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Ireland's Genealogical Gazette (June 2010)

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Monthly Newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Ireland (June 2010)

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                 Cumann Geinealais na hÉireann



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

Vol. 5 No. 6                                                www.familyhistory.ie                                           June : Meitheamh 2010



                                      ‘Separate Bodies, Separate Roles’
                                  During Ministerial questions in        review and to undertake certain           Minister for Tourism, Culture and
                                  Dáil Éireann on Wednesday May          remedial works the Minister ruled         Sport, Deputy Mary Hanafin,
                                  19th 2010 the Minister for Cul-        out any further investment in the         proposes to update the relevant
                                  ture, Sport & Tourism, Mary            building. On the issue of the pro-        archival legislation as part of that
                                  Hanafin, TD acknowledged the           posed amalgamation of the National        process. The new draft legislation
                                  sorry state of the National Ar-        Archives, Irish Manuscripts Com-          will abolish three separate existing
                                  chives facility at Bishop Street. In   mission and the National Library the      bodies and establish a new body.
                                  reply to Deputies Olivia Mitchell      Minister appears to have taken on-        The initial draft of the legislation
                                  (Fine Gael) and Mary Upton             board this Society’s position on the      has been completed and transmit-
    GENEALOGY                     (Labour) the Minister said that        merger. The Minister assured Depu-        ted to the directors of the National
                                  ’the storage difficulties at the       ties that she was ‘absolutely satisfied   Archives and National Library
      HERALDRY                    National Archives are widely           that whatever processes and proce-        and to the chairman of the Irish
                                  acknowledged. A permanent              dures are put in place will ensure the    Manuscripts Commission for their
  VEXILLOLOGY                     solution would be a new storage        existence of two separate bodies          observations. It is intended to
                                  building, but in the current eco-      with two independent directors and        bring the legislation before the
                                  nomic climate it will not be possi-    two separate roles. Moreover, these       Houses this year and it is the
SOCIAL HISTORY                    ble to set aside the necessary         roles and the services provided will      Minister’s intention to reappoint
                                  resources to construct a new           not change. This proposal is to en-       the council in a new guise in order
 Heritage Matters                 building. However, I am con-           sure that such services are improved      to advise on the amalgamation
                                  cerned that the best possible use      and that best use can be made of the      process as soon as she has the
    Book Reviews                  should be made of the accommo-         facilities that would be available for    observations of the directors and
                                  dation that is currently available     both.’ The matter was raised again        the chairman of the Irish Manu-
   Open Meetings                  to the National Archives. There is     by the Leaders of the Fine Gael and       scripts Commission.’ Some de-
                                  a large warehouse behind the           Labour Parties on Tuesday June 1st        gree of clarity is slowly emerging
  News & Queries                  National Archives’ Bishop Street       2010. An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen,          on this proposed merger but un-
                                  offices in which many archives         TD, in reply to parliamentary ques-       fortunately there is still no com-
                                  are being stored. Unfortunately,       tions from Deputies Enda Kenny            mitment to any meaningful public
                                  the roof of the warehouse is of        (Fine Gael) and Éamon Gilmore             consultation. But the continued
                                  poor quality. As a result, many of     (Labour) clarified his governments        insistence that this merger will
                                  the records have to be stored in       plans for the merger of these institu-    result in savings through the shar-
                                  waterproof plastic bales to protect    tions. He told the Dáil ‘that the         ing of ‘back-office services and
    www.eneclann.ie               them from damage and are not           Government has indicated that the         technology’ requires greater scru-
                                  readily accessible to the public.      National Archives, the Irish Manu-        tiny as such savings, if any, could
                                  The other main National Archives       scripts Commission and the National       simply be achieved contractually
                                  record store is located within the     Library of Ireland shall be merged        between the institutions without
       CONTENTS                   Four Courts complex, which             into a new national library and ar-       costly and cumbersome legislative
                                  makes retrieval difficult and rela-    chives of Ireland. That merger will       measures. The Minister should
The Annals of the Four       2    tively expensive.’ However, be-        require amendment of the National         focus instead on the benefits of
Masters                           sides asking the Office of Public      Archives Act 1986 and the National        modernising the legislative basis
                                  Works to keep the matter under         Cultural Institutions Act 1997. The       for the State’s archival services.
Garda Memorial Garden        2
Opened

