Ireland's Genealogical Gazette (December 2009) by RunaiGSI


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                    Cumann Geinealais na hÉireann

Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette
                                        (incorporating “The Genie Gazette”)

Vol. 4 No. 12                                                                                December : Nollaig 2009

                                   Vassiliou’s Appointment Welcomed
                                 With the Lisbon Treaty now                                                          tional Congress of Genealogical
                                 finally in force throughout the                                                     and Heraldic Sciences to be held
                                 European Union from December                                                        at Stuttgart in Germany from
                                 1st 2009, the citizens of Europe                                                    September 12th to 17th 2010.
                                 expect to see the much hailed                                                       The theme is ‘Identity in Geneal-
                                 benefits of this Treaty. More                                                       ogy and Heraldry’ and indeed,
                                 democratic accountability with                                                      this is something that is common
                                 meaningful subsidiarity and pub-                                                    to all 27 EU nations—a shared
                                 lic consultation promised. So the                                                   European heritage. The promotion
    GENEALOGY                    exact make-up of the new EU                                                         of our shared European heraldic
                                 Commission was eagerly awaited.                                                     heritage and indeed, the initiation
      HERALDRY                   However, when the European
                                                                             Nollaig Shona agus
                                                                                                                     of research into its varied origins
                                 Commission President, José                                                          and historic symbolism offers an
  VEXILLOLOGY                    Manuel Barroso, announced the              Áthbhliain Fé Mhaise                     opportunity for the establishment
                                 members of the incoming com-                                                        of meaningful and sustainable
SOCIAL HISTORY                   mission most Irish interest was in                                                  cross-national or inter-regional
                                 the appointment of former Minis-         Commissioner in 2008 taking up             projects. EU Funding for such
  Heritage Matters               ter, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to            the Health portfolio. Though the           projects could be sourced through
                                 the Research, Innovation and             European Parliament has yet to             a number of schemes. However,
                                 Science portfolio. But for many in       approve Borroso’s appointments,            from this Society’s perspective the
    Book Reviews                 the cultural and heritage commu-         the new Commission will assume             promotion of an awareness, appre-
                                 nity, his decision to move the           its functions in January for a term        ciation and knowledge of our
   Open Meetings                 dynamic and hardworking Cypriot          running until October 31st 2014.           shared heraldic heritage, for ex-
                                 Commissioner, Androulla Vas-             This Society, like other non-              ample, must be as an open-access
  News & Queries                 siliou, from Health to the portfolio     governmental heritage organisa-            educational leisure activity avail-
                                 for Education, Culture, Multilin-        tions around the EU, appreciates           able to all in the community irre-
                                 gualism and Youth should be              the enormous potential that exists         spective of socio-economic or
                                 welcomed. Mdm. Vassiliou is the          in European cross-national or              educational circumstances. In this
                                 wife of former Cypriot President,        inter-regional cooperation. How-           respect, the new Commissioner’s
                                 Dr. George Vassiliou, and is a           ever, the voluntary arts, cultural         portfolio embracing education and
                                 distinguished lawyer. She studied        and heritage sectors, in particular,       culture offers exciting possibilities              Law at the Middle Temple Inn of          have been slower than other sec-           for the heritage sector throughout
                                 Court, London and then interna-          tors in realising this potential. But      the EU. The Stuttgart Congress
