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                    Cumann Geinealais na hÉireann

Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette
                                          (incorporating “The Genie Gazette”)
Vol. 7 No. 12                                                                             December : Nollaig 2012

                                          National Policy on Genealogy
                                   It’s the end of another very busy                                               Indeed, the History Ireland ‘Hedge
                                   year, in which, this Society most                                               School’ held at the BTOP event at
                                   definitely lived up to its longstand-      Nollaig Shona                        the RDS in October discussed the
                                   ing reputation as ‘Ireland’s most                                               possibility of convening a national
                                   active genealogical organisation’              agus                             forum on genealogical services.
                                   with twenty-three Open Meetings,           Athbhliain fé                        The forum, under an independent
                                   including twelve superb lectures;                                               Chairperson, could discuss the
                                   publishing a monthly newsletter,              Mhaise                            Minister’s proposals and possibly,
                                   an Annual Journal, a history of the                                             agree a unified vision on the future
    GENEALOGY                      Welsh Chapel in Dublin and more                                                 of Irish genealogy, including mat-
                                   memorials on CD; maintaining a          for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht,     ters of best practice, access, ethics
                                   web presence; organizing group          Jimmy Deenihan, TD, held an all-        and sustainable cooperation. To
      HERALDRY                     projects; offering circa 400 hours                                              ensure that all sections of the
                                                                           day seminar in the National Library
                                   of archival access and free public      on the future of Irish genealogy and    ‘genealogical community’ and all
  VEXILLOLOGY                      research advice; hosting stands at      genealogical services in Ireland. The   shades of opinion are included,
                                   numerous events throughout the          seminar heard a wide range of views     this forum should avoid the need-
SOCIAL HISTORY                     country, including at ‘The Geneal-      from all sectors of Irish genealogy,    less confusion caused by ‘multi’ or
                                   ogy Roadshow’ BTOP and others;          commercial and non-commercial.          ‘cross-representation’. Bodies such
  Heritage Matters                 and, of course, maintaining an          Participants at this seminar were       as the Clans of Ireland (inc. May
                                   archive and research centre. We         generally hopeful for the future of     25th 1990), Standing Council of
    Book Reviews                   can be justifiably proud of the         Irish genealogy and, in particular,     Irish Chiefs & Chieftains (est. Oct.
                                   services provided by the Society,       welcomed the openness and determi-      5th 1991), Irish Family History
   Open Meetings                   none of which, would be possible        nation of the Minister who promised     Foundation (inc. May 10th 1990)
                                   without the hard work and dedica-       to bring forward a policy document      and the Council of Irish Genea-
  News & Queries                   tion of our own members. Indeed,        on Irish genealogy. In the interim      logical Organisations (est. July 9th
                                   since the provision of genealogical     there has been very little, if any,     1994) should represent all of their
                                   services by voluntary groups in         progress on matters in the              members. Any other voluntary
                                   Ireland was last surveyed by Tony       ‘Programme for Government’ on the       genealogical or heraldic organisa-
                                   McCarthy, MA, and published in          release of the 1926 census and on       tion seeking representation should
                                   ‘Irish Roots’ magazine in 1996,         addressing the serious anomalies in     be, for example, of not less than
                                   Irish genealogy has evolved im-         the National Cultural Institutions      five years standing, meet regularly
                                   measurably with a truly global          Act, 1997 in respect of heraldry.       and have at least 30 members with
                                   reach on-line. Whilst, the 1996         Nevertheless, it is now time for the    a proper governance structure. The
                                   survey is an excellent base from        Minister to publish his Department’s    commercial sector, educational
                                   which to evaluate the progression       proposals on a National Policy on       institutions and genealogical pub-
        CONTENTS                   of the provision of genealogical        Genealogy. The Minister should          lishers should also be invited to
                                   services and the expansion of           seriously consider publishing these     participate. Such an inclusive and
Vol. 7 (2012) Contents         2   public interest in ancestry matters     proposals in a consultative frame-      transparent process could contrib-
                                   in Ireland, maybe it is time for a      work to engage the sector and the       ute very significantly to the formu-
                                   new survey to be commissioned.          general public in the formulation of    lation and implementation of a
                                   In September 2011, the Minister         a National Policy on Genealogy.         National Policy on Genealogy.
