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                 Cumann Geinealais na hÉireann

Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette
                                          (incorporating “The Genie Gazette”)
Vol. 8 No. 1                                                                                January : Eanáir 2013

                                                2013—Eventful Year Ahead!
                                   2013 is certainly going to be a                                                dressed politically, and in civil
                                   very busy and exciting year in                                                 society, with sensitivity, mu-
                                   Ireland with events arranged to                                                tual respect and understanding.
                                   coincide with Ireland’s Presi-                                                 This theme of understanding
                                   dency of the European Union,                                                   the history, heritage, culture
                                   our 40th Anniversary of join-                                                  and identities associated with
                                   ing the European Economic                                                      flags and emblems will be
                                   Community, the ‘European                                                       explored by ‘Bratacha 2013’
                                   Union Year of the Citizen’, the                                                in Dún Laoghaire between
    GENEALOGY                      nationwide festival of ‘The                                                    May 9th (Europe Day) and
                                   Gathering Ireland 2013’ and,                                                   11th 2013. The event is organ-
      HERALDRY                     of course, ‘Bliain na Gaeilge         commits the Minister for Arts,           ised as part of ‘The Gathering’
                                   2013’. Important commemo-             Heritage & the Gaeltacht,                by the Genealogical Society of
  VEXILLOLOGY                      rations will also be held to          Jimmy Deenihan, TD, to ad-               Ireland, National Maritime
                                   mark the 100th anniversary of         dressing the wholly unsatisfac-          Institute of Ireland, Dún
SOCIAL HISTORY                     the 1913 Lockout in Dublin,           tory legislative position of the         Laoghaire Harbour Company,
                                   however, it seems that the 70th       State’s delivery of heraldic ser-        Dún Laoghaire Rathdown
  Heritage Matters                 anniversary of the closing of         vices. Heraldry and the use of           County Council and a number
                                   the last British Crown Office         coats-of-arms, emblems and               o f lo cal o rgan isation s.
    Book Reviews                   in Dublin in April 1943 will be       flags are deeply rooted in the           ‘Bratacha 2013’ will be offi-
   Open Meetings                   conveniently overlooked. The          cultural, social and political           cially launched on Europe
                                   office of the Ulster King of          history and heritage of the island       Day, May 9th, at a special
  News & Queries                   Arms, the British Crown’s             of Ireland. The on-going contro-         ceremony marking Ireland’s
                                   heraldic officer for Ireland,         versy in Belfast regarding the           EU presidency and celebrating
                                   lingered on in Dublin Castle          flying of the ‘Union Flag’ over          our shared European heritage.
                                   after independence in 1922            City Hall has reopened the often         The event is the first of its kind
                                   and arguably operated in an           difficult and fractious debate on        in Ireland devoted to the sym-
                                   anomalous legal position with-        identities and contested space in        bolism and histories of flags
                                   out the necessary domestic            Northern Ireland. Many view              and emblems. It will feature                legislative authority from            this problem as unfinished busi-         lectures, seminars, exhibitions
                                   1936. The delivery of heraldic        ness from the Belfast Agree-             displays and other events,
                                   services by the ‘office’ of the       ments of 1998 which sought to            including a parade. Whether
        CONTENTS                   Chief Herald of Ireland dates         bring about a framework for a            we would admit it or not, flags
                                   from 1943, however, it too had        shared space and future for both         do matter to us all and not just
Pathfinders to the Past        2   no legislative basis for its op-      traditions in Northern Ireland. It       in the North—we’re all either
                                   eration until May 2005. The           is clear that the ‘flags issue’ in       flag wavers or followers, as
                                   ‘Programme for Government’            Northern Ireland must be ad-             were our ancestors before us!
Amnesty & Pardons for          2
WW2 Deserters

