Tuesday, 25 September 2012

STRAY MARRIAGE Rev. Wm. MILLER and Anne McNaughton

Could this belong to you?

From Dublin Marriage Licenses:
MILLER, Rev. Wm of Co. Clare clk &
Anne McNAUGHTON of St. Mary, spinster, 5 April 1790

Source: Dublin Diocesan marriage licences : 1638-1800
Denis O'Callaghan Fisher
FHL# 100226

Thanks to
Christina Hunt

Monday, 24 September 2012



The Irish Times - Monday, September 24, 2012

BUSINESS OPINION: A SEEMINGLY logical move by the National Library to look for a partner to digitise its collections may well lift the lid on the mess that is the Irish "roots" business.
On the face of it, the National Library is not up to anything particularly subversive. Like every other State institution, it is strapped for cash and having to think of creative ways to fulfil its mandate.
But the decision to try and capitalise on the wealth of genealogical data in its archives is likely to kick over a hornets' nest of vested interests and public service fiefdoms that have combined to prevent any co-ordinated exploitation of the State genealogical records to drive tourism and revenue.
A case in point is The Gathering 2013, one of the Government's "big ideas" to boost tourism. According to its own website, "Over 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry. The Gathering Ireland 2013 provides the perfect excuse to reach out to those who have moved away, their relatives, friends and descendants, and invite them home." You would expect such big enterprise to be supported by a slick online genealogical platform, But go to the "Tracing your roots" link at the bottom of the page and you are provided with links to no fewer than eight disparate bodies – including the National Library – that are in the roots game to some extent or the other. By moving to digitise its collections – including the all-important parish records – it is clearly moving to become primus inter pares in this muddle through bringing in a top-notch partner.
Any organisation seriously considering a joint venture with the National Library will zone in on the genealogical records. The early favourite, Scottish group Brightsolid, is first and foremost a genealogy business.
The hope is that the National Library will be able to get it – or whoever else chooses – to digitise the rest of its collection. This is equally important in the national context but far less commercially valuable. But it can expect a pretty rough ride.
The record books of the Irish churches are the mother lode for Irish genealogy research as they are the only reliable records of births, deaths and marriages in the period up to the Civil War, when the national archive was destroyed. They are in theory the property of the various bishops – Catholic and Church of Ireland – but the National Library has microfiche copies, which it owns and which will no doubt form the heart of any deal it does with a third party. Then there is the Irish Family History Foundation, which operates a commercial site ( RootsIreland.ie) and is led by Fianna Fáil Senator and putative presidential candidate Labhrás Ó Murchú. It has its own version of the parish records database – copied by hand from the National Library microfiche apparently.
A somewhat opaque organisation, it is described on its website as "a company limited by guarantee with no share capital and no distribution of profits. As such it is a voluntary organisation made up of local genealogy centres, the majority of which are legally established on the same basis. It is governed by its articles and memorandum of association, which set out how it operates and limits its membership to 35 local centres with specified catchment areas."
The beneficiaries of its activities would appear then to be the promoters of the various local genealogy centres, many of which are subvented by county councils and other State bodies. They are certainly a powerful bunch as they appear to have been able to stymy any efforts by the Government to control the exploitation of this State asset.
The Government's main investment in this area is IrishGenealogy.ie, run by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. However, it gets only equal billing with RootsIreland.ieon The Gathering website. The reason being presumably because it only offers access to the Catholic parish records of Cork and Ross, Dublin and Kerry. (It also has the Church of Ireland records for Dublin, Carlow and Kerry.) RootsIreland seems to have the rest.
The National Library's decision to get into the "roots" game raises the prospect of real competition for the Irish Family History Foundation. It also creates a situation where one arm of the State ( IrishGenealogy.ie) will be competing (albeit half-heartedly) with another (the National Library), while both compete with the peculiar beast that is the Irish Family History Foundation.
It is a mess and needs to be sorted out for a number of reasons, the first being that if the Government thinks it is good idea to commercialise the National Library collection in order to preserve it digitally, then it had better ensure that any potential partner is encouraged.
The second reason is that if the Government is serious about using genealogy to drive tourism, then it had better get serious about genealogy.

