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Ireland's Genealogical Gazette (April 2013) by RunaiGSI


Monthly newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Ireland - April 2013.

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                   Cumann Geinealais na hÉireann

Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette
                                          (incorporating “The Genie Gazette”)
Vol. 8 No. 4                                                                                 April : Aibreán 2013

                                     Genealogy—A National Resource?
                                   The recent launch of the newly       website on           to operate their services, others
                                   revamped and much improved           a ‘pay-for-view’ basis. These            were absorbed by the local
                          as a           centres were established during          authorities. The IFHF with-
                                   ‘Genealogy Portal’ by the            the 1980s as part of a nationwide        drew from IGL which soon
                                   Minister for Arts, Heritage &        community employment and                 after was dissolved. The IFHF
                                   the Gaeltacht, Mr. Jimmy             training programme to provide            continued to coordinate and to
                                   Deenihan, TD, has been               jobseekers with computer skills.         develop the services of the IGP
                                   widely welcomed at home and          Details of baptisms, marriages           heritage centres and eventually
    GENEALOGY                      abroad. This new facility is an      and burials from the local parish        established a central ‘pay-for-
                                   exceptionally useful ‘one-stop-      registers were transcribed onto          view’ facility
      HERALDRY                     shop’ for family history as it       index cards and later entered            During the 1990s questions
                                   provides access to the main          into a computer database. The            arose as to the rightful owner-
   VEXILLOLOGY                     on-line resources and offers         centres were fully funded by the         ship of the databases compiled
                                   advice on their use. Although        State including staff costs, train-      by the IGP, especially, since
SOCIAL HISTORY                     it contains links to ‘pay-for-       ing, office and computer equip-          this work was largely funded
                                   view’ sites, its main website        ment, utilities and services. They       by the taxpayer. As many now
  Heritage Matters                 provides access to records of        were managed by local compa-             appreciate that genealogy is a
                                   baptisms, marriages and buri-        nies established for that purpose        ‘national resource’, maybe it is
     Book Reviews                  als free of charge from an           with, initially at least, voluntary      time to re-examine this issue in
                                   increasing number of parishes        boards of directors. During the          view of the enormous eco-
    Open Meetings                  throughout Ireland. Whilst           first half of the 1990s concern          nomic and cultural potential of
                                   most genealogists, at home           was expressed about the slow             the ‘free-to-view’ websites like
   News & Queries                  and abroad, are rejoicing at the     pace of the computerisation and
                                   prospect of viewing more and         following a very critical report
                                   more of these parish registers       in 1996 by the Comptroller and                 Bratacha 2013
                                   on-line free of charge, the          Auditor General into the opera-
                                   operators of the heritage cen-       tion of the Irish Genealogical              “The Fighting Irish…..
                                   tres have reportedly con-            Project (IGP), a new company,                                                                                                in Defeat, in Victory, the
                                   demned the move as injurious         Irish Genealogy Limited (IGL),
                                   to the financial viability of        was established to promote and
                                                                                                                       Music Lives On”
                                   their centres. The Irish Family      coordinate the marketing of the              Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire
        CONTENTS                   History Foundation (IFHF)            centres. During the Celtic Tiger
                                   represents the operators of the      years the numbers of trainees                Friday May 10th 2013—8pm
Irish Elites in the Nine-      2   various IGP heritage centres         available plummeted and many                 Tickets €12 (concessions €10)
teenth Century                     that provide access to local         centres were forced to close or
                                   parish records through the           to rely on purely voluntary staff     
The Roscommon Famine           2

Weekend Genealogy              2   Bratacha E-magazine & Event Guide
                                   The Bratacha 2013 Steering           Saturday May 11th 2013. This Soci-       Genealogy Village’ and a ‘Parade
                                   Group has just published a full      ety is one of the four ‘lead organisa-   of Flags’ through Dún Laoghaire.