Weekend Genealogy              2

James Scannell Reports ..      3
                                   Most of us are fully aware of         irrespective of the level of compe-      other groups in preserving, reviv-
Précis of Dec. Lecture             ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ or ‘Irish      tency, at national events, local         ing and promoting the language.
                                   Week’ which is organised every        events, competitions and new Irish       The overwhelming majority of the
An Daonchartlann               3   year to coincide with the St. Pat-    language projects organised through-     people of Ireland have either sur-
Diary Dates                    4   rick’s Day festivities, now this      out the year. The revival of the Irish   names of Gaelic origin or they are
                                   wonderful initiative is extended to   language started in 1893 with the        descended from people with native
Donnelly Surname DNA           4   the whole year (bliain). Bliain na    establishment of Conradh na Gaeilge      Irish surnames. Bliain na Gaeilge
                                   Gaeilge is a nationwide celebra-      (Gaelic League) and this year, Bliain    is an opportunity for us to redis-
Society Annual Dinner              tion of the Irish language in 2013    na Gaeilge, will be recognising the      cover the language of our ances-
St. Brigid’s Stillogan         4   providing thousands of opportuni-     progress made over the last 120          tors which has been spoken here
                                   ties to use the language to the two   years by Irish language and Gael-        for possibly more than three mil-
Irish DNA Atlas Project            million people who have Irish,        tacht organisations, schools and         lennia. See:

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  Pathfinders to the Past—The Antiquarian road to Irish historical writing 1640-1960
‘Pathfinders to the Past—The antiquarian road to                 of the ‘grand tour’ and in particular that of Dr. Richard       M. Ireland’s essay on Some Cork antiquarians and
Irish historical writing 1640-1960’ edited by Próin-             Pococke described as ‘the dullest man that ever trav-           collectors in the nineteenth century illustrates how
séas Ní Chatháin & Siobhán Fitzpatrick with How-                 elled’. McCarthy’s essay paints a rather less dull pic-         their dedication and simple ‘love of the items them-
ard Clark is published by Four Courts Press (ISBN:               ture of the good Bishop. The essay James Hardiman,              selves’ contributed enormously to our knowledge of
978-1-84682-345-0 : 208pp : Colour Ills. : H/bk : Price          1782-1855: ‘the historian of Galway’ by Marie Boran             the county’s past. Liam Irwin’s essay on Thomas
€50.00) See: ‘Pathfinders to              explores the lesser known aspects of the work of Har-           Johnson Westropp, 1860-1922 whose work has an
the Past’ is a wonderful collection of interdisciplinary         diman including his contribution to Gaelic scholarship.         enduring value in that his detailed surveys, with their
essays compiled for the 150th anniversary of founda-             Paul Walsh’s essay on George Petrie: his life and work          meticulous notes, accurate plans and detailed sketches
tion of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland              deals with ‘one of the last of the great Irish polymaths’       provide a unique record of how these sites were over
(RSAI). The essays cover the period from the turbu-              who pioneered the development of the scientific ap-             a century ago. His use of material from the Public
lent seventeenth century – the Ireland of wars, destruc-         proach to the humanities. Walsh’s essay takes the               Records Office which was destroyed in 1922 provides
tion, plantation and dispossession, right through to the         reader through a fascinating life of a remarkable indi-         the only access researchers have to this information
mid-twentieth century and the emergence of political             vidual who ‘had the enthusiasm and the imaginative              today. Dorothy Kelly’s essay on Henry Saxton Craw-
and social modernity in Ireland. Charles Doherty,                power which are essential to the artist: he also pos-           ford: quintessential antiquary provides an insight to a
RSAI President, provides an insight into the ‘modern             sessed the sagacity and calmness of judgement which             ‘rather shadowy figure’ for whom, Kelly suspects,
antiquary’ as ‘any member of the public who has an               are commonly supposed to be characteristic of the man           ‘membership of the RSAI and of the Royal Irish
interest in the past’. The editors in their Preface put the      of science’. Annraoi de Paor’s essay The life and work          Academy was not just important but central to the life
foundation, history and work of the RSAI in the con-             of Robert McAdam of Belfast, 1808-95 provides an                of this middle-aged bachelor’ and indeed, his devo-
text of its aims ‘to preserve, examine and illustrate all        insight into the cofounder of Cuideacht Gaeilge Uladh           tion to his work is evident from his articles which
ancient monuments of the history, manners, customs               and champion of the preservation of the Irish language          Kelly lists. Muiris O’Sullivan’s essay on R.A.S.
and arts of our ancestors’. The essays follow a chrono-          in Ulster. His interest in ancient Irish trumpets and his       Macalister, explores the life and work of a man who
logical order and each of the essayists provide excel-           depiction of the ancient Irish leather cloak is fascinat-       was pre-eminent in Irish archaeology in the early part
lent biographical information The first essay Dubhal-            ing. Ann Hamilton’s essay on William Reeves, 1815-92            of the twentieth century. He was especially influential
tach Mac Fhirbhishigh: his life and significance by              portrays this clergyman’s phenomenal grasp of mate-             in the formulation and development of cultural policy
Nollaig Ó Muraíle is of particular interest to the gene-         rial, careful use of information and pioneering applica-        and had considerable success in the enactment of
alogist as Mac Fhirbhisigh’s ‘Leabhar Mór na nGe-                tion of an interdisciplinary approach to his research.          legislation to protect archaeological features. His
nealach: the Great Book of Irish Genealogies’ which              Siobhán de hÓir’s essay is on Philip Doyne Vigors:              work for the Irish Text Society, his publications and
was compiled between 1645 and 1666 is of monumen-                soldier and antiquarian, 1825-1903 and, of course,              copious articles has bequeathed an enormous body of
tal importance for the study of medieval and early               founder of the Association for the Preservation of the          work to researchers today. Finally, George L. Hux-
modern Ireland. Diarmaid Ó Catháin’s essay deals                 Memorials of the Dead in Ireland which became by                ley’s essay on The antiquarian scholarship of J.J.
with another early antiquarian Walter Harris and The             1937, the Irish Memorials Society, producing some               Tierney explores the life’s work of a man with inter-
whole works of St. James Ware. Walter Harris was a               6,800 pages all within thirteen volumes which are an            ests and publications ranging from Greek and Roman
fascinatingly industrious and thorough researcher                excellent resource. Elizabeth Shee Twohig’s essay on            comedy to cartography and geography, in particular
whose writings, even after circa 250 years, are impor-           A.H. Lane Fox Pitt Rivers and Ireland and although he           the works of Ptolmey and others. Indeed, his work on
tant reference works. The late Michael McCarthy’s                only spent four years in Ireland his contribution was as        Dicuil’s De mensura, which famously reports the
essay Extending the grand tour: Dr. Pococke’s travels,           the ‘Father of Archaeology’ he left a legacy of new             presence of Irish monks in Iceland at the end of the
1737-41 explores the eighteenth century phenomenon               frameworks for understanding the human past. Aideen             eight century, is also discussed by Huxley.      MM

