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Monthly Newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Ireland - October 2010

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                  Cumann Geinealais na hÉireann

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

Vol. 5 No. 10                                                                       October : Deireadh Fómhair 2010

                                                                 Fiche Bliain ag Fás
                                       “Ireland’s Most Active Genealogical Organisation”
                                  The headline ‘Fiche Bliain ag                                                     research and an informal forum in
                                  Fás’ (Twenty Years a-Growing) is                                                  which to share research tips or
                                  taken from the title of Muiris Ó                                                  problems and information on new
                                  Súilleabháin’s wonderful autobi-                                                  resources with fellow members
                                  ography of his life on the Great                                                  over a cup of coffee. Since 1990 the
                                  Blasket Island off the Co. Kerry                                                  Society has been collecting items
                                  coast which was first published in                                                for its archive which is located at
                                  1933. This book is best described                                                 the Carlisle Pier, Dún Laoghaire
    GENEALOGY                     as a ‘coming of age’ story and in                                                 Harbour, Co. Dublin. This is the
                                  many ways its evocative title can                                                 only such research facility operated
      HERALDRY                    be applied to this Society’s first                                                by a genealogical organisation in
                                  twenty years. From its foundation                                                 Dublin. But along with promoting
   VEXILLOLOGY                    in October 1990 the Society                                                       genealogy and collecting items for
                                  sought to break the mould in                                                      its archive, the Society has been
SOCIAL HISTORY                    which Irish genealogical and heri-                                                directly involved with advocacy on
                                  tage organisations were tradition-                                                behalf of its members and Irish
  Heritage Matters                ally cast. Its aims and objectives                                                genealogy in general since its foun-
                                  were both visionary and challeng-                                                 dation. Whether it was public ac-
                                  ing from the outset. Its central aim                                              cess to records or their protection,
     Book Reviews                 was the promotion of the study of                                                 the Society has campaigned vigor-
                                  genealogy as an educational lei-
                                                                           RDS 15-17, October 2010                  ously on such issues since its foun-
    Open Meetings                 sure activity available to all in the             Stand 176                       dation. It was the first organisation
                                  community irrespective of age,                                                    in Ireland to adopt the ‘Principle of
   News & Queries                 educational qualification or socio-     vember and an Evening Meeting in          Public Ownership & Right of Ac-
                                  economic circumstances. How-            December. Group projects were             cess’ to our genealogical heritage—
                                  ever, not content with just promot-     organised during the summer to            now considered best practice in
                                  ing the study of genealogy by           record memorial transcriptions for        most repositories. However, we are
                                  providing a forum for family his-       publication. Indeed, publishing           proud to say that this was but one
                                  torians, the Society embarked on        soon became a major part of the           ‘first’ in a list too numerous to
                                  an ambitious programme of activi-       Society’s activities with a monthly       publish here, but includes: first to               ties including group projects,          newsletter, Journal, Memorial In-         advocate legislative protection of
                                  publishing and, of course, the          scriptions and other miscellaneous        our genealogical records; first to
                                  establishment of its own archive.       sources published each year. The          campaign for the release of the
                                  The Society became the only             monthly meetings were designed to         1926 census; first to acquire a coat-
        CONTENTS                  voluntary genealogical organisa-        provide lectures at the Evening           of-arms; first to be incorporated;
                                  tion in Ireland with activities         Meetings and group discussions at         first to draft legislation; and first to
The Irish Church & the       2    throughout the year, including          the Morning Meetings. This format         promote heraldry and vexillology.
Tudor Reformations                Morning and Evening Meetings            provides members with excellent           Twenty years a’ growing and, no
                                  each month from January to No-          talks on aspects of genealogical          doubt, many more ‘firsts’ to come!
GSI Archive—Twenty           2
years a’ collecting

