Sunday, November 20, 2011


Haven't you wished that Someone would write a history of the Irish parish your family came from?

I sure have, and that Someone, for all of us with family from Kilmaley, Co Clare, is John Mayer... John wasn't satisfied with a small snapshot in time, he has researched and listed a vast number of families from the Kilmaley Parish, dating back over 200 years. This book is a must if you want to follow marriages and baptisms, some immigration and other assorted gems of information, whatever he was able to find in his extensive research. He doesn't pretend to have all the answers, but there sure are a lot of them.

There are photos, excerpts from Census returns, and so many family names with previously hard to find details ... This would be a great addition to any research library. The amount of time John has put into this book is amazing... and will be of great assistance to so many.

FAMILIES OF KILMALEY PARISH... A Two-Hundred Year Review....

 For details on the book and cost within Northern America, please go to and search for Kilmaley, or use this tiny URL to go directly.

 You may also be able to order for all countries from here.  If not, please contact John at dundeemayer at comcast dot net  He will give you details re PayPal.

For those without Paypal, you can use a cashiers cheque or money order.

For Australia, the cost of this missive is $50 including postage.

 Now, if only all Parishes were so fortunate... be sure to let John know where you heard about his book.

From a very satisfied researcher....

Liz Haren  Nov 27, 2011
"Yay! I just got my Kilmaley book!! It is huge!!! And it has my Haren's all over it. I'm thrilled. "

 Let me know what you think of the book...

Saturday, November 19, 2011


I have been in many places but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently you can't go alone. 
You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have however been in Sane. They don't have an airport, you have to be driven there. 

I have made several trips there thanks to my friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have never been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there.

I've been in Flexible but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! 
It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! 
At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

And more and more I think of the Here After ..... several times a day in fact. 
I enter a room and think "What am I here after?" 



Monaghan Records Now Available

The Irish Family History Foundation's Online Research Service (ORS) are pleased to announce the availability of an additional 35,000 birth, marriage and death records from the Monaghan Family History Centre in Co. Monaghan.

The following parishes have now been added:

Church of IrelandCurrin1816-1922
Church of IrelandErrigal Shanco1877-1974
Roman CatholicTydavnet1825-1826
Roman CatholicAghabog1836-1898
Church of IrelandClones1755-1939
Church of IrelandDonagh (St. Salvators)1736-1897
Roman CatholicDonaghmoyne1858-1886
Church of IrelandEmatris (St. John's & Kilcrow)1795-1839
Roman CatholicKilleevan (Newbliss)1867-1880
Roman CatholicMonaghan1839-1900
Roman CatholicTullycorbet (Ballybay)1862-1884
Roman CatholicAghabog1840-1906
Roman CatholicClontibret1860-1882
Roman CatholicDonaghmoyne1872-1880
Roman CatholicDrummully1865-1881
Roman CatholicEmatris (Rockcorry)1849-1890
Roman CatholicKilmore1836-1900
Roman CatholicMonaghan1827-1926
Roman CatholicMuckno (Castleblayney)1835-1920
Roman CatholicTullycorbet (Ballybay)1862-1876
Roman CatholicTydavnet1823-1881

See the Monaghan Sources List for full details.

Just go to the following site and login using your existing IFHF login details.

We now have nearly 19 million records online.

Remember that you can purchase and spend your credit at any of the IFHF online centres.

We would also like to remind users that the price for individual records is only €3.50 for the rest of November. 

If you have any questions or comments please check our Online Help and if this does not provide an answer, then do not hesitate to contact us or one or the county centres.

Yours sincerely

CLARE ROOTS SOCIETY Drumcliff Stage 2 (Calvary Section)

Clare Roots Society under the direction of John Bradley are about to commence stage 2 (Calvary) of recording the gravestones.
This will entail:
Receiving a map of your section.
Photographing Gravestones:
Transcribing inscriptions to a word document.
Returning to manually recording unreadable headstones.
We need approximately 11 individual (or couples) willing to take on a section of 50 graves approximately. A brief session will take place for all participants prior to commencing. We would hope to have it completed by the end of January. You would carry out the recording at a suitable time to yourself.
Unfortunately Clare County Council have mislaid 10 years of records within this section of the Cemetery so our work will be of immense value to future generations. 
You can view our previous work with regard to Drumcliff at:
Thanking all in advance:
Clara Hoyne.

 N.B. Don't forget the fantastic book on Drumcliff Cemetery is available through the Clare Roots Society as per 

 You can read all about it on the above link. It is far more than a list of names...


Your thoughts? Please feel free to comment below...

The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS)
Press Release
18 November 2011

Archive and library reform moves worry genealogists
The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) is concerned that a
so-called merger of the National Archives "into" the National Library
could diminish these vital heritage services.
Steven Smyrl, IGRS chairman, says that while the IGRS recognises the
need for savings across the board in Irish public services, it is
concerned that with two bodies under one director, competition for
resources could be fierce.
"The proposed area of control is simply too vast, whether or not, as the
Government proposes, both institutions are to retain their separate
identities. The Government's plan is further complicated by reference to
the possible sharing of services between the National Library and the
National Museum which could dilute the services still further."
Smyrl acknowledges that there are savings to be made through the pooling
of public services resources. "Conservation and administration are just
two such areas that immediately spring to mind, but while libraries and
museums might appear to be similar they are actually very different
service providers.
"Staff trained in the care and control of archive materials require
quite different skills to those working in a library and economies of
scale will not be found by requiring flexibility from staff to work
across borders in the proposed new set-up. It is crucial that specialist
knowledge and training be recognised as essential in service delivery at
national institutions. The historians, academics, researchers and
genealogists using them rely heavily upon the staff's expertise and
"The IGRS welcomes the Government's initiative to see where savings can
be made but advises caution if irreparable damage to public service is
to be avoided. "

Thursday, November 17, 2011


With thanks to Christina Hunt and all her volunteers

New files in IGP Archives in the first half of November. 

This is for all of Ireland and I thought some of you might find something of interest.

*We have also added some transcriptions for grave stone contributions
in Monaghan and Longford.

Antrim Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1842 Royal Irish Constabulary

Armagh Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1842 Royal Irish Constabulary

Carlow Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1842 Royal Irish Constabulary

Cork Genealogy Archives
Cork 1842 Royal Irish Constabulary

Clare Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1842 Royal Irish Constabulary

Cavan Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1842 Royal Irish Constabulary

Dublin Genealogy Archives - Headstones - Glasnevin,
Glasnevin Part 8

Galway Genealogy Archives - Land
Encumbered Estate property of CHARLES BLAKE, Esq. (Tonroe) 1852

Mayo Genealogy Archives - Land
Encumbered Estate property of CHARLES BLAKE, Esq. (Tourard,
Killeenrevagh, Gortskehy) 1852

Monaghan Genealogy Archives - Headstones.
First Presbyterian Church, Ballybay

Roscommon Genealogy Archives - Cemetery Records
Walsh Family, old churchyard, Drum, Athlone

Tipperary Genealogy Archives - Miscellaneous Records
Pawnbrokers 1827- 1837

Tipperary Genealogy Archives - Photos
Monsea Cemetery & Church Ruins

Tipperary Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Moycarkey Graveyard (5 images)
Patrick Collins, Davy Thomas, Jeremiah Gleeson - (single headstones)

Wexford Genealogy Archives
- Headstones.
Gorey; Christ Church Graveyard (Church of Ireland)

Wexford Genealogy Archives - Directories
New Ross & Wexford 1820-1822 Directories

Wexford Genealogy Archives - Military & Constabulary
1845 Royal Irish Constabulary

Wicklow Genealogy Archives
- Military
Wicklow 1845 Royal Irish Constabulary


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


We often complain about the lack of records for Irish research, but now there is so much being released due to the work of volunteers, as well as some of the paid sites.

As many of you know, I'm involved with Clare Roots Society and am so pleased to be associated with this hard working group. One of the most recent achievements has been the documenting of around 2,000 records from the Clare Castle/Ballyea  churches... see full details below.

This book looks to be going to it's second print, which is fantastic... it sells for €10 plus postage, and was under €5 to post to Australia...

However, to go ahead with the second print, we really need names of those who genuinely would like a copy of the book. If you are one of those, could you please contact Clara Hoyne, secretary of the CRS (Clare Roots Society) at

 Clara  Hoyne <>

Clara will be able to help you with further details. Perhaps you could also tell Clara where you heard about this book.

Clare Castle / Ballyea – The Parish Remembers
2 November 2011 saw the launch of a book written and compiled by Eric Shaw entitled Clare Castle / Ballyea – The Parish Remembers. In conjunction with Clare Roots Society, Eric has documented all the readable gravestone inscriptions in Clare Abbey, Clare Hill, Killoo, Killone, and Ballyea & Clare Castle Churches. These amount to about 2,000 records, some dating from the late 1600s. The book will help to preserve the inscriptions and to make them available for family history research. It will also help to draw visitors and fits in with development plans to promote the attractions of the Parish.

Thursday, November 10, 2011



IGP Archives have just added the RIC men who enlisted in 1842 and who were from Clare.

The names are:
DOOLIN, Michael
HUDSON, Richard
KEOGH, Michael
LOFTUS, Edward
McHUGO, Edward
MORONY, Thomas
WOODS, James

If you are interested in seeing more go to:

Click on CLARE and then Military & Constabulary

More details on site above...including other years...

 courtesy of Christina Hunt

Monday, November 7, 2011

IRISH CHATTER - Irish Migration to Queensland

The Irish have certainly put their stamp on south-east Queensland over the years.
So when were the big waves of migration and why did they come here?
Stephanie Ryan, a senior librarian in family history at the State Library, spoke with Kelly Higgins-Devine.

IRISH CHATTER - County Kerry

Ireland - County Kerry burials database

Over 70,000 burials records for County Kerry in Ireland can now be searched online. The original burial registers for over 140 cemeteries have been digitised.


Index to Immigrants, Brisbane 1885 – 1917

Queensland State Archives has just released a new immigration index for the Immigration Agent, Brisbane.
The Index was compiled from Series ID 13097, Registers of Immigrants per Ship Landed at Immigration Depot at Brisbane, 1885-1917 which contains 9 registers.
These registers record the arrival of immigrants per ship landed at the Immigration Depot at Brisbane. Details for each entry under the name of the ship and date of arrival could include the immigrant's name, age, married or single, trade or occupation, read, write, and religion, county or country of origin, date of departure from depot, whether under engagement, name and address of person by whom engaged, or their own private residence if they have one (not all possible entries were completed consistently). Many references indicate simply Work, Lodgings or Friends and a location e.g. Friends, Kangaroo Point.
In some later cases, age, occupation and marital status of the immigrant is given.  Some names of stowaways are included as well as transfers to and from other ports in Queensland e.g. Maryborough, Bundaberg.
This index contains a large number of Russian Immigrants who fled the political troubles in both Russia and China via Japan. The spelling of the names varies considerably throughout the index.
There are 48,566 searchable entries in this index. To view the index visit the Queensland State Archives Website and click on Indexes on the home page.

My website is:

With acknowledgement to Nnub Qld State Library


Connected Histories has recently added four new digital resources to its collection of historical British records.
  • Convict Transportation Registers (originally compiled by the State Library of Queensland - contains details of over 123,000 convicts transported to Australia) 
  • John Foxe's The Acts and Monuments Online (martyrology and ecclesiastical histories published between 1563 and 1583) 
  • Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets (the most significant British pamphlets from the 19th century held in UK research libraries) 
  • Cause Papers in the Diocesan Courts of the Archbishopric of York, 1300-1858 (relates to disputes over matrimony, defamation, tithes, probate, breach of faith by the clergy, and church rights)



Can't find that placename you are looking for? This may help...

Thanks, Clara


A runaway success

The Irish Times - Monday, November 7, 2011

Madeleine Peyroux's abiding fascination with the retro sound comes from her admiration for women such as Billie Holiday who were 'pioneers of their style'

ON HER first night after moving to Paris, a 13-year-old Madeleine Peyroux set out with a friend from her mother's apartment near Père Lachaise cemetery and walked south through the city, across the Seine and towards the Boulevard Saint-Germain.
What was she looking for? She doesn't know, she says, more than 20 years and six albums later, but what she found that night on the Left Bank changed her life.
"We saw these musicians performing and some of them were phenomenal. It was a new and exciting discovery. There was one group I later ended up joining, with amps, and wacky instruments that fascinated me."
She came back the next night, looking for the same music, and was directed by a hash dealer to the Cafe Mazet, where the buskers would gather because the barman could always be relied upon to change money for them. The Mazet is still there, next to the pretty arcade of the Cours du Commerce Saint-Andre, but these days it's a British-theme pub, flying the Cross of St George under its obligatory Guinness sign. Such are the streets around the Latin Quarter nowadays, but they retain their charm for Peyroux and hold dear memories.
Soon, she was passing the hat for one of the busking groups. A few years later, she was singing with the Lost Wandering Jazz and Blues Band on the streets and in the clubs of Paris. She dropped out of school, but had a musical education that has made her the artist she is today: with a voice like an ethereal Billie Holiday, steeped in blues and folk jazz.
"I was brought up with early jazz and blues," says Peyroux, who was born in Athens, Georgia, to parents she describes as hippies, and moved to Paris with her mother when they divorced. "But with the band I was introduced to artists like Bessie Smith and I got a huge education when it comes to blues, ironically not while in the States."
Peyroux's repertoire has grown from her first album, Dreamland , in 1996, which showcased a young singer unafraid to make standards her own, to her emergence as a songwriter on later albums, mixing interpretations with her own, usually melancholy, meditations. Her hallmark jazz-folk style has broadened its musical palette, too, over the years. Of course, it's always been a smooth blend, and for a certain type of music fan, Peyroux will always be damned with faint praise for her crossover appeal and placed, with her millions in sales, alongside Norah Jones.
Yet, she is more interesting than she's given credit for – witness the backward-looking reinventions of songs such as La Javanais on her 2009 album Bare Bones , a Serge Gainsbourg number written for Juliette Greco in the 1960s but transported back a couple of decades by Peyroux, with added delicacy and poignancy. Ditto her version of Leonard Cohen's Dance Me to the End of Love , which makes a 1980s classic sound like it was first sung in a smoke-filled 1930s jazz club.
Peyroux's abiding fascination with a retro sound comes from her admiration for women like Holiday who were "pioneers of their style". For her, these artists are "not as straightforward and traditional as we maybe have come to believe. When I go back to those early songs, I see they are more complex not just musically, but in their story, in their drama."
Peyroux doesn't hesitate to call her songs pop, but she aims to bring to them the broader perspective of folk. She instances her 2009 song Our Lady of Pigalle , about a Paris streetwalker, as an example of how she tries to capture that "personalised, emotional complaint you find in pop but also give an individual, emotional voice to social commentary".
So, is there something of the left-wing bohemian still lurking in this successful, world-touring artist? "Well," she says, "I'm not excited about going out busking now. I am mature – by which I mean I'm tired! But I am still looking for that special place, where we can be bohemian and survive. I think in that life in Paris we did fall into that make-your-own-way-of-life philosophy, and I wish I could find that again. I still look for it."
It's tempting to wonder if she'll find it in Ireland, but she's already searched the place. Her grandfather came from Co Clare and Peyroux has traced his footsteps. She even carries an Irish passport. Martin Malone was her grandfather's name, she says, and in the 1920s he went Awol from the British army to catch a ship to New York. There's a little laugh: "He was the only person who seemed proud when I ran away from school."

Madeleine Peyroux plays the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on Tuesday. See

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Irishman who moved to Australia for work dies in fire after gas-bottle blast

A YOUNG Irishman who moved to Australia a month ago to find work has been killed in a fire caused by a gas-bottle explosion. Kieran Tynan, of Lisacul, Ballaghadereen, Roscommon, was in the Mackie Hay Plant accommodation unit at New Norcia, near Perth, when the fire broke out at about 4.30am yesterday. The fire caused the roof to collapse, killing Mr Tynan. No one else was injured.
Sergeant Ben Tomasini said Mr Tynan had been working as a farmhand. "He was certainly well liked by his work colleagues and his employer," Sgt Tomasini said. "The owners are very distressed and upset and their hearts have gone out to the man's family."
Senator John Kelly, from Ballaghadereen, said he knew the man and his father Martin, a farmer. "My deepest sympathies are with his family. He only went out there about a month ago and had bought a car. What else are you to do when your mates have all left to find work?"

Friday, November 4, 2011



A BRILLIANT WILL :) of a Parlimentarian Soldier who fought at the Siege Of
Clonmel: as found by Museum Volunteer Eddie Cantwell:-

"I, John LANGLEY, born in Wincanton, in Somersetshire, and settled in
Ireland in the year 1651, now in my right mind and wits, do make my will in
my own handwriting. I do leave all my house, goods, and farm at Black Kettle
of 253 acres to my son, commonly called 'Stubborn Jack,' to him and his
heirs forever, provided he marries a Protestant, but not Alice Kenrick, who
called me 'Oliver's whelp.' My new buckskin breeches and my silver tobacco
stopper with 'J. L.' on the top I give to Richard Richards, my comrade, who
helped me off at the storming of Clonmel when I was shot through the leg. My
said son John shall keep my body above ground six days and six nights after
I am dead; and Grace Kenrick shall lay me out, who shall have for so doing
five shillings. My body shall be put upon the oak table in the brown room,
and fifty Irishmen shall be invited to my wake and every one shall have two
quarts of the best aqua vitae, and each one one skein, dish and knife before
him, and when the liquor is out nail up the coffin, and commit me to the
earth whence I came. This is my will; witness my hand this 3rd day of March,