The Morpeth Roll               2

                                                                  BRATACHA 2013
GSI Lecture Programme
Weekend Genealogy              2
Courses                            Bratacha 2013—an international          land’. Bratacha 2013 is centred on      many of the features are still in the
                                   symposium on the history, heri-         Europe Day, May 9th 2013 and will       planning stages, it is also envis-
James Scannell Reports ..      3   tage, culture and identities associ-    run for three days celebrating Ire-     aged to host a ‘world premiere’ of
                                   ated with flags and emblems is the      land’s Presidency of the European       ’The Fighting Irish—Battle Hymns
Précis of Nov. Lecture             Society’s main event for The            Council and the 40th anniversary of     and Marches of the Irish at War’
                                   Gathering 2013. Working in              Ireland’s accession to the EEC.         in conjunction with Na Píobairí
An Daonchartlann               3   partnership with the National           Bratacha 2013 (Irish: Flags or Em-      Uilleann and selected musicians.
                                   Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dún         blems) will feature lectures and        The Chairperson of the Bratacha
Diary Dates                    4   Laoghaire Rathdown County               seminars, exhibitions, displays, a      2013 Steering Group, John Paul
The Otherworld                 4   Council, Dún Laoghaire Harbour          genealogy fair, public displays and a   Durkan of the National Maritime
                                   Company, European Movement              ‘Parade of Flags’. The programme        Museum of Ireland, anticipates
Society Annual Dinner              Ireland and a number of local           of lectures and seminars organised      that Bratacha 2013 will be one of
                                   community organisations, this           by Ciarán Hurley, MA, MGSI, will        the ’key events’ organised for The
Irish DNA Atlas Project        4   Society is looking forward to an        also feature the ever popular History   Gathering next year in the County
FHISO Welcomed                     event that is truly a ‘first for Ire-   Ireland ‘Hedge School’. Although,       of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

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                                                             Missing Relics / Addelgoole 14 / Pearse Documents to            Unknown / Aud’s Anchors Recovered / Edmund
    Vol. 7 (2012) Contents                                   be Sold / Nicky Rackard Statue / John Grenham—                  Ross—’The Care and Restoration of old Family
                                                             ’Some Sources for Family History Research in the City           Photographs’ / Oral History Seminar / Bratacha 2013
January 2012: Researching the Family History—A
                                                             Archives’ / A Visit to the Military Archives / GSI              / 20th Anniversary Appeal.
Gift for Future Generations / Jewish Ancestry in
                                                             Board 2012-2013 / New Weekend Courses.
Northern Ireland /Irish DNA Atlas Project / National
                                                                                                                             September 2012: The Gathering 2013 / Irish Lives
Famine Commemoration 2012 / GSI Lecture Pro-
                                                             May 2012: Genealogists & the Privacy Bill, 2012 / In            Remembered / Heritage Week-A Great Success! /
gramme 2012 / Stock Clearance / Remembrance
                                                             Memoriam (Betty Dwyer & Randal Gill, RIP) / The                 Real Gems for ‘The Gathering’ from NUIM / Irish
Sunday / 75 Years of MÉT Éireann / Medieval House
                                                             Friars in Ireland 1224-1540 / GSI Day Trip to Belfast           Jewish Ancestry / Commissioning Ancestry Research
Discovered / Soldiers Mark UN Service / Katherine
                                                             / The Society On-Line / Newry City Fair / Michael               in Ireland / Plaque to Horticulturalist / Tales of Me-
McSharry—’The National Library: Recent Develop-
                                                             Collins Criminal Card / Teaching in the 1940s & 1950s           dieval Dublin / New Police Museum / Centenary of
ments & Future Plans’ / Dublin Bus 1987-2006 / 1916
                                                             / Centenary of Home Rule Bill / Diary Donated to                Train Crash / Forgotten Policemen / Dublin Fire
Easter Rising & Moore Street / Lt. Peter Leech, 1826-
                                                             DCU / Ronnie Wallace—’St. Bride’s Church of Ire-                Brigade Lecture / Dr. Norman E. Gamble—’The
1899 . (N.B.—Regular or repeat notices not listed e.g.
