WILLIAM FEERICK (1897-1918) Just another young Irishman lost to the Great War Aiden Feerick BA, MAGI Born in Ballinrobe to John and Mary Feerick, William’s short life ended in the WW1 Spring offensive of 1918; he is buried near Pozieres in France close to Thiepval. His early life in Ballinrobe was not without its difficulties. He and his brother, John, were twins; John was born half an hour before William on 18th January 1897. However, John died 21 days after birth; he had been suffering from Asthenia for fourteen days, a condition where the child lacked the strength and energy … Read More
AN 1851 CENSUS EXTRACT John Grenham MAGI A few weeks ago I was approached by someone who wanted advice on a document that had been in his family for generations. It was an extract from the 1851 census. He thought it might have been obtained to demonstrate long-term occupation of the home place, perhaps as part of the process of buying out the land under the Land Acts. I told him it looked to me like it had to do with the Old Age Pension. When this was first introduced for people over 70 in 1909, there was no way … Read More
Members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland will be participating in an online Genealogy Q&A event in collaboration with Dublin City Council (DCC) Culture Club and the National Archives of Ireland on Thursday 29 April 2021 at 11.00am. The event, titled ‘Ask the Genealogist’, will be given by Paul Gorry, Nicola Morris and Steven Smyrl and is similar to the one held in October last year which was very successful. Click Culture Club for more.
A second Diploma in Family History course at City Colleges will commence on 29 April. As with the first course, which ran from January to April, it will be delivered by Accredited Genealogists Ireland. It runs for 10 weeks, online. Enrollment is open now. Click here for more information.
SIR ARTHUR VICARS ULSTER KING-OF-ARMS EXECUTED 100 YEARS AGO Tony Hennessy MAGI Sir Arthur Vicars was born in Leamington Spa , Warwickshire, England on 27 July 1862. Following his formal education, he moved to Ireland where he remained for the rest of his life. Arthur became an expert in the associated fields of genealogy and heraldry and on 2 Feb. 1893, following the recent death of his predecessor Sir Bernard Burke, he was appointed Ulster King-of-Arms, a post first created in 1552, (although a herald of arms for Ireland is first recorded in 1382). In this position Vicars was responsible … Read More
ANNIE (CLARKEN) KINNANE, NURSE TO THE VERSCHOYLE FAMILY, CO. LIMERICK Anne-Marie Smith M.A.G.I My great-grandmother was Annie Clarken who was born in Dublin in 1867 (died in 1924) to Patrick Clarken and Bridget Cassidy. Her father worked as Coachman for the Cramptons of Grangemore House, (Donaghmede) for almost 30 years. She married Patrick Kinnane in 1886, who was a ‘butcher’ from Co. Clare and a widower. They had two children James in 1888 and my grandmother Annie in 1889. Sadly, Patrick Kinnane was killed by a train on his way home from work one evening in 1890 leaving his … Read More
Sandy O’Byrne B.A., M.A.G.I, will give an online public lecture for the National Archives of Ireland at 7 pm on Tuesday March 23 next. The lecture is titled “Civil records: the gateway to the past” and more information is available here on the NAI website.
FR NICHOLAS SHEEHY – OPPONENT OF THE PENAL LAWS WHO MET A GRISLY END Aidan Feerick B.A., MAGI Few people today remember Fr Nicholas Sheehy of Clogheen. He was the son of Frances Sheehy, a wealthy Catholic from Drumcollogher, Co Limerick and a woman called Power from Bawnfune, Parish of Kilronan, on the N 671 close to Ballymacarbury, Co Waterford. Nicholas was born in 1728 and was enrolled in the Irish College in Salamanca on 17 March 1749 to train for the priesthood. He left in 1751 but must have been ordained elsewhere because in 1752 he was appointed to … Read More
A FRUITFUL FAMILY TREE PROJECT Beverly Brown MAGI Long before genealogy took over my life, I had time for all sorts of craftwork, from glass-fusing to wood carving and from metal craft to textiles. Back in the spring, with PRONI closed and requests for research at a standstill, I decided it was time for a more creative slant on family history. And that is how this fabric tree came about. With our little grandson having just had his first birthday, I decided this would be perfect for the wall of his bedroom. Not wanting to make it too large, I … Read More
Accredited Genealogists Ireland will be providing the Diploma in Family History Course at City Colleges, commencing Thursday, 28th January 2021. The course will be delivered entirely online and enrollments are now open. Click here for full details.