Thursday, 31 May 2012

CLARE CHATTER May 31, 2012

 Courtesy of
 "Clara Hoyne" <>

 Subject: Some outings for your diary



Courtesy of Paddy Waldron...

Kilrush and District Historical Society will present 'Monuments,
Memories and Meaning' a tour of the Church of Ireland Churchyard,
Kilrush, the first in its series of lectures on Tuesday, 5 June at
7:30pm in and around the Teach Cheoil (former Church of Ireland
building) Grace Street.  

It will feature a number of speakers talking
about the history of the churchyard itself, the lives of some of the
better-known (and lesser-known) townspeople buried there, and the
extraordinary carvings and gravestone art to be found on some of the
older tombstones.  The speakers will include Mr Dick Cronin,
Conservation Officer, Clare County Council and Mr Eric Shaw,
Clarecastle, as well as committee members of the society.  Eric Shaw's
greatgreatgrandfather was William Carroll who built the Vandeleur
Mausoleum in 1873.

The lecture and tour of the Churchyard will provide some information
about this very important historical and ecclesiastical site situated in
Kilrush.  Before the current clean-up, the churchyard was for the large
part inaccessible to members of the public.  It contains the ruin of the
original medieval church from which the town takes its name.

Admission is free for members and 5 euro for non members.  New members
are welcome and the first permanent committee of the society will be
elected after the lecture.


Courtesy of  Christina Finn Hunt 

A bit early on the update this month. Highlights include lots of new
headstones in County Meath this month. Photos from Leitrim's Famine
Cemetery. Also some
more Declarations of Intention from Brooklyn, NY, 1915.

IRELAND Genealogy Archives - Marriages
ROBINETT Marriages 1773-1824

IRELAND Genealogy Archives
List of Converts and Protestant Settlers in Ireland

CARLOW Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1846  Royal Irish Constabulary Men

CAVAN Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1846  Royal Irish Constabulary Men

CORK Genealogy Archives
1846  Royal Irish Constabulary Men

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives
Assorted Funeral Entries - 1630's (7)

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives
Old Tarmon Abbey (partial)
Drumshanbo Famine Cemetery

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Emigration Records (5)
Declaration of Intention, Kings Co., NY - 1915

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Emigration (6)
Declaration of Intention, Kings Co., NY - 1915

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Brannockstown, Trim
Cannistown Church Cemetery (near Navan)
Castlerickard, Trim
Castletown Kilpatrick Old Graveyard
Castletown Kilpatrick Graveyard New (Left Side)
Castletown Kilpatrick Graveyard New (Right Side)
Dunderry, Churchtown Cemetery
Trim-Newtown Abbey Graveyard
St Patrick's  Cathedral Trim

SLIGO Genealogy Archives (4)
Declaration of Inention, Kings Co., NY - 1915

Saturday, 26 May 2012


Please click to enlarge.
WORDLE is a great tool to play with...
I could have selected my own words, but decided on a random choice selected from my previous posts.
It was interesting to see where it took me. What would I have chosen?

On this blog, Co Clare comes first to mind, as well as
Clare Roots Society, volunteers, transcriptions, cemeteries, births, deaths, marriages, free, subscribe,
Australia, Ireland, United States, Canada, newspapers, Trove, certificates, register,
maybe frustration, exhilaration, satisfaction, travel, searching, and for me,
Dillon, McGuane, Kearney, Hickey, Keane, McCauley, Callanan, O'Connor,
Patrick, Bridget, Ellen, John, Michael, Margaret, Mary, Susan, Daniel,
Co Sligo, Co Laois, Ennis, Kilmaley, Connolly, Mountmellick, Maryborough,
and the list goes on...

Why not add your own words ?

Thursday, 24 May 2012


DIG INTO LOCAL SOCIAL HISTORY ... with Cuimhneamh an Chláir ............

HISTORY OF ST. CRONAN'S.. written in stone ............


A busy week for Clare Roots and other projects around the county. All in today's Clare Champion.
Note the bag of flour in the Coney Island photo!
Courtesy of
Clara Hoyne
Clare Roots Society Secretary

Please click on images to enlarge...