                                                             land Parish Records’ / Seanad Éireann & Anniversa-              Records of the Irish Railway Record Society (IRRS)’ /
updates on the Irish DNA Atlas Project etc)
                                                             ries / GSI Day Trip to Belfast.                                 All Hallows College /GRO ‘Historic Records’ /
                                                                                                                             Cemetery Projects.
February 2012: Twenty Years Publishing Genealogy /
                                                             June 2012: Philanthropy and our Archival Heritage /
Wrth Angor yn Nulyn / Annual General Meeting /
                                                             New Venue for Morning Meeting / Economy, Trade                  October 2012: Family History Month & BTOP /
Miraculous Plenty—Irish Religious Folktales and
                                                             and Irish Merchants at Home and Abroad, 1600-1988 /             Genealogy & the ‘New Irish’ / Danish Troops in the
Legends / The Hidden History of WW1—Wales / The
                                                             A Sad Anniversary / History Festival of Ireland /               Williamite Army in Ireland, 1689-91 / Gaps in the
Irish Aboard Titanic / Pardon for WW2 Deserters /
                                                             Guinness Workers & WW1 / Elizabethan Fort Opened                Irish DNA Atlas / Privacy Bill & Genealogy /
Comdt. Edward Daly / Rob Goodbody—’Quaker
                                                             / NLI’s Lawrence Collection / Drimnagh Castle’s                 Adopted Illegally-Ireland / Book on Martello Towers
Records in Ireland’ / Family History Resources / Alice
                                                             History / James Scannell—’Dublin Metropolitan                   / Recording Dublin’s Cottages / Heritage Week 2012
Milligan / National Library Services Improved.
                                                             Police– DMP Casualties during the War of Independ-              / Ulster Covenant / Links to Mexican War / Tralee
                                                             ence’ / New Genealogy Advisory Service.                         Honours Astronaut / Siobhán FitzPatrick—’The
March 2012: 1926 Census Release– Legislation Soon
                                                                                                                             Records of the Royal Irish Academy as a Resource for
/ The GSI on BBC Radio Wales / Annual Report of the
                                                             July 2012: Much Debate and No Decision / Family                 the Family History Researcher’ / 1926 Census Cam-
GSI Board of Directors / The Society’s AGM 2012 /
                                                             History Research Advice / Colonial Ireland 1169-1369            paign / James Byrne 1877-1913.
Titanic Event & Family History Day / Trips Northward
                                                             / Out & About / Philanthropy / Joan Logan, MGSI—
/ Hunt for Missing Cross / Historic Clonmel Building /
                                                             RIP / A Narrow Escape / ‘Dissidents’ / Pardon for IDF           November 2012: A Pyrrhic Victory? / Private Invest-
Indian Images Restored / Fraud During Famine /
                                                             Deserters / Powerscourt School / Back Issues of the             ment & the 1926 Census / Irish Provincial Cultures in
Declan Heffernan—’The Sinking of the HMS Van-
                                                             Gazette / Dr. James Ryan—’Understanding Church                  the Long Eighteenth Century / New Website
guard off Kish in 1875’ / An Online Exhibition—
                                                             Records and their value to Family History / Who Are             Launched / A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes /
Jacob’s Biscuit Factory / Banks in Dublin.