Irish Govt. to Commemo-      2                                 Census Records On-Line
rate the Somme 2016
                                  Thursday June 3rd—a date that all      This new resource provides the Irish      reversed at the Report Stage of the
                                  Irish genealogists looked forward      people and the Irish Diaspora with        Bill. The 1911 and 1926 census
James Scannell Reports..     3    to with great excitement when it       the greatest accessibility yet to their   returns stand as large bookends to
                                  was announced that the 1901            genealogical heritage. However, as        a period of great change in Ireland
                                  Census of Ireland would go on-         we come ever closer to a decade of        and therefore, our understanding
GSI Lecture Programme        3    line on that date. All credit to the   centenaries of some of the most           of this period is greatly hampered
Membership of the GSI             staff at the National Archives of      momentous events in our nation’s          by the closure of the 1926 census.
                                  Ireland as this wonderful new          history, we are still denied access to    This Society has proposed amend-
                                  resource was made available, free      the first census taken after independ-    ing the 1993 Act to provide the
The Most Tragic Titanic      4    of charge, on June 3rd. Now both       ence. The 1926 Census of Ireland is       1926 census with a ‘special heri-
Story                             of the existing pre-independence       closed for one hundred years under        tage status’ allowing public access
                                  census returns, 1901 and 1911, are     the Statistics Act, 1993 and though,      in time for its study prior to the
Diary Dates                  4    searchable on-line on the website      this Society successfully urged sena-     commencement of the coming
GSI Archives News                 of the National Archives (NAI) —       tors in 1993 to cut the closure period    decade of so many contentious
                                  www.census.nationalarchives.ie         to seventy years, this measure was        centenaries, north and south.


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                                                                                                                             ans. He returned to the Irish Franciscan community in
           The Annals of the Four Masters                                                                                    Donegal which, according to Cunningham, was far from
                                                                                                                             an ‘intellectual backwater compared to the world of the
                                                                                                                             continental seminaries’ and although residing in tempo-
‘The Annals of the Four Masters – Irish history, king-        the annals, they have provided a window on Ireland’s           rary accommodation it was a vibrant community in the
ship and society in the early seventeenth century’ by         own ‘lost library of Alexandria’. The compilers of these       1620s and 1630s and ‘that it contained a library of
Bernadette Cunningham (ISBN: 978-1-84682-203-2 :              annals, as described by Aodh de Blácam in 1899, were           historical works is evident from extant library lists from
348pp ; Price €50.00 h/bk) was published last month by        heirs of the immemorial tradition who ‘laboured in the         Louvain.’ The ‘Four Masters’ – Mícheál Ó Cléirigh,
Four Courts Press. The author is the Deputy Librarian at      called believe that the Irish nation was dead, and that        OFM, Cú Choigcríche Ó Cléirigh, Fearfeasa Ó Maoil
the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. Although, many             nothing remained to be salved save its memory’ and in          Chonaire and Cú Choigcríche Ó Duibhgeannáin were
Irish genealogists and local historians have come across      this they succeeded their task. Before exploring the           all trained historians in the ancient Gaelic tradition.
references to the annals of the Four Masters which were       annals in greater detail, Cunningham provides us with a        Throughout the annals it is abundantly clear that the
compiled in the 1630s by professional historians from         very important analysis of the modern appreciation and         compilers were ever conscious of the enormity of this
Gaelic learned families from south west Ulster and north      use of the annals. This is an important aspect of the          legacy. The annals compiled by the four Masters were
Connacht, few appreciate the context of their compila-        value of the annals to later historians as they preserve       designed to provide a new, accessible and comprehen-
tion. These annals trace the history of Ireland from the      data which is not otherwise extant, drawing as it they did     sive account of Irish history for seventeenth- century
biblical flood right down to the upheavals of the early       on source texts many of which are now lost. Indeed in          readers, yet they chose to present their record of the
17th century. Indeed, as Cunningham points out that           the formal dedication of their work to their patron,           Irish past in a very conventional form, authenticated by
‘there was something about the form and substance of          Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, explained the purpose of the history       tradition. Cunningham brings the reader through this
the annals of the Four Masters that, read or unread,          they had just completed ‘that nothing is more glorious,        late medieval Irish historical tradition to explore its
allowed them to become accepted as an authentic, reli-        more respectable, or more honourable (for many rea-            form and structure of the annals; the methodology
able and comprehensive record of Gaelic society.’ These       sons), than to bring to light the knowledge of the antiq-      employed to create new annals from old and impor-
annals became recognised as an important element of the       uity of the ancient authors, and a knowledge of the            tantly, the actual scribes at work. An understanding of
cultural capital of the community that valued its Gaelic      chieftains and nobles that existed in preceding times, in      the environment in which the annals were created
heritage which at the time of their compilation was           order that each successive generation might possess            illuminates the subjects recorded and the political
considered to be in grave danger of extinction through        knowledge and information as to how their ancestors            astuteness of these scribes chronicling the nation’s past
plantations, religious persecution and the military defeats   spent their time and life, how long they were successfully     whilst being witnesses to its destruction. The turmoil of
suffered by the Gaelic lordships which permitted the          in the Lordship of their countries, in dignity or another,     the period following the collapse of the Gaelic world
advance of English culture and language. In this new          and what sort of death they met.’ Having already set           with its dispossessions and plantations remarkably
study of the annals, Cunningham explores the scholarly        themselves the task of preserving the surviving                sustained a scholarly network and patronage. Of par-
context, both Irish and European, and inspired their          hagiographical heritage of Ireland, prompted in part by        ticular interest to the genealogist and local historian,
compilers and the networks of professional expertise and      the publications of Thomas Dempster claiming early             Cunningham examines the operation of these relation-
patronage that gave rise to a new renewed interest in the     Irish saints as Scots, the Franciscans at Louvain realised     ships where the Gaelic learned families shared their
Irish past and indeed, facilitated such scholarship on an     that the next step was to prepare a secular history to         scholarship through ‘schools’ and in the absence of a
ambitious scale. Many historians have speculated on the       complement the ecclesiastical work on the lives of the         university, these schools were the most advanced cen-
motives of its compilers, however, few would disagree         saints. Therefore, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh was sent back to         tres of higher learning in Ireland. This work will possi-
that in their treatment and use of the then extant manu-      Ireland to conduct research, possibly due to his formal        bly become the standard companion for anyone seeking
scripts, as far as they can be identified from the text of    training in Ireland within a hereditary family of histori-     to fully utilise the annals in their research.       MM




