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                 Cumann Geinealais na hÉireann

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

Vol. 5 No. 5                                                                                     May : Bealtaine 2010

                                   New Archives Legislation Required
                                  In a written reply to a Parliamen-      from the national collections held        the NAI and NLI. The Minister
                                  tary Question tabled by Deputy          than is currently the case. While the     should facilitate a meaningful
                                  Phil Hogan on April 20th 2010,          exact future cost savings are difficult   public consultation process to
                                  Minister Mary Hanafin confirmed         to isolate it is clear that savings can   examine the functions and ser-
                                  that ‘the basis on which the deci-      be achieved by this measure.’ The         vices of these institutions. Such a
                                  sion to merge the National Ar-          matter was also raised on April 27th      process could provide the basis
                                  chives and the Irish Manuscripts        and 28th in Seanad Éireann (Senate)       for new legislation to modernise,
                                  Commission into the National            by Senator Ivana Bacik who sought         expand and improve on the Na-
                                  Library was the consideration that      a debate on the proposed merger,          tional Archives Act, 1986 and the
    GENEALOGY                     more effective use of scarce re-        however, in reply the Leader, Sena-       National Cultural Institutions Act,
                                  sources and better value for            tor Donie Cassidy, seemed less than       1997. This would deliver the
      HERALDRY                    money can be obtained by com-           forthcoming on any commitment to          ‘legislative amalgamation’ of the
                                  bining similar ’back office’ ad-        arrange for such a debate. No doubt       institutions whilst retaining their
  VEXILLOLOGY                     ministrative functions together         the Minister will face further prob-      separate functions and identities.
                                  with certain technical functions        ing on this issue in Dáil Éireann on      The Minister should seek submis-
                                  that are currently common across        May 19th when she is scheduled to         sions on: (1) The NAI in the 21st
SOCIAL HISTORY                    the three bodies.’ On April 27th        take Ministerial questions. But the       century including: Archival Policy
                                  2010 Deputy Hogan sought clari-         time for prevarication on this issue is   (other archival resources); Acces-
 Heritage Matters                 fication on ‘the type of technical      over as clearly any further ‘holding      sibility (30 Year Rule); Digitisa-
                                  functions proposed to be merged;        replies’ will fail to convince anyone     tion; Local Authority & State
    Book Reviews                  the effect that this will have on the   that the Government has a coherent        Agency Archives; Archives of
                                  respective collections of the           plan for this proposed merger. Ever       private institutions; Places of
   Open Meetings                  institutions in question; the esti-     since the Minister’s predecessor,         Deposit; Governance; Standing
                                  mated savings from this proposal;       Martin Cullen, was forced to admit        Advisory & User Committees;
  News & Queries                  the breakdown on the way these          on Nov. 19th 2008 in Dáil Éireann         Links to Third Level Colleges;
                                  savings will be achieved.’ But in       that ’there may not be any savings’       Education & Outreach Policy;
                                  a written reply the Minister            resulting from this merger, it was        Services to our Diaspora. (2) The
                                  seemed to offer little by way of        abundantly clear that this ’budgetary     NLI in the 21st century including:
                                  clarification saying that ‘the types    measure’ lost all credibility. The        Acquisitions Policy; Accessibility;
                                  of technical functions that are         Minister’s reply to Deputy Hogan of       Digitisation; Special Collections
                                  common to the institutions in           April 27th is wholly unconvincing as      (Film, Photographic, Ephemera);               question and which will be con-         any savings achievable in the areas       Heraldic Services; Governance;
                                  sidered for merger are: Paper           suggested would be hugely out-            Standing Advisory & User Com-
                                  Conservation, Digitisation, Col-        weighed by the enormous costs             mittees; Links to Third Level
                                  lections Management, Exhibi-            involved in the implementation of         Colleges; Education & Outreach;
       CONTENTS                   tions, Education and Outreach and       this proposed merger. It’s time to get    Services to our Diaspora. Un-
                                  Maps. It is anticipated that this       real, either drop this nonsensical and    doubtedly, this is a real opportu-
Ireland and the Spanish      2    will have a beneficial effect on the    fiscally unsound ‘budgetary meas-         nity for the Minister to produce
Empire 1600-1825                  collections of the institutions and     ure’ or take the opportunity provided     hugely significant and culturally
                                  it will be easier to exhibit material   to examine the legislative basis of       important legislative reform now.
