Sunday, 28 August 2016




When Edinburgh-based author Anne Loughnane was a young social worker in West Clare during the early 1970s, she found an elderly woman and her grown-up son inhabiting a semi-derelict cottage. During their short acquaintance, she learned of the woman's astonishing life, which led from late 19th century West Clare, where memories of the Famine and terror of the workhouse were still all too present, across the Atlantic to years of service among the prosperous of New York, and back to marriage with a respected Clare farmer in a dramatically transformed Ireland. Then came widowhood and a descent into poverty, still haunted by a debilitating "Famine mentality".
The result is A Clarewoman's Journey, part authorial memoir, part fictional reconstruction, which vividly evokes Eilin's contrasting lives on both sides of the Atlantic, in a moving and illuminating account of a life that encompassed enormous personal, cultural and historical change.
Anne, whose previous book, In Pursuit of Kate Corbett, charted her great-grandmother's extraordinary migration from Dublin to a ranch in Wyoming, will launch 

A Clarewoman's Journey 

in De Valera Public Library, Ennis, 
on Tuesday 6th September at 7.00pm. 
All welcome. 

This book is now available through Amazon, from Kenny's (Galway) on line book retail business, from the Ennis Book shop and Easons in Ennis, the Killimer Ferry shop and directly from the author.. you can contact Anne here

  The cost is £8 sterling + the cost of postage from the author, $11.99 from e book/kindle

Thursday, 25 August 2016


Heritage week has snuck up on us this year following an amazing 8 days when Ennis and County Clare welcomed the All Ireland fleadh to Ennis.
There are loads of things to do- just click on the link above  to find out what is happening near you!!!!

Heritage Week - 10 Fun Things to do this Weekend

10 Fun Things to do this Weekend

We're halfway through Heritage Week already but don't worry, there's lots more to see and do over the next few days.

Why not step back in time and watch local wooden boats sailing in Baltimore Harbour or take the opportunity to learn traditional sculling, weather permitting!  On Sunday you can take to the water in Meath as the Boyne Navigation Restoration Group run free boat trips from the restored lock.

In Dublin, Merrion Square Open Day takes place on Saturday 27 August and offers a unique opportunity to get behind the doors of many houses not usually open to the public and enjoy a wide range of events, tours and music. Highlights include Archaeofest in Merrion Square Park, Recording the Tradition Exhibition at the Irish Traditional Music Archive and the Summer Sun Trail at the Natural History Museum.

Also on Saturday, visit VINTAGE (Very Interactive Nostalgic Toy and Game Exhibition) at Heritage House in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. Play and learn about old children's games with prizes on offer for the best period costume.
So pack your sunglasses (and umbrellas) and get out and enjoy Ireland's heritage!

Read our full list of the top ten things to do this weekend.

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What's on Today

Got some time to spare this evening? Why not come along to a free Heritage Week event.

In Dublin, call in to St. Patrick's Cathedral for a little night jazz at 6.15pm, take a guided coastal walk in Dalkey at 7pm or hear a series of short talks on 100 Years of Heritage in Malahide at 7.30pm.

In Cork, take a geological garden tour at UCC at 6pm, take a revolutionary walking tour of the city at 7pm, or for something a bit different go to Gulpd cafe at 8pm for a discussion about the Cork Post-Punk Music Scene with music afterwards.

Elsewhere, there's a walking tour along Parliament Street, Kilkenny starting at 7pm, a walking tour of Drogheda starting at the Bridge of Peace at 7.30pm and a nocturnal wildlife walk at Mount Briscoe Organic Farm in Offaly at 8.30pm.

There's lots more happening around the country today. Check out the full event listings here.

Take our Audience Survey

Please take our Audience Survey and let us know about your Heritage Week experience.

You will be helping us to make Heritage Week 2017 even better!

Completed entries are eligible for a draw to win one of 5 OPW Family Heritage Cards worth €60.

The Heritage Card provides for free admission to all fee-paying State managed OPW Heritage Sites located throughout the country for one year (with the exception of Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney). 

P.S. All OPW venues (except Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Goal) have free admission on Sunday 28th August to celebrate the final day of Heritage Week!

Win a Manor House Hotels Break

To celebrate Heritage Week, Manor House Hotels are offering one lucky winner and guest a fantastic two night B&B break, including dinner on one evening, in one of the 29 luxurious Manor House Hotels around Ireland.

Every Manor House Hotel has a fascinating historical story to tell and many will be staging special events to mark Heritage Week from medieval rooftop tours at the Pembroke Hotel in Kilkenny to heritage walks at BrookLodge & Macreddin Village in Wicklow.

To be in with a chance to win, click here.

The Irish Times Weekend Edition

The Irish Times is delighted to be a partner for Heritage Week again this year.

We have an exciting offer for new customers to tell you about. You can receive The Irish Times Weekend edition delivered to your door each Saturday and the digital pack, which includes unlimited access to on all devices for just €15 per month.

This is a great way to keep up to date with quality Irish journalism from our top writers every day.

Introductory offer. T&C's apply.

Click here for more details


Contact Us:

National Heritage Week
The Heritage Council
Church Lane
Co. Kilkenny

Tel +353 (0)56 777 0777
Fax +353 (0)56 777 0788



Sunday, 21 August 2016


The revised and updated edition of this book is back in print. It was first published in 1997.
86 pages have been added and it now contains nineteen sets of appendices.

All 752 members of the RIC who volunteered for service in WW1, including the 156 casualties are listed and the locations of their graves. All RIC men killed in the
line of duty during the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence are also remembered in this book. The book is available worldwide direct from the publishers
by clicking on the following link:- 

The Royal Irish Constabulary
A short history and genealogical guide with a select list of medal awards and casualties
Jim Herlihy

In the period 1816 to 1922 some 85,000 men served in the Royal Irish Constabulary and its predecessor forces. In this book Jim Herlihy shows how to find information on these policemen, providing an excellent resource for those interested in the history of the RIC, and the revolutionary period generally.

Chapters on the history of policing in Ireland (to illustrate the type of men in the force, their backgrounds and their lifestyles etc.), are followed by a section on tracing ancestors in the RIC. This new edition details members of the RIC who were rewarded for their service during the Young Ireland Rising, 1848, the Fenian Rising, 1867, the Easter Rising, 1916 and the War of Independence, 1919–21. Also identified are members of the RIC who were killed in the line of duty from 1916 to 1922, members who volunteered for service in the Mounted Staff Corps or the Commissariat during the Crimean War, members who served as drivers or orderlies on secondment to the Irish Hospital Corps in the Boer War in 1900, as well as members who volunteered and served in the British Army in the First World War. RIC recipients of the Constabulary Medal (Ireland), the King's Police Medal or the King George V, Coronation (Police) Medal, 1911, are also listed, as are ex-RIC men who transferred to the Garda Síochána or the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1922 and received bravery medals.

'This book combines a short history of policing in Ireland with a detailed description of how to trace ancestors who were members of police forces operating in this country between 1816 and 1922. This combination of history and genealogy gives the book a wide appeal', Irish Roots.
'[A] valuable source of information about the later years of the RIC', Irish Times.

Jim Herlihy
, a retired member of the Garda Síochána and a co-founder of the Garda Síochána Historical Society, has worked on these sources for many years. His publications include Royal Irish Constabulary Officers: A biographical dictionary and genealogical guide, 1816–1922 (2016. Paperback Reprint).

Paperback. 336 pages. Ills. €24.95.