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                  Cumann Geinealais na hÉireann

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

Vol. 5 No. 11                                                                               November: Samhain 2010

                                         GROWING ACCESS TO HERITAGE
                                   Recessionary Times Offer an Opportunity to Take Stock & Plan
                                   With all the doom and gloom           centred on tokenism rather than           genealogical resources. When the
                                   about the banking crisis, business    product. Unless it is radically over-     survey was commissioned by his
                                   closures, credit crunch, unemploy-    hauled the government’s plan for          successor, Minister Síle de Valera,
                                   ment and the prospect of crippling    the issuance of ‘Certificates of          TD., hopes were high for a coordi-
                                   budget cuts next month, heritage      Irishness’ has the potential of creat-    nated development of the sector.
                                   organisations must be proactive       ing an unsustainable and very vul-        Unfortunately, the final report by
                                   and imaginative if they are to        nerable product. But genealogy and        the Heritage Council pandered to
                                   survive in this economic climate.     ancestry products, including her-         sectional interests and it was rightly
    GENEALOGY                      This imperative also applies to the   aldry, have a uniqueness that reso-       and very publicly dumped by the
                                   State Agencies and others provid-     nates throughout our Diaspora. The        Minister. This was very valuable
      HERALDRY                     ing heritage services or products.    current on-line census returns and        opportunity lost. But now, in the
                                   However, it seems that a Celtic       hopefully, with Senator Ó Mur-            current recessionary times, it’s time
  VEXILLOLOGY                      Tiger induced amnesia has blinded     chú’s Bill, the 1926 census, create       to look again at the original objec-
                                   many to the opportunities afforded    an enormous accessibility for our         tives of this survey. Can we imag-
SOCIAL HISTORY                     by recessionary times to take stock   Diaspora to their heritage. Free of       ine and thus create a unified free
                                   and to plan for future growth.        charge, this facility has the potential   on-line genealogical resource to
  Heritage Matters                 Recessions are cyclical, but under-   to sustain an interest in Ireland and     promote an awareness, appreciation
                                   standably many under forty years      a desire to visit the land of their       and knowledge of Ireland amongst
                                   of age—the majority of our popu-      ancestors. This clearly is an asset       our Diaspora? We have the re-
     Book Reviews                  lation—find this fact increasingly    upon which the government and the         sources and the expertise—but have
                                   difficult to grasp. Their dreams of   State agencies should build. The          we the leadership to drive this
   Open Meetings                   continued prosperity have been        website of the Dept. of Tourism,          initiative to success? If not, then a
                                   shattered by the greed and incom-     Culture & Sport has already clearly       huge opportunity is lost again!!
  News & Queries                   petence of elites in our Republic.    demonstrated the potential of pro-
                                   But the luxury of the blame game      viding free access to genealogical
                                   is not theirs either and nor should   information on-line. Some local
                                   it be. We all have an opportunity     authorities in Ireland have sepa-
                                   now to reassess our positions to      rately embarked on similar initia-
                                   meet the challenges of an inevita-    tives involving local genealogical
                                   ble upturn in the economic for-       resources. Undoubtedly this is the                tunes of our country. Heritage        ’Principle of Public Ownership &
                                   organisations, especially those       Right of Access’ to our genealogical
                                   involved in genealogy or ancestry     heritage in operation. Back in 1996
                                   products, have a unique capability    during the debate in Seanad Éireann
        CONTENTS                   to tap into and to sustain a future   on the National Cultural Institu-
                                   customer base for our tourism         tions Bill, the then Minister, Mi-
Age of Atrocity               2                                                                                    GSI President, Rory Stanley, FGSI (left)
                                   sector. Talk of reengaging with an    chael D. Higgins, TD, accepted a          draws the winning ticket at the GSI
                                   Irish Diaspora of approximately       proposal by this Society for a na-        Stand at the Over 50s Show held at the
                                   seventy million has unfortunately     tional inventory or survey of our         RDS last month. See page 2.
1926 Census—                  2
A Stimulus Package