Sunday, 23 September 2012


Canadian searches for Irish girl who stole his heart

22 September 2012 Last updated at 15:01 GMT By Nuala McCann BBC News
Sandy Crocker Sandy Crocker is searching for a beautiful Irish stranger he met once in a cafe

It was a brief encounter a year ago, but for a young Canadian, the memory lived in his heart.

Now Sandy Crocker, 34, a dentist from Kelowna, British Colombia, has travelled thousands of miles back to Ireland to find a red haired, freckled girl he saw once in a café in County Clare.

His romantic quest has taken the American and Canadian press by storm.

"I was on a family holiday last year, and it was my second last day before leaving," he said.

"I had a brief encounter with the most beautiful Irish girl you could ever imagine."

But because he did not want to be too forward, Sandy merely exchanged a few words with her in a café in Ennistymon and they parted.

"I watched her. She was one of those people who seemed the most genuine caring person you'd ever meet. I stood up and asked for directions and asked for the time - if I had just paid her a compliment, told her she was amazing, I could have put this to rest."

Later, other men told him that he'd fallen in love with a piece of Ireland.

The problem was that although he met many beautiful Canadian girls back home, none was quite the same.

"It became a joke," he said.

"I'd meet a girl and 'She's not Ennistymon', my friends would joke."

Sandy met an Irish couple in Canada who made him think twice about returning to meet the red-haired beauty again. It was not such a mad idea and people in Ireland would understand and want to help, they said.

So, a year later, he is back in Ireland, travelling around, enjoying the scenery and hoping that he might just run into her.

He went back to the café and he put a little notice in the newspaper, the Clare People asking about the girl. But so far, he has not found her ... Instead, he has found himself in the middle of a media flurry.

"If I met her now I would laugh at how crazy it has been," he said.

"It has gone all across Ireland and it's in America and Canada. It is gathering international attention. There are bookmakers putting odds on whether I'll meet her and marry her or whether she is already married.

"I don't even know her name ... That is the joy and the whimsical nature of it."

Sandy is surprised at how his search for love has tugged the heartstrings of people across the globe - he was interviewed by ABC News and has appeared on news websites like the Huffington Post.

But even if he never finds his ideal Irish girl, he is glad that at least he tried.

"I threw it out there," he said.

"Most people would just laugh and forget it. But I'll go home and in 50 years' time, I will never regret the couple of weeks I spent running around Ireland, being silly trying to find some girl I thought was beautiful."


It is confirmed that Ciara Breathnach will be our keynote speaker on June 29th, 8pm. Her talk will be "Irish Pioneers in New Zealand 1860-1880"
We will also have a bus tour of the towns in County Clare where Melicans lived: Kilbaha, Carrigaholt, Kilrush, Kilmihil, Lissycasey, Newmarket and Tulla.
Thanks for any help!
Elizabeth Melican Odell
Kodiak, Alaska

 Any enquiries, please contact Elizabeth  at


This might not be the usual picture you have seen of Abbey Street, Ennis, 
but it is just one of a very large number of photos that are great to see at

This was taken in the 2009 floods.

There are numerous photos taken in and around Ennis... enjoy.

On a different note, the video below absolutely intrigued me. I hope it does interest you as well.

 Many thanks to Larry Brennan from Clare Roots Society for sharing these links.


There are few of us who haven't heard of Workhouses, but have you ever seen inside one? Come along and listen to Mrs. Hogan, a passionate lady, who is intent on keeping the memory of the Irish Workhouses and their inmates alive. 

This is the Birr Workhouse, built on a very similar style to many others... let Mrs. Hogan tell the story...