                                 tional affairs at the London Insti-      that could change next year, espe-         could be a watershed of new ideas
                                 tute of World Affairs. She prac-         cially if there is a will amongst the      for EU-wide cooperation and, no
        CONTENTS                 ticed Law in Cyprus for twenty           various European genealogical              doubt, Commissioner Vassiliou
                                 years until 1988 when her hus-           and heraldic organisations to              would welcome proposals. For
Vol. 4 (2009) Contents      2    band was elected President of            grasp the opportunity afforded by          further info. on the Congress see
                                 Cyprus. She became Cyprus’s EU           the theme of the XXIXth Interna- 

Minister Launches           2

GSI Website and             2                           Presidential Inauguration
Archival Services
                                 The Society’s third President, Rory      elected by the College of Fellows on       with their warrants of appointment. At
Heritage Matters!!          3    Stanley, FGSI will be inaugurated at a   May 7th 2009 and though he assumed         his inauguration, Rory, like his prede-
                                 ceremony to be held at the Evening       his position on election, it was decided   cessor, will be presented with his own
                                 Meeting on Tuesday 8th December          to host the official inauguration at the   personal Coat-of-Arms by the Interna-
                                 2009. The ceremony will also include     end of the year. A former Cathaoir-        tional Association of Amateur Her-
GSI Lectures Programme      3    the investiture of four new Fellows of   leach, Rory Stanley, FGSI, succeeds        alds (IAAH). The Arms were designed
                                 the Society, including the current       Tony McCarthy, MA, FGSI, who               and painted by Andrew Tully of South
Membership Renewals                                                       held the position from 2005. The           Africa on a design concept created by
                                 Cathaoirleach, Séamus Moriarty and
                                 the Director of Archival Services,       Society’s first President, Denis, O        Melvyn Jeremiah of Westminster,
Diary Dates & Celebrat-     4    Séamus O’Reilly who were both            Conor Don, FGSI held the position          London. The Society is, once again,
                                 appointed by the President. The Soci-    from 1991 until his death in 2000. The     very grateful to the IAAH for this
ing Nineteen Years (3)           ety’s new Vice-President, Maj. Gen.      brief inauguration ceremony will be        wonderful presentation to our new
                                 David, The O Morchoe, CBE and the        performed by the Vice-Presidents and       President. These beautifully depicted
The Irish Franciscans       4    Society’s Honorary Herald, Andrew        the current Cathaoirleach. Rory will       Arms will be presented to the Presi-
                                 Tully, MAPM, will also be invested as    receive the Presidential Chain-of-         dent, on behalf of the IAAH, by one of
1534-1990                        Fellows. The new President was           Office and then invest the new Fellows     the Vice-Presidents of the Society.

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                                                              May 2009: Ombudsman, National Consumer Agency to               Daingean Row Continues / Historic House Gutted /
        Vol. 4 (2009) Contents                                Examine Heraldic Mess? / Uachtarán Nua (Rory Stanley,          Wicklow War Dead /. Conservation Forum / July lec-
                                                              FGSI) / March’s Library A Mirror on the World – Law,           ture: Conor Dodd on the [UK] National Archives /
January 2009: National Heraldic Register – To Give
                                                              Learning and Libraries, 1650-1750 (review) / Website           Archive News / Heritage Week / Deputy Editor Sought.
Legal Status to Coats-of-Arms / Important Anniversaries
                                                              News / An Unexpected Bonus / Guild of One-Name
Marked / Government, War and Society in Medieval
                                                              Studies / The Remarkable Capt. Halpin / Synge Centen-          September 2009: Looking to Our Diaspora – New
Ireland (review) / The Blood of the Irish / Carroll Collec-
                                                              ary / Vinegar Hill / April lecture: Jennifer Moore on the      Strategies Required for a Global Irish Community / Ten
tion / Remembrance Sunday 2008 / Dec. 2008 lecture:
                                                              ‘The Irish Historic Towns Atlas’ / Archive News / Per-         Years On / The Making of British Unionism, 1740-1848
Ciara Kerrigan on Estate Records at the NLI / Lecture
                                                              manent Memorial Sought / GSI Annual Journal.                   (review) / 250th Anniversary of the ‘Black Stuff’ /
Programme / An Gorta Mór / Irish Emigrants Com-
                                                                                                                             Archive Donations (Aoife Crowley) / Victims to be
memorated / Members’ Interests.