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12th Medieval Dublin
                             2                             Chief Herald of Ireland
                                  Last November, amidst the grow-         ance and has appointed Ms. Colette        highly respected and innovative
                                  ing economic crisis, many won-          O’Flaherty to the position of Manu-       professional, Ms. O’Flaherty’s
James Scannell Reports..     3    dered whether the Board of the          scripts Keeper and Chief Herald of        appointment will be welcomed by
                                  National Library would appoint a        Ireland. Ms. O’Flaherty was a part        all who wish to see a flourishing,
                                  successor to Mr. Fergus Gillespie       of the team that established the very     professional and modern heraldic
GSI Lecture Programme        3    who announced his intention to          successful Genealogy Advisory             service in Ireland. The NLI Board
Membership of the GSI             retire as Chief Herald of Ireland.      Service in the NLI to assist, free of     which had its inaugural meeting
                                  A recruitment ban and a freeze on       charge, the thousands of visitors         five years ago this month on 11th
                                  promotions across the civil and         every year who come to the NLI to         May 2005 and therefore, is com-
Russia Honours Irish         4    public service could have resulted      research their family history. More       ing to the end of its five year term,
Veterans                          in this position being left vacant      recently Ms. O’Flaherty has been          can be congratulated on its choice
                                  for the foreseeable future. Thank-      responsible for the development of        of Chief Herald. The Society
Diary Dates                  4    fully, the NLI Board has decided        the Library’s film and photographic       wishes Ms. Colette O’Flaherty
GSI Archives News                 not to allow matters fall into abey-    collections. As a long-serving,           every success in her new position.

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                         Ireland and the Spanish Empire 1600-1825
It was probably the language barrier that for years de-        cant Irish involvement in Spain actually dates from that       arly interest remained steadily focused within the tradi-
terred many Irish historians from following in the foot-       period. This was the time of religious exiles and dispos-      tional framework of Anglo-Irish relations or more
steps of Dr. Micheline Kerney Walsh or Patricia O’Con-         sessed native nobility seeking the protection of the Span-     specifically on the significance of political, social and
nell who explored the many and varied aspects of the           ish monarch. Also around this time many of the Irish           cultural developments in England for the changing
relationship between Spain and Ireland. Indeed, Óscar          colleges in Spain were founded including, Valladolid           attitudes and actions of the English in Ireland.’ Building
Recio Morales in his ‘Ireland and the Spanish Empire,          1589 (seat of the Spanish Court 1601-5), Salamanca             on the fine corpus of works on Irish-Spanish relations
1600-1825’ (ISBN 978-1-84682-183-7 : 384pp : Price             1592, Santiago de Compostilla 1605, Seville 1612,              published by Four Courts Press over the past decade,
€65.00 h/bk) draws parallels between the way in which          Madrid 1629 and Alcála de Henares in 1630. This very           Óscar Recio Morales broadens the field of enquiry to
Irish historiography has broadened its enquiry into the        important work published by Four Courts Press examines         include the Spanish colonies where the Irish and their
complexities of Ireland’s relationship with the British        Irish migration to the Spanish Empire, from the seven-         descendants served both the Spanish Empire and later
Empire, so too are Spanish historians now lifting their        teenth century Habsburg Spain to eighteenth century            the independence movements throughout Latin Amer-
horizons to include the Spanish Empire’s relationship          Bourbon Spain, from the continent to the world. Even if        ica. His research clearly shows that the Irish did not, as
with the ‘non-Castilian’ territories and ‘foreigners’ in the   Ireland did not form part of this vast empire, the contri-     we once believed, confine themselves to military ser-
Empire. In recent years there has been a rediscovery of        bution of Irish men an Irish woman to this multinational       vice and religious life but instead entered many profes-