Over 50s Show—A               2            Official Opening & 20th Anniversary
Wonderful Success
                                   The Minister for Tourism, Sport       tee under the direction of Leas-          tions would have made the walk
                                   & Culture, Ms. Mary Hanafin,          Chathaoirleach, Gerry Hayden, to          between venues unpleasant for our
James Scannell Reports..      3    TD., will officially open the Soci-   organise the official opening and the     guests. Nevertheless, the Harbour
                                   ety’s Archive or ‘An Daonchart-       20th anniversary celebrations. As         Lodge venue also necessitated a
                                   lann’ on Monday November 8th          part of the ceremony a commemora-         capping on the numbers invited.
Précis of October Lecture     3    2010. The Minister will also be       tive plaque will be unveiled by the       Costs of accommodating all of our
GSI Lectures 2010                  the Guest of Honour at the recep-     Minister and a Special 20th Anniver-      Members and guests at another
                                   tion to mark the 20th anniversary     sary Fellowship Award will be pre-        venue would have been prohibi-
                                   of the foundation of the Society in   sented to a well known personality        tive. Therefore, a random selection
Diary Dates                   4    1990. The Chairperson and Board       in the world of genealogy. It was         of Members was invited to attend
Census of Elderly Irish            of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Com-         agreed to hold the ceremonies at a        as representatives of the Member-
                                   pany have very kindly provided        venue other than the GSI Archives         ship at home and overseas. This is
‘Executed for Ireland’        4    the use of the Harbour Lodge for      on the Carlisle Pier due to space         an important milestone for the
Patrick Moran                      the events. The Board of the Soci-    requirements and, of course, the          Society and one, in which, all of
                                   ety established a Select Commit-      possibility of adverse weather condi-     our Members can be rightly proud.

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PAGE 2                               I R E LA ND ’ S G E NE A LO G I C A L G A Z E T T E ( I NC O R P O R A T I NG “ T HE G E NI E G A ZE T T E ” )                 V O L. 5 NO . 1 1

                                                                    Age of Atrocity
                                         Violence and Political Conflict in Early Modern Ireland
‘Age of Atrocity—Violence and Political Conflict in            truths’. In the context of the teaching of Irish history       1600-3’ by Chichester, Dowcra and Mountjoy through a
Early Modern Ireland’ - Editors David Edwards,                 since the early 1970s there may be some justification in       scorched earth policy with the latter having ‘few qualms
Pádraig Lenihan and Codagh Tait. (ISBN: 978-1-84682-           the arguments proffered by the editors. Ireland’s turbu-       of conscience about the killing of civilian non-
267-4 : 320pp : p/bk: Price: €22.45). First published          lent history is littered with massacres, scorched earth        combatants’. Clodadh Tait deals with the reporting of
back in 2007, this new paperback edition published by          famines, murders and mutilations. However, the descrip-        violent deaths of persecutors by both native and new-
Four Courts Press is a very timely contribution to our         tion of these events by modern Irish historians has been       comer and the narratives created with each claiming the
understanding of the events that gave rise to another          tempered by considerations of the politicisation of the        support of the Almighty. Brian Mac Cuarta examines
resource on-line launched recently. At Trinity College         narrative and, of course, the controversies surrounding        religious violence against settlers in south Ulster in
Dublin on October 22, 2010 the President of Ireland, Mrs       revisionism. Whereas in other countries, according to the      1641-2 which draws heavily on the depositions in
Mary McAleese and the former Northern Ireland First            editors, the ‘investigation of the true extent and nature of   Trinity mentioned above. Kenneth Nicholls looks at ‘the
Minister, Dr. Ian Paisley, jointly launched the on-line        violence of early modern society has gained a pace since       other massacre—English killings of Irish, 1641-2’.
access to the 19,000 pages contained in 31 volumes of          the 1970s’. The introduction by the editors examines the       Mark Clinton, Linda Fibiger and Damian Shiels deal
the 8,000 depositions by witnesses to the 1641 Rebellion.      concept of atrocity and the historiography of violence in      with the mass grave discovered at Carrickmines, Co.
This on-line resource is accompanied           Ireland and the thirteen papers presented in this volume       Dublin and the siege of the castle in 1642. Kevin
by an exhibition —’Ireland in Turmoil: The 1641 Depo-          endeavour to establish a more nuanced approach to the          Forkan looks at the ‘strange death of Sir Charles Coote,
sitions’ which runs until April 3, 2011. ’Age of Atrocity’     events and subjects covered. David Edwards looks at the        1642’ and the invention of a Protestant icon. John R.
charts the period 1534 to 1691 when the forces of politi-      escalation of violence in sixteenth-century Ireland in a       Young deals with another aspect of the 1641 Rebel-
cal and social change overcame those of continuity in          manner that challenges the accepted narrative and the          lion—refuges in Scotland. Cromwell’s massacre of
Ireland leaving the country completely transformed. But        tendency of ‘reform-centred scholars’ to ‘both minimise        Drogheda is examined by John Morrill, while Mícheál
more importantly, this publication tackles the controver-      and wholly redefine’ the atrocities of the period. He          Ó Siochrú looks at the propaganda surrounding the
sial issue of ‘atrocity’ and attempts to both define and       examines the violence perpetrated by native and new-           event. Finally, John Childs provides an insight into the
contextualise the term. According to the editors, ‘the         comer alike as ‘traditional enmities, nurtured over scores     laws of war in Ireland in 1688-91. The editors maintain
concept of ‘atrocity’ in particular threatens to overwhelm     or even hundreds of years, fed the flames of conflict in       that further studies and especially, interdisciplinary
historians’ pretensions to be dispassionate recorders of       every part of the country’. Vincent P. Carey examines the      studies involving ‘history, literary criticism, historical
events’ as ’to define an incident as an atrocity is implic-    ‘atrocity and history’ of the slaughter of a papal garrison    geography, sociology, anthropology and archaeology
itly to lay blame on one side or another’. Indeed, they        of Spanish and Italian soldiers by the English at Smer-        (conflict archaeology is a growing field), and a greater
argue that ’to substitute some other term for atrocity is to   wick, Co. Kerry, in 1580. Hiram Morgan deals with the          openness to approaching the sixteenth and seventeenth
distract from the impact of bloodshed, to ignore some of       policies of Hugh O’Neill and his actions ‘undertaken on        centuries from the points of view of society and culture
its most important effects, such as horror and outrage,        the grounds of expediency and political necessity rather       as well as of politics, will certainly be necessary’. This
and generally to water it down’ and that a failure to          than mere cruelty’ including, his alleged complicity in        approach is definitely of interest to the genealogist and
acknowledge atrocity as an ‘ugly reality’ of times past’is     the killing of over 300 survivors from the wreck of the        social or local historian and the papers presented in this
to fall into a fatal trap—that of choosing simplification      La Trinidad Valencera—a ship of the Spanish Armada in          volume provide a thought provoking introduction to the
and even falsification over more messy and complicated         1588. John McGurk looks at the ‘pacification of Ulster,        enormous potential of this type of research.         MM