                                  Garda Memorial Garden Opened
A memorial garden honoring the 83 members                     pathy, understanding and tact. He reminded all                  whole community gives thanks to all those
of An Garda Siochana who lost their lives in the              those present that members of the force have to                 members of An Garda Síochána who gave their
line of duty line of duty, since the establishment            confront those who willfully commit crimes of                   lives serving the citizens of this country. Garda
of the force in 1922, was opened in Dublin                    great violence, terror and abuse, and do this                   Commissioner Fachtna Murphy said that he was
Castle, at which Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Min-                  with great courage. He went on to say that                      especially proud that members of the force
ister for Justice Dermot Ahern and Garda Com-                 members respond to calls from the public to                     continue to perform their duties unarmed,
missioner Fachtna Murphy presented medals to                  defend their homes, police our streets and con-                 something that had been fundamental to polic-
representatives of the families of those whose                front those who wish to us harm, adding that we                 ing in Ireland since the fore's establishment in
names are inscribed on stone on a roll of hon-                owe them our unending thanks. Mr. Cowen said                    1922. He said that at 83 different moments over
our. Mr. Cowen said that very day and night                   that the courage and dedication of Gardaí had                   the past 88 years time had stood still for the
and in all weather conditions throughout the                  too often seen members of the force lay down                    entire Garda family as reports came in that there
year, men and women of the force donned their                 their lives in the service of their fellow men and              had been an incident in which a colleague had
distinctive blue uniform and stepped forward to               women. He concluded by stating that the grief                   been lost and over the it was important that that
do their duty. Members of the force had to deal               of husbands, wives, children, parents, brothers                 particular moment upon the e was taken to
with traumatic events, the likes of which most                and sisters, was a testament to their love for the              recognize the particular pain that those mo-
people will never experience or encounter in                  one that had lost and that the garden and the roll              ments visit upon the loved ones of those who
their own lives and they do this with great em-               of honour stands as a small reminder that the                   pay the ultimate sacrifice      James Scannell




