Eneclann Newsletter 14 September 2013

Eneclann Newsletter

In this issue:

AnnouncementWhats Going On? Culture Night 2013

Whats Going On? Other Upcoming Events

Publications Special Offer



Dear Eneclann customer,


Welcome to our first newsletter of the autumn. It’s been a great summer, but after all the sun and the holidays – which, remarkably enough, went hand in hand for all of us in Ireland this year – September is already half gone!

First off, an announcement. This is our first newsletter since the arrival of the latest member of the Eneclann team – Shane Breslin has taken over as Marketing Manager. Shane brings ten years of media and marketing experience to the table, much of it in the digital landscape.

He is also currently working in the charity sector, where he’s responsible for all digital marketing and communications with the Irish Cancer Society, and was part of the team behind the Swift Satire Festival in Trim this year.

You should welcome him aboard by dropping him a line at shane.breslin@localhost.


Summer events update

It’s been a very busy summer, and here’s a rundown of just some of the things Eneclann has been involved in over the past couple of months:


Eneclann organised a Military History Colloquium as part of Bratacha, the festival of flags and vexillogy, organised by Dun Laoghaire Council.

Dr. Niav Gallagher, Dr. John Cronin and Dr. Stephen Harrison talked about 1000 years of Irish military history, and then led a public discussion with the audience.

The chair was Retired Brigadier General James Saunderson, formerly of the Irish Defence Forces.


Eneclann Directors Brian Donovan and Fiona Fitzsimons led a local team of volunteers at the Ferns Medieval Gathering in Wexford.

The volunteer had been trained in genealogy a few months in advance, to deliver a genealogy advice service. 

Eneclann also provided a guest speaker, Dr. Stephen Harrison of Trinity College Dublin and UCD, who gave a paper on the Anglo-Norman invasion in Wexford.

Also in June Brian and Fiona gave workshops at the genealogy summer school  “Ancestral Connections”, held in UCC and organised by Lorna Moloney.


Eneclann was part of the Swift Satire Festival in Trim, Co Meath, with Fiona Fitzsimons, Helen Moss and Cliona Weldon providing a free Genealogy Roadshow at Trim Castle Hotel over a full weekend.

Hundreds of visitors from around the world arrived in Trim over the four days, with large groups of students from Johns Hopkins University and Spalding University in Kentucky among the attendees, and many of them took advantage of the Genealogy Roadshow too.

What’s Going On?  Culture Night 2013

Check out our What’s Going On? page to keep up-to-date with genealogy, history and archaeology events.  Of interest this Newsletter is the Culture Night Special Genealogical Advisory Service at the National Library of Ireland on Friday, September 20th, 2013.

For the past two summers Eneclann has led the free Genealogical Advisory Service (GAS) at the National Library of Ireland, which has seen two assistant librarians, Christina McDonnell and Francis Carroll, and one specialist genealogist selected from an 18-strong panel put together by Eneclann and Ancestry Network. The GAS is available June to September from 9.30am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 12.40pm on Saturdays.

To mark the annual phenomenon that has become Culture Night, which takes place next Friday (September 20th), a very special Culture Night Genealogical Advisory Service will be available at the NLI from 5pm to 10pm.

The Genealogy Room is situated in the NLI on the first landing on the stair that leads to the main Reading Room. We look forward to welcoming you on the night.

Find out more about Culture Night 2013.

Other Upcoming Events

Fiona Fitzsimons, Eneclann’s Research Director, is on the road with a couple of really interesting talks in Dundalk and Waterford over the next few days.

Talk Title: Survival through assimilation: Evidence for the people of Ireland 1641-1800

Venue: Louth County Library, Dundalk, Co Louth

Date: Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Time: 1.30pm

Nowadays, as more and more records from pre-1800 begin to become available online, more and more Irish people, and people with an Irish background all over the world, can trace their family history back to the 18th century and beyond.

Fiona’s talk will ask: What do these earlier records tell us about who we are as a people? Who are the Irish anyway?

The historic records that survive from 1641 to the early 1800s reflect the ruling elite’s concerns about the Irish people – security, landownership/tenure, and conformity to the laws of central government. 

These records also show the process of assimilation of the Irish people to a new culture whether by persuasion – that it was in their personal and economic interests to assimilate – by choice, or by force.

By 1800, the Irish population that we see reflected in the documents had a significantly different culture, to what had been there just three or four generations earlier.

Note: This seminar is fully booked out

Click here for more information


Talk Title: Records of Irish children in care, ca. 1840s to 1952

Venue: Waterford City Library

Date: Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Time: 6pm

Prior to the introduction of the Adoption Act in 1952 all arrangements whereby a child was permanently raised by people other than his/her birth parents, were described as ‘fostering’ or, to give the term which became commonplace colloquially, being ‘boarded out’. In this paper Fiona will look at the different sources that survive between ca. 1840s to 1952, that provide a paper trail to search for the origins of these children.

With the publication of the Government’s report into the Magdalene Laundries earlier this year still fresh in the memory, Fiona’s talk will give a fascinating insight into the background of Irish children in care over the course of more than a century.

Click here for more information on this talk on the Waterford City Council Library Service’s Facebook page


Publications Special Offer

The War of Independence Collection


There has been so much commentary surrounding the anniversary of the 1913 Lockout in recent weeks and months, so it’s an opportune moment to point you in the direction of The War of Independence Collection, which contains seven individual titles on one DVD.

The seven titles included are as follows:

  • The Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook (Irish Times 1917)
  • The Administration of Ireland 1920
  • The American Commission on Conditions in Ireland, Interim and Full Reports
  • Evidence on Conditions in Ireland
  • Report of the Labour Commission to Ireland, 1921
  • The Case for Ireland Re-Stated
  • Dail Eireann: Minutes of the Proceedings of the First Parliament 1919-1921

These individual titles would normally retail at approximately €90 but this special collection is available for just €39.90.

Click here for The War of Independence Collection


The Topographical Collection


Another collective publication available at a discount of greater than 50% is the Topographical Collection, which brings together on one disc five indispensable resources for anyone interested in the history of Ireland’s place names.

This special offer DVD, which would retail for in excess of €150 if purchased individually, contains the following:

  • Samuel Lewis, Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 3 vols (1st Edition, 1837)
  • Taylor & Skinner’s Road Maps of Ireland (2nd ed. 1783)
  • The Post Chaise Companion 1786
  • The Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1846
  • Handran’s Townlands in Poor Law Unions

These essential resources for Ireland’s place names would normally retail for €159 (incl. VAT) but are available as a single collection for €49.90.

Click here for The Topographical Collection


Research Tip

Her name was Magill,

But she called herself Lil,

And everyone knew her as Nancy

– From “Rocky Racoon” (Lennon/ McCartney)

There’s an informality about the Irish that goes right to the heart of the culture. As a genealogist, this is most evident in the use of christian and surnames in the Irish historic records. A woman or man will often have a formal English version of their name for official use, and an Irish and/or a diminutive for everyday.

So Bridget can be Bridie or Delia; Jane / Sinead; etc.

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Best wishes,
The Eneclann Team

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