the historical links between Ireland and Spain and in-         multicultural Empire was remarkable. These Irish exiles        sions and others became successful merchants and
deed, in the area of genetics, the newly discovered links      through their military service and the acquisition of          traders. The author’s account of the medical profession,
between the Irish genetic make-up and that of the peo-         nobiliary titles were placed by Spanish kings in an ad-        in particular, shows the remarkable mobility of that
ples of northern Spain has, for some, provided a basis for     vantageous position, on the same level as the nobility in      profession especially as part of a ‘Jacobite network’
the ancient invasion myths of the Irish. The tale of the       the early modern Spanish world. Spanish imposition of          operating in the eighteenth century. Whether one is
Clanna Mileadh setting out from northern Spain to              orthodox Catholicism resulted in the social inclusion of       interested in military history, diplomatic relations or
conquer and settle Ireland sometime in the first millen-       certain ‘nations’ such as the Irish and the exclusion and      imperial expansion, Morales provides a hugely signifi-
nium BC and the fact that Gaelic genealogies linked the        repression of other groups like the Jews, Moriscos and         cant contribution to our knowledge of the Irish in the
Irish kings and later chieftains to the sons of Mileadh,       gypsies. Not all Irish migrants were soldiers, neither         Spanish Empire. This work is of immense importance to
provided both an emotional and ‘ancient’ connection            were they all men; nor did they all obtain honours and         the genealogist researching not only the Gaelic chiefly
between the two peoples. Hugh O’Neill stressed the             full integration into Spanish society. In Spain, Irish         lines but the ancestry of thousands of ordinary Span-
antiquity of this ‘special relationship’ in 1615 accusing      migrants would face social exclusion and even for the          iards and Latin Americans with Irish roots. The path-
the English and Scottish planters in Ulster of ‘uprooting      Irish nobility, confronted by Spanish native elites, as-       way to this rediscovery of the Irish Diaspora within the
from the island its ancient inhabitants who had been in        similation was anything but an easy process. In his            Spanish world has certainly been mapped by Morales as
possession of it for three thousand years or more since        foreword to this book Prof Ciarán Brady of Trinity             he clearly throws down the gauntlet to others to con-
they arrived from Spain to populate it’. Though ancient        College Dublin points out that this book represents a          tinue this fascinating exploration of Ireland and the
these links are in our mythologies, for most Irish people      substantial contribution to the major revolution in the        Spanish Empire. But as his very extensive bibliography
today these historical links seem to end at the Battle of      study of early modern Irish history in the last decade.        clearly indicates, a lack of Spanish may unfortunately
Kinsale in 1601 and the Spanish military expedition            Before then, according to Prof. Brady, ‘though it had          continue to restrict this area of research to a few making
under Don Juan D’Aquilla. However, the most signifi-           become a territory rich in interpretive debate, the schol-     works like this by Morales simply invaluable.       MM

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            12th Medieval Dublin Symposium                                                                                         VIKING NECKLACE FOUND

The 12th Medieval Dublin Symposium will be                      vided); 14.00hrs ‘The Early Medieval Archae-                   During the excavation of Glencurren Cave in the
                                                                                                                               Burren, Co. Clare, a significant discovery found in this
held on Sat. May 22nd 2010. Organised by the                    ology Project (EMAP): some observations on                     dig funded by the State and the Royal Irish Academy
Friends of Medieval Dublin it will be held in                   early archaeological excavations in the Dublin                 was the largest ever Viking necklace discovered in
the Robert Emmet Theatre in the Arts Building                   region, 1930-2009’ by Lorcán Harney, Jona-                     Ireland. It is estimated to be 1,150 years old and could