                                                             The Irish?                                                      Irish Lives Remembered / Congo Soldier Remem-
                                                                                                                             bered / Ulster Covenant Centenary / New Book on
April 2012: 1926 Census & the Decade of Centenaries
                                                             August 2012: Europe’s Shame 20 Years On / Heritage              Dublin’s Famous Moore Street / Founder of Irish
/ Irish DNA Atlas Project / Galway: politics and
                                                             Week 2012 & Other Events / The Inishkea Journals /              Christian Brothers Honoured / Daire Guidera & Emly
society, 1910-23 / Nineteenth-Century Ireland Studies
                                                             Military Archives / Cemetery Project 2012 / Ombuds-             Moore—’The Registry of Deeds as an aide to the
& Family History / Legal Bibliography / GSI On-Line
                                                             man’s Report on the GRO / Maritime Heritage / Silver            Genealogist’ / Minister Donates Atlas / Sligo &
Shop / April in the North / Chair of Advisory Group /
                                                             Bullion Recovered / Cork Honours Activist / Bray                Westmeath / Sarajevo University / Weekend Courses.

The Morpeth Roll
                                                            monial was created in about a month in 1841 at                   Roll itself will be taken on a tour of Ireland in
                                                            the instigation of the Duke of Leinster, Daniel                  the course of next year and will be the centre-
                                                            O’Connell and other notable figures in Irish                     piece of an exhibition which is currently being
One of the great attractions of a day-long study            public life and signed by individuals from Tho-                  organised in Maynooth. The importance of the
organised by the Department of History at NUI               mas Davis to Charles Bianconi. Over 650 large                    Morpeth Roll is that it gives us a census substi-
Maynooth on Saturday, November 24 was the                   sheets of paper filled with signatures were glued                tute for the year when the population of Ireland
opportunity to view the Morpeth Roll. All the               together and wrapped around a gigantic bobbin                    reached its peak of 8.1 million people. The
participants got the opportunity to examine this            which was then housed in a hardwood box spe-                     names on the roll represent between 3 to 4% of
gigantic “farewell card” addressed to the de-               cially created for that purpose. It is estimated                 the population. And for some time to come,
parting Chief Secretary, George William                     that there are around 300,000 signatures from                    local historians will have to grapple with what
Fredrick Howard, Viscount Morpeth in 1841.                  most parts of the country and most walks of life.                is essentially a name list, with few place names
George Howard (1802-1864), of Castle Howard                 The roll is about 420 metres in length; if it were               thrown in, and try to bring the Morpeth Roll to
in Yorkshire, entered politics in 1826 and was              laid out in Croke Park, for instance, only about a               life.            Aiden Feerick, MAPGI, MGSI.
returned as an MP for the family borough of                 third of the roll would be on display. This Far-
Morpeth, Northumberland. He later served in                 well Testimonial lay in the basement of Castle                      IRISH LIVES REMEMBERED
the Melbourne administration as Chief Secre-                Howard for many years until its importance for
tary for Ireland from 1835 to 1841 when he lost             pre-Famine Ireland was understood; it was then                   The December 2012 issue (No. 7) of the excel-
his seat and had to retire from active politics.            taken to the Russell Library in Maynooth for                     lently produced e-magazine ‘Irish Lives Re-
The Howard family never owned land in Ire-                  restoration; the digitisation and indexing of the                membered’ is available free to read or
land and Viscount Morpeth was seen as one of                roll’s name list has been undertaken by Ancestry                 download on
the reforming politicians of his time. The Testi-           and is due to go online next spring. The Morpeth

          WEEKEND GENEALOGY COURSES                                                                                         GSI LECTURE PROGRAMME
The Weekend Genealogy Courses will recom-                   other records. Practical advice will be shared                  Tues. Dec, 11th - The Archives of the Royal
mence on Saturday January 19th 2013. These                  with participants as they embark on the quest to                Dublin Society – some Recent Developments by
courses are provided in conjunction with John               trace their ancestors. Courses are held at the GSI              Natasha Serne. Tues. 8th Jan, 2013—’Irish
Hamrock of Ancestor Network Ltd. and are                    Archives and Research Centre, An Daonchart-                     Army Records’ by Comdt. Pádraic Kennedy.
specially designed to help beginners unlock the             lann, Carlisle Pier, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin,                 Tues. 12th Feb.—’Dún Laoghaire Harbour
mysteries of their ancestry. Ancestor Network               where the major on-line genealogy resources will                and its Board’ by Gráinne Shaffrey. Tues.