1926 Census of Ireland       2                          Guild of One-Name Studies
                                  The UK based Guild of One-              ions and commemorative events.             studies must decide, for example,
                                  Name Studies will exhibit in            One-name studies takes in the ori-         on which of the ten or so different
James Scannell Reports..     3    Ireland for the first time at the       gin, history, variants, holders and        origins of the O’Connor surname
                                  Over 50s Show in the RDS this           distribution of particular surnames.       to study. This phenomena is shared
                                  month. The Guild will co-host           But the study of English surnames is       with each of our Celtic cousins
Précis of Sept. Lecture      3    Stand 176 with this Society to          quite different to the study of Irish      with the possible exception of
GSI Lectures 2010                 promote the study of surnames.          surnames for a number of reasons.          Cornwall where toponymics are
                                  This type of genealogical research      The general structure and origin of        numerous. The Guild is fully
                                  is well known in England, though,       English surnames does not follow           aware of the Celtic aspects of one-
Diary Dates                  4    can be confused with the activities     the patronymic system of the sur-          name studies and it is seeking to
‘Blood in the Streets’            of the Clan/Sept organisations          names of Gaelic origin which pre-          develop and promote this type of
                                  here. Though, some of the latter        dominate in Ireland. So while an           one-name study. For further infor-
New NLI Board                4    can be considered as engaging in        English one-name study could be            mation call to Stand 176 at the
                                  genealogical research, most are         concerned with all persons of a            RDS or checkout the Guild’s web-
                                  more concerned with ‘clan’ reun-        single surname, Irish one-name             site:

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                   The Irish Church and the Tudor Reformations
‘The Irish Church and the Tudor Reformations’ by               refurbished’. He also examines the functioning of the          according to Jefferies, was at the level of legislative
Henry A. Jefferies (ISBN 978-1-84682-050-2 : 302pp :           Church from parish level to the work of the religious          sanction and not doctrinal nor liturgical due to the
h/bk : Price €55.00) published by Four Courts Press            orders and, in chapter two, right up to the diocesan           effective resistance of diocesan clergy. In chapter five,
deals with an aspect of our nation’s history that is rarely    structure and its Episcopal administration. In his exami-      the impact of the more radical Protestantism of Edward
touched on in any depth by historians. The reason for          nation of the position of the laity, in chapter three, he      VI and the Anglophone reformation is examined. Inter-
this maybe twofold, firstly most concentrated on the           points to the fact that they ‘exercised a considerable         estingly, instructions to the Lord Deputy to have Church
political and social consequences of the religious policies    degree of authority and influence over the Church and in       services translated into Irish were ignored. Jefferies sees
of the Tudor monarchs and secondly, many may have              the parishes in late medieval Ireland’. This relationship      the Edwardian reformation as producing outward con-
considered the subject to be essentially religious or          between the ordinary parishioners and the institution is       formity in the Anglophone areas, but it failed in terms
church history. Indeed, many historians simply assumed         examined in terms of the two Irelands existing at the          of ‘winning hearts and souls’. He succinctly describes
that the Protestant reformation was doomed to inevitable       time, Gaelic and Anglicised. He also looks at the confra-      the attempts at Catholic restoration in Ireland by Mary
failure in Ireland, however, according to the author he        ternities or associations of lay men and women and their       Tudor as offering ‘a short reprieve from religious con-
was fascinated by the dissenting voice of historian,           functions within the Church. He notes the scarcity of          troversy in Ireland, but it left the question open of what
Nicholas Canny, who argued otherwise. Intrigued with           sources to assist us in our knowledge of popular piety         would happen next’. In Part III—’The Elizabethan
the possibility that Ireland could have become Protestant      during this period, however, he notes that the ‘cult of St.    reformation’ the author explores arguably the most
during the mid-sixteenth century, the author’s research        Francis seems to have been particularly popular in late        concerted attempt at advancing and securing Protestant-
demonstrates that failure was not necessarily inevitable       medieval Ireland’. In Part II—’The Early Tudor reforma-        ism in Ireland under the Tudors. In chapter seven, he
but highly probable from an early date and certainly           tions’ the author explores the complexities of not simply      examines a legislative programme for reformation but
clear before the 1590s. At that time, according to a           one ‘reformation’ but indeed, several and, of course, the      one almost devoid of ‘reformers’. Resistance proved
contemporary report, there were hardly more than 120           attempted restoration of Catholicism during the reign of       strong as the Catholic Counter-Reformation and rebel-
Irish-born Protestants in the country and only twenty          Mary Tudor. Chapter four deals with the extension to           lion gripped the country. Compulsion to attend Church
Irish-born householders in Dublin who attended Church          Ireland of Henry VIII’s brake with Rome and the dissolu-       of Ireland services was widely resisted in the Pale. In
of Ireland services. Readers unfamiliar with Irish history     tion of the monasteries in a country with a ’strong gen-       chapter eight, the legal fiction that was the Church of
must note that this was prior to the Plantation of Ulster      eral attachment to Catholicism among the clergy and            Ireland is slowly transformed into a structured institu-
and the influx of mostly Scottish Protestants in the early     laity’ in both Gaelic and Anglicised Ireland. The first        tion across much of Ireland. But years of enforced
decades of the seventeenth century. In Part I—’Before          wave of monastic dissolutions in Ireland began in 1537         conformity had not produced significant numbers of
the reformations’ the author provides us with a surpris-       was ’very limited in scale’ but within twelve months of        conversions. In chapter nine, rebellion and coercion
ing picture of a seemingly well organised and thriving         the ‘enactment of the English monasteries act’ in April        prove costly as external factors demand a military rather
Church in late medieval Ireland. Indeed, in chapter one        1539, monasticism in the crown territories in Ireland had      than a proselytising approach to Ireland. Nevertheless,
Jefferies examines the position of pastoral care in the late   been dismantled. But as Jefferies observes ’the opportu-       Jefferies points out that this period was a ‘watershed’
medieval Irish Church and challenges the conventional          nity was lost to deploy even a fraction of the monastic        for the Church of Ireland, however, as he explains in
image of ‘tumbledown, disused and makeshift houses of          windfall to address the problems of clerical poverty,          chapter ten, not in the number of its converts, but that it
worship’. In fact, he states that there was ‘an extensive      education and training.’ It also resulted in the closing       survived at all. Jefferies concludes that ‘Ireland’s was a
network of thousands of parishes and chapelries’ with          down of some of the hospitals and schools in the English       Reformation with virtually no reformers, and conse-
many of the churches either ‘newly built, rebuilt or           lordship. The real impact of the Henrican reformation,         quently it had no real chance of success’.           MM

