Monday, 28 April 2014


With Thanks to John Grenham for bringing this to our attention....

Irish Roots

Pre-1901 censuses launching today

After the National Archives first came out with its superb 1901 and 1911 census website (, a few innocent souls asked me when all the other Irish censuses from the 19th century would be going online. They’ll have their answer today.
This evening at 5.30pm, the Minister for ArtsHeritage and the Gaeltacht will be launching all of the Archives’ pre-1901 census holdings on the website. Before you swoon in ecstasy, let me clarify.
True censuses were taken in Ireland every 10 years from 1821, a full two decades before anywhere else in what was then the United Kingdom.
By the time the 1911 census had been completed, there were full sets of no fewer than eight censuses in existence, the earliest four transferred to the Public Record Office, the others still held by the Office of the Registrar-General, the body responsible for census-taking after 1851.
Then things started to go horribly wrong. ......

for the full article, please go to...

Thursday, 24 April 2014


While great recognition is given to the Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, it is sometimes overlooked that forces from other countries were also involved.

Among the other countries forces at Gallipoli, were those of Ireland. However, there were many Irish born who wore the Australian uniform. 

According to an item in The Irish Echo on the 21st April, 2014, more than 6,600 Irish-born men and women served in what was known as the Australian Imperial Force during the First World War. Almost 1,000 of them died in action or from wounds suffered in battle.


May I suggest just a few sites that will give you some idea of the Irish involvement in Gallipoli.

This is a booklet you can download free of charge that discusses just one division.

Download here

To search for Irish born who served in WWI in the Australian Forces, 
please go to



This absolutely intrigued me and I just had to share...
please read the comments below, which are from the creator.


From Jarbas Agnelli....

Reading the newspaper one morning, I saw this picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.

This work was made over the original photo, un-retouched, published in one of the biggest Brazilian newspapers, "O Estado de São Paulo" on 27/aug/2009, and shot by Paulo Pinto (note: I just erased the birds for effect at the end, but didn't change their positions at all. What would be the point?).

I've made this short video to demonstrate my interpretation of the birds as notes.

Music made with Logic.
Video made with After Effects.

Jarbas Agnelli

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Please send any and all enquiries to Anthony Tierney as below...

To: "Anthony Tierney" <>
Subject: The Clare County Express ... book review

Clerical and learned lineages of medieval Co. ClareA survey of the fifteenth-century papal registers 
Luke McInerney

'Students of Irish church history, Gaelic cultural history, Irish historical geography, family and local history are all indebted to Luke McInerney for such a detailed and intensive examination of the ecclesiastical and learned lineages of Co. Clare in the late Middle Ages. Never before has the evidence for this county been brought together in such a comprehensive and detailed manner, and employed to answer such fundamental questions about medieval Irish church and society. This will certainly remain an invaluable reference work for many years to come.' Katharine Simms, Trinity College Dublin
This book takes as its core argument Robin Flower's proposition that there was an unbroken link between hereditary learned families and the medieval Irish Church. It develops the proposition by surveying fifteenth-century church appointments in Co. Clare. The study reveals how extensive those connections were and, despite reforms, there was no clear severance between the ecclesiastical world and the custodians of the native monastic church. The old clerical lineages remained material elements in the structures of the medieval Irish Church, alongside members of the learned class and aristocratic families. This survey provides a template for bringing all of this together, marshalling an array of original source materials in Latin, Irish and English. Many of the sources are printed for the first time and will be of interest to the historian, archaeologist and genealogist alike.

Luke McInerney is an independent scholar with an interest in medieval Gaelic lordship and society.

Hardback. 352pp; illustrated. March 2014
ISBN: 978-1-84682-391-6
Retail Price: €55.00
Available Now

 UPDATE:   You can read about the launch at


The National Archives of Ireland is finally going to add the census data from
pension applications to their website.
This is set to happen on April 28th.

This should prove to be a nice addition for researchers.

You can read the story on Claire Santry's blog:

 Thanks to Christina Hunt for sharing this information...

Thursday, 17 April 2014


What would we do without the work of volunteers who work so hard for fellow genealogists?
Here are the latest updates at IGP...