Ltd. is the ‘Official Provider’ of Genealogy                be covered in a ‘hands-on’ way for best results.                12th March (Annual General Meeting)—
Advisory Services for the National Library of               For further information please contact John                     ’Rental Sources as a Resource for the Genealo-
Ireland and the National Archives of Ireland.               Hamrock by phone on 087 050 5296 or by e-mail                   gist’ by Dr. James Ryan. Tues. 9th April—
The course includes guided tours at the Na-                 on                                     ’ as an archival resource for the
tional Library, Dublin City Library and other                                                                               geologist—present and future plans’ by Eric
centres of research. Learn how to be your own                IRELAND’S GENEALOGICAL GAZETTE                                 Booth. Tues. 14th May —’The Preservation of
researcher. Topics to be covered include the                                                                                Old Documents’ by Christine Deakin.
principles of genealogy, computers and the                  Past issues of this newsletter are available in pdf             VENUE: Dún Laoghaire College of Further
internet, place names and surnames, location                format to read or to download free of charge on                 Education, Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire, Co.
and use of census, vital, valuation, church and             the Society’s website                      Dublin. Directions on

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                                             James Scannell Reports...
      NATIONAL ARMY CENSUS                                      offered British military assistance by General                               ARKLOW 1885-1892
                                                                Neville Macready to dislodge republicans occu-
In 1922 the Army Council of the newly created                   pying the Four Courts. Gen. Collins refused all                 ‘Split Personalities: Arklow 1885–1892’ is the
National Army of the Irish Free State held an                   offers of British assistance for except artillery               latest book by the Arklow based local historian
census of military personnel at midnight 12th /                 pieces, which he lacked, and when provided,                     Jim Rees. In this new book Rees chronicles
13th November 1922 to ascertain the exact                       were manned and fired by the National Army.                     events in Arklow, Coouty Wicklow, between
strength of the National Army by location for                                                                                   1885 and 1892 at a time when Ireland was
administration, logistical and operational pur-                   BLACK & TAN WAR IN GALWAY                                     undergoing social and political upheaval. Two
poses. Images of the census are now available                                                                                   national campaigns came to the fore during this
on the website of the Irish Military Archives –                 “Blood for Blood: the Black and Tan War in                      period, land reform and Home Rule. Both of                                        Galway” by William Henry (Mercier Press).                       these movements impacted on every commu-
                                                                This is a vivid account of the events during the                nity in Ireland, including Arklow, where local
     HISTORIANS DIFFER AND….                                    War of Independence in Galway, for which, the                   people often took differing sides on these is-
                                                                author has trawled the archives to produce this                 sues. Complicating matters further was the
Historians have differed over a claim contained                 meticulous account of the Galway IRA during                     effects of the Charles Stewart Parnell–
in a memoir written by Lance Bombardier                         the War of Independence, known locally as the                   Katherine O’Shea divorce scandal in 1890.
Percy Creek, Royal Field Artillery, held in the                 “Black and Tan War”. Henry describes the                        This generated further divisions within the
Imperial War Museum in London. According to                     many raids, ambushes, murders and reprisals                     town following the ousting of Parnell of leader
Open University academic William Sheehan,                       that took place during the 1919-21 period, and                  of the Home Ruler Party into Pro and Anti-
Creek claims that he was a member of a de-                      the stories of the men who were involved. He                    Parnell factions. Added to the tensions was the
tachment sent in secret from Co. Fermanagh to                   details the activities of the dreaded Black and                 evangelical preaching of the local Church of
Dublin in June 1922 which fired two heavy                       Tans, and the role played by the RIC and the                    Ireland minister and the differences between
artillery rounds at republican forces occupying                 British Army stationed there. Henry also looks                  two men in the town Dr. Michael Molony, the
the Four Courts before returning to their unit. In              at how everyday life was affected by the ongo-                  Medical Officer of Health and Fr. James Dun-
response to rumours circulating at that time that               ing war and how the attitude of the people                      phy PP, whose stances on various issues came
the British Army had fired on the Fours Courts,                 changed as the brutality of the Tans intensified.               to represent the various mindsets within the
the National Army denied that any British per-                  Including hunger strikes in Galway jail and the                 town. But what was happening in Arklow was
sonnel had been involved. While some histori-                   general strike in the city and the boycotts of the              being replicated in other Irish towns, but for
ans have doubted the accuracy of Creek’s state-                 British forces throughout the county. The                       this book, Jim Rees has focussed on Arklow
ment, they admit that what he alleges could                     author brings this period to life with fascinat-                and the eventual outcome of the many issues
have happened. General Michael Collins was                      ing and sometimes horrific details.                             that arose between 1885 and 1892.