                                                              June 2009: Burial Records On-Line – Limerick City              Honoured / Sporting Database Launched / Bank Plans
                                                              Council Leads the Way / Limerick City Arms Confirmed           Opposed / Aug. lecture: Shane Mac Thomáis on ‘The
February 2009: Amalgamation of Institutions: Mean-
                                                              / Fugitive Ireland – European Minority Nationalists and        Records of Glasnevin Cemetery’ / Placenames Heritage
ingful Public Consultation Required / Fire at the College
                                                              Irish Political Asylum, 1937-2008 (review) / Medal             (clarification) / The Society’s Archive / Drawing of
of Arms / The Vikings in Ireland (review) / AGM
                                                              Society of Ireland / Ireland Representative (Pádraic           Frieda Carroll by Veronica Heywood / Journal On-Line.
(notice) / Pallottine Order / Local Elections Exhibition /
                                                              Ingoldsby) / New Fellows to be Appointed / National
Vernacular Architecture / Local Historian Honoured
                                                              Award for Kerry / Haydn Score Unveiled / Ulster-Scots          October 2009: Gaelic Chiefs & Chieftains / Outreach
(Brian Smith) / Jan. lecture: Brian Donovan on Eneclann
                                                              Centre Opened / Connacht Tribune / May lecture: Dr.            Programme / Ulster and Scotland – Vols. 8 and 9
/ Griffith Portrait / Tanker Tragedy Remembered / Heral-
                                                              Raymond Refaussé—‘RCB Library’ / Ulster Museum to              (review) / South goes North / Old Dublin Society /
dic Badge versus Corporate Logo.
                                                              Reopen / GSI Journal (cover photo – British Railways           Plantation 400 / Microphone Sold / A Piece of History
                                                              FC, Dún Laoghaire April 30 1949) / National Famine             Goes / Sep. lecture: Gregory O’Connor on the National
March 2009: Merger – Another Costly Fiasco? – No
                                                              Memorial Day / Archive News / Website News.                    Archives / Cemetery Projects (St. Canice’s Cmy.) /
Comprehensive Plan – No Public Consultation / Reduc-
                                                                                                                             Celebrating Nineteen Years (1) / Heraldically Sixty
tion in 30-Year Rule? / Annual Report of the Board of
                                                              July 2009: Public Access to Wills Contested – Campaign         Years Late? / Deceased Members / GSI Journal.
Directors / No Records Damaged in Fire / Anne’s Grove
                                                              to Restrict Access to Beneficiaries? / Minister Rules Out
Estate / Great Blasket Island / Irish Architectural Archive
                                                              Compensation (pre-May 2005 Arms) / A History of Irish          November 2009: The Last Chief Herald of Ireland? /
/ Clayton Portrait / Feb. lecture: Paddy Waldron on ‘The
                                                              Farming 1750-1850 (review) / Clare Oral History Project        Honorary Herald Appointed (Andrew Tully) / Early
Parker Families of North Munster and Kingstown’ /
                                                              Launched / Canoe Returned to Canada / Duddy Papers             Gaelic Sources & Literature (two reviews) / Population
Society’s Website (Bartosz Kozlowski) / Glasnevin
                                                              for NUIG / Archaeological Protection / June lecture:           Decline or ‘Ethnic Cleansing’? / A Fitting Tribute /
Cemetery Records / Deansgrange Cemetery / AGM
                                                              Ellen O’Flaherty—student records of TCD / GSI Board’s          Vanishing Names / Dublin’s Viking Wall / National
                                                              100th Meeting / Clarification / 1916 Citizens’ Memorial        Library Book / Death of Werner Heubeck / Sources /
April 2009: Volunteerism and Voluntary Organisations
                                                              Sought / Archive Volunteers / MOA Launch Delayed.              Oct. lecture: Dr. Máire Kennedy—Dublin City Library
in these Recessionary Times / One-Name Studies /
                                                                                                                             & Archive / Presidential Inauguration / Annual Review
Converts and Conversion in Ireland, 1650-1850 (review)
                                                              August 2009: Website Distorts the Historical Narrative /       of Membership / Celebrating Nineteen Years (2) / Arms
/ 2009 AGM Report / John Roche, MP / Local Elections
                                                              ‘A Long, Long Way’ (letters from WW1) / Maps in                & Emblems Register / GSI Journal (Vol. 10 contents).