                              Amnesty & Pardons for WW2 Deserters
During World War 2 or ‘The Emergency’ as it                     the Minister for Justice, Law Reform & De-                       from the Defence Forces pursuant to the provi-
was known in neutral Éire at the time, hundreds                 fence, Alan Shatter, TD, announced that his                      sions of the Emergency Powers (No. 362)
of Irish soldiers absented themselves from their                department was looking at ways of addressing                     Order 1945 (S. R. & O. 1945. No. 198). The
units and crossed the border to Northern Ireland                the concerns expressed by the campaigners on                     Defence Forces (Second World War Amnesty
or went to Great Britain to join the British                    behalf of these men. This announcement by                        and Immunity) Bill, 2012, will be warmly
Army. According to the law, they were declared                  Minister Shatter met with some serious opposi-                   welcomed by those who have campaigned on
to have deserted and those that returned to                     tion from former members of the Irish Defence                    behalf of these men and their families for dec-
Ireland after the War found themselves barred                   Forces and others. The Minister published his                    ades. Irrespective of the motives these men had
from employment by the State and suffered                       Bill on December 19th 2012 aimed at the grant-                   for disserting during ‘The Emergency’ and, it
hardships as a result. There has been a cam-                    ing of an amnesty, and, as appropriate, an immu-                 would be naïve to think that all were motivated
paign to seek some form of acknowledgement                      nity from prosecution, to those members of the                   by a burning desire to fight Nazism, the pros-
by the State that these men were harshly treated                Defence Forces who served with forces                            pect of better pay and conditions was surely a
which also impacted on their families. Many of                  (including the armed forces of a country) fight-                 factor for many. This Bill may well yet have
the men who deserted from the Irish Army to                     ing on the Allied side during the Second World                   some unintended legal consequences and, no
fight with the British, American or other Allied                War and were subsequently found guilty by a                      doubt, others may see it as potentially uncon-
forces were killed or wounded in the cause of                   military tribunal of, or who were or who still are               stitutional and critically undermining the Irish
liberating Europe from Nazism and fighting                      liable to be prosecuted for, desertion or being                  Defence Forces. A copy of the Bill may be
Japanese imperialism in the Far East. Last year                 absent without leave, or who were dismissed                      downloaded at under Bills.

