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News Digest


  • Catholic parish registers in Ireland from 1740’s on now published online:


  • Chicago May: The Irish queen of crooks:


  • Celebration of Irish who built the world’s major cities comes to New York and Chicago (VIDEO):


  • Rare 1880s photo captures Achill women breaking stones:


  • A century of Irish history goes online in posters, pamphlets and diaries:


  • Release of listing of 2,558 veterans of Easter Week 1916 with recognised military service. The list of names and addresses can be downloaded:


  • The best medieval statue in Ireland is 8ft tall and in a ruined church in Kilkenny:


News Digest June 5th



  • Recession bites! Are the original terms of the Beit Trust undermined by hard economics?

In 1976, Alfred Beit transferred the entire Russborough estate – the grand house and art collection – to create a charitable and educational trust.  It was a hugely generous gift to the Irish people, a generation of whom have benefited.  Now, the Foundation that governs the Trust proposes to sell a significant part of the Beit picture collection. They say it’s an economic necessity, and that they need to raise money to maintain Russborough House at the centre of the Trust.


  • A personal perspective on the Earl Grey Scheme – an assisted passage scheme from Ireland to Australia, during the Famine years 1848-50.  Read how Findmypast member Gail Newman researched her great (x3) grandmother’s own story.


  • This will come as no surprise to family historians! The Oxford Dictionary of Biography has begun to adopt genealogical research methods, because they get better results.Read an ODNB editor on a breakthrough discovery.


  • SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Government Report into Bessborough Mother and Baby Home reveals a system of “institutionalisation and human trafficking… [where] women and babies were … little more than a commodity for trade.”


  • The man in the gap – An Irishman’s Diary about the Clones native who saved the day at Waterloo.






  • Irish civil records to be published online, on the Irish Genealogy website.


  • Plans are afoot to create a new Irish Diaspora Centre in Dublin, as a visitor attraction


  • An Irish American’s epic fight to ‘get even’ with Alzheimer’s


  • Brian Mitchell writes about a branch of his family tree, and the final voyage of the Lusitania, in the Londonderry Sentinel.

On 7th May 1915  RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-Boat, 11 miles off Cobh and inside the German-declared ‘zone of war,’ with loss of 1,195 lives, including those of 123 American citizens.

2,400 Scotch American clansmen returned to Glasgow, via Derry!

They stopped off briefly in Derry, which was then a transatlantic hub, to disembark 500 American tourists!!

Anchor Line Express Service

The Anchor Line, from 1866 right through to 1939, operated its ‘American Express Passenger Service’ from Derry to New York. Their liners called at Moville, in the deeper waters of Lough Foyle, some 18 miles downstream from Londonderry, to pick up emigrants who were ferried from Derry in paddle tenders.

In those days Derry (like Shannon and Dublin today) was the hub of a transatlantic tourist trade.

For example, on Thursday 26 July 1928, Anchor Liners Transylvania and Caledonia arrived from New York and Boston within one hour of each other in Lough Foyle, bringing 2,400 Scottish Clansmen from America, destined for Glasgow, and a further party of 500 American tourists who disembarked to begin their holiday ‘to see the scenic beauties of the Emerald Isle.’

The Anchor Line’s tender Seamore ‘left Londonderry for Moville early in the day with a large party of officials, cinema, and Pressmen to meet the liners’ and ‘welcomed the clansmen in true Scottish style to accompaniment of pipes.’ One of the returning Clansmen was a brother of Sir Harry Lauder.

British Pathé video (duration 1 minute 7 seconds, no sound), dated 30 July 1928, survives of the returning ‘Scotch American clansmen’ on board the Caledonia, berthed in Glasgow, with title ‘“To dear old Scotland with my Ain Folk!” – Rousing reception at welcome home to 2,400 Scotch American Clansmen’ at http://www.britishpathe.com/video/to-dear-old-scotland-with-my-ain-folk/query/CROWDS.