                                         GSI Archive—Twenty Years a’ Collecting
The Society’s Archive located at the Carlisle                  Laoghaire Harbour Company, the Society                          time, the Board has agreed to acquire microfilm
Pier, Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Co. Dublin is                     moved into its new premises at the Carlisle                     copies of records that will augment parts of the
most definitely a unique genealogical resource                 Pier. Over the years items came into the Ar-                    archival collections. Consideration is being
in Ireland. It was established in October 1990                 chive from all around the world. Members in                     given to providing a public genealogy advisory
with a few items and publications donated by                   Ireland sourced and obtained special collections                service at the premises. The Archive continues
the co-founders. Indeed, a great debt of grati-                such as school registers etc and donated them to                to receive donations of family histories, books
tude must go to our co-founder, first Cathaoir-                the GSI Archive. Séamus O’Reilly, who suc-                      and other items of genealogical or historical
leach and first Archivist, Frieda Carroll, for                 ceeded Frieda in 2005, had the entire collection                interest. Some of the more unique items in the
housing the Society’s archival collections until               catalogued electronically for the move to the                   collection are ideal for academic research in a
2004. With the restoration of the Martello                     new premises. Séamus has been very ably as-                     number of disciplines. The Society’s Archive is
Tower in Seapoint in 2004, the archival collec-                sisted by members who are professionally                        currently open on Tues. 09.30hrs to 12.00hrs
tions were located in this historic building.                  trained librarians who designed the new shelv-                  and on Weds. 10.30hrs to 16.30hrs (with the
However, difficulties in controlling the atmos-                ing and storage systems. With the acquisition of                exception of the 4th Weds when it will open at
pheric conditions within the Tower necessitated                microfilm and microfiche readers, computers                     13.00hrs) at the Carlisle Pier, Dún Laoghaire
the removal of the archival collections to a                   and very soon, broadband internet connection,                   Harbour. Further days will be added as and
temporary home at 111, George’s Street, Dún                    the GSI Archive will be fully equipped to meet                  when volunteers are trained. For further info.
Laoghaire in 2008. This year, courtesy of Dún                  the needs of members and visitors. In the mean-                 contact Séamus on