CARLOW Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Additional Memorial Cards added

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Patrick's Section, pt 16

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Kilskeery (CofI) Marriages 1778-1849
Deaths recorded Kilskeery C.of I. 1796-1897

FERMANAH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Derrylin, Kinawley Parish Church (CoI)

KILDARE Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Additional Memorial Cards added

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Photos
OWENS family from Ballaghdereen

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Additional Memorial Cards added


Courtesy of Marie Crowley


James Power
Aged:  50 years.  
Died:  21 December, 1857.
Resided:  Chapel Lane
Born:  Killaloe, Clare.

No death notice.

Bridget O’Brien
Aged: 11 years.
Died:  24 June, 1885.
Resided:  Walker’s Place, Derry.
Born:  Co. Clare.

No death notice.

Ellen Searl
Aged:  25 years.
Died:  8 June, 1895.
Resided:  7 Edenmore Street, Derry.
Born:  Kilkee, Co. Clare.

No death notice.
Alice Searl
Aged:  18 years.
Died:  7 April, 1898.
Resided:  9 Ivy Terrace, Derry.
Born:  Carrigaholt, Clare.

SEARL:  April 7, 1898 at her father’s residence 9 Ivy Terrace, Derry.  Alice, fifth daughter of George Searl, aged 18 years.  Funeral will leave for City Cemetery tomorrow Saturday the 9th inst at 3 o’clock.  Friends will please accept this the only intimation.    
Derry Journal:  Friday, April 8, 1898.
Arthur John Adair
Aged:  33 years.
Died:  16 May, 1900.
Resided:  21 Crawford Square, Derry.
Born:  Ennis, Co. Clare.

No death notice

Anne Doherty
Aged:  70 years.
Died:  16 February, 1906.
Resided: 8 St. Columb’s Street, Derry.
Born:  Clare.

Obituary:  An interesting local personality has just passed away in the person of Mrs Anne (Nancy) Doherty, travelling by the Lough Swilly line from Derry.
The deceased was a humble woman, a fruit vendor and had the privilege within the station accorded her by the management.  Here she pursued her calling for almost a generation in quiet, decent industry, and she with considerable patronage and respect.  She was a worthy old soul, and her merits commended her to everybody who knew her.  Amongst her other privileges she was allowed to travel by the trams free.  Yesterday, the interment took place in the City Cemetery, and was largely attended by the working class.  Father McGeown officiated at the grave.
Derry Journal.  Monday:  February 19, 1906
Patrick McAvoy
Aged:  64 years.
Died:  6 March, 1907.
Resided:  104 St. Columb’s Wells, Derry.
Born:  Co. Clare.

No death notice.

Henry Searl
Aged:  45 years.
Died:  25 October, 1916.
Resided:  9 Ivy Terrace, Derry.
Born:  Kilkee, Co. Clare.

SEARL:  October 25, 1916.  Henry S. Searl, second son of George Searl
(late R.N.)  Funeral to City Cemetery from his father’s residence 9 Ivy Terrace, Londonderry, tomorrow Friday 27 inst at 2.30p.m.  Friends will please accept this intimation.
Londonderry Sentinel.  Thursday: October 26, 1916.

John James Mulholland
Aged:  31 years.
Died:  5 March, 1923.
Resided:  4 Baronet Street, Derry.
Born:  Threefield, Co. Clare.

MULHOLLAND:  March 5, 1923 at his father’s residence 4 Baronet Street, Derry.  John James Mulholland (Late P.O. & R.N.) second son of George & Kathleen Mulholland, aged 31 years R.I.P.  Funeral this Wednesday morning at 10.30 o’clock for Requiem Mass in St. Eugene’s Cathedral.  Thence to City Cemetery for interment.  Sacred Heart of Jesus have Mercy on His Soul.
Derry Journal.  Wednesday:  7 March, 1923.

Almor A. Hollingworth
Aged:  39 years.
Died:  30 December, 1924.
Resided:  19 Dunfield Terrace, Derry.
Born:  Kilrush, Co. Clare.

HOLLINGWORTH: December 30, 1924 at his father’s residence 98 Spencer Road, Waterside, Londonderry.  Almer A. the dearly beloved husband of Nellie Hollingsworth, 19 Dunfield Terrace.  Funeral to City Cemetery today Thursday at half past 2 o’clock.
Londonderry Sentinel.  Thursday:  January 1, 1925.

