IMAGE OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER 2022

Blessington Lakes have a Story to Tell Hilda McGauley M.A.G.I. The journey from West Wicklow to Dublin was always enjoyable, seeing the mountains in the distance, particularly the section from Blakestown and the Poulaphouca Falls to Russborough and on to Blessington. This section of the N81 skirts Blessington Lakes, giving panoramic views of lake and mountains. For many years I passed this, seemingly, natural landscape without a thought of how it had come into being. Back in the 1930s a dam was built at Poulaphouca Falls (also known as Pollaphuca) for a hydroelectric scheme to produce electricity for the national … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – AUGUST 2022

Mary Anne Byrne – a Dublin Retail Trader & Businesswoman Hilary McDonagh M.A.G.I Situated at 17 Berkeley Road, Phibsboro, Dublin, Richard Byrnes Victuallers was established in 1877 by newly married couple, Richard Byrne and his wife Mary Anne Sweeney. The couple were neighbours before they were married, living next door to each other on Great Britain Street [now Parnell Street]. While Mary Anne’s father, Peter Sweeney was a fruiterer, Richard’s father, Simon, was a victualler. Between them, they had the makings of a formidable team. Sadly, Richard died in 1878 of smallpox just a year after they were married leaving … Read More

AGI and City Colleges Launch New Stage in their Genealogy Course Collaboration

September 2022 sees the launch of a new stage in the popular collaboration between City Colleges and Accredited Genealogists Ireland to deliver comprehensive courses in family history research for the dedicated amateur and budding professional alike. The Certificate in Family History Research takes place online every Thursday evening from 29 September 2022, over ten weeks.  Lectures are given by AGI Members who are recognised experts in their field. Students are introduced to the building blocks of genealogy: Civil records Church records Census records Then they are guided through exciting resources, from land surveys to historic newspapers. Each lecture has time … Read More

Paul Gorry Elected a Fellow of AGI

At its recent Extraordinary General Meeting, Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) announced the election of a new Fellow, Paul Gorry, one of its founding Members. Paul is a former President of AGI, serving from 2007 to 2009. Previously he has served as the Association’s Hon. Secretary and on numerous sub-committees, panels and in many other and varied voluntary capacities.   His career in professional genealogy began in 1979 at the age of nineteen when he began as a freelance genealogist attached to the Genealogical Office, then still based in the Bedford Tower in Dublin Castle. With a number of other professional … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – JULY 2022

My Grandfather John Hassett Presenting Grace Boyle, aged 100 years, her New Pension Book, 1929 Jillian Van Turnhout,  AGI Affiliate My grandfather, John Francis Hassett (1904 to 1945), was born in Glin, Co. Limerick, grew up in Knockanean Co. Clare, married Mary Foley (1905 to 1944) of Cromane, Co. Kerry in Dublin and died when based in Cork in 1945. In 1924, John Hassett qualified to become a Customs and Excises officer. I know from newspaper reports he was based in Dungloe, Co. Donegal, from 1929 to 1933. Amongst John F. Hassett’s photos of his short life is this gem … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2022

Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France baptized in Kenmare Co. Kerry …???!!! Helen Kelly, F.A.G.I. During the course of a search of Kenmare R.C. Parish registers on www.nli.ie, I was fascinated with an entry which was recorded in the baptismal register 30 June 1823 by Ed. O’ Callaghan. The entry, part of which is difficult to decipher, states: ‘Ego Ed O’Callaghan Bap. Napoleon Francis Charles Bonaparte, Emperor of France, King of Italy and Protector ? of the …………..of the………? At first glance, one could be forgiven for concluding that Napoleon Francis Charles Bonaparte was baptised in Kenmare R.C. Parish, 30th June … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – MAY 2022

Vivian Johnson: Forever Young Gill Johnson, AGI affiliate As a child, I always enjoyed listening to family lore as told by my grandparents, especially my grandad Digby Johnson. I listened intently to all their stories and spent hours going through old photographs of faces that had long passed before my existence. However, one in particular always stood out to me, a picture of my great grandmother Vivian Johnson nee Bestall holding who we believe to be my grandad, or his younger brother Wilvy. I always loved this photograph as I was drawn to Vivian and she bears a striking resemblance … Read More

AGI Member Vincent Brogan to Speak to Dublin City Council’s Culture Club

In collaboration with Dublin City Council’s Culture Club and under the title ‘Ask the Genealogist’, the National Archives of Ireland is hosting a talk to be given by Vincent Brogan, a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland, on ‘ Researching your Family History in the North of Ireland’.    After the partition of Ireland in 1922, accessing sources in Northern Ireland (NI) gradually became different, and all aspects of undertaking research in NI will be discussed in this lecture. Vincent Brogan developed an interest in genealogy at an early age thanks to his grandmother who was a native of the Sperrin … Read More

Death of AGI Member Patricia Moorhead

We in AGI, as a group, were saddened by the news of the death of our much loved colleague Patricia Moorhead. Pat was one of our number since 2000.  She retired from professional genealogy in 2014 and the following year AGI introduced the new category of Emeritus Member, and Patricia was the first to receive the honour. Pat was particularly interested in the history of her native Kenilworth Square, Rathgar, and in the achievements of her granduncle Thomas Joseph Crean, VC, DSO.  She had a gift of serendipity, in life and in genealogy.  She was a great raconteur and regaled … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2022

Sir William Betham 1779-1853 Georgina Scally M.A.G.I. A recent commission to explore some gravestones at Carrickbrennan Graveyard in the south Dublin suburb of Monkstown provided a welcome excuse for an excursion.  Entering the graveyard through a small gate in an ivy clad high stone wall on the east side of Carrickbrennan Road the atmosphere, familiar to those used to visiting old, disused, and overgrown graveyards, was immediate. Carrickbrennan Graveyard is the final resting place of many individuals who provide a window into historical events of the 18th and 19th centuries in Ireland (amongst them Charles Haliday [1789-1866] historian and writer; … Read More