                                                                                                                                    WILL YOUR RECORDS WELL
                         1926 Census of Ireland                                                                                As genealogists, heraldists and local historians
Two years ago, this Society presented a draft                   possibly view this measure as having a low                     we naturally amass a huge amount of paper and
Bill to Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú aimed at                       priority in these recessionary times. On the                   computer records during our many years of
amending the Statistics Act, 1993 to permit                     contrary, this Bill would allow the Minister to                research. We love these records, we’ve worked
access to the 1926 Census of Ireland. Amending                  unlock the great tourism and marketing poten-                  hard to collect the information—it’s of great
the legislation is the only way that this census                tial of this national resource. By providing                   value. Books, photographs, charts, interview
can be released to the public. Senator Ó Murchú                 public access to the 1926 Census it will allow                 notes, copy certificates, parish register and
kindly agreed to sponsor the Statistics (Heritage               researchers to properly compare the first census               census transcripts—all lovingly collected over
Amendment) Bill, however, with the downturn                     taken after independence with those of 1901                    many years. But how many of us have made
in the economy and the Oireachtas (Irish Parlia-                and 1911 which are already on-line. The release                provision for the preservation of our own re-
ment) naturally preoccupied with fiscal matters,                of the 1926 Census would be accompanied by                     cords, files and notes after we die? Don’t let
understandably, little progress on publishing                   an enormous interest at home and overseas.                     your hard work end up as landfill or your gene-
this Bill was achieved. But in the interim it                   Indeed, from a marketing perspective, Fáilte                   alogy, heraldry & local history books be sold
appears that a number of Senator Ó Murchú’s                     Ireland, could not be provided with a more cost                off piece meal after you’ve gone. Why not
colleagues have agreed to support the Bill                      effective and sustainable initiative, by which, to             make provision in your Will to donate them to
should it be introduced. Other parliamentarians                 promote Irish tourism amongst our Diaspora.                    the Society’s Archive for future generations?

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                               James Scannell Reports...
          SKELLIG MICHAEL                                 building and in 1960 and the help of hundred of                 other ones. Archaeologists believe that fortress
                                                          volunteers, some of whom were veterans of the                   is Linn Duchaill, founded in 841 AD and was a
Skellig Michael off the Co. Kerry coast is a              1916 Rising, the War of Independence, or the                    rival to the other large Viking town at that time,
UNESCO World Heritage Site and recently                   Civil War, embarked on a massive restoration                    Dublin. This discovery came following years of
what is believed to be the earliest sea entrance          programme which was completed for the anni-                     work by local enthusiasts and members of the
to this 6th century monastic island was recently          versary of the 1916 Rising in 1966. On view in                  Annagassan and District Historical Society.
discovered on the north eastern edge of the               the exhibition area of Kilmainham Gaol until
island. Colin McGorlick from New Zealand, the             January 16th 2011 is a photographic exhibition                         MEDAL SOCIETY AUCTION
island's resident rope man and safety expert,             showing the work carried out by the Kilmain-
discovered the new entrance while a team of               ham Gaol Restoration Society, showing the                       The Medal Society of Ireland will hold an Auc-
architects, archaeologists and masons were in             building as it was before work commence, the                    tion of Medals and Militaria on Sat. Oct. 16th at
the process of completing the restoration and             work in progress and some of the numerous                       1 p.m. in the Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square
excavation of the hermitage on the island's               people who took part in the project. For fur-                   West, Dublin 1.The auction includes Part One
steep southern side. Other discoveries during             ther information on Kilmainham please visit                     of the Barry Sutton collection of Irish army
this work were a previously unknown route                       militaria, including a significant quantity of
which involved a 40m climb up an almost verti-                                                                            scarce FCA early embroidered shoulder flashes
cal gully on the South Peak and revealed by                 VIKING FORTRESS DISCOVERED                                    with named of towns and cities. An extensive
series of rock cut steps and hand holds.                                                                                  selection of Irish Defence Forces unit flashes;
                                                          Archaeologists believe that they have discov-                   Irish U.N. and various Irish badges; Ulster
          KILMAINHAM GAOL                                 ered the remains of Viking fortress near the                    Defence Regiment titles, badges and paper-
                                                          County Louth village of Annagassan. The dis-                    work; and badges of Irish Regiments. Medals
In 1924, Kilmainham Gaol where the leaders                covery is based on what was revealed from                       for the Irish War of Independence, Emergency,
of the 1916 Rising had been executed and oth-             three test trenches which included human re-                    and PDF/FCA/SM; British and Commonwealth
ers detained during the Civil War, closed and             mains, rough silver used for ballast on ships,                  Great War medals. Also paperwork relating to
came into the ownership of Dublin Corporation.            nails for shipbuilding and artefacts from day to                TCD and proposals for its defence by the Dub-
Later the State bought it back for a nominal fee,         day life. Also discovered were signs of an ex-                  lin University Officer Training Corps. Viewing
promising to restore it but this did not happen           tensive defensive rampart which would have                      on Saturday October 16th from 11.00hrs until
and the building fell into disrepair. However             protected the settlement on one side with the                   12.45hrs in Room 4 of the Teachers’ Club. The
later a small committee obtained a lease on the           River Glyde and the Irish Sea protecting the                    catalogue can viewed at