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

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                                          James Scannell Reports...
         KNIGHT & PETCH LTD                                  donated the material for display during the                     honour Irishmen who fought with the British
                                                             centenary of the 1916 Rising.                                   against fascism. The attendance of eighty in-
Michael McLoughlin, a final year student in                                                                                  cluded representatives of the Irish Air Corps,
TCD, is seeking information on Knight and                      16th ANNUAL GILBERT LECTURE                                   the RAF and the Australian Embassy (he com-
Petch Ltd., known as manufacturers of the                    On Weds. Jan. 23rd the Dublin City Library &                    manded an Australian Squadron) with the chief
highest quality shirts and blouses. Up to Janu-              Archive in Pearse Street will hold the 16th                     guest being his nephew, Brendan Finucane,
ary 1978 it had an address of Fairgeen Road,                 annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative                        Q.C., whose father Raymond Finucane flew
Bray, Co. Wicklow, after which it moved to a                 Lecture at 18.00hrs presented by Dr. Maighread                  with Bomber Command in WW2. Brendan said
new factory in Wicklow and later wound up in                 Ní Mhurchadha, Historian, on ‘Dublin after                      that his father had quietly revered his older
April 1982. Contact: Michael McLoughlin, 33,                 dark: Glimpses of life in an early modern city’.                brother whom he considered was an exceptional
Belview Park Ave., Booterstown, Co. Dublin,                  Booking essential – call 01 674 4806 or E-mail                  man and would have been proud of the com-
or                                             memoration. He considered the memorial as a
                                                                                                                             fitting tribute not only to his late uncle but to all
       McBRIDE MEMORABILIA                                                                                                   the Irishmen who gave their lives in WW2.
                                                              FINUCANE MEMORIAL UNVEILED
During December Ms. Caitríona Lawlor, who                                                                                    Finucane attended O’Connell Schools from
was Seán McBride’s assistant for the last eleven             On Saturday December 1st 2012 a permanent                       1932 to 1936. A 2005 lecture on “The Ace with
years of his life, donated a collection of memo-             memorial to RAF WW2 Wing Commander                              the Shamrock“ by Maurice Byrne to the O.D.S.
rabilia belonging to him and to his father, Major            Brendan “Paddy” Finucane, known as “The                         was published in the Dublin Historical Record,
John Bride, to the National Museum of Ireland.               Ace With the Shamrock“ was unveiled in Dub-                     Vol. LIX, No. 1, Spring 2006. A limited num-
Major John McBride, who had been married to                  lin’s O’Connell Schools, North Richmond                         ber of copies are available at €7.50 (incld. post)
Maud Gonne, was a key figure in Jacob’s fac-                 Street. Finucane was 21 when his aircraft was                   from The Old Dublin Society, RDS Library,
tory during the 1916 Rising and executed on                  hit during a raid over northern France on July                  Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
May 5th 1916 in Kilmainham Gaol. The mate-                   15th 1942 and after making a perfect landing on
rial from Major McBride includes a rare num-                 the sea off the Belgium coast but was drowned
                                                             when the aircraft sank suddenly. Dr. Tony                                        The January 2013 issue (No. 8)
bered 1916 medal in commemoration of his role
                                                             O’Connell, President of the O’Connell Schools                                    of the excellently produced and
during the rising, and his pipe and cigarette
case. Material from Seán McBride, who played                 Past Pupil’s Union said that Irish people owed                                   very popular e-magazine ‘Irish
a key role internationally in the development of             their freedom to people like Finucane as much                                    Lives Remembered’ is now
                                                             as they did for those for fought of Irish inde-                                  available to read or to download
human rights and was awarded the Nobel Peace
                                                             pendence, adding that the visit of Queen Eliza-                                  to your PC free of charge on
Prize in 1974, included a War of Independence
                                                             beth II in 2011 had created the atmosphere to                          
medal awarded to him. Ms. Lawlor said that she

