organiser: Dr Clodagh Tait

Venue: Mary Immaculate College, Room T2.01 (TARA Building). All very welcome.

Session 1: 16.00-17.15

Patricia Lysaght, UCD, 'The Banshee: the Irish supernatural death messenger'.

Georgina Laragy, NUIM, 'Suicide and the family in the Victorian period'

Tea: 17.15-17.30

Session 2: 17.30-19.00

Ciara Breathnach, UL, '"Discretionary justice"? Evidence from coroners' courts in cases of unknown infant dead.

Maura Cronin, MIC, 'The Mount St Lawrence project'

Finn Delaney, Eachtra Archaeological Projects, 'The Historic Graves project'

Thursday, 12 April 2012


The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 20 February 1892, page 345



On the 3rd February, at St. Stephen's Cathedral, by the Rev. D. Fouhy, William John, eldest son of William B. Bailey, Fernvale Nursery, Pimpama, to Hannah, youngest daughter of Edmond Lacey, of Kilshanny, County Clare, Ireland.


On the 4th February, at St. Stephen's Cathedral, by the Rev. D. Fouhy, Administrator, John, the eldest son of John Connor, of this city (Brisbane), to Mary Jane, the eldest daughter of William Skinner, shipwright, Baltimore, County Cork, Ireland.


On the 21st January, at St. Stephen's Cathedral, by the Rev. D,. Fouhy, assisted by the Rev. J. Hegarty, cousin to the bride, Peter, eldest son of the late James Toohey, Mount Galway House, Logan -road, Brisbane, to Catherine, second daughter of Anthony O'Kane, Gortade, County Derry, Ireland.


The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 24 March 1888, page 441



On the 4th January, at her residence, Barkstead, Victoria, Eliza, the beloved wife of Denis Flanagan, daughter of the late Daniel Carroll, Builder, of Ennis Town, County Clare, Ireland, and a sister to Mrs John Potts, of Brisbane, Queensland.

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 17 January 1891, page 105



On New Year's Eve, at St, Stephen's R.C. Cathedral, by the Rev. D, Fouhy, Administrator, Frank, third son of the late Mr. James McDonnell, of Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, to Mary, third eldest daughter of Mr. William Heffernan, of Hope-street, South Brisbane, late of Tipperary, Ireland.


The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 18 March 1882, page 321



On the 13th March, by special license, by the very Rev. Father Fouhy, in St. Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane, Pierre, the third son of Monsieur Pierre Armagnacq, of Acquandaloup, Department of Basses Pyrenees, France, to Annie, the youngest daughter of John Cleary, Esq., of Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.


On the 15th February, at Brisbane, by the Rev. Charles Ogg, Isaac Samuel Andrews, County Derry, Ireland, to Grace, elder daughter of the late Robert Vievers and Mrs. Henry Smith, of Nerang.

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 16 August 1884, page 249


On the 7th August, at Creek - street Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. J.F. McSwaine, Harry Moore Ingram, Commander R.M.S. Roma, eldest son of the late the Rev. J.H. Ingram, of Halifax, Yorkshire, to Emily Robins, eldest daughter of the Rev. Thomas Warren, The Manse, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland.


On the 7th August, at Creek-street Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. J.F. McSwaine, Arthur Thomas, fourth son of the Rev. Thomas Warren, The Manse, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, to Gertrude Maria, eldest daughter of P. J. Nicolas, Esq., Eden lodge, Beckenham, Kent, England.


The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 28 June 1873, page 4



At Georgetown, by the Rev. Father McGuinness, assisted by the Rev. Father Capra, David Hedlam Jones, Esq., of Georgetown to Miss Sarah Mary Thynne, daughter of Edward Thynne, of Balmagrave House, County Clare, Ireland, and Claremont, Ipswich.

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 28 February 1880, page 257



On the 10th February , at All Saint's Church, Brisbane, by the Rev. C. Gerard Robinson, Andrew Samuel, only son of the late Samuel Kennedy, of Kildarton, Armagh, Ireland, to Katherine, only daughter of R.C. Gripp, of Brisbane.


On the 25th February, at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev J.W. Collier, John Kinahan, eldest son of Thomas Parks, Esq., Ballingcastle, Carlingford, County Louth, and grandson of the late Rev. John Kinahan, M.A., Feakle, County Clare, Ireland, to Annie, eldest surviving daughter of John Vaughan, Pimpama, formerly of Aveley, Essex, England.

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 14 October 1882, page 489



On the 10th September, at St. Patrick's Church, Gympie, by the Rev. Father Horan, Zachariah Daniel Sparkes, only son of Zachariah Skyring, of Mumbeanina, near Gympie, to Annie, fifth daughter of the late Daniel Murphy, formerly of Ballindagin, Inniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland.


On the 4th October, at Sydney, by the Rev. Thomas Gainford, Ernest D. Townsley, eldest son of J.H. Townsley, London, to Mary Elizabeth, daughter of the late Martin Honan Bourke, Queensboro, County Clare, Ireland.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012


The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 27 January 1872



On the 9th November, at St. George's Camden Hill, London,
by the Rev. W.J.
Frampton, Norman D'Arcy, of Brisbane, Queensland,
only son of Captain Robert West D'Arcy, 1st Grena
dier Regiment, H.R.I.C.S.,
to Deborah, youngest
daughter of the late Windam Quin Fitzgerald, Clerk
of the Peace of County Limerick.


On the 18th January, at the Rev. Mr. M'Culloch, at his residence, North Quay,
Thomas Fannon, second eldest son of the late Mr. T. Fannon. Kilnagha, County Monaghan, Ireland, to
Matilda Reynolds, fourth daughter of Mr. W. Reynolds, Kiltimagh, County Monaghan, Ireland.


On the 16th January, at Oban
Cottage, Ipswich Road, by
e Rev. S. Savage, Donald
McIntyre, of South Brisbane, to Rebekah, second
daughter of George Hillyard, Esq., late of Dublin.


On the 16th November, at Kilrush, by
the Rev. W. H. Woolseley, M.A., De Burgh Persse,
Esq., B.A., of Tabragalba, Queensland, youngest son
of the late Burton Persse, Esq., D.L., Jr.,
Castle, County Galway, to Minnie, eldest daughter of
William Blair, Esq., Cappa, Kilrush, County Clare.