Wednesday, 29 April 2015



Ulster Historical Foundation

Telling, since 1956, the story of the people of Ulster

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 4-10 October 2015

Due to the popularity of our original event (scheduled for September 2015) the Foundation is pleased to announce details of a second family history conference to be held 4-10 October 2015.
Given that places at the September conference sold out fast, and due to the many expressions of interest in an additional event, the Foundation is delighted to be repeating the Tracing your Irish Ancestors programme in October 2015.
Join us in October for our autumn family history conference to learn about the dramatic history of Ulster and the lives of your Irish ancestors. The Foundation has many years' experience in hosting family history events and Tracing Your Irish Ancestors promises to be a truly memorable week ( 
For more details, please visit link above...
If you have any queries, please email:
Ulster Historical Foundation

Tuesday, 28 April 2015



© John Mayer

Regardless of all the stories you hear about difficulty in researching in Ireland, there is a lot of help available, if you just know where to look. Of course, the first step is to write down all you know, starting from your own details and work backwards, to whomever is your Irish connection... Take note of all family stories, all you have heard and found to date and work through bit by bit... then start looking... 

These suggestions just might help, presuming that you have come to the stage of needing/wanting to find out more.

If you have County Clare ancestry, you may like to consider joining our Facebook group,  County Clare Ireland Genealogy.

County Clare is known as the Banner County... It is a county rich in diversity, heritage, music and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

 Our Facebook Group is home to many like minded people... with a love of family and history, willing to help all as we can and sharing a laugh or two every chance we get.

 There is such a wealth of knowledge whether you are looking for ancestry, or simply want to know more about the county and Ireland in general. We know the best places to search... of course, the Clare Library takes first place... they have one of the best genealogy sections in the country..

You can't go past Clare Roots Society as well... they are a group of volunteers who are exceptional with their local knowledge, in publishing historical books, in transcribing gravestones, and in working with the diaspora to foster interest in family history. Where there is a question or a cause, CRS members are there... many of them also belong to the Co Clare Facebook group.

 If you would like to join, then just send a request to

You may not receive an answer straight away, but it usually doesn't take long. You do have to have a Facebook account for the group, but not to join Clare Roots Society. You can do that by going to the website above and then Membership... full details are on the site.

Though not every question can be answered, there are many options to explore... here are a couple more..

Clare Past Forum      
Ireland Genealogy Project Archives (Clare section)

Before you know it, you'll be adding branches to your family tree, or at least, that is the idea...


Thursday, 23 April 2015




(c) Crissouli 2007

Catherine Goopy nee Mc Cauley
 Born Co Sligo, Died Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Buried Toowong Cemetery

One of the most common questions I get asked is... "Are there any transcriptions or photos for xyz available online?"

Many simply can't get to the places they would like to, so are restricted to online searching...

Here I hope to give you a list of sites referring to graveyards/cemeteries that have either photos, transcriptions or both... These are but a few.. I will add to them as time permits...

I will also include publications that contain these and will endeavour to update regularly. All contributions gratefully received, please make sure any links are working before sharing.

Feel free to share, however a link back to this blog would be appreciated.

You may add them to the Comments section below or contact me through the address available in About Me.

Thank you....


Bookshop  Clare Roots Society


Grave Secrets At Your Fingertips

Canadian Gravemarker Gallery

Find A Grave

County Fermanagh Northern Ireland GenWeb

History From Headstones

Billion Graves

This group have been kindly contributed by Dara ..Thank you, Dara.

You might like to visit her very interesting blog..

The Curragh Military Cemetery, Co. Kildare:
Memorial inscriptions:

Sean Murphy, Memorial Inscriptions from the Moravian Cemetery, Whitechurch, Co. Dublin (Co. Wicklow, 2012),
Sean Murphy, Memorial Inscriptions from St Catherine’s Church and Graveyard Dublin (Dublin, 1987),
Sean Murphy, Bully’s Acre and Royal Hospital Kilmainham graveyards: history and inscriptions (Dublin, 1989),
St James’s Graveyard Project, Memorial Inscriptions from St James’s Graveyard Dublin (Dublin, 1988),

​and although not actually memorial inscriptions, this is very useful for finding them
​Dublin City Libraries and Archive - Dublin Graveyards Directory:

Glasnevin Cemetery catered for the majority of burials in Dublin from the ​1830s, although you have to pay a relatively small fee to access the records;
Glasnevin Trust (€), Burial registers,

Friday, 17 April 2015




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Monday, 13 April 2015

CRS NEWS - YIN AND YAN: John Grenham


The Clare Roots Society is delighted this week to have John Grenham write about our activities. If you are in Dublin and have access to the NLI or in Clare and would like to volunteer for the Clare champion transcription project, please get in touch. Also a reminder of  details of our next meeting. 