                                                             and proceedings, to programmes and photographs. The
 Précis of the December Lecture                              minute books and membership rolls consist of both                   AN DAONCHARTLANN
On Tuesday Dec. 11th 2012 members were treated to a          manuscript material from 1731 and printed minute
most interesting lecture by Natasha Serne on ‘The            books from 1764 to the present day. Historical material         An Daonchartlann, the Society’s Archives and
Archives of the Royal Dublin Society – some Recent           relating to activities encouraged or sponsored by the           Research Centre in Dún Laoghaire, is open each
Developments’ . Ms. Serne outlined the history of the        RDS: herd and stud books, scientific, agricultural and
                                                                                                                             Wednesday from 10.30hrs to 16.30hrs (except
foundation of the Society in 1731 and objective to           environmental publications, details of premiums
improve Ireland's economic condition by promoting            awarded for art, industry or land reclamation, statistical      4th Weds. open at 13.00hrs) and each Saturday
the development of Agriculture, Arts, Science and            and population surveys of the whole of the island. For          from 14.00hrs to 18.00hrs. Members are on
Industry. The earliest acquisitions include a series of      further info. see:                                   hand on those days to provide free family his-
Dutch works published in 1724-6 on machinery and                                                                             tory research advice to visitors to the facility,
inventions. In 1877, the RDS Library’s most prestig-                PRONI CONFERENCE                                         however, the use of the resources of the GSI
ious and representative collections were used to set up                                                                      Archives & Research Centre is reserved for
the National Library. The RDS was also instrumental          January 31st—PRONI, Belfast. Conference on ‘The                 members of the Society. Day research member-
in setting up National Museum, the Natural History           Jewish community in the north of Ireland’ 13.30hrs
Museum, the Botanic Gardens and the Veterinary
                                                                                                                             ship is available for €5.00 and payable on-line
                                                             to 16.30hrs. 13.30hrs—Presentation by Stuart Rosen-             at the GSI website. The Director of Archival
Medicine College. The RDS also founded and housed            blatt, PC, FGSI, of a copy of Heritage: The A-Z DNA
the Irish Radium Institute until the 1950s. The present                                                                      Services, Séamus O’Reilly, FGSI, is currently
                                                             of Belfast and Northern Irish Jewry to Carál Ní Chuilín
Library was opened in 1965 by President Éamon de             MLA, Conference: 14.00hrs-16.30hrs Stuart Rosen-                finalising plans to have various catalogues of
Valera. The Library holds the records of the RDS and         blatt on Belfast and Northern Irish Jewry; Leon Lit-            the Society’s holdings placed on the Society’s
a general library of over 100,000 volumes including          vack (QUB) The Kindertransport; Pamela Linden                   website. Travelling to the facility is best by
over 4,000 relating to Ireland. This is a wide ranging       (QUB) The Belfast Jewish refugee committee in the               public transport, however, pay-n-display park-
collection of printed, manuscript and photographic           1930s; Bethany Sinclair (PRONI) One Letter, One
material on its core subjects and other items ranging                                                                        ing is available in the Dún Laoghaire Harbour
                                                             Voice, Multiple Archives: the case of Leopold Pollak.           Area. For directions see:
from the Society's earliest manuscript minute books          For further information see:

                                                             jects; Members’ internet forum (under construction);
  GSI MEMBERSHIP                                             genealogical, heraldic and vexillological advice; and
                                                                                                                                 WILL YOUR RECORDS WELL
                                                             the facility to publish your research in the GSI Journal.      In the course of our research over many years we natu-
The Annual Review of the Membership Package was              Special Membership concessions on products and                 rally amass a huge amount of paper and computer
undertaken by the Board of Directors at its meeting on       services obtained, from time to time, by the Society.          records. We love these records, we’ve worked hard to
Thursday November 1st, 2012. It was agreed under             The Board also agreed to provide a number of conces-           collect the information—it is of great value. Books,
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,
scription for 2013 for Irish and Overseas Members at         age and persons attending recognised genealogy                 parish register and census transcripts—all lovingly
€40.00. The Membership Package for 2013 includes             courses etc. This Membership Package shall be applied          collected over many years. But have you made provi-
the following: Member voting rights; optional second         as and from January 1st 2013 and be subject to annual          sion for the preservation of your records, files and notes
household adult member (18 years or over) with               review, however, existing Membership Packages shall            after we die? Don’t let your hard work end up as landfill
voting rights; Membership Certificate [Res:                  be honored until their annual renewal date.                    or all of your books be sold off after you’ve gone.
11/09/859]; right to use GSI post-nominal; copy of the
                                                                                                                            Please make provision in your Will to donate them to
Annual Journal; monthly newsletter by e-mail; use of         NOTE: In accordance with Res: 10/09/785 all Mem-               the Society’s Archives for future generations.
the Society’s Archive; monthly meetings/lectures;            bership Packages fall due for renewal on the anniver-
special prices of up to 50% off selected Society publi-      sary of joining—please check your Membership
cations; right to register your own assumed Arms or                                                                                MEDAL SOCIETY OF IRELAND
                                                             Certificate. Apply on-line at or
emblems with the Society free of charge; right to have       if you prefer, download the form and send it to Mr.            Ancestors or relatives who served in the Irish, British,
your Club, School or Institutions assumed Arms or            Billy Saunderson, MGSI, Director of Finance,                   Commonwealth, American or other armed forces or in
emblems registered with the Society free of charge to a      ‘Suzkar’, Killiney Avenue, Killiney, Co. Dublin,               the mercantile marine of these countries? Checkout the
maximum of ten registrations; occasional group pro-          Ireland. New Members always welcome!                           Medal Society of Ireland on

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                                                                                 SOCIETY ANNUAL DINNER
                                                                         The Society’s Director of Research Information Services, Eddie Gahan, MGSI, has
   @GenSocIreland                                                        organised the inaugural Society Annual Dinner for Friday March 8th 2013 at the
                                                                         National Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. In addition to proposing that the GSI
                   DIARY DATES                                           should establish a ‘social club’ for its members, Eddie has long advocated the hosting
             Tuesday Jan. 8th & Feb. 12th 2013                           of an annual social function for Members, their families and friends of the Society. The
                                                                         venue is simply wonderful overlooking Dún Laoghaire Harbour and with a four-course
                  Evening Open Meeting
                                                                         meal and live music it is exceptionally good value at only €40.00 per person. Should
        Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education
                                                                         you wish to reserve your place for this special event you can book and pay on-line via
            Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire
                                                                         the Society’s website or, if you wish, you can do so by contacting Eddie Gahan directly
                                                                         by e-mail on Early booking is advisable.
           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

