Saturday, 29 June 2013

Australian Convict Sites - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Great to see that UNESCO has listed a number of Australian convict sites as being heritage sites... They are listed here, among them Port Arthur, Fremantle, etc. including many very familiar places.

Do you have convicts among your ancestors? If so, where were they? Mine were at Port Jackson...Sydney, NSW.
Just to mention a couple...

"The property includes a selection of eleven penal sites, among the thousands established by the British Empire on Australian soil in the 18th and 19th centuries. The sites are spread across Australia, from Fremantle in Western Australia to Kingston and Arthur's Vale on Norfolk Island in the east; and from areas around Sydney in New South Wales in the north, to sites located in Tasmania in the south. Around 166,000 men, women and children were sent to Australia over 80 years between 1787 and 1868, condemned by British justice to transportation to the convict colonies. Each of the sites had a specific purpose, in terms both of punitive imprisonment and of rehabilitation through forced labour to help build the colony. The Australian Convict Sites presents the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts."

For the full article, including gallery, maps and descriptions, please visit

Thursday, 27 June 2013


Clare to digitise archival collection

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A local authority has confirmed plans to digitise its entire archival collection, which dates back to the early 18th century.

By Pat Flynn

Clare County Council's collections includes the Roger Casement papers (1913-1916), The Sampson Collection (1790-1961), and the Registers of Electors from 1858.

The finished project, which will be made available for public viewing, will feature a searchable database of previously unseen historical collections.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Wednesday, 26 June 2013


"Home to Clare" Gathering event celebrates 125th anniversary of the Claremen's Association

IrishCentral Staff Writer
Published Monday, June 24, 2013, 7:01 AM

"Home to Clare" Gathering event celebrates 125th anniversary of the Claremen's Association and salutes their "sensitive care of generations of Clare emigrants and their contribution to the wider Clare community"

Under the inspired leadership of first President John Clune, 125 years ago, a group of patriotic Claremen got together in New York to form the County Claremen's Association, later renamed the County Clare Patriotic, Benevolent and Social Association of New York.
People from all walks of life in New York met regularly to discuss the welfare of Clare people and they rolled up their sleeves to provide support and friendship for young people who had left Clare.
This August as part of the Gathering, the Association will celebrate their 125th Anniversary in Clare.  Mayor Pat Daly says  "that this gives the people of Clare an opportunity to salute the New York Association for their sensitive care of generations of Clare emigrants and their contribution to the wider Clare community there down through the years."  The descendants of people from Clare whether they be 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th generation will be equally welcome.
An impressive programme of events has been created including a civic reception, anniversary banquet, commemorative mass, golf days in both Doonbeg and Ennis, a tour of the spectacular beauty of the County including attractions such as The Cliffs of Moher and Loop Head. There will an exhibition in the library and heritage and genealogy talk from Clare Roots Society.
President of the Association in New York,  Cathy Hogan whose Dad hails from Kilkee, says "You do not need to be a member of the Association to join us – all you need is the desire to return to the land of your birth or the land of your ancestors! "  Further information is available on  and
You are specially requested to share this information with relatives and friends in New York and on the East Coast and to submit some new stories from your parish for the website.
Clare people contributed in all walks of life including teaching, carpentry, medicine, labour, law and the army.
Many generously shared their rich culture of music and dance and cultivated a love of Irish customs and traditions.  Mary Gleeson, General Manager of the Old Ground Hotel who has been co-ordinating information for the website on behalf of Promote Ennis and has been fascinated to read some of the adventures and achievements of Clare people who left these shores.

For the full story, please go to

Saturday, 15 June 2013

IGP FILES, JUNE 1- 14, 2013

New in the last two weeks in the IGP Archives.
CLARE Genealogy Archives - Photos
Bridget Considine nee McNamara Photo

CORK Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Castlehyde Cemetery (Parish of Litter) Additional headstone photo

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Cruagh Cemetery Pt. 3, Rockbrook, Co. Dublin

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Lisnaskea, Church of the Holy Trinity (CoI) Cemetery. Two parts.

