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George Clooney’s Kilkenny Connections

Using newly available records on www.findmypast.ie renowned genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons discovered Clooney’s Irish ancestors didn’t jump, but were pushed.

Clooney’s Irish ancestors were small farmers from Windgap, co. Kilkenny. In the 1850s local farmers competed for land.
This sometimes tipped-over into violence. New evidence proves that in 1852 Nicholas Clooney (George’s great x 2 grandfather) was violently assaulted. Months later he was harrased through the court system.

“In 1852 Nicholas Clooney suffered a real injustice. He decided shortly after to leave Ireland and settle in Kentucky. The rest is history.” Says Fiona.

Research showed that Nicholas’s widowed mother (George Clooney’s great x3 grandmother) remained behind in Ireland.
“Now through a family connection and for the first time, we have photographs of the old Clooney house and farm taken in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The photos show a way of life now vanished. It’s closer in time, and probably also in terms of experience, to the life of the immigrant Clooneys.”

Read the full story here from Irish Lives remembered

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Finding Forgotten Irish WWI Soldiers

The expert workshops launched in April by Eneclann in partnership with Ancestor Network, are proving very popular. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s some of the feedback we’ve received from those attending:

Phil Stokes, Dublin, attended Jim Ryan’s workshop,
Ghosts of the Estates:
“Great talk, I immediately had information that helped my research”

Michael Rooney, co. Down attended Fiona Fitzsimons’ workshop
Records of Children in Care 1840s to 1990s:
A comprehensive introduction to records for ‘Lost Children’ …. It explored the challenges that genealogists face when researching in this area as well as offering potential solutions to problems encountered.”

This month our speaker isMaeve Mullin, B.Sc.

with a workshop on
Finding Forgotten Irish WWI Soldiers: a case-study of Glaslough, co. Monaghan.
In this workshop Maeve Mullin uses as a case-study, her own community of Glaslough, county Monaghan, to recover the names and personal histories of locals that fought and died in WWI.

The workshop takes place on two dates:

  • 3pm on Thursday 5th June, in the Emmet Theatre, Arts Block Trinity College.
  • 2pm on Saturday 7th June, in the Trustee’s Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare St.

Description:

Even as the centenary commemorations for WWI begin, historians still can’t agree on the number of Irish war dead. The official figures  are 49,300, but even these have been challenged as being both too low, and too high.
In this workshop Maeve Mullin will guide you through the maze of sources that document the Irish men and women that fought and died in the First World War.

Using individual stories, Maeve demonstrates how even a ‘burnt’ service record, can retain enough evidence to allow researchers to link up to other related records.

“In researching the WWI soldiers from Glaslough I discovered a wealth of records.  The workshop will focus on how this can be achieved for everyone’s home place.”

All workshops are free, but as spaces are limited, these are ticketed events.

To apply for a free ticket, please emailworkshop@localhost and indicate whether you want to attend the workshop taking place in Trinity College or the National Library.

Genealogy Day 2014

Genealogy Day 2014 is here at last !

Eneclann are delighted to be apart of such an exciting event, our very own experts Brian Donovan, and Fiona Fitzsimons will be giving a talk and on hand to give you some expert advice.

Thanks to Limerick City of Culture funding it will be bringing together all the available Church Registers and School Roll Books for various religious communities in Limerick and the surrounding areas. These will include Church of Ireland, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, the Irish Jewish Genealogical Society and Roman Catholics. Genealogy Day will take place on Saturday the 15th of March for anyone and it’s free, from complete novice up to experienced genealogist, to review. This year will have a special emphasis on Limerick’s military history as it’s the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. joining them on the day will be representatives of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association and Trinity College Dublin’s Letters 1916 project.Genealogy Day limerick 2014.jpg-large

For the novice genealogist or someone who just wants to find out more about their own family, they will will have volunteers on hand to assist you to find your family records and help you to commence building your own family tree. To make the search as rewarding as possible they would advise anyone, who is intending to come on the day, to have done a little family research beforehand. e.g. Find out all the names of your grandparents, any significant dates and where they were from. Obscure Christian Names are particularly useful in helping to confirm connections. they also intend to have internet access available in the Church on the day to allow people to commence initial searches on some of the very useful internet sites that are available on-line.

For the more experienced genealogist with particular connections in the Limerick area the opportunity to review these records in the one location should be very exciting. they expect to have available on the day:- Limerick Methodist Registers from 1842, Limerick Presbyterian Registers from 1829, Christ Church Limerick Minute Books, Adare/ Ballingrane registers, Limerick Church of Ireland registers, Limerick Baptist Church registers, map of Quaker burial ground and records, St. Michael’s National School Roll books, Villiers School roll books, & co. Also for viewing will be the Registers of Electorates and Rate Valuation Books from the Limerick City Archives which are currently not digitally available.

For more information on the event go to:Genealogy Day 2014. Facebook page

Christ Church is near Limerick Train & Bus Station on Parnell Street,

see you there 🙂

 

Presidential Proclamation: IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2014

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

A PROCLAMATION.

Centuries after America welcomed the first sons and daughters of the Emerald Isle to our shores, Irish heritage continues to enrich our Nation. This month, we reflect on proud traditions handed down through the generations, and we celebrate the many threads of green woven into the red, white, and blue,

Irish Americans have defended our country through times of war, strengthened communities from coast to coast, and poured sweat and blood into building our infrastructure and raising our skyscrapers. Some endured hunger, hardship, and prejudice; many rose to be leaders of government, industry, or culture. Their journey is a testament to the resilience of the Irish character, a people who never stopped dreaming of a brighter future and never stopped striving to make that dream a reality. Today, Americans of all backgrounds can find common ground in the values of faith and perseverance, and we can all draw strength from the unshakable belief that through hard work and sacrifice, we can forge better lives for ourselves and our families.

The American and Irish peoples enjoy a friendship deepened by both shared heritage and shared ideals. On the international stage, we are proud to work in concert toward a freer, more just world. As we honor that enduring connection during Irish-American Heritage Month, let us look forward to many more generations of partnership. May the bond between our peoples only grow in the centuries to come.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2014 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA