A Grey-Headed Swindler from Brandy Lane John Grenham M.A.G.I.   The full entry reads: “Catherine of Denis Kelly, Soldier, Ellen Ford. Sponsors Edward Kelly a grey-headed Swindler from Brandy Lane, Mary McMullen”. Did Edward (Denis’s brother? cousin?) abscond with the money he was given to pay the priest? The cleric’s outrage is palpable, even two centuries later. And Edwards’ description and address make sure he’ll be spotted if he ever shows his face in St. Finbar’s again.

AGI to Offer Free Genealogy Advice Sessions at Back to Our Past in Belfast

This coming weekend Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) will be offering free genealogy advice sessions at its stand at Back to Our Past (BTOP) – the annual genealogy and family history experience. BTOP is part of the 50-Plus Expo being held at the Waterfront Hall on Friday and Saturday, 15th & 16th February. Doors open each of the two days at 10am through until 5pm. The Waterfront Hall is found at Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH. Convenient car parking can be found at the adjacent Lanyon Car Park. The 50-Plus Expo is Ireland’s only dedicated national consumer event for the over-50s. … Read More


An Irish Soldier at rest in Portugal Aiden Feerick M.A.G.I. The gilded baroque Church of Saint Anthony in Lagos, southern Portugal, is a national monument. On the floor in front of the main altar is a solitary tomb; rather unexpectedly, it is in memory of an Irish-born soldier, Hugh Beatty. Hugh was born in Dublin in 1742 and joined the British Army in 1760, months short of his 18th birthday. He first served in an infantry regiment under Lord Blaney of Castleblaney and later in another regiment stationed in Germany. While there he answered the call of King George III … Read More