Clare Roots Society Meeting.
Thurs. 16th April at 8pm. in The Old Ground Hotel
Lecture by Dr. Catherine O'Connor

Dr. O'Connor is a local historian who has published widely in the areas of social and oral history. Currently Project Manager with the University of Limerick Oral History Project, she also teaches in Dublin City Library and Archives. Catherine is a member of Clarecastle & Ballyea Heritage & Wildlife Team. She acted as researcher and coordinator in a field names project in the parish which resulted in the publication of a book, Land & People. Catherine will talk on the methods used in that research and in similar projects around the country, reflecting on the value of collecting the names and stories and their contribution to genealogy and local history.

Admission is free for members and €5 for non-members.  New members are always welcome. 
Clara Hoyne
Clare Roots Secretary
Remember to like us on facebook: Clare Roots Society Facebook

There is also a Facebook Co Clare Group for those interested in Co Clare in general and family history in particular.

Friday, 10 April 2015



  No, not these records...

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Creative Writing
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These records...


Don't forget that you could find many Irish records in the British newspaper articles...

This week, we're bringing you over 6.7 million new records including:



This list was shared with me by CRESTLEAF... a site that is new to me... they describe themselves as follows..

About Us: (a Top 100 genealogy site by Genealogy in Time Magazine) is a free online family tree builder that has been used by tens of thousands of people to document their family history. Along with the family tree tool, we provide free access to 90 Million+ historical records.

 Crestleaf recently published a comprehensive list of 70+ Irish genealogy resources filled with helpful links to help you find your Irish ancestors: 

I have no commercial or otherwise connection to Crestleaf, but am happy to share such a list with you... You will find two of my sites listed as well... this one, 



 IRISH GRAVES - they who sleep in foreign lands

Thursday, 9 April 2015




8.00PM   28 APRIL, 2015


Paul Markham published The History of the West Clare Creameries in 2001. His lecture on this subject will capture a unique mix of the commercial, cultural and political environment of much of the 1900s from the perspective of the farming community and their struggle to survive and develop in west Clare. Paul has been collecting creamery related material, memorabilia and histories for a number of years. His talk will feature lots of old photographs, documents and records from the West Clare Creameries from 1930 to 2000.  

He will also show a short film of milk intake old style. He will tell the story of butter markets, milk retailing and co-ops prior to 1930 in West Clare. The lecture will explain the role played by Mr. Michael Lane (General Manager) and his staff in improving the livelihoods of the farmer and his family.

Paul Markham's other publications include Clonderlaw Castle and Neighbourhood (1988); Kilmurry McMahon and Killofin Remembered: An Accurate and Detailed Account - Past and Present - of a Rural Parish in the Barony of Clonderlaw, Co. Clare (1991); The Kilmurry MacMahon MacNamaras County Clare (2000); and a biography of T. J. Ryan (1896-1962), published in 2005. His website has logged over 2 million hits. He is at present involved in research on his maternal ancestors, the Whelan family of Doonbeg and Cooraclare parishes.

Paul is also the man behind the restoration of the Rambling House in Kilmurry McMahon, which has made a number of appearances on television in recent times.

Admission is free for members of KDHS and EUR5 for non-members. New members are always welcome. The annual membership fee is EUR20 and for those joining now will cover events up to June 2016.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015



Recently I posted about the restoration of some records to  .....

This is the story behind the story... 
from The Irish Times, April 8, 2015


Clare Roots Society Meeting.
Thurs. 16th April at The Old Ground Hotel
Lecture by Dr. Catherine O'Connor
Dr. O'Connor is a local historian who has published widely in the areas of social and oral history. Currently Project Manager with the University of Limerick Oral History Project, she also teaches in Dublin City Library and Archives. Catherine is a member of Clarecastle & Ballyea Heritage & Wildlife Team. She acted as researcher and coordinator in a field names project in the parish which resulted in the publication of a book, Land & People. Catherine will talk on the methods used in that research and in similar projects around the country, reflecting on the value of collecting the names and stories and their contribution to genealogy and local history.
Admission is free for members and €5 for non-members.  New members are always welcome.  

 More on Dr. Catherine O'Connor...

Tuesday, 7 April 2015



Every now and then I am approached by someone wanting to promote various things..Quite often I have to decline, as they are politically motivated, not of general interest to my readership or they just don't suit.

 This doesn't look to be one of those...

 Let me introduce you to the work of Terence Coskeran, who has written the following book and self published. Though I have not read the book in it's entirety, I feel that just by what I have seen it could be of interest to any others who feel they may be related to these families.

 If you wish to purchase this book, please see the details below.. and please contact Terence directly. I have no financial interest in this publication.