 1926 Census—A Stimulus Package
                                                                                                                               1911 and 1926 census returns stand like enormously
                                                                                                                               significant ‘book-ends’ on the most momentous and
                                                                                                                               turbulent period of modern Irish history. Interest in the
                                                                                                                               release of the 1926 Census would be huge amongst the
When this Society presented a draft Bill to Senator            will establish this census as a much underestimated             Irish Diaspora and, of course, amongst the folks at
Labhrás Ó Murchú, just two years ago, aimed at                 and possibly, misunderstood national resource. With             home. The Ó Murchú Bill is a simple straightforward
amending the Statistics Act, 1993 to permit access to          the exception of genealogists and some historians, few          measure to facilitate the release of the 1926 Census.
the 1926 Census of Ireland, nobody fully anticipated           people in the political, business or tourism spheres            Indeed, an opportunity to coordinate a promotion of
the great economic upheaval that would befall our              have appreciated the economic value of our genealogi-           Irish tourism, Irish products and services to coincide
Republic. Unemployment soared and billions of public           cal heritage as a tool, by which, to introduce our              with its release would be a very cost-effective promo-
money was diverted to shoring up the banks as the              Diaspora to an awareness, appreciation and knowledge            tion of our country during these recessionary times.
recession deepened and public confidence crashed.              of the land of their ancestors. Previous considerations         The release of the 1926 Census is one economic stimu-
Therefore, when Senator Ó Murchú kindly agreed to              of our genealogical resources erroneously focused on            lus package that we can afford. This short Bill unlocks
sponsor the Statistics (Heritage Amendment) Bill, the          the creation of ‘genealogical products’ and expensive           a hidden national resource and it’s time we did so.
Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) was increasingly preoc-          research services which were never going to be sus-
cupied with fiscal matters. However, the Bill is now on        tainable. This Society has argued for the past twenty
the Order Paper for Seanad Éireann awaiting its intro-         years that genealogy is a resource for the promotion of          Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
duction at Second Stage. So now our focus must turn            Ireland and not necessarily a product in itself. This
to the enormous potential that could be unlocked by            analysis has been largely borne out by the success of                            by John Grenham
the release of the 1926 Census to drive a renewed              the on-line access to the 1901 and 1911 census returns.
interest in Ireland and in things Irish amongst our            Now it’s time to capitalise on the successful roll-out of        Doing your Family Tree? You need this book!!
Diaspora. Indeed, it is highly likely that any cost-           this facility by the National Archives by including the
benefit analysis on the release of the 1926 to the public      1926 Census – the first census taken since 1911. The

