Monday 5 May 2014

Irish Lives Remembered May/June issue published

The latest issue of Irish Lives Remembered has been published.

Now being produced to a bi-monthly, rather than monthly, schedule, the magazine has gone pink on its cover to welcome the Giro d'Italia to the island (the race gets underway on Friday 9 May in Belfast and two days later heads south through County Louth, where the publishers of ILR are based, en route to Dublin).

For the same reason, the cover photo features some fine looking chaps from Waterford Bicycle Club in 1909.

The research focus of this issue is County Carlow, the second smallest of Ireland's counties and a place close to my heart (I spent much of my childhood within spitting distance of the Barrow).

As well as details of Carlow Library's local studies department and archives, there's a feature about poet Carol Ann Duffy's roots in Hacketstown, pretty Rathvilly and the county town; a Q&A with John Nolan of Bagenalstown who is now based in the UK and involved with the Carlow Association London; and a piece by historian and author Turtle Bunbury who takes the reader through the eleven generations of his family who called the county home.

Genealogist Joe Buggy looks at finding Irish ancestors in New Hampshire, Shauna Hicks goes hunting for the same in the Australian Capital Territory and Brett Irwin seeks out American Civil War and slavery records in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

There's also a feature about Ned Kelly and his family, an overview of genealogical resources at Newry and Mourne Museum, a piece about the Genealogical Society of Ireland and an analysis of two photos – one a young girl from the 1890s, the other a wedding party from 1914 taken at the Lafayette Studio in Dublin.

All this and more in the May/June issue, which can be viewed free of charge here.