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


 Clare Local Development Company
Invites you to our
FREE Harness the power of the Internet Showcase & Seminar
At The Glass Pavilion, Anna Carriga, Lough Derg Holiday Village, Killaloe
Wednesday 30th May
10 am – 1pm
Keynote address from Ireland's digital media guru – Damien Mulley
Donall O Connor,; Nana Luke, E Teams and Ralph Doyle, Burren Perfumery 
will share their stories of delivering business success through online sales and marketing
James Whelan invites all delegates for a free trip on "Spirit of Lough Derg" 
Reserve your place now or phone 065 6866800
Just announced: 
75% in grant aid for eligible project costs
On the day find out more - 
following a directive from Europe the maximum rate of grant aid for private enterprises will increase 
from 50% to 75% under the current LEADER Rural Development programme

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Sometimes just the bare bones of a story sounds intriguing... this seems like such a story... take a snapshot of life in rural Ireland, a Franciscan nun and a yearning to find a life that makes a difference ... and you have

CALL OF THE LARK, A Memoir by Maura Mulligan

IN HER POWERFUL NEW MEMOIR, CALL OF THE LARK, MAURA MULLIGAN takes us behind the walls of a Franciscan convent in the 1960s and brings alive a nun's story that is both revealing and redemptive. But Call of the Lark is much more. It is also a chronicle of life in rural Ireland in the 1940s and 50s, a testament to the challenges of emigration to the United States, and a portrait of one woman's strength and determination to forge a fulfilling life.

The author begins her story in a novitiate in Peekskill, New York, where she is a young postulant preparing for her marriage to Christ and reminiscing about her childhood on a rain-swept farm in County Mayo, where women smoke clay pipes at a wake, the donkey brings turf from the bog to keep the fire burning, and children dibble the spuds, pick blackberries, and dodge cane-wielding schoolmasters.

The night before she sails for America, young Maura, an accomplished step dancer, performs for the villagers who come to bid her farewell-the women all taking a turn at the butter churn as they arrive, a tradition believed to bestow good fortune.

More details in the image below... please click on it to enlarge...


Though this article below refers to the US and the impact there, Australia also took in a large number of Irish immigrants over the famine years.

There are numerous sites giving details of Irish famine immigrants to Australia... these are just a starting list for you...

Famine Orphans from County Cork to Australia 1848-1850 records of young girls sent to Australia between October, 1848 and August, 1850
Female Irish Potato Famine Orphans to Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide 1849-1850


Remembering the Famine and its impact on the US --

Voices of those who survived still live on

I gave a speech in Drogheda, Ireland, yesterday on the impact of the famine in America. I was one of several speakers, including Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who is speaking today on the occasion of the national commemoration of the greatest European catastrophe of the 19th Century.

Here is an excerpt of some of my remarks:

"Missing Friends was the series every week in John Boyle O'Reilly's Boston Pilot newspaper which allowed Famine era immigrants to America to seek out families and freidns who had gone before them.

It was the Facebook of its time. Famine emigrants rarely wanted to discuss the horrific nature of the voyage or the awful conditions they had to endure.

On Missing Friends, however, we hear their voices resonate.

It is not surprising they never wanted to talk about it and who could blame them they were ripped from their families, catapulted across the bitter bowl of tears arrived penniless, many speaking no English.

Here are some of their voices from the past.

"Of JOHN QUILMAN, late of the parish of Inch, co'y Tipperary, who sailed from Waterford with his family last April. His daughter, Mary Harrington, wishes him to know that her husband, James Harrington, died on their passage to this country; also her two children since. She is now in Troy and wishes to know where her father is. Any information respecting him will be thankfully received by Mary Harrington, care of S. Duffy, or Mrs. Daly, Fifth street, Troy, N. Y.
27 November 1847

Of ANTHONY and PATRICK WATERS, natives of co. Mayo. They are informed that their sister, Mary, who was married to Patrick Boyle, is anxious to hear from them. Her husband died on the passage. Should this meet their eye they will write to her immediately, care of the editor of the Pilot,Boston, Ms.
4 December 1847

Of BERNARD MURPHY, who emigrated from Co. Armagh, parish of Grangemore, townland of Aughmagorgan, in April last, with his father and 2 sisters. He was parted from his father at Quarantine Island, below Montreal. It is supposed he went to Kingston. Any information respecting him will be thankfully received by his father who is now living in Dover. If by letter, address Patrick Grimes, Dover, N. H., or John Doran, No. 6 Canal street, Boston, Ms.
11 December 1847

Of CATHERINE GILLEN, who landed in Boston last spring, with her father and family. She was sick and went to hospital and has not been heard from since. Any one knowing anything of her would confer a favor on her father, Hugh Gillen, by writing a letter to him in care of John Devlin, Pawtucket, R.I.
18 December 1847

Of BRIDGET CARROLL, a native of Killacooly, parish of Drumcliff, co. Sligo, who was taken into Grosse Isle hospital, below Quebec, in June last, and has not been heard from since. Any information respecting her will be thankfully received by her brother, Patrick Carroll, care of Mr. Samuel Downer, Second street, South Boston, Ms.
1 January 1848

Of PETER and ELLEN CARR, natives of county Down, parish of Gervathey, who left home in April and landed in St. John, 4th July. They came in the ship Ambassadress. Ellen had the fever and was taken to Patridge Island, and Peter remained with her. Any information of them will be thankfully received by their brother, JohnCarr, Lawrence City, Ms.