Over 50s Show—A Wonderful Success                                                                                                   WILL YOUR RECORDS WELL
                                                                                                                               As genealogists, heraldists and local historians
The Society’s Stand at the Over 50s Show held                   John Hamrock, Fíona Tipple, Sharon Bofin,                      we naturally amass a huge amount of paper and
at the RDS, Dublin, between October 15th and                    Séamus O’Reilly and Members, Eddie Gahan,                      computer records during our many years of
17th was, by all accounts, a wonderful success.                 Clare Tuohy and Richard McCormack. GSI                         research. We love these records, we’ve worked
The Stand was co-hosted by the Society and the                  President, Rory Stanley and Vice-Presidents,                   hard to collect the information—it’s of great
UK based Guild of One-Name Studies. Strate-                     Stuart Rosenblatt and The O Morchoe also were                  value. Books, photographs, charts, interview
gically situated on the corner of the exhibition                on hand. Stena Line in Dún Laoghaire provided                  notes, copy certificates, parish register and
area and next to the principal lecture theatre,                 a voucher for a return ticket for a Car+4 across               census transcripts—all lovingly collected over
the Stand was arguably the busiest in the area                  the Irish Sea for a draw for visitors to the Stand.            many years. But how many of us have made
reserved for genealogy. Stands for the National                 From over 300 entrants the President was called                provision for the preservation of our own re-
Archives of Ireland, Public Records Office of                   upon to draw the winning ticket which went to                  cords, files and notes after we die? Don’t let
Northern Ireland and the Irish Georgian Society                 Co. Meath. Also on Sunday John Hamrock                         your hard work end up as landfill or your gene-
were all adjacent to the Society’s Stand. An                    delivered a well attended lecture. The 21 hours                alogy, heraldry & local history books be sold
Cathaoirleach, Pádraic Ingoldsby, was very                      over three days were very busy, but most enjoy-                off piece meal after you’ve gone. Why not
ably assisted on the Stand by Board Members,                    able for all concerned. Why not checkout the                   make provision in your Will to donate them to
Gerry Hayden, Pat Feenan, Barry O’Connor,                       photos on the Society’s Facebook page?                         the Society’s Archive for future generations?

