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This is The Way They Were...
they are just waiting for you to find them.
Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones has confirmed he will unveil the Sir William Orpen Bronze Sculpture by Rowan Gillespie in Stillorgan at 5.30pm on the 29th Sept 2016.
Local restaurants will serve trays of snacks during the unveiling ceremony.
Followed by an exhibition of paintings by William Orpen and some by his father Arthur Herbert and by his mother Anne in St Brigid's Church Hall and a one-hour concert in St Brigid's Church Stillorgan by the St Columba's School Choir, Niamh Murray (Soprano), Damien Top (Tenor, from France), Fiachra Trench (Piano) and Cormac Breatnach (Whistle).
During the same week there will be a series of tours on William Orpen in the National Gallery and The Hugh Lane Gallery.
A few other events are planned and will be dependent on numbers who wish to attend. Details to follow.
Two TV stations (so far) have expressed an interest in covering the unveiling and at least 20 of William Orpen's descendants will attend, many from overseas.
February Monthly talk in The Maguire Suite, Old Ground Hotel on Thursday 18th of February at 8 p.m.
THE STATE INEBRIATE REFORMATORY: How Ennis became the centre of the war on criminal drunkenness in the early twentieth-century Ireland by Dr Conor Reidy
Conor will be interviewed n Clare FM
in the morning at approximately 10.30AM
Hosting our third International Family History Conference in Ennis, 23rd-24th September 2016.
A new book has just been published tracing the history of one of East Clare's best-known families, the Brady-Brownes of Newgrove.
The book offers a unique insight into the history and genealogy of the family from the 1600s right up to the present day, and was written by the last member of the family still living in Ireland, David Brady-Browne.
The book describes eleven generations of the family who played such a prominent role in the life of the Tulla region, several of whom served with distinction in the sporting field, the military and public service.
Lavishly illustrated with over 90 photographs, maps and illustrations, many of which have never before been published, the book provides an unparalleled record of the family. The book will be launched in Tulla in early March.
UPDATE: Thank you all for your interest in David's book... to make it easier for you to obtain it, you can contact David directly at..
On Saturday 19th March next, a one day conference on helping people to find their ancestors will happen at the Clayton Hotel, Silversprings, Cork City. NOTE: This conference applies to general Irish research, not just Cork.
A Place I Called Home is a memoir by Kevin Haugh of his childhood in the Loop Head Peninsula in County Clare from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s and is his second publication. It illustrates many of the social norms of that time, and shows how religion and immigration had an impact on both his life and the lives of those in the wider community. He shares a treasury of memories and tales handed down to him by the older generation, along with some salient nuggets of local history, social life and work on the land.
Kevin’s affinity with his native place and its people is encapsulated in his own words, “The beauty of the landscape and the power of the sea in the Loop Head Peninsula are to be found in the souls of the peoplethere.”
You can purchase this new publication at O’Mahony’s Booksellers, O Connell Street, Limerick. You can also order it from O'Mahony's to be sent anywhere in the world, having it personally signed if you wish. Contact them for full details at firstname.lastname@example.org
It features photos of memorabilia from Joe Whelan’s Museum of Irish Rural Life in Kilrush, Noel Clancy and Eugene O’Connor together with photos of landscapes by Marie Clancy, Pat Keating and Donal Garvey plus scenes from yesteryear, courtesy of www.facebook.com/doonbeg.
A Place I Called Home is available in bookshops and newsagents in both Limerick and Clare.
Kevin Haugh is a retired Primary School Principal. He was born in the Loop Head Peninsula in West Clare. He received his primary school education in Doonaha National School in the parish of Carrigaholt. He is also a past-pupil of Kilkee Boys’ National School and Kilrush Christian Brothers School. He graduated from Marino T.C. in 1975 and began his teaching career in the Southill-Galvone side of Limerick City from 1975 until he retired as Principal of Galvone N.S.in 2010. He was Assistant National Co-ordinator with Leadership Development for Schools on secondment to the Department of Education and Science from 2005 to 2009. He was awarded a PhD in 2001 from the University of Limerick for his study on education provision and participation from 1975 to 2000 in the Southill-Galvone school community.
The title of the thesis published in 2001 is Towards a New Model of Educational Provision and Participation for an Inner-city Community in Limerick City, Ireland.