Exhibition / Magdalene Women Honoured / World
                                                              Those Days – Cartographic Methods Before 1850
Heritage Site / March lecture: John Grenham on ‘The
                                                              (review) / Volunteers Sought / At Auction / Redesign of        EDITOR: Many thanks to Mr James Scannell for
Freeman and Trade Guilds Database’ / Website News /
                                                              Website / Preserving Our Placenames Heritage / An              contributing items for publication throughout the year.
An ‘antiquarian craze’ (review)

                                    Minister Launches Website
The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr.                 with County Libraries, the board of the former                  will be an attraction for the Irish Diaspora to
Martin Cullen TD, on November 25th 2009                       Irish Genealogy Limited (IGL) and local heri-                   visit Ireland in search of their roots.’ The Min-
launched the website as                 tage groups in developing the computerised                      ister told the gathering at the launch that the
a free search facility for over 1.3 million pre-              database of Church records available in Ireland.                National Archives of Ireland established a
1900 baptism, marriage and death records. The                 Speaking in Marsh’s Library, Dublin, at the                     research partnership with the Library and Ar-
website is hosted by the Department and the                   launch of the website, Minister Cullen said that                chives Canada to facilitate digitisation, indexing
database currently holds records comprising                   ‘this launch is an important step in the Church                 of the 1901 and 1911 census records. The Cen-
much of Dublin and Kerry RC Dioceses. Work                    Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths Pro-                    sus website which was launched in 2007 now
has commenced on computerising the remain-                    ject. There is much interest in genealogy and in                holds the 1911 Census records for all 32 coun-
ing available records for Dublin and Kerry and                researching family history’ and that ‘the church                ties. The Minister said that the ‘1901 Census
the records for Co. Carlow with target comple-                records preserve details of the baptisms, mar-                  material will be launched on-line early in 2010
tion date of this month. Records for Cork City                riages and burials’ and ‘can be narrowed down                   and he concluded saying that ‘interest in family
and for parishes in South and West Cork are                   by parish, by name, by address or by the name                   and local history is a growing pursuit’ and this
being prepared and will be added next. It is                  of other family members such as parents, spon-                  website ‘like the Census website it is free of
intended to have these elements of the project                sors or witnesses’. The Minister added ‘in addi-                charge.’ This Society warmly welcomes the
completed in 2010. According to Mr. Cullen,                   tion to being an important aid to family history                Minister’s initiative and congratulates all con-
the Department has worked in co-operation                     and genealogical research the redesigned site                   cerned with this very important development.

                         GSI Website & Archival Services
As we look forward to the launch of the newly de-              tion promoting the study of family history hasn’t              on the manuscripts collection needs more volunteers to
signed website on Tuesday Decem-                               adequately recorded its own activities on film or              complete the task. Each volunteer records the details
ber 8th 2009, the Director of Internet                         through photographs. So Bartosz is seeking copies of           of each manuscript, some dating to the seventeenth
Services, Bartosz Kozlowski,                                   photographs from Members, past and present, of any             century, and this data is then computerised. Eventu-
MGSI has been busy locating photo-                             meetings, projects or other events hosted by the Soci-         ally the full catalogue will be available on the Soci-
graphs for the Society’s on-line                               ety since its foundation in 1990. Bartosz Kozlowski            ety’s website. Further research on the manuscript
gallery. Surprisingly it was discov-                           can be contacted at                  collection is being considered. In the meantime, the
ered that few ’official’ photographs                                                                                          Society’s Archive which is located at 111, Lower
of the Society’s activities actually                                  GSI ARCHIVAL SERVICES                                   George’s Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin is open to
exist. Whether this was a case of                                                                                             Members on Mondays (except Bank Holidays) from
camera shyness on behalf of our Members or Officers            The Society’s Director of Archival Services, Séamus            10.30hrs to 16.00hrs. Non-members are advised to
of the Society it’s hard to say, but Bartosz somehow           O’Reilly, FGSI, is very pleased with the progress of           contact Séamus at the e-mail address below. Finally, as
doubts the ’shyness’ excuse. So who has the photos? If         cataloguing work undertaken by the volunteers in the           Séamus is still seeking more volunteers—so anybody
anything this recent exercise has highlighted the need         Society’s Archive. The cataloguing of the book collec-         interested in helping out in the Society’s Archive
for a fully comprehensive photographic record of the           tion is nearing completion and yet, it continues to grow       please contact Séamus O’Reilly, FGSI by e-mail on
Societies activities. It may seem odd that an organisa-        each week. However, the painstakingly careful work   

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                                                   Heritage Matters!!