Of DENNIS MCCARTHY, late of Killmichael, co'y Cork, who sailed from Liverpool on the 1st of last May, and left his wife, Ellen Ahearn, in Quarantine near Quebec, in June. She is now in Troy, N. Y., and wishes to know his whereabouts. Any information respecting him will be thankfully received by addressing a line to Ellen McCarthy, care of Stephen Duffy, Troy, N. Y.

'Son missing' John Fallon 'had light hair, blue eyes; was about four feet, four inches in height; wore a blue spencer, a new scoop shovel cap, a fancy pants and had a freckled face.'

The voices of these emigrants resonate still.

As we can see many of the emigrants themselves were in despair, their dreams of a new life shattered by the reality of what awaited them. Only the Blacks in chains fare worse than the Irish.

As one famine emigrant put it plainly 'We thought we could not be worse off than we were; but now to our sorrow we know the difference. At home we had the chance of a doctors care and the certainty of the spiritual administration of a priest. Should death overtake us there we would be buried beside our beloved dead, in consecrated Irish ground, with the prayers and last blessing of our church. Here we have nothing.'

In April, 1847, Stephen E. De Vere, a compassionate landlord, travelled as an emigrant to Canada in a converted lumber and cargo boat. His description of conditions is appalling.

'Before the emigrant has been a week at sea he is an altered man. How could it be otherwise? Hundreds of poor people men, women, and children of all ages from the drivelling idiot of ninety to the babe just born, huddled together without light, without air, wallowing in filth and breathing a fetid atmosphere, sick in body, dispirited in heart, the fever patients lying between the sound, in sleeping places so narrow as almost to deny them the power of indulging, by a change of position, the natural restlessness of the disease. The food supply was of the poorest quality. Drinking water was mixed with vinegar to kill the stench.'

Yet they changed America, among the famine emigrants Patrick Kennedy, great grandfather of an American presdient, later Micheal Regan ditto, and indeed, Fulmouth Kearney ... William Ford, 1846 father of Henry Ford, the man who changed America, to name but a few.

In the American Civil War, 250,000 fought for the Union. They helped create the American political system, built the Catholic Church, changed the face of Ireland and America. Their legacy is with us all today.

The poet Evan Boland said it best:

"Like oil lamps, we put them out the back —
of our houses, of our minds. We had lights
better than, newer than and then
a time came, this time and now
we need them. Their dread, makeshift example:
they would have thrived on our necessities.
What they survived we could not even live.
By their lights now it is time to
imagine how they stood there, what they stood with,
that their possessions may become our power:
Cardboard. Iron. Their hardships parceled in them.
Patience. Fortitude. Long-suffering
in the bruise-colored dusk of the New World.
And all the old songs. And nothing to lose."

PLEASE READ the comment below from my friend, Pauleen... a very important link to add to those mentioned.




Following on the success of last year's well attended inaugural genealogy conference, Clare Roots Society have confirmed the above date for
2013. The conference will be held in Ennis, Co Clare.

The confirmed keynote speaker is Michael Gandy. He is editor of the 'Genealogist', the magazine of the Society of Genealogists.

Further details will be released as soon as possible, including those for the Fringe Events leading up to the Saturday of the Conference.

You will be able to keep up with the latest news both on this blog, as well as at CRS (Clare Roots Society) at the link below. Wander through, including the Photo Gallery, to see just what has been achieved since CRS blossomed from an idea to reality.

You, too, can be part of this Society, wherever you live. You can contact me as per the comments option or at the address given in 'About Me' or write to

Clara Hoyne <>

Clare Roots Society, a group which studies family history, genealogy and heritage of County Clare, Ireland
and generates Clare genealogy data for free use by the world community.

Monday, 21 May 2012


We often decry the lack or remaining or available Census data for Ireland,
but there are a number of Census substitutes, other than Griffith's Valuations,
which most of us know and use. One of the best lists I have seen is at

This is just a lead in... for full details please go to the link above...
another great asset provided by The Irish Times.

Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century Census Substitutes

The Convert Rolls
Protestant Householders
Elphin Diocesan Census
The Religious Survey of 1766
Dissenters' petitions, 1775
Offical Papers & petitions
Charleton Trust Fund
Spinning Wheel Premium Lists
Persons who suffered losses in 1798
1803 Agricultural census
Tithe Applotment Books
Reproductive Loan Fund Records
National School Records
Workhouse records
Griffiths Valuation
Landowners in Ireland
Lists of Freeholders
Voters Lists and Poll Books
Electoral Records

1703-1838: The Convert Rolls

Eileen O Byrne, Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1981. A list of those converting from Catholicism to the Church of Ireland. The bulk of the entries date from 1760 to 1790.