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                                    James Scannell Reports...
        HEADSTONES ERECTED                                    when the graves of four ex-servicemen were                      Written by retired teacher Brian McMahon
                                                              identified and headstones erected. The head-                    from Stillorgan who is an active member the
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission                        stones will be unveiled on Thursday November                    Kilmacud-Stillorgan Local History Society.
(CWGC) has paid for headstones to commemo-                    11th - Remembrance Day - and the Glasnevin                      This biography of Crosbie (1756-1824) was
rate forty-three Irish men and women who                      Trust has now launched an appeal for the rela-                  launched in Dublin by Lord Mayor Cllr. Gerry
served with the British Army and are buried in                tives of those involved to attend the unveiling                 Breen and tells the story of Ireland’s first avia-
unmarked graves in Dublin’s Glasnevin ceme-                   ceremony.                                                       tor who became the first person to fly in Ireland
tery which is administered by the Glasnevin                                                                                   when he ascended from the Ranelagh Gardens
Trust. The headstones were paid for by the                                     RANKS MILLS                                    in a hot air balloon. In this remarkable book,
CWGC in accordance with their policy that                                                                                     Brian MacMahon tells the dramatic and fasci-
everyone who fought for the British Army in                   In October former workers of Ranks Mills, one                   nating story of Crosbie who was an intrepid
either of the two World Wars should receive a                 of the largest flourmills in Ireland, attended a                scientist and showman and places all his
lasting memorial. Each of the forty-one men                   civic reception hosted by Limerick City Council                 achievements in the context of European bal-
and two women fought in but were not killed in                to mark the important donation of the diaries                   loon flights at that time. The book also contains
wars ranging from the Boer War to the Second                  and photographs of former mills manager Cecil                   a poignant account of Crosbie final days in
World War, and died as the result of illnesses or             Mercier who worked in the Limerick milling                      America, living in poverty yet still carrying out
injury in the aftermath of war. Glasnevin Trust               industry for forty-three years. The Limerick                    scientific experiments. Published by History
historian Shane Mac Thomáis said the fact that                mill closed in 1983 ending 700 years of milling                 Press Ireland.
these service people did not die in direct combat             in the city dating back to the 13th century.
only added poignancy of their story and that it               During the 18th century the city was leader of                     MEMORIAL TO DMP OFFICERS
was terribly sad that so many of these people                 the milling industry in Ireland.
died after their wars ended. Mac Thomáis has                                                                                  In September the Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr.
researched the history of each of the forty-three                BIOGRAPHY OF IRISH AVIATOR                                   Gerry Breen unveiled a plaque in East Essex
individuals using the National Archives in Kew.                                                                               Street, Dublin to the memory of Dublin Metro-
Many of these veterans were buried in the                     Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara was the                         politan Police officer Patrick Kenna from Mull-
cemetery in unmarked graves because some had                  guest of honour at the launch of Bryan MacMa-                   ingar and Sergeant Stephen Kelly from Monas-
no living relatives at the time death and others              hon’s book ‘Ascend or Die: Richard Crosbie,                     terevein who were shot dead by a Fenian splin-
because their families could not afford the cost              Pioneer of Balloon Flight’ which is thr first                   ter squad who were responsible for twelve high
of a headstone. The project began last year                   detailed biography of Ireland’s pioneer aviator.                profile shootings between 1866 and 1871.

                                              Précis of the October Lecture
On Tuesday October 12, 2010, Pól Ó Duibhir gave               that there was a phrase in her family if someone               Larry walked when the Treaty was signed but went
an illustrated talk on PJ Medlar (1885-1949) whom             sneezed: “The Medlar’s Gotcha!”; though she was                straight back into internment when he took up arms
he described as an unremembered, but nonetheless              unaware that Medlar was the undertaker. Again, Pete            against the Free State Government. Cousin Martin
interesting “Dubliner”. He was a Dublin City Council-         St. John, in Jaysus Wept, quotes some lines from, his          became a Fianna Fáil TD, 1956-65. And Peggy was a
lor and undertaker in the first half of the 20th century.     own composition, the Inchicore Wake: “And Bigamy               well known Irish dancing teacher in Dublin. You can
His father was a blacksmith from Paulstown, in Co.            O’Keeffe, and Black Paddy Medlar, with Claffey were            see more details at
Kilkenny, who died while seeking work in the USA,             talkin’ of gravestones and flowers”. PJ used his
leaving his wife Ellen bereft in Dublin with two young        hearses and other vehicles to drive Republican prison-                      GSI LECTURES 2010
children. Ellen farmed out the children to their grand-       ers to their homes after their release under the Treaty
parents, Larry to Ballyellin, and PJ to Paulstown,            in 1921. He promoted the “Medlar Bridge”, linking              Tues. November 9th ‘Irish Convict Transporta-
while she returned to her former career in domestic           Maryland and Upper Basin Street, during his time on
service. When she remarried in 1897 PJ returned to            the Council. He opened the Tivoli Theatre in Francis
                                                                                                                             tion – Damnation or Salvation?’ by Seán Solan;
Dublin. He started as a messenger, became a registra-         Street, which is still hanging on by the skin of its teeth.    Tues. December 14th ‘1916 to 1921 Casualties’
tion agent, married and was soon in the undertaking           PJ’s Paulstown cousins were a Republican lot. Larry            by Dáithí Ó Corráin. The Society’s Director of
business. His premises, at 48a James’s Street, served         was sentenced to death by the British for a raid on            the Lecture Programme, Séamus Moriarty,
both as an office/shop and sometime accommodation             Gowran Barracks and having 39 sticks of gelignite in           FGSI, is currently compiling the Lecture Pro-
from 1916 to his retirement in 1942. He went into             the eaves along with a whack of papers compromising            gramme for the first six months of 2011. Details
partnership with another city undertaker, Charles             the Kilkenny Brigade IRA. The court rejected Larry’s
                                                                                                                             will be published when available. Any sugges-
Claffey, between 1919 and 1927, when the business             three pronged innovative defence: a spurious alibi
was listed as Medlar and Claffey. PJ has appeared in          from his father; a ridiculous note from his doctor; and        tions for possible lectures are always most wel-
Dublin city folklore. One lady, for instance, told Pól        an unbelievable resort to “force majeure”. However,            come at