               Précis of the November Lecture                                                                                       AN DAONCHARTLANN
On Tuesday November 13 2012 members                             pioneering work on the Boundary Commission                      An Daonchartlann, the Society’s Archives and
were delighted that the Society invited back Dr.                from 1825 and with the Ordnance Survey of                       Research Centre in Dún Laoghaire, will be open
Patrick N Wyse Jackson to give a talk on an                     Ireland. Many know of his work as the Com-                      on Wednesday 10th December from 10.30hrs to
extraordinary individual ‘Richard Griffith                      missioner of Valuation from 1827 which pro-                     16.30hrs and on Saturday December 15th 2012
(1784-1878), Public Servant, Valuator and                       duced the monumental ‘Griffith’s Valuation’                     from 14.00hrs to 18.00hrs. The closure period
Geologist’. Dr. Wyse Jackson spoke to the                       which was published between 1847 and 1864.                      for Christmas and New Year will be from
Society some years ago on a portrait in oils of                 The running theme of this very interesting                      18.00hrs on Saturday December 15th 2012 until
Sir Richard John Griffith by Stephen Catterson                  lecture was ‘the man and his family’. In this                   10.30hrs on Wednesday January 5th 2013.
Smith (1806–1872) and certain questions aris-                   respect, his treatment of his daughter Sarah                    Thereafter, the opening times will be as follows:
ing there from. This time he concentrated on his                who eloped to Canada and then to the United                     Wednesdays 10.30hrs to 16.30hrs (except 4th
quest for information on the family of Richard                  States, seems to portray a man more concerned                   Weds. open at 13.00hrs) and Saturdays 14.00hrs
Griffith and in particular, his eldest daughter                 with his own public persona and lacking com-                    to 18.00hrs. Members are on hand on those days
who seems to have become estranged from the                     passion. Dr. Wyse Jackson would welcome any                     to provide free family history research advice
family. Dr. Wyse-Jackson outlined the work of                   information on this daughter. Dr. Wyse Jackson                  to visitors to the facility, however, the use of the
Griffith—surveying the coal-fields of Leinster                  is currently working on the life and work of the                resources of the GSI Archives & Research
in 1808 and appointed as the chief engineer to                  geophysicist John Joly (1857–1933) and may                      Centre is reserved for members of the Society.