James Scannell Reports ..      3   colour e-magazine to promote         tions’ hosting Bratacha 2013 as part     The e-magazine has a full listing
                                   Bratacha 2013—Festival of Flags      of The Gathering Ireland. The oth-       of the topics to be covered by the
Portfolios Allocated
                                   & Emblems. Produced by Irish         ers are Dún Laoghaire Harbour            lectures and seminars, including
Irish DNA Atlas Project        3   Lives Remembered Ltd of Dun-         Company, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown          biographies of the expert speakers
                                   dalk, this e-magazine is probably    County Council and the National          from Ireland and overseas. All the
Diary Dates                    4   the first use of this medium to      Maritime Institute of Ireland.           lectures and seminars are open to
                                   promote an event in Ireland. The     Amongst the events to be held is a       the public and are free of charge.
The Famine Irish:              4   e-magazine has articles on geneal-   full and varied programme of lec-        The lectures and seminars will be
Emigration & New Lives             ogy, heraldry, vexillology, local    tures and seminars, an exhibition,       held at the County Hall, Dún
                                   history, maritime history and a      Ireland’s first ‘Heraldic Collo-         Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. See the
Précis of March Lecture        4   full guide to all the events to be   quium’, a ‘Military History Collo-       website: or
                                   held during Bratacha 2013 which      quium’, a world premier concert at
Outreach Programme                 runs from Thursday May 9th to        the Pavilion Theatre, a ‘History &       71043/299167/pub/

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                            Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century
                            A new publication from               interesting subject of ‘blocked mobility’. The challenge        elites, politicians and journalists, and compares the
                            Four Courts Press deals              for each essayist, from an Irish perspective, was essen-        numbers of journalists and newspapermen connected
                            with an often overlooked             tially two-fold involving the evaluation and, in many           with the Irish Parliamentary Party and the post-
                            and under-researched aspect          ways, the deconstruction of the prevailing narrative            independence position. Pamela Emerson (U Ulster)
                            of the Irish historical narra-       and the exploration of a wider definition of elites in          looks at the influence of the overtly respectable
                            tive—the emergence of                nineteenth-century Ireland. The essays begin with               pastime of reading by examining the membership of
                            elites in Irish society. ‘Irish      Andrew Tierney (U. Liverpool) exploring the                     some of Belfast’s book lending institutions, including
                            Elites in the Nineteenth             ‘architectures of gentility’ as expressed in domestic           the Belfast Literary Society and the Belfast Society
                            Century’ edited by Ciarán            buildings designed in the context of a ‘polite culture’         for Promoting Knowledge, and their impact on Bel-
                            O’Neill (ISBN: 978-1-                as statements of mobility or arrival. Susan Galavan             fast’s civic identity. Brian Griffin (Bath Spa U) looks
                            84682-3510 : 280pp : H/bk            (TCD) looks at the expansion of the city of Dublin and          at archery as an elite pursuit and its social trappings
                            : Price €55.00) published in         in particular, the buildings erected by Meade & Son.            from the 1830s to the 1870s. Patrick Maume (RIA)
                            association with the Society         Interestingly they converted Georgian mansions for the          traces the fascinating life and times of Canon Samuel
                            for the Study of Nine-               poor and erected villas for the rich, indeed, one of the        Hayman (1818-86), who wrote for the Patrician, a
                            teenth-Century Ireland               family, Alderman Joseph Meade was elected Lord                  London-based genealogical publication run by Sir
(SSNCI) explores the fascinating story behind the                Mayor was simultaneously a philanthropist and a slum            Bernard Burke. Anna Pilz (U Liverpool) examines the
emergence of elites at all levels and for many reasons           landlord. Kevin Mc Kenna (NUI Maynooth) examines                complexity of Lady Augusta Gregory’s status within
throughout Irish society, Catholic and Protestant,               the role of the legitimisation and rituals of one of the        society, her roles as landlord, widowed mother and
during the nineteenth century. Nowadays the word                 most prominent and well-studied relationships in                cultural nationalist within elite circles on both sides of
‘elites’ is widely used derogatively to describe an              nineteenth-century Ireland, that of landlord and tenant.        the Irish Sea. Neil Smith and Mervyn Busteed (U
alleged sinister and cosy relationship between big               Maeve O’Riordan (UCC) looks at elite women as                   Liverpool) explore the elites emerging in the Irish
business, vested interests and the political classes in          household managers in the late nineteenth-century and           middle class in Manchester and the establishment of
Ireland and around Europe. Ciarán O’Neill (TCD) in               their relationship with the household servants, most of         Catholic education in the city. Raphaël Ingelbien (U
his introduction makes the point that ‘we live in an age         whom, tended to be of the same religion as their em-            Leuven) illuminates the much neglected phenomenon
when ‘elite’ has become a multi-purpose and no-                  ployer. Joanne McEntee (NUIG) explores the world of             of tourism amongst the rising Catholic elites and the
purpose word’ and that a leading British academic,               solicitors as elites in mid-nineteenth century Irish            adoption of distinctively Irish ways of travelling.