     Irish Government to Commemorate the Somme in 2016
Addressing a conference ‘A Decade of Cen-                      He that he expected too that the events of Easter              be would take place during the coming decade.
tenaries: Commemorating Shared History ' on                    1916 will be commemorated with respect and                     The Northern Ireland Minister for Culture, Mr.
Thursday May 20th, organised by the Institute                  dignity and he respectfully submitted that this                Nelson McCausland, MLA, said that com-
for British-Irish Studies in the John Hume Insti-              was a challenge that must be considered by the                 memorations can help or hinder a shared future
tute in University College, Dublin, An Tao-                    leaders of unionism. Mr. Cowen went on to                      and that everyone must seek to ensure that they
iseach Mr. Brian Cowen TD, said that the Irish                 condemn those dissidents on both sides who                     will help rather than hinder. He said the he
Government will commemorate the centenary                      will seek to hijack history, to fight again the old            hoped that both north and south, as these events
of the Battle of the Somme in 2016 and that                    battles, to re-establish hostilities and to perpetu-           occur during this decade of centenaries, they
unionist leaders should consider a ceremony for                ate division, and that some will look to use the               will be done in such a way that is sensitive and
the 1916 Rising. Mr. Cowen said that in 2016                   memory of the dead to bring suffering to the                   interrogative, pointing that everyone - govern-
the centenary of the Battle of the Somme will                  living. An Taoiseach noted that the centenaries                ments, media, education, academia, and people
be commemorated in Dublin, as in Belfast, to                   of the Ulster Covenant, the War of Independ-                   right across the board will need to step up to the
honour the heroism of those who fought and                     ence (Anglo-Irish War), the Government of                      mark.                            James Scannell
died there, Protestant and Catholic, side by side.             Ireland Act, and the Anglo-Irish Treaty would                  Editor: See. Vol. 1 No. 7 ; Vol. 3 No. 10



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                               James Scannell Reports...
 O’CONNELL COMMEMORATION                                 Warren, representing the O'Connell Schools in                   marked graves of children who died in the
                                                         Dublin, said that O'Connell's dedication and                    Bethany Home based in Blackhall Place in
On Sunday May 9th the Daniel O'Connell Inau-             commitment to parliamentary democracy made                      Dublin from 1921 to 1934 and Orwell Road
gural Commemoration was held in Glasnevin                him one of the leading figures in the struggle                  from 1934 until closure in 1972. The children
Cemetery marking the 163rd anniversary of his            for human rights and democracy in human in                      had been buried in the cemetery between 1935
death in Genoa, Italy in May 1847. Although              Europe. Prayers were recited by Msgr. Dermot                    and 1936 when the Home was required by law
O'Connell, who was born in 1775, is best re-             Clarke, who attended on behalf of Archbishop                    to register child deaths. The graves were dis-
membered for his part in Catholic Emancipation           Diarmuid Martin. The ceremony concluded                         covered by Niall Meehan of Griffith College
and his struggle for the repeal of the act of            with the observation of a minute's silence after                who traced them to Mount Jerome Cemetery.
Union, he also made other significant contribu-          which Dublin Fire Brigade piper Paul McNally                    Arising from the ceremony a group called the
tions to other human rights issues including the         played ‘She moves through the fair.'                            Bethany House Survivors Group has been
fight against slavery. The commemoration took                                                                            formed to advocate its inclusion in the govern-
place at the entrance to the O'Connell Mauso-                      LUNCHTIME LECTURE                                     ment’s redress scheme.
leum in the cemetery which is topped by the
round tower, the cemetery's best known land-             On Tuesday June 15th, at 13.05hrs. Dr. Seán                      NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND
mark. Both the mausoleum and the round tower             Duffy will present a 40-minute lecture ‘Beraid,
were refurbished recently by the Office of Pub-          The Pre-Viking Abbot of Dubh-Linn [Dublin]                      The Education Department at the National Museum of
                                                         (died c.650 AD)’ in the Wood Quay Venue                         Ireland, Decorative Arts and History at Collins Bar-
lic Works in association with the Glasnevin
                                                                                                                         racks has launched a monthly initiative to offer an
Trust as part of the overall refurbishment of the        located in City Hall as part of a monthly series
                                                                                                                         opportunity for researchers, students and anyone with
cemetery. Cllr. Emer Costello, Lord Mayor of             of lectures ‘Tales of Medieval Dublin’ organ-                   an interest to get behind the scenes at Collins Barracks
Dublin, Cllr. Bobby O'Connell, Mayor of                  ised by the Friends of Mediaeval Dublin - ad-                   to see the Museum's archive and library. It is also an
Kerry, laid wreaths at the entrance of the mau-          mission free - no pre-booking required.                         opportunity to meet the Museum Librarian and Archi-
soleum as did Pat Carey, T.D., Minister for                                                                              vist, to explore another element of the Museum's
Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, on                   BETHANY KIDS REMEMBERED                                     collection and to investigate how the National Mu-
                                                                                                                         seum’s Archive and Library Collections may enrich
behalf of the Government. John Green, chair-                                                                             your own research. The event is free of charge, open to
person of the Glasnevin Trust, spoke about the           On Wednesday May 26th Dublin's Mount
                                                                                                                         all and starts at the Museum reception. Booking is
high esteem O'Connell was in by his contempo-            Jerome Cemetery was the setting for a unique
                                                                                                                         essential. To reserve a place on the open session please
raries and said that when O'Connell died, the            ceremony in which flowers, memorial cards and                   contact the National Museum Bookings Office at
tributes paid to him were extraordinary. Karl            teddy bears were laid on the graves of 40 un-                   bookings@museum.ie or Tel: (01) 6486453.