The Workhouse in Ireland

Although workhouses had existed in Ireland before the system created by the Irish Poor Law Act of 1838, their use was on a much smaller scale than was the case in England and Wales.

The Eighteenth Century

In 1703 an Act of the Irish Parliament provided for the setting up of a House of Industry in Dublin 'for the employment and maintaining the poor thereof' (O'Connor, 1995). A workhouse was subsequently erected on land at the south-west of James's Street and was administered by 'The Governor and Guardians of the Poor' whose members included the Lord Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor, the Lord Chancellor, the Protestant Archbishop of Dublin, sheriffs, Justices of the Peace, and members of the Corporation. This body, which met monthly, had powers to place people in the workhouse, and to discipline those already there if they disobeyed workhouse regulations. Punishments could include flogging, imprisonment or deportation.
The main classes of inmate were 'sturdy beggars', 'disorderly women', the old and infirm, and orphan children. Up to 100 men and 60 women slept in bunk-like beds crammed into the workhouse cellars which were 240 feet (75 metres) long by 17 feet (5 metres) wide. The diet was made up of bread, milk, porridge, gruel, and 'burgoo' which was oatmeal in cold water seasoned with salt and pepper.
The Governors also provided care for abandoned children aged between 5 and 16, and could apprentice them out. A further Act in 1730 extended this role to cover all foundling children and a substantial part of the workhouse was allocated to this, with the workhouse becoming the Foundling Hospital and Workhouse of the City of Dublin. At one of its gates, a basket was fixed to a revolving door. Someone wishing to leave a child anonymously could place it there, ring the porter's bell, and then depart.

To read the rest of the article, including details of the Ennis workhouse, 
which was called a House of Industry 
please go to

Birr Workhouse is believed to be the most intact and least altered of the workhouses designed by George Wilkinson before the Great Famine. More ->



There were workhouses all over Ireland and in the United Kingdom. Australia and Canada were both seen as places to send Irish 'orphan' girls as explained in the video and on the site above. Here in Australia, we do commemorate these girls as they do in Canada. There are further links in the story above which will lead you to more details of the lives of these never to be forgotten souls.

 Thank you to Larry Brennan, from Clare Roots Society, 
for guiding me to this story.


You are invited

Please enlarge  by clicking on image.

Friday, 21 September 2012

CLARE CHATTER... family ties, McCormick/McCormack and Kennedy

Two genealogy-related stories from today's Clare Champion.

On the Kennedy related story, the item should read Clare Roots Society and not Clare Heritage. Thanks Declan for your help with this family.
Thanks to

Clara Hoyne
Clare Roots Society Secretary

NSW BDM Website Unavailable this Weekend!

Sep 2012


The NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has posted the following notice on its homepage atwww.bdm.nsw.gov.au

"Break in service :- Computer system maintenance is planned from midnight Friday 21:09:12 to 7:00am Monday 24:09:12 AEST. Please accept our apologies during this time for a break in service to the entire website, including Family History online."

If you are planning to use the NSW BDM on-line index this weekend, make sure you do your lookups before midnight tonight! You can also take advantage of our Happy Hour to order Full NSW BDM Transcriptions for just $17 between 8pm and 10pm AEST.


Good luck with your research!

Marilyn and the transcriptions.com.au team.

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Thursday, 20 September 2012


Have you seen these places, are they among your favourites? If not, please feel free to tell me your favourite places in Ireland via comments.

IRELAND shows off its 50 shades of GREEN in these incredible snaps which are set to attract more tourists.