John Scott, has argued that the word ‘elite’ is one of           landed society and, in doing so, she explains the multi-        Timothy G. McMahon (Marquette U) explores Irish
the ‘most misused in the sociological lexicon’ leading           layered legal framework in which they operated.                 Anglican missionary activity in ‘the Empire’. Fintan
many scholars to believe that the concept has become             Matthew Potter (U Limerick) deals with what he                  Cullen (U Nottingham) examines the world of politi-
‘completely vacuous and without any significant                  recently dubbed the ‘Shannon Estuary Group’ of                  cal caricatures. Nicola K. Morris (U Chester) explores
analytical value’. This collection of essays, the first to       ‘improving’ landlords including the Perys of Dromore;           the life and times of Jeremiah Jordan—Methodist and
deal with such in an Irish context, takes up this chal-          the Wyndham-Quins of Adare; the Spring Rices of                 Nationalist MP. Finally, John Hutchinson (LSE)
lenge at it explores this phenomenon at various levels           Mount Trenchard; the Monsells of Tervoe; the de                 investigates the dynamics of cultural nationalism and
within seven themed areas including, the built environ-          Veres of Curragh Chase, the O’Briens of Dromoland               competing elites between ‘modernity’ and ‘Irish-
ment, the landed estates, associational elites, the ascen-       and the O’Briens of Cratloe Woods House. Felix M.               Irelander’ attitudes in the run up to the First World
dancy, the Irish diaspora, political elites and the very         Larkin (Ind.) takes a very interesting view of two              War and the Easter Rising. An excellent read!! MM

                                                                                                                                 emigrants scattered and many pushed west-
         In Search of the Roscommon Famine Diaspora                                                                              ward as the railways progressed in the second
                                                                                                                                 half of the nineteenth-century. Maryland, Wis-
Since 2008 the Strokestown Park Archive,                        earthed information on thousands of people who
                                                                                                                                 consin, Iowa, St Louis, Marin County in Cali-
Ireland's largest and most informative collection               left the Strokestown and wider east Roscommon
                                                                                                                                 fornia, Passaic County in New Jersey and Ohio
of material relating to the Great Irish Famine,                 area during this period. Of particular interest are
                                                                                                                                 were just some of the centres where
has been deposited on loan in the OPW/NUI                       the 1,432 tenants who were assisted in emigra-
                                                                                                                                 Strokestown natives settled and in many cases
Maynooth archive and research centre at Castle-                 tion from Strokestown at the behest of Major
                                                                                                                                 led successful lives. Amongst the names in-
town. Here ongoing restoration and cataloguing                  Denis Mahon and his agent John Ross Mahon in
                                                                                                                                 cluded in the database are Brennan, Feeney,
of the archive, over 50,000 documents, has                      the summer of 1847. Using the voluminous
                                                                                                                                 Murray, McGuire, Hogan, Fitzsimons,
facilitated ground breaking research into a                     Strokestown Park Archive, Dr Ciarán Reilly has
                                                                                                                                 Gannon, Freeman, Conry, Casserly, Doherty,
variety of aspects about the Great Famine.                      created a database of those who emigrated from
                                                                                                                                 Burke, Murtagh, Moran, Duffy, Fahey, Kelly,
Chief amongst this research is the details of an                this part of Roscommon during the Famine.