of Trinity College, Dublin. Topics include                      than Kinsella and Aidan O'Sullivan; 14.45hrs.                  have the been the result of trade between the Vikings
09.45hrs. ‘Recent excavations of a Viking burial                ‘The Dominicans and medieval Dublin - the                      of Limerick and Gaelic chieftains in the Burren area of
at the War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge’ by                   sources re-examined’ by Bernadette Williams;                   Co. Clare.                             James Scannell
Maeve Sikora; 10.30hrs ‘The pencillings and                     15.20hrs. Tea/Coffee; 15.40hrs. ‘The Norsesid-
antiquarians rambles of a Fingalian: John S.                    ers - excavations of a Viking house at                               PRESBYTERIAN RECORDS
Sloan and the Victorian historiography of me-                   Hammond Lane Phase 3’ by Colm Moriarty;
dieval Dublin’ by Stuart Kinsella; 11.10hrs                     16.15hrs Public viewing of ‘Medieval Dublin -                Owing to the building work in Church House, the library
Tea/Coffee; 11.30hrs. ‘Printing in Dublin - the                 From Vikings to Tudors : Volume II’ by Niall Ó               of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland will be
                                                                                                                             closed for the foreseeable future. Urgent enquiries by e-
first 60 years’ by Dermot McGuinne; 12.10hrs                    hOisín and Breffini O'Malley. Admission is free
                                                                                                                             mail or by
‘The kings of Dublin and the kings of Leinster’                 and all are welcome - for further info. contact              letter c/o Church House, Fisherwick Place, Belfast, BT1
by Clare Downham; 12.45hrs Lunch (not pro-                      Dr. Seán Duffy at e-mail:                      6DW, N. Ireland.

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                                   James Scannell Reports...
      RMS LAURENTIC CANNON                                   tory dives, loosening the massive cannon from                   an Anzac Day commemoration ceremony in
                                                             the bow deck and securing heavy lifting chains                  April 2006. This year's commemoration began
On Easter Sunday, April 4th 2010. a 7m cannon                to a specially designed flotation bag. Donegal                  at 06.30hrs in Dublin's 130 year old Grangegor-
from the RMS Laurentic, recovered by the                     County Councillor, Noel McBride, (Fine Gael)                    man Military Cemetery which contains 619
Downings Divers sub aqua club in 2007 after a                persuaded Donegal County Council to contrib-                    graves of soldiers from the First World War and
three-year salvage operation, was unveiled on                ute €8000 to the €15000 cost of converting the                  Second World War. Msgr. Eoin Thynne, chap-
the quayside of Downings, Co. Donegal where                  cannon into a tourist attraction.                               lain to the Irish Defence Forces led the service
it will serve as a tourist attraction. The RMS                                                                               at which the attendance included H.E. Mr.
Laurentic was a 15,000ton White Star liner                         UN MEMORIAL UNVEILLED                                     Bruce Davis, Australian Ambassador to Ireland,
converted into an auxiliary merchant cruiser for                                                                             H.E. Mr. Julian King, British Ambassador to
the duration of World War One and sank one                   On Monday April 12th 2010 serving and retired                   Ireland, Mr. Don Smith, First Secretary at the
hour out from Buncranna, Co. Donegal on 25th                 members of the 4th Western Brigade attended                     Australian Embassy, Lt. Aston Talbot and 2/Lt
January 1917 in 39m of water with the loss of                the unveiling of a memorial at Athlone Castle to                Clare Hagward from the New Zealand defence
354 passengers and crew after it struck German               their nineteen fallen comrades. Some one hun-                   forces, John Spink, Shannon Lowe, and repre-
naval mines in the vicinity of Malin Head. It                dred members of the Irish Defence Forces in-                    sentatives from Belfast's cross community
had stopped off in Buncrana, Co. Donegal, to                 cluding the Band of the 4th Western Brigade                     group, the Lily and Poppy Project.
