Thursday, 3 September 2015


These files were added to Ireland Genealogy Projects in August:

IRELAND, Countrywide, Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland since 1784
Presidents since its foundation in 1784
RCSI Registrars since 1816

CAVAN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Fethlimidh's Headstones, Kilmore

DONEGAL, Genealogy Archives - Land
Rent Roll For Grove-Hall Estate 1783

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cem. Headstones - West Part 7
Deansgrange Cem. Headstones, St. Mary's Section, Pt 9
Donnybrook Cemetery
Grangegorman Military Cemetery (Updated)
Grangegorman Military Cemetery (WWII & Veterans)
Mount Jerome Headstones - Part 109-111

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Licences for Selling Lottery Tickets - 3 Sep 1789

FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Maguiresbridge CoI Marriages 1842-1882

FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Land
Rent Roll of the Estate of Blaney Balfour Sr & Jr Esq -1770
Rent Roll of the Estate of Blaney Balfour Sr & Jr Esq -1815
Rent Roll of the Estate of Blaney Balfour Sr & Jr Esq -1820

FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. John's (CoI), Muckross

GALWAY, Genealogy Archives - Land
To Be Sold...Estate of Denis Bowes Esq. - 1789

KERRY, Genealogy Archives - Census Substitutes
Catholics in Barony of Clancrough, 1792

KILKENNY, Genealogy Archives - Land
Sale - Barony of Crannagh 1789 (Tenants)
To be sold - 3 Sep 1789 (Tenants)

KILKENNY, Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Petition to repeal Laws Affecting Catholics - 1792
Roman Catholics - from Hibernian Journal - 1792

LEITRIM, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ardunsaghan Graveyard
Carrigallen (CoI) Cemetery
Carrigallen Presbyterian Cemetery
Cloonlougher (R.C.) Graveyard

LOUTH, Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Petition to Repeal Penal Laws - 1792

MAYO,  Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Catholics in Mayo (from Hibernian Journal) 1792

MAYO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Curraunboy (Cornboy) Cemetery (partial)
Pullathomas Cemetery (Names From Sign)

ROSCOMMON, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Assylinn New Cemetery, Upper Side, Pt 1

SLIGO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Court Abbey Cem. Headstones - Section B
Drumcliffe Cemetery - Part 2 & 3
Gurteen New Cemetery, Part 1 & 2
Sooey (R.C.) Cemetery (5 images)
Sligo Cemetery - New Part, Section C & D
Templeronan Graveyard - Parts 1 & 2

TIPPERARY, Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Catholic Inhabitants of Towns of Tipperary & Caher 1799
R.C. Inhabitants of the Town of Carrick-on-Suir - 1792

TIPPERARY, Genealogy Archives - Land
Rental of the Estates of Francis Mathew, Esq 1781

WATERFORD, Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Principal Catholics of Town & Parish of Dungarvan - 1792

WEXFORD, Genealogy Archives - Census Substitutes
Catholic Inhabitants of Town & County of Wexford - 1792

WEXFORD, Genealogy Archives - Land
To Be Sold...Lands of Robert BUTLER - 1789

WICKLOW, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Rosahane Graveyard (updated)
St. Patrick's Church, Enniskerry - Part 7


Tuesday, 1 September 2015




17th Sept.



Paul O'Brien has written extensively about the experience of both the recruiters, and the men who enlisted in the military, during the First World War (1914-1918), from a provincial Irish town.

Paul based his First World War research on an invaluable collection of unpublished documents, manuscripts and photographs, part of the Glynn family archives.

15th Oct. 



Stephen will give an illustrated talk called Letters, Lives & Liberty – The Post Office in Ireland, in which he will aim to highlight some of the ways in which the Post Office has influenced Irish life over the years and introduce some of the people and events associated with it. 

The present GPO in Dublin is two hundred years old and next year, of course, marks the centenary of 1916. This year we remember the bicentenary of the novelist Anthony Trollope, who spent many years working for the Irish PO.

Transport, communications, stamps, politics and technology  - in his wide ranging talk, Stephen feels there will be something to appeal to all the audience as he  tries to let people see the past through the post.

19th Nov. 



Many people researching their Irish family history hit a Brick Wall around the 1800-1830 time periods. Before this, records are sparse and it can be difficult to find the ones that apply to your particular ancestors. This is where DNA testing can help. Dr Maurice Gleeson will describe the 3 main types of DNA test and how each can be helpful in breaking through some of your genealogical Brick Walls. Y-DNA has revolutionised surname research in Ireland - it has confirmed which people with the same surname are related to each other, and is now helping to verify the ancient genealogies recorded in the Ancient Irish Annals. Autosomal DNA is connecting people to hundreds of cousins they would not otherwise have known about and mitochondrial DNA, which is particularly useful for ancient DNA analysis, is unravelling the mysteries of those long departed. 

DNA testing (using a simple cheek swab) will be available after the lecture for anyone who wants it. Special discounted prices, starting at €50 (approximately), have been negotiated for this event.

21st Jan. 2016 



"The O'Connell family were transplanted to Clare from Caherbarnagh outside Sneem in Co Kerry in 1653 by the Cromwellian forces and we were given some land at Cloonmacken in Inagh and today the family vault is in Inagh graveyard.

I have traced back a direct O'Connell line for 28 generations and I was fortunate to be able to go back that far as a result of our ancestors being very prominent in the European armies of France, Spain, Prussia and Austria.  Some of them were Colonel's and general's and in order to reach a high rank in the European armies you had to prove your lineage  hence the records are available.