                                                                                                                                 Goodman, Bowens, Doyle, Kenny, Moore,
estimated 5,000 people who emigrated during                     Combining this information with a myriad of
                                                                                                                                 Beirne, Gibbons, Healy, Finnegan, Quinn,
the period 1845-1855. Roscommon was                             genealogical resources, Dr Reilly has been suc-
                                                                                                                                 Egan, Fallon, Hanly, Tighe, Donnelly, Hunt,
amongst the worst affected counties in Ireland                  cessful in establishing where the Roscommon
                                                                                                                                 Cox, Dempsey, Donegan, Dwyer, McCormick,
during the Famine with a decline of almost                      Famine emigrants settled. In Britain they settled
                                                                                                                                 Glancy, Madden, Lannon, Rush, Duffy,
thirty-two percent of the population. Naturally                 chiefly in areas such as Hampshire, Lancashire,
                                                                                                                                 McLaughlin, Conneally, Higgins and Flanni-
those with the means to do so emigrated and                     Sussex, Kent; Cheshire, Yorkshire. In Australia
                                                                                                                                 gan amongst others. Dr Ciarán Reilly is a Postdoc-
settled in England, Scotland, Wales, Canada,                    many settled in emerging cities like Melbourne                   toral Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of
United States of America, Argentina, Australia                  where the Dwyer’s, O’Keefe’s and Byrne’s from                    Historic Irish Houses & Estates, Department of
and South Africa. To date research has un-                      Roscommon lived side by side. In America the                     History, NUI Maynooth.

           WEEKEND GENEALOGY COURSES                                                                                            GSI LECTURE PROGRAMME
Weekend Genealogy Courses are provided in                       and use of census, vital, valuation, church and                 Details of the forthcoming lectures: Tues. 9th
conjunction with John Hamrock of Ancestor                       other records. Practical advice will be shared                  April ‘ by Eric Booth. [late can-
Network Ltd. These very successful and popu-                    with participants as they embark on the quest to                cellation—replacement—Billy Saunderson,
lar courses are specially designed to help begin-               trace their ancestors. Courses are held at the GSI              MGSI ‘Researching a manor house and the
ners unlock the mysteries of their ancestry.                    Archives and Research Centre, An Daonchart-                     families who lived therein’] Tues. 14th May —
Classes are small providing better tuition. An-                 lann, where the major on-line genealogy re-                     ’The Preservation of Old Documents’ by Chris-
cestor Network Ltd. is the provider of the Gene-                sources will be covered in a ‘hands-on’ way for                 tine Deakin. Tues. 11th June—’The Ordnance
alogy Advisory Services for the National Li-                    best results. For further information please con-               Survey Office as a Genealogical Resource’ by
brary of Ireland and the National Archives of                   tact John Hamrock by phone on 087 050 5296 or                   TBA. VENUE: Dún Laoghaire College of
Ireland. The course beginning on Sunday                         by e-mail on                           Further Education, Cumberland St, Dún
April 21st 2013 includes guided tours at the                                                                                    Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Directions on
National Library, Dublin City Library and other                  IRELAND’S GENEALOGICAL GAZETTE                        The Director of the GSI
centres of research. Learn how to be your own                                                                                   Lecture Programme, Séamus Moriarty, FGSI,
researcher. Topics to be covered include the                    Past issues of this newsletter are available in pdf             will be supplying details of the lectures for the
principles of genealogy, computers and the                      format to read or to download free of charge on                 remainder of the year soon. Meanwhile Séamus
internet, place names and surnames, location                    the Society’s website                      can be contacted at

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           V O L. 8 NO . 4         I R E LA ND ’ S G E NE A LO G I C A L G A Z E T T E ( I NC O R P O R A T I NG “ T HE G E NI E G A ZE T T E ” )                            PAGE 3

                                          James Scannell Reports...