land some crew members showing signs of                      and lone piper took part in the ceremony. To
fever to receive medical attention. At the time              date eighty-four members of the Irish Defence                   RECORD PRICE FOR RMS TITANIC
of her sinking the RMS Laurentic was en route                Forces have died on United Nations service,                               LETTER
from Liverpool to Halifax, Nova Scotia, with                 nineteen of which were from the west of Ire-
some 3211 bars of gold to purchase arms and                  land.                                                           A letter written by a first class passenger on
munitions from the Canadian and U.S. govern-                                                                                 board the RMS Titanic just five days before it
ments. Between 1917 and 1924 all the gold bars                         ANZAC DAY IN DUBLIN                                   sank on April 15th 1912 sold for €62,500 at an
except 20 were recovered from the sea bed and                                                                                auction of White Star Line memorabilia in
its believed that these bars valued up to Stg£8M             On Sunday April 25th upwards of two hundred                     Wiltshire, England, in April. This was a record
are unrecoverable as they are lying beyond                   people attended a dawn ceremony in Dublin to                    price for such an item of correspondence from
reach beneath the wreck. The Downings based                  mark Anzac Day which honours the men of the                     this tragic ship. The letter in question was writ-
diving team which raised the cannon, led by                  Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who                       ten by Mr. Adolphe Saafeld and addressed to
Kevin McShane, spent three years on prepara-                 fought at Gallipoli in 1915. Ireland first hosted               his wife.

                                            GSI Lecture Programme
            APRIL LECTURE                                    beneath trees planted in memory of these local people.          George Bernard Shaw, Padraig Colum, Brian O’Nolan
                                                             After locating the memorials Mr. Carey researched the           and many more. The erection in 1988 of a memorial to
On Tuesday April 13th 2010, the Society heard a very         lives of the individuals concerned in order to provide          the eponymous Ard Rí Laoghaire Mac Niall during the
                                                             brief biographies of each and where possible, photo-            ‘Dún Laoghaire 1500’ celebrations was, rather surpris-
interesting talk by Tim Carey, Heritage Officer, Dún
Laoghaire Rathdown County Council on the subject of          graphs or illustrations. All sections of Irish society are      ingly, the first time he had been memorialised since
his publication ‘In Honour and Memory - Memorials            memorialised—protestant, catholic and dissenter,                independence in 1922. So popular did Mr. Carey’s
of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’ (ISBN 978-0-9557829-              unionist and nationalist, soldier and pacifist, revolu-         booklet become that the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown
0-9) First published in April 2007, this booklet re-         tionary and empire builder, and, of course, writers,            County Council commissioned and published a revised
cords the public memorials of the County of Dún              painters, musicians and poets abound. There is also a           version in Nov. 2007. Further info.
Laoghaire Rathdown which Mr. Carey describes as ’a           fair splattering of British nobility and royalty, some
discreet part of our cultural heritage’ and ’important       famous, others infamous and others mostly obscure                  GSI LECTURE PROGRAMME
physical reminders of what are often intangible aspects      and long forgotten. The county’s seafaring heritage is
of our identity.’ Mr. Carey brought the meeting              well represented, however, mostly tragically such as            Tues. April 13 – Tues. May 11 – Mary Beglan – ‘On-
                                                             the loss of ’Hobblers’, Lifeboat men, sailors and,
through a selection of these memorials, many of                                                                              Line Sources of Irish Genealogy’. Tues. June 8—
which, go unnoticed by the public. Many record the           especially the 501 lost on the torpedoing of the mail-          James McGuire - ’The Dictionary of Irish Biography’.