We might not be able to guarantee sunshine but these photos show why more and more visitors are flocking here.
The breathtaking shots, which are used by Tourism Ireland to promote the country overseas, capture our most scenic spots.
Stone-ly gorgeous ... the Glen of Aherlow is a big attraction
The Glen of Aherlow is a big attraction
Natural wonders including the Giant's Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren are just some of the unique attractions which draw millions every year.
The latest figures from the CSO show the number of tourists visiting Ireland shot up by 7.9 per cent last year, while Irish people took fewer trips abroad.
Moher of this please ... the famous Co Clare cliffs
Moher of this please ... the famous Co Clare cliffs
A total of 6.6million folks visited Ireland in 2011, an increase of 500,000 on the previous year.
More than three quarters of visitors pass through Dublin when visiting Ireland, with Temple Bar and Trinity College the most popular attractions.
Foodie heaven ... the English Market in Cork
Foodie heaven ... the English Market in Cork
Outside of the capital, some of the most popular locations lie in the west, such as Killary Harbour and Aughrus Beg in Co Galway, Roscommon Castle and Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo.
Tranguil ... crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Tranguil ... crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Pretty villages such as Allihies in West Cork and Inistioge in Kilkenny are also big draws.
Other beauty spots include the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Co Antrim, Cork's English Market, Glendalough, Co Wicklow, Carrauntohill, Co Kerry, and the famous Glen of Aherlow in Co Tipperary.
Stepping out ... at the Giant's Causeway
Stepping out ... at the Giant's Causeway

Tuesday, 18 September 2012


From Christina Hunt <chrisnina@gmail.com>
Subject: New in IGP archives Sep 1-15

We have had two donations of Headstone photos of some size so far this
month. Monaghan Town and Wicklow Parish Church.
Some of the headstones in the Wicklow Parish set are mentioned in
Brian Cantwell's "Memorials of the Dead".

We are continuing to add Royal Irish Constabulary record extractions
and Memorial Cards. We would love to have more
Memorial Cards! These can be contributed using our Photo form:

Cavan Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
Royal Irish Constabulary men from Cavan 1847

Clare Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Additional Memorial Cards

Clare Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
Royal Irish Constabulary men from Clare 1847

Down Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Dundonald, Belfast, part 3 (additional headstones)

Dublin Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Additional Memorial Cards

Fermanagh Genealogy Archives - Cemeteries
Devenish, St. Molaise Abbey Graveyard & Church Graveyard

Limerick Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
New Memorial Cards

Limerick Genealogy Archives - Obituaries
Additional Obits from The Limerick Evening Post

Longford Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Deaths in the Parishes of Templemichael and Ballymacormick (1813)

Monaghan Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Monaghan Town, First Presbyterian Church Graveyard

Westmeath Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
Records Royal Irish Constabulary men from Westmeath 1847

Wicklow Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Wicklow Parish Church part 2,

Wicklow Genealogy Archives - Military
Royal Irish Constabulary men from Wicklow 1847


CLARE CHATTER, September 2012

*    Courtesy of Miriam Scahill...

Clare Association in Dublin will hold their annual Dinner/Dance 

on 18th May 2013 in Falls Hotel, Ennistymon. 

Music by Kilfenora Ceili Band. Presentation will be made to Clare Person of the Year. 

New date is to celebrate The Year of the Gathering.

Monday, 17 September 2012


On behalf of Clara...

Are you a micro historian? Find out in John Grenhams article today.
Reminder also re our September meeting on this Thursday at 8.00 pm in the Ennis Civic Offices, Drumbiggle. 
We are hosting a question and answer session.
Annual subscription due also on the night .
Kind Regards
Clara Hoyne
Clare Roots Society Secretary

Those coming from Kilrush should turn left from the Kilrush road onto Carmody Street.
Then take the next left onto Drumbiggle Road

(i.e. the turn before the Chinese Takeaway on the corner; I think it's called something like Golden Phoenix, but the name is blurred out in Google maps; there's a turn under an archway into a car park or apartment complex between the Kilrush Road and Drumbiggle Road, but nobody is likely to confuse it with Drumbiggle Road).

The entrance to Ennis Civic Rooms it the third entrance/lane on the right:
The gate will be open.