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 IRISH DNA ATLAS PROJECT                                      St. Brigid’s Stillorgan                                            In Memoriam
The Irish DNA Atlas is a collaborative academic         As part of The Gathering 2013, on Saturday 2nd               The GSI Board sends its sincerest condolences to
research project undertaken by Dr. Gianpiero            February St Brigid's Church, Stillogan, Co. Dub-             Martha Smith, MGSI on the sudden death of her
Cavalleri of the Royal College of Surgeons in           lin, will host a special day to celebrate its 300            mother Kathleen (Katie) Fisher (née Moloney) from
                                                                                                                     Sallynoggin, Co. Dublin, on November 27th 2012 at
Ireland (RCSI), the University of Leicester in the      years with guided tours of the church and grave-             home. Kathleen (Katie) was the dearly beloved wife of
UK and the Society. The main objectives of the          yard from 10.00hrs and a photographic exhibition             the late Patrick (Bud), much loved mother of Martha,
project are (1) to further our knowledge of the         of the work of Stillorgan’s most famous painter              Eric, Patrick and William. Katie is very sadly missed
population history of Ireland and (2) to help us        William Orpen, photographs of Stillorgan and its             by her loving daughter, sons, daughters-in-law, son-in-
understand how genes influence health in Ire-           people, talks by local historians and the Genea-             law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and
land. Participants continue to be sought from           logical Society of Ireland will be on hand with              friends. Katie was laid to rest on November 30th 2012
                                                                                                                     in Deansgrange Cemetery following a Funeral Mass at
across the island of Ireland and, indeed, from          family history research advice. In the evening
                                                                                                                     Our Lady of Victories Church, Sallynoggin. RIP. And
overseas who can trace each of their eight great-       there will be supper with entertainment at                   also to Liam Mac Alasdair, FGSI, on the sudden death
grandparents to the same general area of Ireland.       20.00hrs. Cost of the dinner is €15 (€10 euro                of his sister Elizabeth (Liz) Hughes (née MacAllis-
Participants are requested to present a Birth Brief     concessions) but there is no charge for the guided           ter) of Killiney, Co. Dublin, on December 31st 2012 at
(Pedigree Chart) and to provide a DNA sample            tour or exhibition. See:                St. Colmcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown. Elizabeth
(kit provided) for analysis. Our Director of Ar-                                                                     (Liz) beloved wife of John and devoted mother of
chival Services, Séamus O'Reilly, FGSI, has                                                                          Omer and Clodagh. Deeply missed by her husband,
mapped the genealogical data received while the
                                                              SARAJEVO UNIVERSITY                                    son, daughter, son-in-law Gerry, daughter-in-law
                                                                                                                     Nicole, grandchildren Holly, Adam, Seán and Caití,
team are the RCSI analyses the DNA samples.             Calling all bibliophiles, academics and authors. Twenty      brother Liam, sister-in-law Máire, Aunty Mary rela-
Séamus will accept suitable participants, male or       years ago over two million volumes, including priceless      tives and friends. Liz was laid to rest on January 4th
female, with ancestry from any part of Ireland          manuscripts, were destroyed in the fire that engulfed the    2013 in Deansgrange Cemetery following a Funeral
meeting the criteria regarding their eight great        National & University Library in Sarajevo on August          Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Monkstown RIP.
grandparents. Members are asked to assist the           26th 1992 during the Bosnian civil war. This Society is
project by inviting friends and colleagues to           proactively supporting a group of Bosnian students
participate in this unique All-Ireland important
academic research project. If you are interested
                                                        seeking donations of contemporary academic works in
                                                        any discipline to restock their university’s library which     WHO ARE
                                                        was totally destroyed in August 1992. Have you any
in participating or have a query about participat-
ing, please don’t hesitate to contact Séamus by e-
                                                        books that you could donate? Please forward donated
                                                        volumes to: Mrs Fuada Muslic, Senior Officer for
                                                                                                                      THE IRISH?
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             STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
                                                        387 3322 1946 : E-mail
   TRACING YOUR IRISH ANCESTORS                         NOTA BENE: Please e-mail Ms. Muslic when items               To encourage students and young people to take up
    by John Grenham, MA, MAPGI, FIGRS, FGSI             are put in the mail to her and include details of sender     family history research, the Society offers a 50%
                                                        and contents. An example of what is required by the          reduction for persons under 25 years of age. Also,
The Society strongly recommends that for anyone         Bosnian authorities on the Society’s website. It's a
embarking on their family history quest one essential                                                                persons who take up adult education courses in geneal-
piece of kit must be John Grenham’s ‘Tracing Your       simple declaration of the contents etc. Please share this    ogy can avail of a similar 50% reduction on the stan-
Irish Ancestors’. Checkout:       appeal with your friends and colleagues. For further         dard membership rate—that’s right, Student Member-
Price €22.99 [RRP]                                      information see:                     ship for just €20.00. See GSI website for details.

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