achievements of the ‘great and the good’ others are of       boat RMS Leinster in October 1916. Newer memorials              The list for the next six months will be published next
a more personal or familial nature recording tragedies       record the extraordinary wealth of the county’s twenti-         month. Any suggestions on the Society lecture pro-
and the deaths of loved ones. The latter are mainly          eth century literary heritage which includes many of            gramme please contact Séamus Moriarty, MGSI by
located on park benches or on small memorial stones          the greats such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett,                 e-mail on

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                      is published by the                                   RUSSIA HONOURS IRISH VETERANS
            Genealogical Society of Ireland Limited
     11, Desmond Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
                E-mail:                    On Sunday April 25th 2010 the consul at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in
                                                                      Dublin, Andrie Nikeryasov, travelled to Cork City Hall to present 93-year old John
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                                                                      Hallahan with the 65th Anniversary Medal of the Great Patriotic War. This special
      The Society is a Nominating Body for Seanad Éireann             medal was struck by a decree by President Dmitry Medvedev of the Russian Federation.
                                                                      John Hallahan is one of only three remaining Irish ex-servicemen who served on WWII
             Board of Directors 2010-2011                             Arctic convoys. John Hallahan joined the [British] Royal Navy in 1938 and between
Pádraic Ingoldsby (Cathaoirleach : Chairperson); Gerry Hayden         1940 and 1942 served as a boiler room technician on the cruiser HMS Devonshire
(Leas-Chathaoirleach : Vice Chair); Michael Merrigan (General         which protected convoys bringing vital arms, food and medical supplies to the Soviet
Secretary : Company Secretary); Tom Conlon (Finance); Sharon          ports of Murmansk and Archangel. These convoys had to run the gauntlet of treacher-
Bofin (Membership & Publications); Séamus O’Reilly (Archive);         ous ice floes, mine fields, in addition to the constant treat of attacks from German air-
Barry O’Connor (Cemetery Projects); Séamus Moriarty (Lecture          craft and submarines. After leaving the Royal Navy in 1950, John Hallahan worked at
Programme), Fíona Tipple (Education & Social Inclusion) Bartosz
                                                                      Cork's Whitegate Oil Refinery for twenty-five years. Due to Mr. Hallahan's recent ill
Kozłowski (Poland) (Internet Services); John Hamrock (National
Projects) and Pat Feenan (Sales & Marketing).                         health, Mr. Nikeryasov made the journey to Cork to present him with his medal in Cork
                                                                      City Hall in the presence of Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy. Children from the Cork
                                                                      Russian School, founded by Tania Zhinzhina, presented Mr. Hallahan with flowers and
                 JOIN ON-LINE                                         a piece of Russian soil. During the presentation ceremony Mr. Nikeryasov said that it
                                                                      was due to people such as Mr. Hallahan and fellow Irish Royal Navy veterans, George
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                                   survived. He said that they are owed a great debt as it was thanks to them and their
                                                                      comrades that the Soviet Union was able to get food and medicines from our allies in
                                                                      Great Britain and the United States of America which helped thousands survive and
                  DIARY DATES                                         contributed to the victory over the Nazis. Former submariner Ronald Erridge, Secretary
                                                                      of the Royal Naval Association in Cork and County, said that the life expectancy of an
        Tuesday May 11th & June 8th 2010                              Arctic convoy sailor who fell into the water was one minute and that few people could
             Evening Open Meeting                                     accept that without the strength of character that John has and that they were very proud
     Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education                       of him. The Ambassador of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Mikhail E. Timoshkin,
         Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire                             presented similar medals to Ted Jones and Geoffrey Metcalfe at the Russian Embassy in
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                           GSI ARCHIVE NEWS                                                                     MEDAL SOCIETY OF IRELAND
                                                                                                              GSI Members researching ancestors or relatives who