                                       GSI Lecture Programme
            MAY LECTURE                                  sides dealing with the many Irish websites                         GSI LECTURE PROGRAMME
                                                         providing genealogical information, Mary intro-
On Tuesday May 11th 2010, the Society heard              duced the meeting to British, Australasian and                  Tues. June 8th’The Dictionary of Irish Biography’ by
a very interesting talk by professional genealo-         North American websites. These websites in-                     James McGuire; Tues. July 13th ‘Three Centuries of
gist Mary Beglan, MAPGI, on the subject of               cluded information on emigration, military                      Irish Banking Crises’ by Tom Conlon, MGSI; Tues.
                                                         service, census records and, of course, the LDS                 August 10th ‘The Lawrence Photographic Collection
‘On-Line Sources of Irish Genealogy’. This                                                                               in the National Library of Ireland’ by Brian Siggins;
lecture was delivered to a full house with circa         records. Displaying each of the websites on a                   Tues. September 14th ‘Irish Newspaper Archives as a
seventy five members and friends in attendance.          screen and accessing the information directly                   Resource for the Genealogist’ by Philip Martin; Tues.
Whilst, many would have thought that most                allowed the audience to follow Mary’s very                      October 12th ‘The Medlar’s Gotcha – the story of a
genealogists with access to the Internet would           clear instructions on the best way to avail of the              Dublin family’ by Pól Ó Duibhir; Tues. November 9th
have already found and used the on-line sources          resources provided by these websites. A de-                     ‘Irish Convict Transportation – Damnation or Salva-
                                                         tailed handout was made available at the meet-                  tion?’ by Seán Solan; Tues. December 14th ‘1916 to
for Irish genealogy, Mary’s lecture brought a
                                                                                                                         1921 Casualties’ by Dáithí Ó Corráin. Members are
much needed coherence and interconnectivity              ing and forwarded to members later by e-mail.
                                                                                                                         reminded that if you have any comments or sugges-
to these sources. Mary described each of the             Mary is to be complemented on the clarity of                    tions on the Society’s lecture programme please con-
main websites in terms of resources, functional-         her delivery and indeed, on the comprehensive                   tact the Director of the GSI Lecture Programme,
ity and accessibility providing tips on usage and        nature of the information provided. A very                      Séamus Moriarty, MGSI by e-mail on
linking each as your research progresses. Be-            lively Q&A followed this wonderful lecture.                     Gazette@familyhistory.ie