the Commission on Irish Bogs from 1809-12.                      be contacted at Trinity College Dublin by e-                    Day research membership is available for €5.00
Irish genealogists are much in debt to the enor-                mail: Nota Bene: The GSI                        and payable on-line at the GSI website. For
mous achievements of Richard Griffith from his                  Archives has a file on the Griffith family.                     directions please see

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Res: 12/11/952 to keep the cost of the Annual Sub-              sionary rates at €20.00 for persons under 25 years of          photographs, charts, interview notes, copy certificates,
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                                Monthly Newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Ireland
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       IRELAND’S GENEALOGICAL GAZETTE                                      The Otherworld—Music & Song from Irish Tradition
                      is published by the
            Genealogical Society of Ireland Limited                      Just in time for your Christmas gift to the lover of Irish music and folklore, Four Courts
     11, Desmond Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
                                                                         Press in conjunction with Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann at University College Dublin,
                 E-mail:                      have just launched ‘The Otherworld—Music & Song from Irish Tradition’ edited by
                    Charity Reference: CHY10672                          Ríonach Uí Ógáin and Tom Sherlock. (ISBN: 978-0-9565628-3-8 : 160pp : illustrated
      The Society is a Nominating Body for Seanad Éireann                : p/bk and with 2 CDs : Price €25.00). This is not just another collection of Irish tradi-
                                                                         tional tunes, it is a truly wonderful social history narrative which draws the reader back
              Board of Directors 2012-2013                               to a period and place in Ireland that, arguably, no longer exists except in music and
                                                                         story. Yet, for many us in search of that elusive family history narrative, in this unique
Pádraic Ingoldsby (Cathaoirleach : Chairperson); Gerry Hayden            collection we have the voices of an Ireland, long washed away by modernity, that must
(Leas-Chathaoirleach : Vice Chair); Michael Merrigan (General            surely echo that spiritual and cultural space once inhabited by our own ancestors not too
Secretary : Company Secretary, Publications & Internet Services);
Billy Saunderson (Finance); Tom Conlon (Sales, Marketing &
                                                                         long ago. The songs, verses and tunes all have real meaning for their custodians who
Membership, On-Line Shop); Séamus O’Reilly (Archive, Irish DNA           value and honour their inheritance and cherish the memory of the very day when they
Atlas Project); Barry O’Connor (Cemetery Projects); Séamus               first learned the piece and, especially from whom. The editors have selected the pieces
Moriarty (Lecture Programme), John Hamrock (Education & Social           carefully as examples of particular social or spiritual narratives because ‘the other-
Inclusion) and Eddie Gahan (Research Information Services).              world’ is cultural phenomenon in Ireland existing alongside the ‘world of mortals’.
                                                                         Boundaries between this world and the ‘unworldly’ are often features in the landscape,
                  JOIN ON-LINE                                           rivers, bridges or standing stones. Tunes or songs learned from encounters with ‘the
                                                                         otherworld’ are often seen as harbingers of calamitous portents, the signifiers of which,
                                           are manifest only to the few. Listening to the CDs and simultaneously reading the
                                                                         account of the acquisition and rendering of the piece is a captivating experience as one
                                                                         is transported from the academic world of the folklorist to a bygone world of myth,
                                                                         legend, demons, fairies and places sacred and otherwise. The editors point out that this
   @GenSocIreland                                                        phenomenon is not confined to rural Ireland—it was found in the heart of old Dublin
                                                                         communities like Ringsend as narrated by Mag Doyle (Mrs. Bill Higgins) on the CD.
                   DIARY DATES                                           One of the songs, “Cruel Willie’ sung by Stephen Murphy, would, rather surprisingly,
          Tuesday Dec. 11th 2012 & Jan. 8th 2013                         perfectly suit inclusion in the repertoire of the likes of Nick Cave or Shane McGowan
                  Evening Open Meeting                                   with its eerily tragic tale. The editors provide short biographical notes on the contribu-
        Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education                       tors that, along with the social and cultural narrative, creates a wonderfully rich re-
            Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire                             source for the folklorist, cultural historian and local historian. The publication is beauti-
                  20.00hrs—22.00hrs                                      fully illustrated with black and white photographs that capture the essence of this pas-
                                                                         sage from ‘the Otherworld’ of the past through modernity to ‘cultural curiosity’. MM
           Wednesday Jan. 23rd & Feb. 27th 2013
                 Morning Open Meeting
      Hardy’s Bar, Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire                                 FOUR COURTS PRESS
                      10.30hrs—12.30hrs                                        Irish History, Genealogy, Local History and much more

                 Contribution €4.00 p.p.                                             
        (Coffee/Tea included at Morning Meetings)                                   Checkout the New Titles and Catalogue on-line

 IRISH DNA ATLAS PROJECT                                      Society Annual Dinner                                     FHISO WELCOMED
The Irish DNA Atlas is a collaborative academic         The Society’s Director of Research Information               The recent establishment of FHISO—Family
research project undertaken by Dr. Gianpiero            Services, Eddie Gahan, MGSI, has organised the               History Information Standards Organisation is
Cavalleri of the Royal College of Surgeons in           inaugural Society Annual Dinner for Friday                   certainly a welcome development in the world
Ireland (RCSI), the University of Leicester in the      March 1st 2013 at the National Yacht Club, Dún               of genealogy. This newly-formed international
UK and the Society. The main objectives of the          Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Eddie had long advocated              organisation was established to develop stan-
project are (1) to further our knowledge of the         the hosting of an annual social function for Mem-            dards for the digital representation and sharing
population history of Ireland and (2) to help us        bers, their families and friends of the Society. The         of family history and genealogical information.