                                     Précis of the September Lecture
On Tuesday September 14, 2010 our members                 should you have a printer capable of dealing                   social historians. Mr. Martin provided the GSI
heard a very interesting lecture on the fascinat-         with larger than A4 paper. Search results can                  members with a month’s free access to the web-
ing topic of ‘Irish Newspaper Archives as a               either be saved directly onto your PC or stored                site which will expire on October 13, 2010.
Resource for the Genealogist’ by Jonathan                 within the system for retrieval later. You can
Martin. Mr. Martin introduced members to the              also e-mail the results to yourself from within                             GSI LECTURES 2010
website                    the website. Mr. Martin explained that the web-                Tues. October 12th ‘The Medlar’s Gotcha – the story of
which is Ireland’s largest digital newspaper              site is still a work-in-progress with new re-                  a Dublin family’ by Pól Ó Duibhir; Tues. November
archive with access to newspapers dating from             sources being added constantly. Currently it has               9th ‘Irish Convict Transportation – Damnation or Salva-
the 1700s right down to the present. Explaining           a selection of national and local newspapers                   tion?’ by Seán Solan; Tues. December 14th ‘1916 to
the ease of access to the various resources avail-        some dating from the eighteenth century. The                   1921 Casualties’ by Dáithí Ó Corráin.
able on this website, Mr. Martin brought his              website is typically used by genealogists look-
audience through each of the browsing options             ing for notices of births, marriages or deaths.
and provided useful tips on each. The search              Local newspapers, in particular, are a very                      Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
options are very user friendly and the articles           useful resource for genealogists because the
can be viewed singularly or you can obtain a              death notices and funeral reports contain much                                  by John Grenham
full page view. It also allows for keyword                greater detail on the deceased and their rela-
                                                                                                                          Doing your Family Tree? You need this book!!
search, various sorting options and, of course,           tives. Access to this type of on-line resource is
printing of the document in its original format           of immense value to genealogists, local and                         

              Membership of the Genealogical Society
In the annual review of the Membership Pack-              School or Institutions assumed Arms or em-                    Board of Directors agreed that the annual renewal
ages the Board agreed, under Res: 09/11/718 to            blems registered with the Society free of charge              date for all members joining after July 1st 2010
maintain the Annual Subscription for 2010 for             to a maximum of ten registrations; occasional                 will be the anniversary of the date of joining
Irish and Overseas Members at the level agreed            group projects; Members’ internet forum; ge-                  rather than the calendar year as previously ap-
in 2007 of €40.00 to include the following:               nealogical, heraldic and vexillological advice;               plied. The complete Membership Package will be
Member voting rights; optional second house-              and the facility to publish your research in the              up for review and enhancement at the November
hold member with voting rights; Membership                GSI Journal. This Membership Package shall be                 meeting of the Board. Day Membership at €5.00
Card (s); right to use GSI post-nominal; copy of          applied as and from Jan. 1st 2010 and be subject              is available for persons visiting the Society’s
the Annual Journal; monthly newsletter; use of            to annual review, however, existing Member-                   Archive at the Carlisle Pier, Dún Laoghaire.
the Society’s Archive; monthly meetings/                  ship Packages shall be honoured until their                   Membership can be renewed on-line or, if you
lectures; special prices of up to 50% off se-             annual renewal date. Also under Res: 08/11/636                prefer, simply download the form and forward it
lected Society publications; right to register            persons under twenty-five years can still avail               with your remittance to the Society’s Director of
your own assumed Arms or emblems with the                 of 50% reduction on the membership fee.                       Finance, Mr. Tom Conlon, MGSI, 24, Carrick-
Society free of charge; right to have your Club,          NEW: At its September 2010 meeting the                        brennan Lawn, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