KERRY Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
New Memorial (Funeral) Card page for Kerry

KILKENNY Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Some Callan Baptisms (individual) from 1843

MONAGHAN Genealogy Archives - Census Substitutes
Some CoI Family Members from Aghabog Area, Monaghan, 1824
WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Blessington; St. Marys
Hollywood; St. Kevins Catholic Church & Cemetery

N.B.    Also -just if you are interested- John Grenham wrote an article about IGP:


Friday, 14 June 2013


Genealogy talk at Clare Museum

Clare Museum is delighted to be part of the 'Welcoming Claire to County Clare' weekend, led by the Clare Volunteer Centre. A talk entitled 'An American Perspective on Tracing Family' by Clare Curtin will be delivered in the Museum on Sat 22nd June at 2.30 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome

Clare Curtin, Genealogist and Historian, was born in Greenwich Village of Irish parents. Clare is an independent researcher who started out casually in the late 1990s while on holidays in Clare. Since then, she has compiled vast amounts of information on her family tree and has expanded her research into the area of assisted emigration. She is a former board member of the New York Irish History Round Table and is presently Vice-President of the Irish Cultural Society of Garden City. Clare is also a student and teacher of the Irish language.

The 'Welcoming Claire to County Clare' weekend culminates in a World Record bid on Sunday 23rd June at 2 pm in the Cathedral, Ennis where an attempt will be made to have the largest ever gathering of people whose first name is Clare, Claire or Clair. Anyone called Claire coming along just needs to bring a birth cert to register and everyone who registers will be in with a chance to win a prize of two nights B&B at The Lodge, Doonbeg, Co. Clare (5* luxury).

Wednesday, 5 June 2013


New "The Lough Derg Heritage Trail" Apps, Brochures and DVDs just launched!
"The Lough Derg Heritage Trail" is an app that gives you detailed routes around Lough Derg (on the Shannon). The app has detailed descriptions of all the points of interest along the way and an ability to listen to a guided tour and browse great photographs of the area.
The following are the links to the app for both i-phone and android phones:
There is an accompanying booklet with detailed information and a map on over 90 heritage sites around the lake as well as 3 audio DVDs.  ( Available from the Heritage Officer, Clare County Council email
This is an initiative of the Clare, Galway and North Tipperary Heritage Officers  and The Heritage Council and is funded by the Heritage Council and the 3 local authorities.
Please spread the word!
Aipeanna, Bróisiúr agus DVDanna Nua "Slí Oidhreachta Lough Derg" seolta!
Aip atá sa "Slí Oidhreachta Lough Derg" a thugann bealaigh sonraithe timpeall ar  Lough Derg (ar an Sionainn). Tá mion-cursíos de na baill suntais uile ar an mbealach agus an cumas a bheith in ann éisteacht le turas treoirithe agus breathnú ar pictiúir iontacha den ceantar.
Tá nascanna chuig an aip don i-fón agus do fón android thíos:
Tá leabhrán leis in a bhfuil eolas sonraithe agus mapa le breis agus 90 suíomh oidhreachta timpeall an loch chomh maith le 3 DVDanna fuaime. 
Tionscnamh de chuid Oifigigh Oidhreachta an Chlár, na Gaillimhe agus Tiobrad Árainn agus an Chomhairle Oidhreachta é agus tá sé maoinithe ag an Chomhairle Oidhreachta agus na 3 údaráis áitiúil.
Scaip an scéal más é do thoil é!

Monday, 3 June 2013


New files added May 15th - May 31st

These are some of the files added in the last two weeks. :)

DERRY/LONDONDERRY Genealogy Archives
Protestants in favour of Catholic Emancipation 1812 (Colerain)

DOWN Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Protestants in favor of Catholic Emancipation 1812 (Downpatrick)

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Cruagh Cemetery Pt. 2, Rockbrook, Co. Dublin

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church
Births, Marriages, Deaths recorded at Tempo (CoI)

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Donagh Old Cemetery
Maguiresbridge, Church of Ireland Cemetery
KILKENNY Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Callan Parish, Assorted Baptisms - 1843
LEITRIM Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Killasnet Graveyard & 15th Century Church site

MONAGHAN Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous
Protestants in favour of Catholic Emancipation 1812

ROSCOMMON Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1857 Irish Constabulary

SLIGO Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1857 Irish Constabulary men

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1857 Irish Constabulary man

TYRONE Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1857 Irish Constabulary men
WESTMEATH Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary Records
1857 Irish Constabulary men

WEXFORD Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1857 Irish Constabulary men
WATERFORD Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1857 Irish Constabulary men

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Killoughter Cemetery
& Hollywood, St.Kevins Church of Ireland
WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Military
1857 Irish Constabulary men


Sunday, 2 June 2013


Ennis Parish Pilgrim Walk and Mass

Date(s) - 9 Jun 2013 
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Invitation to Gather and Remember at the Ennis Parish Pilgrim Walk and Mass
Sunday June 9th, Commencing 2:30pm at the Garden Of Remembrance and Continuing on to Drumcliffe Graveyard.
All welcome