understand how genes influence health in Ire-           venue is simply wonderful and with a four-course             FHISO’s standards will, it states, solve today’s
land. Participants continue to be sought from           meal and live music it’s exceptionally good value            interoperability issues independently of technol-
across the island of Ireland and, indeed, from          at only €40.00 per person. For further information           ogy platforms, genealogy products or services.
overseas who can trace each of their eight great-       on this exceptional venue please see:             They will provide opportunities for innovation
grandparents to the same general area of Ireland.       In the meantime, should you wish to reserve your             and will address robust user requirements such
Participants are requested to present a Birth Brief     place for this special event, please contact Eddie           as search, capture and research administration.
(Pedigree Chart) and to provide a DNA sample            by e-mail on                     FHISO is a non-profit, community-owned or-
(kit provided) for analysis. Our Director of Ar-                                                                     ganisation which will operate democratically,
chival Services, Séamus O'Reilly, FGSI, has                                                                          and membership will be available to all who
mapped the genealogical data received while the
                                                              SARAJEVO UNIVERSITY                                    participate in the global family history and
team are the RCSI analyses the DNA samples.             Calling all bibliophiles, academics and authors. Twenty      genealogical community. See:
Séamus will accept suitable participants, male or       years ago over two million volumes, including priceless
female, with ancestry from any part of Ireland          manuscripts, were destroyed in the fire that engulfed the
meeting the criteria regarding their eight great
grandparents. Members are asked to assist the
                                                        National & University Library in Sarajevo on August
                                                        26th 1992 during the Bosnian civil war. This Society is
                                                                                                                      WHO ARE
project by inviting friends and colleagues to           proactively supporting a group of Bosnian students
participate in this unique All-Ireland important        seeking donations of contemporary academic works in
                                                        any discipline to restock their university’s library which
                                                                                                                     THE IRISH?
academic research project. If you are interested        was totally destroyed in August 1992. Have you any
in participating or have a query about participat-      books that you could donate? Please forward donated
ing, please don’t hesitate to contact Séamus by e-      volumes to: Mrs Fuada Muslic, Senior Officer for                STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
mail on Also, check-         Publishing, University of Sarajevo, Obala Kulina Bana
out the project newsletter on the GSI website.          7/2, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tel: 00         To encourage students and young people to take
                                                        387 3322 1946 : E-mail          up family history research, the Society offers a
   TRACING YOUR IRISH ANCESTORS                         NOTA BENE: Please e-mail Ms. Muslic when items               50% reduction for persons under 25 years of
    by John Grenham, MA, MAPGI, FIGRS, FGSI             are put in the mail to her and include details of sender     age. Also, persons who take up adult education
                                                        and contents. An example of what is required by the
The Society strongly recommends that for anyone         Bosnian authorities on the Society’s website. It's a         courses in genealogy can avail of a similar 50%
embarking on their family history quest one essential   simple declaration of the contents etc. Please share this    reduction on the standard membership rate—
piece of kit must be John Grenham’s ‘Tracing Your
Irish Ancestors’. Checkout:       appeal with your friends and colleagues. For further         that’s right, Student Membership for just
Price €22.99 [RRP]                                      information see:                     €20.00. See GSI website for further details.

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