ARCHIVES FOR THE 21st CENTURY                                 but suggests a range of options that can be                     presented to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County
                                                              applied to short and long term planning in ar-                  Council in 2007. Placenames are an important
News recently received from the Federation of                 chives, according to local need and priorities.                 aspect of our local and family histories and the
Family History Societies in the UK regarding                  To access the final policy document go to                       protection of this unique heritage has been a
the UK government's policy in respect of pub-                              longstanding objective of this Society.
licly funded archival services shows that our
neighbours are prepared to take a fresh look at                     PLACENAMES ON SIGNAGE                                                ARCHIVE DONATION
the delivery and access to such services. It is
certainly very much in line with the 'Principle               Tá bróisiúr eolais nua dar teideal ‘Úsáid na                    Larry McCutcheon from Tennessee USA has
of Public Ownership & Right of Access'                        Gaeilge ar chomharthaí tráchta’ foilsithe ag                    very generously donated to the Society a copy
adopted by this Society at our AGM back in                    Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga mar chuid                         of his family history book ‘Our McCutcheon
October 1997. The [UK] National Archives                      d’fheachtas le dul i ngleic le botúin in úsáid na               Family’. It will be a very welcome addition to
and the Museums Libraries and Archives Coun-                  dteangacha oifigiúla ar chomharthaí tráchta na                  our Society’s Archive. The McCutcheon family
cil (MLA) has welcomed the new government                     tíre. A new information brochure published by                   of five brothers John, James M, Samuel, Wil-
policy on archives – ‘Archives for the 21st                   the Office of the Language Commissioner                         liam and Robert who with their parents immi-
Century’ – which was laid before the United                   (Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga) aims to                         grated from Scotland or Ireland and settled in
Kingdom’s Parliament on 24 November 2009.                     tackle the many mistakes that appear in the                     the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the early
‘Archives for the 21st Century’ is a strategic                official language versions of placenames on the                 1700s. The history traces the movement of the
vision for the archives sector, and is the first              country’s traffic-signs. The brochure – ‘Use of                 family in the USA up to the present day. It
such policy for ten years. Designed to support                Irish on Traffic Signs’ provides a guideline for                contains pedigree charts and photographs and a
archive services around the country – particu-                local authorities and the general public. In                    well written and easily read narrative. The
larly publicly funded services – ‘Archives for                addition to the publication of this brochure,                   information in the book has not been published
the 21st Century’ outlines the challenges cur-                available on-line at in both                 on the internet nor will it be sold. It is being
rently facing the archives sector and highlights              official languages, a facility for members of the               donated on a limited basis to libraries, historical
the important contributions that archives can                 public to report mistakes on the traffic signs has              societies and genealogical archives in the
make to local communities. This policy does                   been established. This initiative is in line with               United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States.
not offer a single blueprint for the way forward,             this Society’s Placenames Heritage Policy                       Séamus O’Reilly, Archive Director.