It is a great pleasure to write this narrative and I hope it gives interesting and informative reading to all who engage with it.
It is by no means conclusive either in fact or information but I hope it is a start, and my dearest wish is that people would see fit to add in further content in the years ahead.
When starting, I had an idea where I was going but did not know where I came from so in order to correct this, I decided on this research. 

A personal account of Lena Foye nee Costello is recalled below by her granddaughter Mary Ellen Foye:
I believe each of the grandchildren of Helena Costello Foye, our "Ma" could share many personal memories and life lessons she taught us along the way.   I can only speak for myself and a few of the others who have sent a few words of remembrance, but I assure you, our grandmother left a huge footprint on our hearts and in our minds and helped shape the people we are today.  Ma's favorite two expressions to me were: Sleep when you're old, you'll be a long time dead,
and every time I was worried about something, as a child and a teenager and even as a young mother with a child, she would tell me to stop worrying and go to sleep. She would say, "HE is going to be up all night anyway. Let HIM worry about it for you". I have quoted that to my children and friends for years

Below is a short insight into a lasting memory of Bridget, by her niece, Nellie Daly nee Spillane..

My Auntie  Bridget married to Timothy Danaher ...they  had no family and lived in London for  a number of years .She would come home to Ireland on holidays every year and spend  some of her  time with my family, the Spillanes, in Ardahan, Galbally. I can recall her as a very easy going and gentle person. A trip or journey when on holidays would not be a spur of the moment decision; indeed it would take her nearly all day to get ready. The first job was her hair in curlers from early morning, then the makeup and a very important part of that was the lipstick.  She loved her cup of strong tea along with a cigarette. 
My Dad Jim
Well, first, of course, he died young. Not for him the steady slide into old age, the declining faculties, the disappointments and disillusionments that for some can be the legacy of ageing. Unlike Mum, who has faced her own tribulations of old age with great stoicism and courage, in all our memories, Dad remains forever in his prime, at the peak of his powers, like all those who die before their time.
David my Father
 The disadvantage of a limited academic learning experience was compensated by having a very good memory of things heard orally and also the ability to, in his mind, recall places visited via landmarks and by any other visual means that were there. David, the eldest of a family of twelve is recorded in the census of nineteen hundred and eleven living in the Barry household as an infant along with his mother Ellen. The census does not have any record of David’s father Thomas. The answer to this may be that Thomas stayed on working in Liverpool following his marriage to Ellen in nineteen hundred and nine.
With most of his life having being spent farm labouring and having worked for the previous thirteen years at Condon’s in Knockcordan, Lattin, Co. Tipperary. A change of job along with a change of country came Dad’s way in nineteen hundred and sixty three with a move to London.

Terence Coskeran first days in school in London 

 Memories as I write this come flooding back, how I would find my way around the building, milk at first break in quarter pint glass, pint bottles had to be consumed. School dinners, which you would not be doing an “Oliver” on (and asking for more) had to be consumed with teachers sitting at the tables but at least I could speak English, if in a somewhat different way to a lot of others. A lot of students would have arrived in school with no English; I cannot say that I remember any Language teachers.

Irish Holidays

 On one of my many journeys to work in Ireland I met Margaret Moroney from Lisvernane, Aherlow, Co Tipperary, who has been my wife and companion since nineteen hundred and seventy seven. At the time of our meeting Margaret was attending secondary school in Clonmel Co Tipperary, indeed I can recall going to collect her from school and telling the nun that I was her brother, Thinking that my little lie had been a success until to my dismay at her graduation dance the nun left me in no doubt as to her knowledge of my plot.

An Australian view 
 The Irish are friendly and hospitable, but not in a cloying or overly-polite way. A nod and a handshake are usually followed by some polite inquiries as they feel you out. Neither na├»ve nor untrusting; they will, over time, decide for themselves based on how you act and how you treat them. Irish like to talk and are good listeners too. Because they can laugh at themselves and have few pretensions, you might think that their legendary foolishness is commonplace. It isn’t. You underestimate them at your peril.

(c) Terence Coskeran

(c) Terence Coskeran Granny Keylogues and Nan

To quote from Terence...

"The family origins are in Galbally Co Limerick but a Grand Uncle moved and settled in Kildysart area of Clare in around 1888 strange as it seems his name changed from Coskeran to Costello.The reason for this I do not know. He was a stone mason who married a Catherine Clancy and they were parents to three children , one named David who remained in Kildysart area married Margaret Murphy  and also worked as a stone mason. Nora went to the America and married John Coughlin, Ellen also went to America and married John Foye."

"This is the Clare connection with the narrative. There are one hundred and fourteen pages A4 size with a lot of photos included.It is available from me (Terence) at    The cost is €20 plus postage. "