    INFORMER’S LETTER FOR                                     IRISH HISTORY—100 OBJECTS                                        ‘CELEBRATING SIR EDWARD
          AUCTION                                            A book and exhibition which illustrate more
                                                                                                                                    LOVETT PEARCE’
On April 16 2013 leading Dublin auctioneers                  than 7000 years of Irish history was launched                   On Thursday 18 April 2013, Cllr. Tom Joyce,
Adams and Company will auction a letter writ-                during March at the Museum of Archaeology                       An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown
ten in 1919 by H. Quinlisk, a former corporal                and History, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The                      County Council, will launch an exhibition on
in the Royal Irish Regiment to the Under Secre-              exhibition is currently in view in the Museum                   Sir Edward Lovett Pearse at 18.00hrs in Stillor-
tary in Dublin Castle, offering to betray the                and the accompanying book, ‘A History of                        gan Library, Co. Dublin. This exhibition will be
Irish leader, Michael Collins, to the British                Ireland in 100 Objects’ can be purchased there                  on view in the library during normal library
authorities. In the letter with an address of 21             - there is also an app available at              hours until mid-June 2013. On Saturday April
Gardiner Place, Dublin, Quinlisk wrote “I was                        DUBLIN LOCKOUT 1913                                     20th 2013 the Kilmacud-Stillorgan Local His-
the man who assisted [Sir Roger] Casement in                                                                                 tory Society will hold a Morning Seminar,
                                                             ‘A capital in conflict - Dublin city and the 1913               Celebrating Sir Edward Lovett Pearce’ - Ire-
Germany, and in coming home, I have been                     Lockout’ by Francis Devine, Editor, published
connected with the Sinn Féin. I have decided to                                                                              land’s foremost neo-Palladian architect from
                                                             by Dublin City Council to mark the Decade of                    09.00hrs. to 13.00hrs in the Stillorgan Park
tell all I know of that organisation and my                  Commemorations 1913-1923, is a collection of
information would be of use to the authorities.                                                                              Hotel, Stillorgan Road, at which the speakers
                                                             essays which range over a wide number of                        will be Christine Casey, Eddie McParland, and
The scoundrel Michael Collins has treated me                 topics relating to the Lockout and contextualiz-
scurvily.” At that time the Irish War of Inde-                                                                               James Howley. Places at the seminar are limited
                                                             ing it, including the role of women and chil-                   and must be booked in advance by e-mail on
pendence / Anglo-Irish War was in progress                   dren; the Gaelic revival; the proposal for a
with a £10,000 reward on the head of Michael                                                                        or call 087-
                                                             Bridge Gallery to house the Lane collection of                  2895653
Collins, the most wanted man in the British                  pictures; housing, public health and medicine;
Empire. Quinlisk’s motives or writing the letter             as well as an overview of the Lockout by Fran-                                 The April 2013 issue (No. 11) of
are believed to have emanated from Collins’                  cis Devine and the international context sup-                                  the excellently produced and very
refusal to bankroll his gambling habit but it                plied by Colin Whitston. Contributors are                                      popular e-magazine ‘Irish Lives
never reached its intended recipient as it was               Lydia Carroll, Patrick Coughlan, Kate Cowan,                                   Remembered’ is now available to
intercepted by one of Michael Collins’s confi-               John Cunningham, Francis Devine, David                                         read or to download to your PC,
dential informants within Dublin Castle, Ned                 Durnin, Karen Hunt, Leeann Lane, Enda                                          mobile or tablet free of charge on
Broy, who copied it and passed on it to Collins.             Leaney, Ann Matthews, Thomas J. Morrissey,                           
Quinlisk was later killed by the I.R.A. and its              John Newsinger, Séamas Ó Maitiú, Niamh                                         Checkout the previous issues too!!
expected that the letter may sell for as high                Puirséil, Ciarán Wallace and Colin Whitston.
€3000 at the auction.