Coming from Limerick, it's almost as quick to follow the signs to Kilrush and turn right back into Ennis when one reaches the Kilrush road!

Please click on image to enlarge..

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


Please click on image to enlarge...


We have added 1847 Royal Irish Constabulary men (from Clare) to the
IGP Archives.

The names are:
CONNELL, William
FRAWLEY, Maurice
CROSS, Thomas
MADDIGAN, Alec (Alexander?)
O'BRIEN, Michael
NASH, Michael
QUINN, Michael
HICKEY, Arthur
CONWAY, Michael
FOX, James
WALSH, Thomas
GEAGAN, Patrick
O'DEA, Michael
HENNESSY. Jeremiah
QUIRK, Michael
SHAW, Thomas
HEHIR, Michael
McNAMARA, Patrick
MAHONY, Cornelius
McCARTHY, Patrick
DOHERTY, William
McMAHON, Aus (Austin?)
COONEY, Patrick
MURNANE, Patrick
MEADE,  John
McINERNEY, Michael
CONNOR, Joseph
CONNELL, William
HOWARD, Connor
McNAMARA, Patrick
HYNES, Thomas

To see the entire page go to:

I was looking up the name Austin McMahon to see if that was the
correct name for Aus. I found an Austin McMahon emigrating to the U.S.
in the 1870's He was of an age to be this man.
Name: Austin Mcmahon
Arrival Date: 21 Jan 1871
Birth Year: abt 1826
Age: 45
Gender: Male
/Nationality: Irish
Place of Origin: Ireland
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
Destination: United States of America
Port of Arrival: New York
Port Arrival State: New York
Port Arrival Country: United States
Ship Name: Manhattan
(Just in case anyone is looking for his birthplace.)

Courtesy of  

Saturday, 8 September 2012

COLIN MEANEY... filming in Clare

Thanks to Christina Hunt for sharing this...

" I just saw that "The Yank" with Colm Meaney, is being filmed in Clare and
Dublin. "The production is presently based in Miltown in Clare, with Meaney
acting out scenes in the Westbridge Bar, the Cliffs of Moher and many other
Clare landmarks. The Co Clare towns of Doolin and Quilty are also being used
for filming. "


Wednesday, 5 September 2012


NEWSPAPERS are the community

Newspapers are a great source of information... be sure to check archives, libraries, maybe even the local office of the newspapers in your selected areas. 

 As they are always being added to, do return from time to time, just in case something is added that may be relevant to your research.

*  I am a great fan of Trove, the digitised 'newspapers plus site' here in Australia... 

  Try typing in the County of your choice, you might be surprised how much news was in the Australian papers about Ireland.

 There are so many sites to choose from wherever your search leads to...

*  www.irishnewsarchive.com   a paid subscription site

*  this is from the National Library of Ireland         www.nli.ie  then on to newspapers.....
   As my main interest is in Co Clare,  and around Ennis, that is what I searched for, newspapers available in Ennis, Co Clare...

   http://www.nli.ie/en/catalogues-and-databases-printed-newspapers.aspx   which delivered the following..... 

   you can click on the links for your own search, or go to page 2 as you wish.

  Good luck...

Newspaper Database

A listing of newspaper titles held in the National Library of Ireland, including information from the Newsplan Project.

<<  Page 1 of 2  >>
Click on a title to see what we have...
Clare Examiner and Limerick Advertiser  (Ennis, began publication 1878)
Clare Freeman and Ennis Gazette  (Ennis, began publication 1853)
Clare Independent and Tipperary Catholic Times  (Ennis, began publication 1875)
Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser  (Ennis, began publication 1778)
Clare Man  (Ennis, began publication 1896)
Clare News  (Ennis, began publication 1979)
Clare People  (Ennis, began publication 1977)
Clare People  (Ennis, began publication 2005)
Clare Weekly News  (Ennis, began publication 1878)
Ennis Chronicle and Clare Advertiser  (Ennis, began publication 1784)