We have a wonderful line up of speakers confirmed and it promises to be a wonderful opportunity to listen to eminent speakers and meet with fellow genealogists. Friday will host the opening night exhibition with a talk by Dr Gavin Wilk. It will be Dick Eastman's first trip to Ireland, while Dr Bruce Duriefrom Scotland and John Grenham will have great information for beginners and established family historians. Pauleen Cass who is travelling from Australia will discuss her research about East Clare emigration to Australia. There is something for everyone. So keep the dates free and email your friends too. Our booking system will soon be available as will the full conference programme. The Venue is Treacys West County Hotel in Ennis.
Clara Hoyne Clare Roots Secretary Remember to like us on facebook: Clare Roots Society Hosting our third International Family History Conference in Ennis, 23rd-24th September 2016.
reposting from John Grenham... The Irish Times‘ ‘Irish Roots’ column, which I’ve written since February 2009, is coming to an end in ten days or so, with the last one due on February 8th. The decision wasn’t mine. Apparently the price of newsprint is gone woejus altogether, so an entire page is being axed, a page that happens to include the column.
Going overboard with me are ‘Angling Notes’, ‘Words We Use’ and (maybe) the TV listings. I think it’s a mistake – I would, wouldn’t I? – another example of the Times jumping on a business bandwagon just as the wheels are coming off.
Yes, it’s very important for a newspaper to have a digital-first approach. But the paper ‘paper won’t die. It might shrink to a fraction – 20%? 30%? – of glory-days circulation, but a kernel of true believers will remain. Look at what’s happening with CDs and book-shops, which should be long dead if the digital visionaries had been right. Instead, you have to fight through the crowds to get into the last big book-shop in Dublin, Hodges Figgis.
That kernel of true believers will be the basis of the Times‘ survival. Unless they drive them away by axing entire pages.
Enough venting. I’ll continue writing here about the column topics. Only without sub-editors and libel lawyers looking over my shoulder.
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We've all heard the rumours, but now they are spreading like wildfire as they have been confirmed by FIND MY PAST... I'll be holding my breath for the next few weeks as that's when the IRISH CATHOLIC PARISH REGISTERS will be available online through FIND MY PAST Ireland and through World FMP subscriptions. The transcriptions will be linked to the images. Read the details carefully as not all from the range suggested are available, but who are we to quibble? Thanks to Claire Santry for the confirmation of what has been bubbling around for some time, with bubbles bursting all over the place at the moment...
Civil registration of births: Sit down for this one! I am told by a reliable but unofficial source that all the historical birth certificates (ie minumum 100-years-old) are going to join IrishGenealogy.ie in the not-too-distant future. Yes: full-on images of birth certificates. They're going to be available free of charge. That's a surprise, eh? Timing wise, I haven't the faintest, but the certificates have been prepared and scanned. It appears there's only the upload to deal with before this unexpected bonanza arrives. Will the same happen with the marriage and death certificates? I haven't been told this is the case, but it would be odd to upload the births in isolation, so I'm expecting the full trio, subject to the 75-year and 50-year cut-offs. It may be that they'll all appear at the same time, which could make not-too-distant not-too-imminent. - See more at:
Our February 18th talk is by Dr Conor Reidy in the Old Ground Hotel at 8pm.
The State Inebriate Reformatory: How Ennis became the centre of the war on criminal drunkenness in the early twentieth-century Ireland
The Irish State Inebriate Reformatory was opened at Ennis local prison in county Clare in 1900 for the punishment and reform of habitual criminal drunkards. The reformatory came about as a result of the Inebriates Act 1898 and during a period when British penal administrators were becoming more open to experimentation. The reformatory at Ennis was one of four such institutions that opened in Ireland between 1900 and 1910, the other three being operated by clerical orders, local authorities and philanthropists.
Dr. Conor Reidy is the author of two monographs on penal reform in early twentieth-century Ireland. Ireland’s ‘moral hospital’: the Irish borstal system 1906-1956 was published by Irish Academic Press in 2009 and Criminal Irish Drunkards: the inebriate reformatory system 1900-1918 was published by The History Press Ireland 2014. For eight years he lectured in local and family history at the University of Limerick. In 2015 he joined the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland as a Historical Researcher.