The Board of the Society at its meeting this            Society’s twentieth anniversary year this develop-    served in the Irish, British, Commonwealth, American
month in Dún Laoghaire was advised that the             ment marks a significant milestone in the history     or other armed forces or in the mercantile marine will
Society had to vacate the premises at 111, Lower        of the Society. The building is currently being       find the publications and meetings of the Medal
George’s Street in accordance with the provi-           refurbished and very shortly it is hoped to erect     Society of Ireland of interest. Find out more about
                                                                                                              those medals so cherished by the family and handed
sions of the lease. In anticipation of the ending of    the shelving in order to commence the transfer        down through generations. For further information on
the temporary lease on the premises, the Director       from Lower George’s Street. As the Society must       the Society visit its website at:
of Archival Services, Séamus O’Reilly, FGSI,            vacate the current premises no later than Friday
organised the boxing of the Society’s archival          11th June 2010, the Board appointed a Select
                                                                                                               TITANIC ELEVEN REMEMBERED
collections ready for transfer to a new location.       Committee under Res: 10/05/760 to negotiate and
During this time, our new Cathaoirleach, Pádraic        to conclude an agreement in the form of a lease in    On Thursday April 15th 2010, three slow tolls
Ingoldsby, MGSI, located and investigated sev-          respect of the premises and pending the refurbish-    of St. Patrick's church bell in the north County
eral options for a suitable location for the Soci-      ment of that premises to receive the Society's        Mayo of village of Lahardane were sounded
ety’s Archive. Finally, another local premises          archival collections, that such arrangements may      for each of eleven local emigrants who were
was identified and following discussions with the       be made by the Select Committee for the secure        lost on the RMS Titanic to mark the 98th anni-
owners, it was agreed to recommend acceptance           temporary storage elsewhere of the archival col-      versary of its sinking. The bell ringers, some of
of this building to the Board at its May 6th 2010       lections. The Select Committee, according to the      whom were descendants of those lost, tolled
meeting. Though much smaller than the building          resolution, shall ensure that adequate shelving is    the church bells at 02.20hrs which is the esti-
on Lower George’s Street, this new premises             provided in this premises and that such is            mated time that the RMS Titanic sank on April
will still provide adequate shelving space for the      erected so as to maximise the potential of the        15th 1912 after it struck an iceberg off the
current and anticipated needs of the Society’s          premises to meet the current and anticipated re-      Grand Banks of Newfoundland on April 14th
Archive. In addition to the ample shelving              quirements of the Society. It was also agreed that    1912. Three of the fourteen emigrants from
space, the premises will have space for research        this Select Committee shall be deemed to have         Addergoole Parish were saved and a grand-
stations and, of course, the Board meetings. The        been stood down not later than one calendar           daughter of Delia McDermott, travelled to the
building is centrally located in the heart of an        month following the Society's occupancy of the        parish from New Jersey several days earlier.
area which is set to become the heritage/cultural       new premises and the completion of the transfer       Lahardane is the only European community
hub of the Town of Dún Laoghaire and very               of the archival collections. The Select Committee     where the sinking of the RMS Titanic is com-
close to DART and Dublin Bus connections, this          consists of the Cathaoirleach, General Secretary,     memorated each year at the very time it slipped
building will also permit the Society to operate a      Director of Finance and the Director of Archival      beneath the waves. Pupils from the three Ad-
family history information service to the public.       Services. Therefore, in order to facilitate the       dergoole Parish national schools based at
Members will have regular access to the Soci-           above the Society’s Archives at Lower George’s        Lahardane, Rathbane and Rathkell attended the
ety’s archival collections and hopefully, through       Street will be closed and hopefully, will be re-      hour long ceremony between 02.00hrs and
the Society’s Outreach Programme that the full          opened in the new premise by the end of June          03.00hrs which included recitations, poetry and
potential of this location will be utilised to pro-     2010. Whilst, apologising to our Members for any      music. For further info. and RTÉ news report :-
mote the study of genealogy and heraldry as             inconvenience caused, further information on the James Scannell
open access educational leisure pursuits. In the        relocation will be published next month.

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Description: Monthly Newsletter published by the Genealogical Society of Ireland (May 2010)