Monday, 1 September 2014

Irish genealogy and history events: 1-14 September

September already. I can hardly believe it. The only positive thing about the imminent arrival of Autumn is that most family, local and general history socities re-convene after their Summer breaks and launch their lecture programmes for the next nine months.  Unfortunately, most of the lecture programmes don't start until later in the month.

With Heritage Week having only just concluded as well, the week ahead is just about the quietest of the year. It picks up again next Monday, so here's a fortnight of events for the price of one week.

Monday 1 September to 13 September: Kerry County Infirmary 1814–2014, a free public exhibition. Tralee Library, Moyderwell, Tralee, Co Kerry.

Monday 1 September: Texting terrors: The Ulster Covenant 1912 and the Irish Proclamation 1916, with Professor Liam Kennedy. Host: Craighavon Museum Services. Venue: Civic Centre, Lakeview Road, Craighavon, Co Armagh BT64 1AL. 7:30-9pm. Free. Details: 028 3832 2205.

Friday 5 September: Researching the First World War (Conference). Official launch of PRONI’s First World War Source Guide, and talks by practitioners. 10:30 to 4:30pm. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. All welcome. Free, but booking required. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or telephone 028 90  534800 to reserve your place.

Monday 8 September: By Land, Sea and Air (Conference). A special full-day public workshop relating to the fascinating world of business archives. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. All welcome. 9:30am to 4:30pm. Free, but booking required. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or telephone 028 90  534800 to reserve your place.

Tuesday 9 September: Praying in 11th-century Dublin, with Howard Clarke. Part of the Living and Dying in a medieval city – Dublin in the Age of Clontarf lunchtime lecture series. Host: Friends of Medieval Dublin. Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Time: 1:05pm to 1:45pm. Free.

Tuesday 9 September: The 1641 Depositions, Seminar and launch. Host: PRONI and the Irish Manuscripts Commission. Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. All welcome. 1pm to 2pm. Free, but booking required: proni@dcalni.gov.uk or tel 028 90 534800. Details.

Wednesday 10 September: Ulster and the Great War, with Dr Jonathan Bardon. A free lecture to discuss Ulster’s role in the Great War in which 210,000 Irishmen served in the British forces. Venue: Performance Area, Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB. 1pm. Free. All welcome.

From 11 September: Across the Hawthorn Hedge, The Noise of Bugles, an exhibition exploring the impact of the outbreak of the First World War on communities in Mid and East Antrim and the Causeway. Venue: The Braid, Church Street, Ballymena. Free admission. Details.

Thursday 11 September: Researching The Kerry Girls: Emigration and the Earl Grey Scheme, with Kay Caball. Host: Eneclann. Venue: Davis Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College, Dublin. 3pm. Free but booking essential.

Friday 12 to Saturday 13 September: Making Connections - Oral History and Community. A conference hosted by Oral History Network of Ireland.  Venue: Butler House, Kilkenny City. Rates from €35. Details and booking.

Friday 12 to Sunday 14 September: Even the olives were bleeding, a cultural festival to celebrate the Limerick Men who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Includes day seminar, walking tours, book launch and more. Venue: various in Limerick. Details.

Friday 12 to Sunday 14 September: Pittsburg Irish Festival. Venue: Riverplex at Sandcastle, 1000 Sandcastle Drive, West Homestead (Pittsburgh), PA 15120, USA. Music, whiskey tastings, storytelling, craft demonstrations and a genealogy pavilion. Download brochure for full schedule.

Saturday 13 September: History in Modern Ireland, seminar. Hosts: Meath Archaeological & Historical Society and Meath Peace Group. Venue: St Columban's College, Dalgan Park, Navan. Early booking advised. Admission €5 (includes light lunch). Enquiries.

Saturday 13 September:  Emigration From the Workhouses and Family History, with Dr Gerard Moran. Host: Eneclann. Venue: Trustee's Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. 2pm. Free but booking essential.

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September: European Heritage Open Weekend at PRONI. Talks and tours on both days, plus a full PRONI document service on Saturday (only). Venue: PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. 9am to 4:45pm both days. All welcome. Free.

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September: WW1 Experience - up close and personal. The Irish Military War Museum, Starinagh, Collon, Co. Meath. 10am to 5pm. Details.


Military Archives updates Irish Regiments listing

MilitaryArchives.ie has updated and republished its list of Irish Regiments in the British Army. This sets out contact details for regimental associations and weblinks for those seeking more information about particular regiments.

The refreshed 27-page document also contains research notes and further useful web links to assist researchers seeking details of ancestors who served in the British, American or Canadian Armies, or with the ANZACS, during WW1.

The document can be downloaded here.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Brendan O'Carroll most watched WDYTYA? for 3 years

Last night's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC TV was watched by 5.3million viewers, the highest audience recorded during the last three series of the popular genealogy programme.

The programme set out to uncover the murderer of Peter O'Carroll, the grandfather of comedian Brendan O'Carroll, the creator of Mrs Brown's Boys, who was shot in an execution style assault at his hardware shop in Manor Street, Dublin in October 1920.

As the pieces of the story came together, the name of the probable murderer was revealed through a Witness Statement in the Bureau of Military History collection.

This Bureau was set up in 1947 to gather statements from the individuals who either participatated in or witnessed events connected with the Independence movement between 1913 and 1921.