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                      is published by the                                                     ‘Blood in the Streets’
            Genealogical Society of Ireland Limited
     11, Desmond Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland            ‘Blood in the Streets - 1916 & The Battle of Mount Street Bridge’ by Paul O’Brien,
                                                                       published by Mercier Press. Thousands of commuters who pass daily over Dublin’s
                                                                       Mount Street Bridge are generally not aware that this location was where one of the
                   Charity Reference: CHY10672                         crucial engagements of the 1916 Rising took place. It was bloody and lasted the best
      The Society is a Nominating Body for Seanad Éireann              part of the day but when it ended the handful of volunteers under the command of Lt.
                                                                       Michael Malone had managed to inflict serious casualties on the advancing British
             Board of Directors 2010-2011                              forces far in excess of their numbers. When the British rushed troops from Britain to
                                                                       Kingstown, (Dún Laoghaire), they were training in Britain for deployment on the West-
Pádraic Ingoldsby (Cathaoirleach : Chairperson); Gerry Hayden
(Leas-Chathaoirleach : Vice Chair); Michael Merrigan (General          ern Front and not for urban warfare. Author Paul O’Brien reveals in this account of this
Secretary : Company Secretary); Tom Conlon (Finance); Sharon           crucial engagement that such was the haste that British troops were rushed into action,
Bofin (Membership & Publications); Séamus O’Reilly (Archive);          that they were told to leave their Lewis machine guns behind and so were deprived of
Barry O’Connor (Cemetery Projects); Séamus Moriarty (Lecture           this means of providing covering fire when attacking the buildings in Mount Street. Lt.
Programme), Fíona Tipple (Education & Social Inclusion) Bartosz        Malone positioned his men carefully in a number of Mount Street buildings which gave
Kozłowski (Poland) (Internet Services); John Hamrock (National         them excellent fields of fire and so when the British advanced along Northumberland
Projects) and Pat Feenan (Sales & Marketing).
                                                                       Road to cross Mount Street Bridge to reach Trinity College, they encountered withering
                                                                       fire that repulsed wave after wave of attacking troops. In desperation the British ordered
                JOIN ON-LINE                                           the troops to take all the buildings occupied by the Volunteers at all costs resulting in
                                                                       them suffering some 214 troops killed or wounded executing this order. The Volunteers
                    @                                                  knew that in time they would be overcome and Paul O’Brien provides the reader with a
                                    fascinating, clear and engrossing account of this day long battle before sheer weight of
                                                                       numbers overcame this small band of Volunteers in what could be described as Ire-
                                                                       land’s ‘Alamo’. Paul O’Brien also provides the reader with an account of the execu-
                                                                       tions carried out in Kilmainham Gaol after the Rising by the firing squads based on
                 DIARY DATES                                           the diary of a British officer involved in this process who recorded his experiences. In
        Tuesday Oct. 12th & Nov. 9th 2010                              the final section of this book Paul O’Brien concludes his account of the Mount Street
             Evening Open Meeting                                      battle with an overview of the tactics used by the Volunteers and British troops, reveal-
     Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education                        ing that the British troops suffered two handicaps – lack of training in urban warfare,
         Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire                              the absence of the Lewis machine guns to provide covering fire for attacking troops, a
                                                                       rigid adherence to orders when greater flexibility was required and the ‘take it all costs’
                                                                       directive and the excellent choice of buildings which resulted in the small band of Vol-
     Wednesday Oct. 27th & Nov. 24th 2010                              unteers being able to inflict such a high number of casualties on the attacking forces. An
             Morning Open Meeting                                      excellent history of this crucial 1916 engagement.                        James Scannell
   Weir’s, Lower George’s Street, Dún Laoghaire
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                                                        College Dublin; Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon, Head of
          New NLI Board                                 the School of Humanities in Athlone Institute of