                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                                     CENSUS OF ELDERLY NY IRISH
            Genealogical Society of Ireland Limited
     11, Desmond Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland            In late October 2010 a census of elderly Irish living in the New York, USA, borough of
                E-mail:                     Queens commenced with some four hundred respondents being asked to answer an in-
                                                                       depth survey about emigration from Ireland and their current living conditions in the
                   Charity Reference: CHY10672
                                                                       U.S.A. The survey is called ‘Gallagher Initiative’ in memory of Mayo retired carpenter
      The Society is a Nominating Body for Seanad Éireann              Tony Gallagher who died in his home in December 2008 and whose body was not
                                                                       discovered for a week. The survey was launched at the Long Island Irish Centre where
             Board of Directors 2010-2011                              it was observed that some of the elderly present were so frail that others had to carry
Pádraic Ingoldsby (Cathaoirleach : Chairperson); Gerry Hayden          plates of food to them at the buffet lunch. So was the support for the Initiative that
(Leas-Chathaoirleach : Vice Chair); Michael Merrigan (General          nearly all eighty of the guests at the launch agreed to participate in the Initiative which
Secretary : Company Secretary); Tom Conlon (Finance); Sharon           will headed by Dr. Elaine Walsh, gerontologist, from Hunter College, who will lead the
Bofin (Membership & Publications); Séamus O’Reilly (Archive);          four to six month study of Irish pensioners and expects that many of those who say that
Barry O’Connor (Cemetery Projects); Séamus Moriarty (Lecture           they are all right will point the team to those who need help. New York senator Charles
Programme), Fíona Tipple (Education & Social Inclusion) Bartosz
Kozłowski (Poland) (Internet Services); John Hamrock (National
                                                                       Schumer secured $200,000 in federal funding for the census while a further $25,000
Projects) and Pat Feenan (Sales & Marketing).                          was secured by Ms. Christine Quinn, the Irish-American speaker of the New York City
                                                                       Assembly. Dr. Walsh and her team will approach churches, pubs, shops, restaurants,
                                                                       building superintendents and neighbours to locate elderly Irish men and women, some
                JOIN ON-LINE                                           of whom may be cut off or isolated from the community in which they reside as the
                                                                       demographics of Queens has changed due to the influx of other ethnic groups and this
                    @                                                  can increase their isolation. Interviewees will be asked a series of questions including if
                                    they are happy that they left Ireland; would they have like to have stayed in Ireland ;
                                                                       how often did they go back; how much money did they send home ; how they feel it
                                                                       should be returned to them ; where their families are and how often they visit. It’ ex-
                 DIARY DATES                                           pected that this census will be a model both for New York officials who like the idea of
                                                                       ethnic communities looking after their own, and for future initiatives in other cities such
        Tuesday Nov. 9th & Dec. 14th 2010                              as Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Dr. Walsh intends to hold a conference on her
             Evening Open Meeting                                      findings in October 2011.                                                James Scannell
     Dún Laoghaire College of Further Education
         Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire
                                                                                        FOUR COURTS PRESS
                                                                                Irish History, Genealogy, Local History and much more
   Wednesday Nov. 24th 2010 & Jan. 26th 2011                                        
             Morning Open Meeting                                                     Checkout the Sale Items - 10% Reduction On-Line
   Weir’s, Lower George’s Street, Dún Laoghaire
               10.30hrs—12.30hrs                                      MORNING MEETING                   Members are advised that, as usual, there will be no
                                                                      Morning Meeting in December and that the inclusion of Wednesday December 22, 2010
              Contribution €3.00 p.p.                                 on the calendar of Open Meetings recently was an error. We apologise for any inconven-
     (Coffee/Tea included at Morning Meetings)                        ience of confusion caused by this error in the Society’s calendar. General Secretary