                                             GSI Lecture Programme
On Tuesday Nov. 10th 2009 members heard a very                ues to research her family and what she gave us was a           McGuire - ’The Dictionary of Irish Biography’. Any
interesting talk by Gaye Conroy on ‘A tale of Three           perfect work in progress.     Séamus Moriarty, FGSI             suggestions on the Society lecture programme please
Families, Hayes, Meldon and Colclough: from Kings-                                                                            contact Séamus Moriarty, MGSI by e-mail on
town to Wexford Sloblands and Tintern Abbey’. The                GSI LECTURE PROGRAMME                              
Meldons owned 8,000 acres in five counties, including
the Wexford. Sources like the Registry of Deeds were
                                                              Tues. Dec. 8, 2009— Douglas Appleyard, historian,
replete with information on members of her family.            author and specialist on the author of Dracula -‘The                       PHYLLIS FLYNN, RIP
She used her mother’s 85th birthday family reunion to         Bram Stoker family – a typical 19th century Dublin
get her bearings before embarking on her quest. Start-        Protestant family’ Tues. Jan. 12, 2010 - Tim Carey,             The Cathaoirleach, Séamus Moriarty, FGSI, on behalf
ing with the Hayes family, including Hughie Hayes             Heritage Officer, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Co. –              of the Board and the Members of the Society, extends
who died at Gallipoli in World War 1, they were not           ‘In Honour and Memory - Memorials of Dun                        his deepest condolences to our friend and colleague,
only propertied, but married into families of a similar       Laoghaire - Rathdown’ Tues. Feb. 9 – Stuart Rosen-              Gerry Hayden, Leas-Chathaoirleach, on the death of
social background. One of the Weldons married into            blatt, Vice-Pres., GSI – ‘From Immigration to Integra-          his sister Phyllis Flynn on Nov. 25th 2009. Phyllis is
the family of the architect Augustus Welby Pugin and          tion of the Jewish Community in Ireland’. Tues.                 survived by her husband Richard and children, Alan,
a Hayes married Charles Bianconi of the 19th century                                                                          Emmet, Damien, Bernice and Stephen, brothers and
                                                              March 9 – Risteard Mulcahy – ‘The life of Dick Mul-
stagecoach family. Her great-grandmother was a                cahy’. Tues. April 13 – Adam Byrne – ‘Dún                       grandchildren. Phyllis was laid to rest on Monday
Colclough of Tintern Abbey in south Co. Wexford, a            Laoghaire Public Library as a resource for the gene-            Nov. 30th at Mount Venus Cemetery after Mass in
family that was prominent in the social and business          alogist’. Tues. May 11 – Mary Beglan – ‘On-Line                 her home parish of Ballinteer, Co. Dublin. RIP
life of the county in the early 19th century. She contin-     Sources of Irish Genealogy’. Tues. June 8—James

                Membership Renewals due January 2010
In the annual review of the Membership Pack-                  School or Institutions assumed Arms or em-                    prefer, simply download the form and forward it
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                                 Monthly Newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Ireland
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                  is published by the
                                                                                          Celebrating Nineteen Years (3)
        Genealogical Society of Ireland Limited                                  Continued: Last month we chronicled the period leading up almost to the dawn of the new
 11, Desmond Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland                          millennium. This final chapter of this very brief nineteen year history of the Society and its
                                                                                 activities will concentrate on the important milestones of its development since then. It was clear
            E-mail:                                to all that the name ‘Dún Laoghaire Genealogical Society’ had long been a misnomer when one
                Charity Reference:       CHY10672                                considered the activities and overall reach of the Society. Therefore, in 1999 the Members
                                                                                 decided to change the name of the organisation to more accurately reflect its standing in Ireland
                                                                                 and the name ’Genealogical Society of Ireland’ was adopted. In September 1999, the Society
 The Society is a Nominating Body for Seanad Éireann                             hosted Ireland’s first conference on ‘genealogy and the Internet’ - long before most Members
                                                                                 even had access to computers. The Society’s first President, Denis, O’Conor Don (elected 1991)
               Board of Directors 2009-2010                                      died in July 2000 and the position was to remain vacant for five years. The Society’s name
                                                                                 change was quickly followed by incorporation of the Society in 2000 and an application for a