John Donnellan
Aged:  58 years.
Died:  17 March, 1925.
Resided:  Mount Royal. 
Born:  Co. Clare.

DONNELLAN:  March 17, 1925 at his residence Mount Royal, Londonderry.  John Donnellan (Customs & Excise) R.I.P.  His remains will be removed to St. Eugene’s Cathedral for Requiem Mass at ten o’clock, Friday morning 20th  inst. Interment immediately afterwards in City Cemetery.  Friends will please accept this intimation.
Derry Journal.  Friday:  20 March, 1925.
John Donnellan, born 20 April, 1867 son of John Donnellan and Catherine Eyres of Querrin.  Sp: Johanna Purtell.  Other siblings, Catherine, born 28 February, 1865.  John, born 20 April, 1867.  Sinon, born 30 May, 1869 and Michael, born 26 September, 1871.
My thanks to Murray Michael Ginnane for the extended family details.
Andrew S. O’Brien
Aged:  70 years.
Died:  9 March, 1927.
Resided:  23 Bond’s Hill, Derry.
Born:  Ruan, Ennis.

O’BRIEN:  March 9, 1927 at his residence Bond’s Hill, Waterside.  Andrew Stafford O’Brien.  Deeply regretted R.I.P.  Funeral private.
Derry Journal.  Friday: 11 March, 1927.
Ellen Searl
Aged:  49 years.
Died:  16 February, 1932.
Resided:  Hillcrest, Strabane, Co. Tyrone.
Born:  Clare.

No death notice.

Mary Moran
Aged:  68
Died:  19 February, 1948.
Resided:  Nazareth House, Derry.
Born:  Co. Clare.

No death notice.
Laurence Hogan
Aged:  84
Died:  16 July, 1949.
Resided:  44 Beechwood Avenue, Derry.
Born:  Co Clare.

HOGAN:  July 16, 1949 at his residence Mount Brandon, Beechwood Street, Derry.  Laurence Hogan (father of Rev William Hogan S.J. Sydney) R.I.P.  His remains will be removed today Monday, 18 inst at 10.40 am for Requiem mass in St. Eugene’s Cathedral at 11 o’clock.  Funeral to City Cemetery immediately afterwards.  Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his Soul.
Derry Journal:  Monday, 18 July, 1949.

Michael Behan
Aged: 55 years
Died:  20 December, 1954
Resided:  37 William Street, Derry.
Born:  Clare.

No death notice.

Jane Donnell
Aged:  62 years
Died:  6 May, 1963.
Resided:  Molenan, Co. Derry.
Born:  Ennis, Co. Clare.

No death notice.

Patrick Crowley
Aged:  69 years
Died:  25 April, 1968.
Resided:  Great James Street, Derry.
Born:  Clare.

No death notice.

Patrick Burke
Aged:  82 years
Died:  13 October, 1979.
Resided:  30 Kingsfort Park, Derry.
Born:  Clare.

BURKE:  13 October, 1979 at Altnagelvin Hospital.  Patrick (Ex Sgt RIC & RUC)
Beloved husband of Bridget Burke, 30 Kingsfort Park, formerly of 145 Lone Moor Road and dear father of Eugene, Brendan, Dennis, Mary and Fr. Tom.  His remains were removed on Sunday last at 7.30pm to St. Patrick’s Church Pennyburn, Requiem mass was concelebrated at 10.00 am yesterday Monday.  Funeral took place immediately afterwards to the City Cemetery. Jesus Mercy, Mary Help.    Derry Journal:  Tuesday, 16 October, 1979.

Friday, 11 April 2014

MICHAEL G.CONSIDINE.. somewhat forgotten till Larry Brennan researched his history.

MICHAEL G.CONSIDINE... the man who helped O'Connell reign above Ennis...

 Click for clarity...

NOTE... CLARE ROOTS SOCIETY NEXT LECTURE... as per article in column on left hand side

Thursday, 10 April 2014


I just adored this, thanks to Fran Jensen for reposting it...
 a lovely interlude to our busy days...

Wednesday, 9 April 2014



What a wonderful surprise for this excited couple, courtesy of Father Ray Kelly, in Oldcastle, New Cavan...

He promised them a surprise, but they didn't expect what happened next...

Wishing them every happiness.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


With many thanks to Margaret Spearin for the compilation of this list...



West Cork Genealogy