Still relatively unknown, this collection has been available online, free, for just over a year. You can find out more about the Bureau of Military History Witness Statements in this article by Nicola Morris MAPGI, director of Dublin-based Timeline Research Ireland, the company which carried out the research for the Brendan O'Carroll episode.

The 60-minute-long programme itself is available to watch via the BBC's iplayer for the next two months.

Great Houses of the North West: new radio series

A radio series on the Great Houses of the North West has been launched on Ocean FM.

Funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through The Heritage Council, the new radio series examines the historical role and future prospects of a number of Great Houses in Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Roscommon, Leitrim and Fermanagh.

The passage of time and new historical research has changed our understanding of the role of the Great House. It's now recognised that, far from being isolated from the lives of the majority, the Great House played an important role in rural Ireland until well into the twentieth century. It was a world where many strands of Irish life came together – Anglo, Irish, Protestant, Catholic, nationalist, loyalist, artist, writer, Gaelgoir, worker, tenant, soldier, politician and clergyman.

The Great House also epitomises a rich architectural tradition, European in origin but distinctly Irish.

All the houses in this 25-week radio series are expertly described by specialists in their relative fields.

The series will commence this Sunday at 9am. Below are the broadcast dates for each programme.

Annaghmore – 31 August
Temple House – 7 September
Castlecoole – 14 September
Castle Dargan – 21 September
Cavancor– 28 September
Coopershill – 5 October
Crom Castle – 12 October
Enniscoe House – 19 October
Florence Court – 26 October
Hazelwood House – 2 November
Kevinsfort – 9 November
Kilronan Castle – 16 November
King House – 23 November
Lissadell House – 30 November.
Lough Eske Castle, Drumnacarry – 7 December
Lough Rynn Estate – 14 December
Markree Castle – 21 December
Newpark – 28 December
Oakfield Park – 4 January
Portnason House – 11 January
Rathcarrick House – 18 January
Salthill House – 25 January
Brownhall, Ballintooey – 1 February
Westport House – 8 February
Woodhill, Ardara – 15 February

Ocean FM broadcasts on 102.5-105fm to South Donegal, Co.Sligo and North Leitrim from studios in all three counties.

Recent additions to NAI catalogue

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The National Archives of Ireland (NAI) has added the following items to its online catalogue:

  • Cork District Probate Registry: testamentary records relating to the years 1983 (2004/100), 1984 (2005/32), 1985 (2006/5), 1986 (2007/5), 1987 (2008/5), 1988 (2009/5)
  • Dundalk District Probate Registry: testamentary records relating to the years 1983 (2004/105), 1984 (2005/43), 1985 (2006/7), 1986 (2007/7), 1987 (2008/7)
  • Galway District Probate Registry: testamentary records relating to the years 1983 (2004/102), 1984 (2005/44), 1985 (2006/8)
  • Kilkenny District Probate Registry: testamentary records relating to the years 1983 (2004/97), 1984 (2005/45), 1985 (2006/9)
  • Letterkenny (Lifford) District Probate Registry: testamentary records relating to the years 1983 (2004/118), 1984 (2005/22), 1985 (2006/6), 1986 (2007/6), 1987 (2008/6), 1988 (2009/6)
  • Limerick District Probate Registry: testamentary records relating to the years 1983 (2004/69), 1984 (2005/46), 1985 (2006/10), 1986 (2007/10), 1987 (2008/10), 1988 (2009/10)
  • Embassy of Ireland to Argentina: 2001 transfer (2001/14)
And not forgetting the newly-keyed Wills Calendars for 1923-1934 and 1950-1951, which were uploaded last week (see blogpost).


Bad news from IrishGenealogy.ie re Monaghan

The civil registration index wasn't the only thing to disappear from IrishGenealogy.ie over the last couple of months.

So did the following notice, which had been sitting in the news section of the site for a good two years:

'Roman Catholic records of Baptism, Marriage and Burial for County Monaghan (Diocese of Clogher) including images of the records will be added to the Church records already available on this website in the near future. Further information will be posted closer to the actual launch date, apologies for the delay in the addition of these records to the website.'

The notice has been removed and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has confirmed to Irish Genealogy News that the records will not be joining the site's database. No explanation is available. It's just a case of 'it ain't gonna happen'. And that's official.

WDYTYA?Live in Scotland gets underway

Who Do You Think You Are? Live opened its doors at 9:30am this morning at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

For family historians of Irish heritage who are heading that way today or tomorrow, you'll be pleased to know that you can get specifically Irish genealogy advice and direction from any one of these four exhibitors:

Ancestor Network:
This collective of professional genealogists from Ireland offers research, education and several other services. Find out more by visiting Stand D17.

APGI: Members of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (MAPGIs) will be providing free Irish genealogy consultations on Table 7, as well as being part of the SOG's 'Ask the Experts' Sessions.

NIFHS: The North of Ireland Family History Society supports its members with advice, a Journal, Newsletter, books, CDs, and a great Library. They're friendly, too! Meet them on Table 10.

ULF: The Ulster Historical Foundation offers research, education and publishing services. They also have a terrific range of books for sale. Grab a bargain at Table 9.

There's only one Irish-themed lecture at the Glasgow show. It's on Saturday, at 11:15am in Theatre 1, and will see Helen Kelly MAPGI presenting Starting your Irish Family History, which is aimed at beginners.