                                                                                                                              BOOK LAUNCH
On Wednesday 22 September 2010, Ms. Mary                Technology; Mr. Brian Halpin – FCCA. Former              Warmest congratulations to GSI Member,
Hanafin, TD., Minister for Tourism, Culture and         Deputy DG and Secretary of the Central Bank of           Barry Kennerk, on the publication of his
Sport, announced the appointment of a new               Ireland; Mr. Patrick McMahon, Galway City                latest book. The book was formally launched at
Board of Directors for the National Library of          and County Librarian, former President of the            the Prospect Gallery in Glasnevin Cemetery on
Ireland. Announcing the new board members               Library Association of Ireland; Ms. Carol Mad-           Friday September 17th 2010 by Paul Williams,
Minister Hanafin said ''I am extremely pleased          dock, Information Systems National Library of            author and criminologist. Published by Mercier
that these very experienced and talented people         Ireland. Nominated by the staff of the National          Press ‘Shadow of the Brotherhood - The
have agreed to serve on the Board of the Na-            Library; Mr. Des Marnane, Historian, writer and          Temple Bar Shootings’ (ISBN: 978 1 85635
tional Library of Ireland. They will form the           teacher. Hon. Sec. Tipperary Historical Society;         677 0 : 350 pages : p/bk: Price: €14.99) which
second Board to be appointed since the Library          Mrs Susan Philips, Lecturer involved in commu-           deals with the shooting of two members of the
became an autonomous body in 2005. The new              nity and rural affairs. Nominee and Council Mem-         Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) in the
Board Members possess a range of exceptional            ber of Royal Dublin Society; Ms. Pat Quinn,              locality in October 1867. The ensuing police
skills and experience that can be used to steer         Secondary school teacher of English and History;         investigation uncovered the existence of an
and improve the fortunes of what is one of Ire-         Mr. Paul Rellis, Managing Director of Microsoft          Irish Republican Brotherhood squad of assas-
lands premier and venerable national cultural           Ireland; Mr. H. Paul Shovlin, Company director,          sins that targeted policemen, members of the
institutions, in difficult times. The role of our       business consultant. Nominee and Council Mem-            judiciary and informers. This new book will
national cultural institutions, like the National       ber of Royal Dublin Society; and Prof. Robert            be appeal to those researching the Irish Repub-
Library, was never more critical. The skills set of     Spoo, a member of the faculty at The University          lican Brotherhood but is also of relevance to
these new members will assist the Library in            of Tulsa College of Law. He has a law doctorate          historians and others researching policing in
using new technology, understanding copyright           from Yale University and a Ph.D in English from          Ireland in the nineteenth century. Of note, there
issues and linking into local and national library      Princeton University. His particular expertise is in     are a number of appendices, one of which
users.” The appointments are made for a five            copyright, trademark and intellectual property.          contains a detailed list of every serving mem-
year period, subject to progress on restructuring       From the composition of this new Board we can            ber of the DMP’s G Division in 1867.
between the National Library, the National Ar-          be cautiously optimistic that there will be the
chives and the Irish Manuscripts Commission. In         much needed and long overdue innovative ap-                 MEDAL SOCIETY OF IRELAND
announcing the new Board, Minister Hanafin              proach to the development of this premier na-
paid special tribute to the work of the outgoing        tional cultural institution. One lingering issue that    GSI Members researching ancestors or rela-
Board under the Chairmanship of Gerard Dana-            the new Board must tackle is the effective deliv-        tives who served in the Irish, British, Com-
her, S.C. The Board Members are as follows:             ery of heraldic services and most importantly, it        monwealth, American or other armed forces or
Mr. David Harvey, Chairman, Chief Executive             must instigate an immediate audit of the records         in the mercantile marine will find the publica-
of City Channel Ltd, Ireland. Chairman of the           of the ’office’ of the Chief Herald in the wake of       tions and meetings of the Medal Society of
National St Patrick’s Day Festival organisation         the ’bogus chiefs’ and related scandals. This audit      Ireland of interest. Find out more about those
and recently assumed the Chairmanship of Dub-           is required if the integrity of its records is to be     medals so cherished by the family and handed
lin Contemporary 2011; Prof. Diarmaid Fer-              assured and the reputation of Irish heraldic ser-        down through generations. For further infor-
riter, Author, historian and university lecturer,       vices is to be restored. The Society wishes the          mation please visit the Medal Society’s web-
Professor of Modern Irish History at University         new Board every success for its term of office.          site at:

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