Séamus Moriarty (Cathaoirleach : Chairperson); Gerry Hayden                      Grant of Arms from the Chief Herald of Ireland. The Arms were presented to the Society at a
(Leas-Chathaoirleach : Vice Chair); Michael Merrigan (General                    Civic Reception in the County Hall, Dún Laoghaire in 2001 by the Chief Herald, Brendan
Secretary : Company Secretary); Denis Ryan (Finance); Sharon                     O’Donoghue. Thus, the Society became the first genealogical organisation to receive a Grant of
Bofin (Publications & Membership); Séamus O’Reilly (Archive);                    Arms from the Chief Herald of Ireland only to be followed five years later by the Association of
Barry O’Connor (Cemetery Projects); Bartosz Kozlowski (Poland)                   Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI). In 2002 planning the restoration of the Martello
(Internet Services); Pádraic Ingoldsby (National Projects)                       Tower intensified with professionals offering their services for free, architect’s and structural
                                                                                 engineer’s drawings were prepared. The planning application had several hurdles to overcome
                                                                                 before work could start in earnest in 2003. Work was finally completed in time for the official
                  JOIN ON-LINE                                                   opening in September 2004. In October 2005 the Society celebrated its 15th anniversary with the
                                                                                 inauguration of its second President, Tony McCarthy, MA, FGSI from Cork who was to hold the
                     @                                                           position for the next four years. Back in 2000 the Society set out its proposals for legislative
                                                                                 reform of the delivery of Irish heraldic services, this was followed in 2002 by its ’Heads of a
                                              Bill’ and finally by the Genealogy and Heraldry Bill, 2006. In addition to this Bill, the Society
                                                                                 played a leading and independent role in campaigns on several legislative proposals throughout
                                                                                 the decade, including the introduction of the National Cultural Institutions (Amendment) Bill,
                    DIARY DATES                                                  2008. As the first genealogical organisation to campaign for the release of the 1926 census, this
                                                                                 campaign was intensified in 2007 with the production of legislative proposals for the amending
      Tuesday Dec. 8th 2009 & Jan. 12th 2010                                     of the Statistics Act, 1993 to give a ’special heritage status’ to this census. In 2008 the Society
             Evening Open Meeting                                                moved its growing Archive to its current location in Dún Laoghaire as a more suitable maritime
     Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education                                  heritage use is being sought for the Martello Tower. No doubt a fuller history of the Society will
                                                                                 be written in due course. But when asked ‘why celebrate nineteen years’ the answer is simply
         Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire                                        because a voluntary organisation should honour and recognise the commitment, achievements
               20.00hrs—22.00hrs                                                 and goals of its Members, for without such, Irish genealogy in particular would be the poorer.

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    The Irish Franciscans 1534-1990                                                                                         The registration process for the Society’s new Regis-
                                                                                                                            ter of Arms & Emblems is currently under construc-
This year marks the 800th anniversary of the foundation     references to ’strolling’, ’vagrant’, ’vagabond’ friars         tion as it will be essentially an on-line registration
of the Franciscan Order and ’The Irish Franciscans          ’who go about the poor, begging and celebrating mass’.          process. This will facilitate the uploading of photo-
1534-1990’ edited by Edel Bhreathnach, Joseph               The last four essays in Part I deal with the post-              graphs or drawings of Arms and Emblems. The
MacMahon, OFM and John McCaffery was pub-                   emancipation period up to the present day—’Reforming            Society is considering systems employed by others
lished to mark this occasion by Four Courts Press.          and seeking an identity, 1829-1918’ by Patrick Conlon,          especially in the US and the UK. It is expected to
(ISBN 978-1-84682-210-0 : 432pp; h/b €60.00 : p/b           OFM; ’A second golden age: the Irish Franciscans,               have the system fully operative by the end of January
€29.95) This collection of essays, arranged chronologi-     1918-63’ by Mary E. Daly; ‘Recovering the charism,              2010, however, Members may, in the interim, indicate
cally, explores how Irish Franciscans have made history     1963-90’ by Joseph MacMahon, OFM and interestingly,             their intention to register Arms or Emblems.