1740: Protestant householders

This applies to parts of Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Donegal and Tyrone. Arranged by barony and parish, it gives names only. Parts are at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, The Genealogical Office, the National Library of Ireland and the Representative Church Body Library.

Much more available at the link above.

Sunday, 20 May 2012


Courtesy of Eric Shaw, Clare Roots Society....

In conjunction with Clare Library, Clare Roots Society plans to hold a week of talks on Genealogy in various locations in Co. Clare as per the attached programme. All the events will take place in the Library's branch offices on the days and times indicated in the programme.

Heritage Week August 2012

Clare Roots to provide speakers for Genealogy Talks and use the libraries as venues. Timetable of events as follows -

Monday 20 August
Kilkee 7 pm to 8 pm Myles of Myles Creek by Paddy Waldron

Tuesday 21st August
Ennistymon 11 am to12 noon starting your family tree by Gerry Kennedy
Miltown Malbay 3 pm to 4 pm starting your family tree by Gerry Kennedy

Wednesday 22nd August
Killaloe 11 am to12 noon genealogy for beginners by Fiona de Buitléir & Eric Shaw
Scariff 3 pm to 4 pm genealogy for beginners by Fiona de Buitléir & Eric Shaw

Thursday 23rd August
Sixmilebridge 11 am to12 noon genealogy for beginners by Larry Brennan & Eric Shaw
Shannon 3 pm to 4 pm genealogy for beginners by Larry Brennan & Eric Shaw
Scariff 7 pm to 8 pm starting your family tree by Gerry Kennedy

Friday 24th August
Kilrush 11 am to 12 noon genealogy for beginners by Paddy Waldron


Kilrush and District Historical Society was launched last night with a great music session by a group of young people who meet in Murty Brownes, followed by Kilrush CCE.

Clara Hoyne
Clare Roots Society Secretary
Please click on image to enlarge.

Thursday, 17 May 2012


Courtesy of Christina Hunt

When the 1846 Royal Irish Constabulary men were transcribed, it turned
out the some of them were on another film.
We have now gotten that film and Richard Leonard has transcribed the
additional names.

So, added are:
FOGARTY, Patrick
HOARE, Patrick
HYNES, Timoy
McMAHON, Lawce
O'DEA, Jno

If anyone is of interest - you can check out the information at:
Click on Military & Constabulary.

Original on

An illustration from the Royal Irish Constabulary website

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Courtesy of 
Christina Hunt

The first two weeks of May have started off with lots of new
headstones in the archives. See Meath, Dublin, Tyrone and Leitrim.
You also might enjoy looking at the Lusitania memorials in Cork. We
were also sent some neat old photos - from Dublin the St Patrick's
Parade 1935 and
from Wicklow Coolmoney Camp, 1930's.

CORK Headstone Photos
Cobh, Clonmel (Old Church) Cemetery - Lusitania Dead

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Photos
St Patrick's Day Parade 1935

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mount Jerome, Dublin - Part 45

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church
Colaghty: List of young persons confirmed by the Bishop of Kilmore on 16/6/1856

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Newtownbutler (CoI) Cemetery (6 old headstones)

LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Drumkeerin Church of Ireland Cemetery (partial)
Dromahaire, Killanummery Friary also known as Creevelea (partial)

LIMERICK Genealogy Archives - Emigration
Declaration of Intention, Kings Co., NY - 1915 (6)

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Batterstown; Ballymaglassan Church Cemetery
Batterstown Church Cemetery
Batterstown; Rathregan Cemetery
Beauparc; Knockcommon, New Cemetery
Beauparc; Knockcommon Old Cemetery
Beauparc; Knockcommon, Old Cemetery (inside old Church)
Beauparc; Old Cemetery
Beauparc; Yellow Furze Cemetery
Bective C of I Church and Graveyard
Bohermien R.C. Cemetery, Navan
Boyerstown Cemetery, Navan

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Photos
Group Of Soldiers Taken In Castle Yard, Roscrea Co Tipperary 1922

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Military
1840 & 1841 Royal Irish Constabulary Enlistees

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Headstones.
Castlecaulfield Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Crossdernott, All Saints (Church of Ireland)
Carland Presbyterian
Upper Clonaneese Presbyterian Cemetery

WESTMEATH Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary Records
1840-1841 Royal Irish Constabulary Enlistees

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1847 Royal Irish Constabulary Enlistees

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives
Clonmines  (Hist. of the Town & County of Wexford)

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Photos
Coolmoney Camp - 1930's

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Military
1840-1841 Royal Irish Constabulary Enlistees