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                                                                                                                      LUSITANIA 95th ANNIVERSARY
                           GSI ARCHIVE NEWS
                                                                                                                   On Sunday May 9th ceremonies were held in
As reported last month, the Society has to vacate       archival collections and these were transported to         Cobh, Co. Cork (formerly Queenstown) to
the premises at 111, Lower George’s Street in           the new premises by Board members in their cars            commemorate the 95th anniversary of the
accordance with the provisions of the lease on          and by Tom Delaney with his trailer. The whole             sinking of R.M.S. Lusitania which was torpe-
Friday June 11th 2010. The Society is very grate-       operation was completed within a few days with             doed of the Old Head of Kinsale by a German
ful to the Office of Public Works for permitting        almost military precision. Séamus O’Reilly, Clare          submarine on May 7th 1915 with the loss of
the Society to use such a wonderful building            Touhy and Fíona Tipple quickly unpacked nearly             1198 passengers and crew. The ceremony
with ample space that facilitated the full reor-        one hundred boxes and placed the contents on the           commenced at 2 p.m. at the Old Church grave-
ganisation and cataloguing of the Society’s Ar-         shelves erected by Barry O’Connor. Work in now             yard where the remains of 193 who died in the
chive. Over the past few months the Board of the        underway to have broadband installed to be ac-             tragedy are buried - 45 of which were never
Society has sought an alternative base for the          cessed in the outer office and the main archive            identified and were buried in coffins bearing
Society’s Archive in anticipation of the ending         area. Microfilm and microfiche readers have been           only a number. Following prayers, the laying
of the temporary lease on the OPW building on           installed in the main area with ample reading              of wreaths and the playing of musical honours
Lower George’s Street and following negotia-            space provided by two desks and, of course, the            by St. Colman's Pipe Band, everyone moved to
tions with the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company            board table. The Board held its first meeting in           the Town Hall from where a parade led by the
a suitable premises was identified at Dún               the new premises on Thursday June 3rd 2010 and             Cobh branch of the Organisation of National
Laoghaire. The building was recently vacated by         all present expressed sincere gratitude to An              ex-Servicemen and Women, representatives of
a marine leisure company and basically consists         Cathaoirleach, Pádraic Ingoldsby, for directing            the [British] Royal Naval Association, and
of an outer office with a reception area, a large       the restoration works and the removal from the             other historical societies, made their way to the
centre room, toilets and a kitchen area. Totally        OPW premises. The Board also thanked Barry                 Lusitania Peace Memorial in the town's Case-
refurbished with new carpets, flooring and ser-         O’Connor for his wonderful carpentry work                  ment Square where floral wreaths were laid on
vice areas, this building was then prepared to          throughout. Whilst, there are still a few minor            the memorial. Later in the evening divers Tim
receive the Society’s archival collections through      issues to be finalised as part of the refurbishment        Care and Eoin McGarry presented a lecture on
the installation of circa 90m of shelving in the        of the building, including the usual ’snags list’, it      the RMS Lusitania in the Commodore Hotel
main room with another 10m in the outer office.         is hoped to open the facility shortly. The new             during which video footage of the underwater
Situated directly across from the entrance to the       facility will provide the Society with a public            wreck was screened. The event was organised
Carlisle Pier and just below the George IV              office which will enable it to rollout its Outreach        by Cobh Tourism. Mrs. Audrey Lawson-
monument, the new premises will be in the cen-          Policy and to promote the study of genealogy,              Johnson is the last living survivor of the RMS
tre of what has been described as the ‘heritage         heraldry and social history as educational leisure         Lusitania - she was 3 months old when the
hub’ of Dún Laoghaire which includes the Mari-          pursuits available to all in the community. Mem-           liner was torpedoed and was saved by her
time Museum, RNLI Lifeboat HQ, RMS Lein-                bers will be able to access the Society’s archival         nanny who grabbed her from her cot and
ster Memorial, the Harbour itself and, of course,       collections as never before as it is hoped to have         placed in one of the liner's overcrowded life-
the proposed new County Library HQ to be built          the facility open as many days as possible during          boats and had gone on record as saying that she
in Moran Park across the road. The Director of          the week with the assistance of volunteers. Mem-           has never forgotten the bravery of those who
Archival Services, Séamus O’Reilly, FGSI, had           bers wishing to volunteer for archive duty should          helped save her life. She last visited Cork in
already organised the boxing of the Society’s           contact Séamus O’Reilly on jsoreilly@eircom.net            2005.                           James Scannell


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