    PORTFOLIOS ALLOCATED                                     Public Office]. Director, Cemetery Projects: Barry
                                                             O’Connor, FGSI [Recording & Publication of Memo-
                                                                                                                             IRISH DNA ATLAS PROJECT
The following Members were elected at the AGM held           rial Inscriptions, Group Projects]. Director, Digital
                                                                                                                             The Irish DNA Atlas is a collaborative academic
on March 12th 2013 to serve on the Board of Directors        Archive: Maura Flood, MGSI [creation of the GSI
                                                                                                                             research project undertaken by Dr. Gianpiero
for 2013-2014. Besides the Cathaoirleach, Leas-              digital archive to include manuscript collection &
                                                                                                                             Cavalleri of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Chathoirleach, General Secretary and the Director of         publications], Director, Education & Social Inclusion:
                                                                                                                             (RCSI), the University of Leicester in the UK and the
Finance who each receives their main portfolios on           John Hamrock, MGSI [Education Programmes,
                                                                                                                             Society. The main objectives of the project are (1) to
election at the AGM, the following portfolios were           Outreach & Volunteerism Programmes, Liaison with
                                                                                                                             further our knowledge of the population history of
allocated at the April meeting of the Board of Direc-        Educational Establishments & Repositories, Educa-
                                                                                                                             Ireland and (2) to help us understand how genes influ-
tors. Cathaoirleach: Pádraic Ingoldsby, MGSI                 tional & Social Agencies. GSI Rep. at The Wheel].
                                                                                                                             ence health in Ireland. Participants continue to be
[Liaison with the President, Vice-Presidents, Honorary       Director, Lecture Programme: Séamus Moriarty,
                                                                                                                             sought from across the island of Ireland and, indeed,
Herald, Honorary Vexillologist and College of Fel-           FGSI [Evening Meeting Lecture Programme, Liaison
                                                                                                                             from overseas who can trace each of their eight great-
lows]. Leas-Chathaoirleach: Gerry Hayden, MGSI               with Speakers & Venue]. Director, Outreach Policy:
                                                                                                                             grandparents to the same general area of Ireland.
[Buildings & Utilities, Liaison with Dún Laoghaire           Eddie Gahan, MGSI [Public Office, Exhibitions &
                                                                                                                             Participants are requested to present a Birth Brief
Harbour Company]. General Secretary: Michael                 Outreach Programme]. Director, Internet Services:
                                                                                                                             (Pedigree Chart) and to provide a DNA sample (kit
Merrigan, MA, FGSI [Company Secretary, Policy                Tony O’Hara, MGSI [GSI website & on-line re-
                                                                                                                             provided) for analysis. Participants are sought, male or
Matters, Gazette, Legislative Matters, Publications,         sources]. Three new members elected were at the
                                                                                                                             female, with ancestry from any part of Ireland meeting
Heraldry]. Director, Finance: Billy Saunderson,              AGM, Ciarán Hurley, Maura Flood and Tony O’Hara.
                                                                                                                             the criteria regarding the eight great grandparents.
MGSI [Budgets, Financial Control and Grant Applica-          Whilst wishing the new Board every success in the
                                                                                                                             Members are asked to assist the project by inviting
tions, Corporate Matters.]. Director, Sales, Marketing       coming year, GSI President, Rory Stanley, FGSI,
                                                                                                                             friends and colleagues to participate. If you are inter-
& Membership: Tom Conlon, MSc, MGSI                          praised the excellent work undertaken by Séamus
                                                                                                                             ested in participating or have a query about participat-
[Marketing & Promotion Strategies, Advertising,              O’Reilly FGSI at the Society’s Archives between
                                                                                                                             ing, please don’t hesitate to contact Séamus O’Reilly
Membership Matters, Sales, Bratacha 2013]. Director,         2005 and 2013. Séamus stepped down at the AGM,
                                                                                                                             by e-mail on Also, check-
Archival Services: Ciarán M. Hurley, MA, MGSI                however, he will still coordinate the genealogical side
                                                                                                                             out the project newsletter on the GSI website.
[Archival Collections, Archival Policy, GSI Files,           of the Irish DNA Atlas Project.

                                                             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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        IRELAND’S GENEALOGICAL GAZETTE                                                                Précis of the March Lecture
                       is published by the
             Genealogical Society of Ireland Limited
      11, Desmond Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland                           ‘For a Want of Judgement’
                                                                             On Thursday March 12th 2013 following the Society’s Annual General Meeting, our
                     Charity Reference: CHY10672
                                                                             guest speaker, James Scannell, recalled the 1876 tragedy that befell the Kingstown
       The Society is a Nominating Body for Seanad Éireann                   [now Dún Laoghaire] lifeboat at Bray. With an intriguing title for this lecture ‘For A
                                                                             Want of Judgement‘ he explained how the lifeboat capsized off Bray seafront after
               Board of Directors 2013-2014                                  rescuing the crew of the brig LEONIE, throwing all the occupants into the water and
Pádraic Ingoldsby (Cathaoirleach : Chairperson); Gerry Hayden                resulting in the death of one lifeboat member and three of the crew of the LEONIE, due
(Leas-Chathaoirleach : Vice Chair); Michael Merrigan (General                to error of judgement by the lifeboat coxswain Henry Williams. The death occurred of a
Secretary : Company Secretary, Publications); Billy Saunderson               second crew member several months later as the result of his ordeal. In his presentation
(Finance); Tom Conlon (Sales, Marketing & Membership); Ciarán                James began by providing an outline of the Dublin Bay lifeboat service operated by the
Hurley (Archive); Barry O’Connor (Cemetery Projects); Séamus                 Corporation for the Improving the Port of Dublin, forerunner of the present day Dublin
Moriarty (Lecture Programme), John Hamrock (Education & Social               Port Company, from 1800 to 1862 when this service was taken over the Royal National
Inclusion) ; Eddie Gahan (Outreach Programme).: Maura Flood
(Digital Archive); and Tony O’Hara (Internet Services).
                                                                             Lifeboat Institution, and the sinking of HMS VANGUARD in 1875 which was a
                                                                             indirect contributor to this accident. The captain of the LEONIE mistook the light over
                                                                             this wreck site as the Kish light and plotted an incorrect course which brought him off
                   JOIN ON-LINE                                              Bray seafront rather than Scotman’s Bay, eight miles further north. Signalling his dis-
                                               tress, the coastguards in Bray alerted the lifeboats in Greystones and Kingstown which
                                                                             were called out. The Greystones lifeboat could not be launched to due to the prevailing
                                                                             weather conditions and was brought overland to Bray only to discover on arrival that
                                                                             the Kingstown lifeboat was nearing the LEONIE and so was not launched. After this
   @GenSocIreland                                                            Bray accident, the Kingstown Lifeboat Committee held its own inquiry and censured
                                                                             Henry Williams for an error of judgement on his part. In 1881 Henry Williams was
                                                                             involved in another memorable rescue off the North Dublin coast and mindful of what
                    DIARY DATES                                              happened in 1876, exercised greater caution in his handling of the Kingstown lifeboat
              Tuesday Apr. 9th & May 14th 2013                               and was subsequently awarded a medal for his heroism. Williams and his father were
                   Evening Open Meeting                                      members of the Kingstown lifeboat CIVIL SERVICE No. 7 lost with all hands on
         Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education                          Christmas Eve 1895 while going to the rescue of the PALME. James Scannell has
             Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire                                delivered a number of very fine lectures to the Society on a range of topics including
                   20.00hrs—22.00hrs                                         Maritime History, Military History and, of course, Local History.