and how they have written history. The book deals with      ’The Poor Clare Order in Ireland’ by Bernadette Cun-
two anniversaries—the foundation of the Irish College       ningham. Part II is essentially religious however, the first
at Louvain (Belgium) in 1607 and the foundation of the      essay ’The Louvain achievement I: the Annals of the
Order itself almost 400 years earlier. This collection of   Four Masters’ by Bernadette Cunningham is also of
essays is in two parts, the first is basically historical   general historical interest. Indeed, Cunningham makes
dealing with the Irish Franciscans from 1534 until 1990     the point ‘that the Annals evolved out of a Louvain
and the second is essentially concerned with the reli-      hagiographical project, but took on a life of their own’.
gious, educational and cultural legacy of the Irish Fran-   The following are the remaining essays in Part II - ’The
ciscans. The starting year, 1534, relates to the enact-     Louvain achievement II: hagiography by Pádraig Ó
ment of the Act of Supremacy by King Henry VIII to be       Riain; ’The theological and philosophical accomplish-
followed in 1539-40 by the dissolution of the monaster-     ments of the Irish Franciscans from Flaithrí Ó Maoil
ies in Ireland. Part I—’The dissolution to the founda-      Chonaire to Bonaventure Baron’ by M.W.F. Stone; ’A
tion of St. Anthony’s College, Louvain, 1534-1607’ by       wooden key to open Heaven’s door: lessons in practical
Colm Lennon traces the exile and regrouping of Irish        Catholicism from St. Anthony’s College, Louvain’ by
priests on the Continent and the establishment of the       Salvador Ryan; ’Collegium S. Antonii, quod Collegium
Irish Colleges. The central role played by Louvain is       est unicum remidium ad conservandam Provinciam’
explored in ’The role of St. Anthony’s College, Louvain     (Donnchadg Ó Maonaigh, 1617-18)’ by Mícheál Mac
in establishing the Irish Franciscan college network,       Craith, OFM, written in Irish, MacCraith illustrates the
1607-60’ by Mary Ann Lyons. This network even               important differences between the dissolution in England
extended to Prague in the present day Czech Republic        and Ireland. Then two essays by Patrick Conlan, OFM
and Poland. The mission from Louvain created a dis-         ’The secular Franciscans’ and ’Missions and missionar-
tinct entity and this is examined in ’The Irish Francis-    ies’ followed by ’Franciscan chalices, 1600-50’ by
cans, 1600-1700’ by Raymond Gillespie. Their pres-          Malgorzata Krasnodebska-D’Aughton; The penultimate
ence in Ireland right through the turmoil of the 17th       essay ’Irish Franciscan friary architecture: late medieval
century is remarkable in itself and, in many ways, this     and early modern’ by Michael O’Neill explores an
tenacity had its origins in one of the prominent centres    architecture which is more ’readable’ than any cathedral
of the ’Counter Reformation’ ideology, Louvain. Ex-         of today. Concluding with an essay by a contributor to
ploring the era of the ’Penal Laws’ poses many difficul-    the GSI Journal, Ignatius Fennessy, OFM on ’A select
ties, most notably, the lack of indigenous Catholic         prosopography of some Irish Franciscans on the Conti-
records. Indeed, ’The silent century, 1689-1829’ by         nent’. ‘Prosopography’ now there is an interesting and
Joseph MacMahon, OFM, brings home this point with           worthy challenge for any genealogist!                MM

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