The O'Connell's were in Clare 160 years before the liberator arrived, but it is important to note that Maurice O'Connell, "the transplanted", who was sent to Clare with 59 of his family on the 14th December, 1653, was the brother of Geoffrey O'Connell, who was Daniel's ancestor. Maurice was our ancestor and their father, also Geoffrey, is the direct line to Daniel O'Connell and myself. 

That makes our family, here in Clare, the closest relatives to Daniel O'Connell.  The story is remarkable and our ancestors, the Brigadier and his brother John, both killed, at the battle of Aughrim and Derry, were fighting for King James against the Williamites.  

One of our ancestors, another Maurice O'Connell, was married to Mary Bligh, daughter of Captain Bligh of mutiny on the bounty fame and is buried in Australia ... we have a photograph of his grave.

All of the O'Connell's in Clare at present are direct descendants of Maurice the Transplanted and we will elaborate more at a later stage."


18th Feb. 



 Offering a unique insight into the habitual inebriate offender class in Ireland, this lecture examines the inebriate reformatory system in Ireland from its foundation in 1900 until its closure in 1920 and the three institutions charged with punishing or rehabilitating habitual drunkards: The State Inebriate Reformatory, The Certified Inebriate Reformatory and The Voluntary Inebriate Retreat. 

Using registers of inmates, annual reports, court cases and institutional records, Conor Reidy presents a stark account of the ways in which alcohol addiction and lack of opportunity condemned countless Irish victims to lives of poverty, misery and crime in the early twentieth century. 

 Conor also looks at the ways in which institutional staff sought to exact reform over the inmates through education, training, religion and discipline. 

 He profiles a hitherto little known system, giving it a place within the historiography of Ireland's complex web of so-called reformative institutions.

Courtesy of John Bradbury CRS


Set aside September 9th....

Just eight days to go to the second workshop on graveyard transcription and recording and it promises to be a great day.

Here are a few reasons you may like to join us .....

1.  Your community may have already transcribed your graveyard but new techniques may allow you to read older headstones.
2. You may be thinking about putting up signage to make the local graveyard a place for visitors to the area, this will be discussed on the day. 
3. Or perhaps you are just beginning to realise how important your local graveyard is as a place of family history and heritage. 

In fact over 70% of Clare graveyards have been transcribed and are available online or in certain publications.
It would be great to complete the county graveyards and preserve our family history. Diaspora worldwide can benefit from what we do here in Clare.

Book your place now by email at
It is FREE...

Clare Roots Secretary 
Remember to like us on facebook: Clare Roots Society

Sunday, 23 August 2015



Author : John Grenham.. The Irish Times

"It would be nice to think that the reason for the huge success of National Heritage Week in Ireland is our deeply-ingrained respect and love for everything our ancestors left us. 
But we really have very little sentiment about what we’ve inherited. Since the start of the 20th century, we’ve shed a national language and a national religion, three currencies, membership of a kingdom, an empire and a commonwealth and demolished more great houses than you can shake a shillelagh at. 
And since the start of the 21st century, we’ve reinvented ourselves over and over, as business moguls, four-hour commuters, consumerist party animals, rock stars, gay reality-show celebs, and penitent capitalists.
So what explains our enthusiasm for Heritage Week? Part of it must be the chance to get into so many buildings usually closed to us – all-consuming curiosity about the neighbours being a vital part of the Irish national psyche (and also a sadly unacknowledged motivator behind a lot of genealogy).
But the real reason is, I think, more banal............."

 For the rest of the story, please use the link below...

Irish Roots: Why we love Heritage Week


makes news in the latest issue of



Will you be there?

Have a look and see who else will be....

See just what the Clare Roots Society is involved in now regarding graveyards...
they really are keeping up with technology.

 Conservation of graveyards in Co Clare...
Geophysical investigations of both the old and new Drumcliff burial grounds...

Biographical Index of Clare Champion

Please click on images to enlarge...

Thursday, 20 August 2015

McGRATH CLAN GATHERING JUNE 2016 Join in the craic!


Then this is a great way to make more connections.

Just over ten months to the McGrath Clan Gathering 2016 and an action packed weekend is planned in Dungarvan. We will have McGraths from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China, UK and from Ireland. I would expect a few more countries may be added before next June.

Please download, share and tag people on the image attached.

There is also interest building in the optional tour after the Clan Gathering which takes in Cashel, Clare, Donegal, Fermanagh. This will return via Dublin to allow people the opportunity to get off at that point for flights or spending a few days in the capital.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

WATERBURY Janet Maher with John Wiehn


Every now and then, you come across someone who inspires you with their talent, their passion and their tenacity... my friend, Janet Maher, is one such person. Not satisfied with her the just sitting back and enjoying the success of her previous book...

she has spent many years researching and planning her second...  I think it best that I let her tell you about it in her own words....

" When I began seriously to do family history research in 2006 my goal was to find the wave migration link between the earliest Irish families who entered the Greater Waterbury area and their correct location in Ireland. Since physical records in the Waterbury and Naugatuck city halls do not go back to the decades that I needed, I began to study entire communities and search all available records sideways, with a deep focus upon surnames that applied to my extended lines. Nine years, countless hours, transcriptions, archive notes, photographs taken, restored and digitized, files, books read and a great deal of money later, I am publishing my second book. 

This time I invited John Wiehn to collaborate with me on the project. For a long time John has, in different ways, been collecting information about the Irish of Waterbury. He has shared some of that with me for this book. We have compiled photographs and done interviews with many people over the past year and one half. Along with further research and help from many sources, I have written a text that brings the background of the Waterbury Irish together from the earliest days into the present with stories from people who reside in and around our mutual hometown.

 I will be putting a link on the blog site   from which the book can be ordered. It will also be available on Amazon and as an ebook."
 Janet Maher