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UCC Irish Genealogy Summer School 2014

This Summer from the 29th of June-6th of July, one of the world’s leading universities,The University College Cork, will be holding an Irish genealogy summer school offering a complete course in the latest Irish genealogy research.Have you seen the list of expert speakers covering every topic imaginable, this is one summer school you wont want to miss!

Special offer this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend with Eneclann.

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and to celebrate, this weekend, we are offering all of you a special €10 OFF any Purchase over on Eneclann’s online store.
Have a great weekend everyone agus Bíodh spraoi.St, Patricks day special offer

Offer valid until March 17th 2014

Eneclann’s Newsletter 13/03/2014

Read the latest here in the Eneclann newsletter, where this week we talk about Genealogy Day 2014, The latest downloads available at Eneclann, The battle of Knockdoe and of course our research tip of the week and so much more.

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Dear Eneclann customer,

Genealogy Day 2014!

Eneclann are delighted to be apart of such an exciting event this weekend,where our very own Brian Donovan and Fiona Fitzsimons will be giving their expert advice this Saturday the 15th of March at Genealogy Day 2014 in Limerick City,Read all about the event by clicking on the image below.

Presidential 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 our families and ourselves.

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.




Latest Downloads Available at Eneclann

We now have 22  download releases available over on our website.

Here we have P.W. Joyce, A.M. Sullivan, & P.D. Newman, Atlas & Cyclopedia of Ireland. (1905 edition)

Also  just a few of many more now available for download

Thom’s official directory of Ireland, 1910

The Post Office Dublin Directory & Calendar for 1858

Royal Irish Constabulary list & Directory, January 1920

William Carleton, traits & stories of the Irish peasantry, 1853

   You can view and purchase all of our latest download releases over on our website

click here to have a look.

The battle of Knockdoe!

Long-term readers of this newsletter may remember that between 2009 and 2011, Eneclann and Rubicon worked on the Irish Battlefields Project.

Historians from Eneclann and archaeologists from Rubicon researched 250 major battles in Ireland between the 8th and 18th Centuries.

Using contemporary sources including maps and drawings we successfully identified 130 of these battlefields across Ireland.

We intend to publish the Irish Battlefields in 2015, and will tell you all about it as it happens.battle of knockdoe  1501 image for blog 2

Right now though, for those who would like to get a taste of what’s to come, check out this blog post by Damian Shiels and John Jeremiah Cronin.

The battle of Knockdoe was one of the greatest battles ever fought on Irish soil, but is now forgotten because of the passage of time.


Research Tip of The Week!

During research we encounter many variants in Christian names.  Sometimes these are obvious, like Annie/Nannie, Catherine/Katie/ Margaret/Peggy.
It is important to be aware of the variants you might encounter, such as:

  •  Bridget /Delia/Bedelia.
  • John/Owen/Hugh/Eugene
  • Elizabeth/Lily/Betty/Bessy/Lizzie
  • Christina/Dina/Diana
  • Jeremiah/Darby
  • Hanora/Nora/
  • Richard/Dick/Ritchie
  • Sheila/Julia/Judy/Julieanne
  • Thaddeus/Timothy

This does not even begin to take into account the deliberate use of a different name in families. The use of alternate names can really throw a researcher off the scent. People often want to honour the family tradition of naming a child for their father, but don’t want the confusion that can ensue by having two individuals of the same name within a household.  Sometimes the second, or as in my own family, the third given name of the child is the one used.  If your searches are coming up negative, you may have to factor in the possibility that the name in use was not in fact the given name.
The big challenge of course is trying to second-guess out our ancestors.


Eneclann Director Brian Donovan delivers a talk to Trinity M.Phil postgraduate students.

For the third year running Eneclann Director Brian Donovan spoke last week at Trinity College Dublin to the M.Phil postgraduate course in Public History & Cultural Heritage. Brian delivered a talk to the students about Eneclann and how we provide access to Irish history to the public, and help them discover their personal and family history  through access to archives online and expert research support.

“There has been a revolution in Irish family history over the last decade with millions of historic records now available through websites like findmypast, What does this transformation mean for the traditional mediums for public access to history, like libraries, archives and universities? What is the role of the private/commercial sector? And how do we foster innovation”? There was a lively discussion chaired by Dr. Ciaran O’Neill, which overran for some time and was enjoyed by all.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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