                          ‘Executed for Ireland’                                                                             PATRICK MORAN
                                                                                                                 Patrick Moran worked as a barman in Dún
‘Executed for Ireland – The Patrick Moran               members. May Moran also gives a valuable in-             Laoghaire and Blackrock, Co. Dublin and in
Story’ by May Moran, published by the Mercier           sight in to the way those for execution on Bloody        1917 he became a founder member of the Irish
Press. In Glasnevin Cemetery there are 10 graves        Sunday were selected with Cathal Brugha review-          National Union of Vintners, Grocers and Allied
side by side known as ‘The Forgotten’ in which          ing the files of all the likely suspects which ran to    Trades. In 1961 Moran Park and Moran Park
nine of ten men executed in Mountjoy Gaol               over forty names and only added a name to the            House (Harbour House) in Dún Laoghaire were
during the War of Independence repose – the             termination list when he was satisfied beyond all        named in his honour. For further information on
remains of the tenth are buried in Co. Tipperary        doubt that this individual was a British secret          ‘The Forgotten Ten’ including Patrick Moran
but his headstone is there with the other nine.         agent. Pat Moran was arrested after Bloody Sun-          see Tim Carey’s ‘Hanged for Ireland – ‘The
This remarkable biography written by May                day and was later tried and convicted for taking         Forgotten Ten’ – Executed 1920-21’ Blackwa-
Moran, a niece of Patrick Moran, tells the story        part in a Bloody Sunday operation in Mount               ter Press, Dublin 2001 – ISBN 1-84131-547-8
of Patrick Moran and his family, a trade union          Street in which he was not involved. Although he         Brian Smith in the ’Historical Street Directory
activist who as an Irish Volunteer who took part        could produce numerous witnesses confirming his          of Kingstown-Dún Laoghaire’ published by the
in the 1916 Rising and later in the War of Inde-        alibi, the military court martial board choose to        Dún Laoghaire Borough Historical Society in
pendence and was charged, convicted, and exe-           accept the dubious eye witness testimony of some         2000 states that ’in 1921 a proposal was made
cuted for a crime he did not commit. The first          soldiers and ignored his witnesses and one can           to change Georges Street Lower to Moran
part of this fascinating engrossing biography           only speculate that the authorities knew that he         Street, after Patrick Moran who was hanged on
deals with his early life down the country includ-      was involved in the Gresham Hotel operation but          14th March 1921 for allegedly taking part in the
ing family life and the various businesses he           had no to evidence to try him for this so used the       killing of a British soldier’ (p 28). Tim Carey in
worked in before he moved to Dublin where he            Mount Street operation instead. May Moran gives          his ’In Honour & Memory—Memorials of
became involved in the trade union movement             excellent coverage to the court-martial and the          Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’ identifies the pub
which he was extremely active in and even               dubious evidence put forward at it, which was            where Moran worked as ‘Lynch and O’Brien’s
served seven days in prison arising from an             accepted by the panel of officers hearing the case.      public house on [Lower] George’s Street where
incident at a trade a trade dispute in Dún              Offered the chance to escape from Mountjoy               Shaws is currently located’ (p 63).       Editor
Laoghaire. He subsequently took part in the 1916        before his case was heard, Moran declined this
Rising being based in Jacob’s Bakery in Bishop          opportunity to do so as he was confident that he
Street and was subsequently interned. Upon              would be acquitted of the charges and that escap-            MEDAL SOCIETY OF IRELAND
release he resumed his Irish Volunteer activities       ing would only establish his guilt. He was hanged
and took part in Bloody Sunday 1920, a family           on March 14th 1921 on a morning when six men              GSI Members researching ancestors or relatives who
secret that emerged only during the course of           were hanged in two’s at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.         served in the Irish, British, Commonwealth, American
writing this book as many family members were           in Mountjoy Gaol. The story of the exhumation of          or other armed forces or in the mercantile marine will
under the impression that he had not taken part         the remains of the ten executed men from Mount-           find the publications and meetings of the Medal
                                                                                                                  Society of Ireland of interest. Find out more about
in this military operation but Pat Moran had            joy Gaol, their 2001 State funeral and re-                those medals so cherished by the family and handed
admitted to some selected family members that           interment in Glasnevin Cemetery forms the clos-           down through generations. For further information
he had taken part in that operation but that this       ing part of this fascinating and superbly re-             please visit the Medal Society’s website at:
disclosure was not to be revealed to other family       searched book.                      James Scannell

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