           Wednesday Apr. 24th & May 22nd 2013
                   Morning Open Meeting                                                 FOUR COURTS PRESS
      Hardy’s Bar, Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire                              Irish History, Genealogy, Local History and much more
  Contribution €3.00 p.p. Evening & €4.00 p.p. Morning
        (Coffee/Tea included at Morning Meetings)                                      Checkout the New Titles and Catalogue on-line

      THE FAMINE IRISH:                                     OUTREACH PROGRAMME                                              RESEARCH ADVICE
  EMIGRATION AND NEW LIVES                                  Eddie Gahan, MGSI, Director of the GSI Out-                  An Daonchartlann, the Society’s Archives
                                                            reach Programme, has produced a very busy
                           A major international Famine                                                                  and Research Centre, at the Carlisle Pier in
                           conference is just one of the    schedule including a stand at ‘The Genealogy
                                                            Roadshow’ in Cork on Sat. 13th April 2013 and                Dún Laoghaire, is open each Wednesday
                           many events which will take
                           place in Strokestown, county     in Derry on Sat. 20th April 2013. If you would               from 10.30hrs to 16.30hrs (except 4th
                           Roscommon in July. The third     like to volunteer to help out at the exhibitions             Weds. open at 13.00hrs) and each Satur-
                           annual International Famine      contact Eddie at                 day from 14.00hrs to 18.00hrs. Members
                           Conference at Strokestown        Meanwhile, the Director of the GSI Digital Ar-
                           Park is part of the ongoing
                                                                                                                         are on hand on those days to provide free
                           collaboration between the        chives, Maura Flood, MGSI, will deliver talks                family history research advice to visitors
Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates;    on genealogy to the Greenhills Ladies Club, Com-             to the facility, however, the use of the
the OPW/ NUI Maynooth Archive and Research Centre           munity Hall, Limekiln Lane, on Thurs 11th April              resources is reserved for members of the
and Strokestown Park. The Taste of Strokestown Festi-       2013 at 20.30hrs and to the Harold’s Cross Ladies
val will run from 19-28 July. For more information see      Club, Holy Rosary Hall, on Weds. 22nd May
                                                                                                                         Society. Day research membership is On 19-20 July, the festival         2013 at 20.30hrs.                                            available for €5.00 and payable on-line at
begins with the Third Annual International Famine                                                                        the GSI website. Travelling to the facility
Conference hosted by the Centre for the Study of His-
toric Irish Houses and Estates (CSHIHE) in conjunction
                                                                                                                         is best by public transport as Dublin Bus
with the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park
                                                               SARAJEVO UNIVERSITY                                       and the DART are nearby, however, pay-
House. The theme of this international and interdiscipli-                                                                n-display parking is available in the Dún
nary conference is aptly The Famine Irish: Emigration       Calling all bibliophiles, academics and authors. Twenty
                                                            years ago over two million volumes, including priceless      Laoghaire Harbour Area. For directions
and new lives. Bringing researchers together with a
network of international experts, the conference will       manuscripts, were destroyed in the fire that engulfed the    see:
approach the above theme from the broadest possible         National & University Library in Sarajevo on August
historical perspective. It aims to promote thoughtful and   26th 1992 during the Bosnian civil war. This Society is        TRACING YOUR IRISH ANCESTORS
wide-ranging analysis of emigration and diaspora            proactively supporting a group of Bosnian students               by John Grenham, MA, MAPGI, FIGRS, FGSI
during and after the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1853. The     seeking donations of contemporary academic works in
field of international experts includes Dr Ciarán Reilly    any discipline to restock their university’s library which   The Society strongly recommends that for anyone
and Dr Gerard Moran of the Department of History,           was totally destroyed in August 1992. Have you any           embarking on their family history quest one essential
NUI Maynooth, Dr Patrick Fitzgerald of the Mellon           books that you could donate? Please forward donated          piece of kit must be John Grenham’s ‘Tracing Your
Centre for Migration Studies, Omagh; Prof. Lawrence         volumes to: Mrs Fuada Muslic, Senior Officer for             Irish Ancestors’. Checkout:
W. Kennedy, University of Scranton and Prof. James P.       Publishing, University of Sarajevo, Obala Kulina Bana
Farrell, University of New Hampshire amongst others.        7/2, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tel: 00             STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
This innovative research on the fate of the Famine Irish    387 3322 1946 : E-mail
in a number of locations including Boston, Texas, South     NOTA BENE: Please e-mail Ms. Muslic when items               To encourage students and young people to take up
Africa, Canada and Britain will be discussed. The           are put in the mail to her and include details of sender     family history research, the Society offers a 50%
conference keynote address will be delivered by Prof.       and contents. An example of what is required by the          reduction for persons under 25 years of age. Also,
Christine Kinealy, Drew University, New Jersey. A full      Bosnian authorities on the Society’s website. It's a         persons who take up adult education courses in geneal-
programme will be made available shortly. For more          simple declaration of the contents etc. Please share this    ogy can avail of a similar 50% reduction on the stan-
information see              appeal with your friends and colleagues. For further         dard membership rate—that’s right, Student Member-
                                                            information see:                     ship for just €20.00. See GSI website for details.

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