Author Archives: BrendO

About BrendO

Musician in Canberra Australia

Susan’s snippets

An tantalisingly brief entry on Susan OLoghlen (1820-1880) has been added to the People in Ireland page. It reads: Susan OLoghlen (1820-1880), daughter to Sir Michael (1789-1842), attended school at New Hall, Ennis, County Clare and received various school distinctions, c 1834. She … Continue reading

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The Easter rising

The Easter Rising in 1916 was a precursor to the conflict that led to the separation of the Republic of Ireland from the United Kingdom in December 1921. The note below from the Clare Library archives: Republicans interned in Mountjoy and … Continue reading

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Your humble Hon. Webmaster has an abiding interest in old manuscripts, when people wrote letters and books in beautiful script, before Gutenberg did his thing in the middle of the 15th century.  (I am reasonably tech-savvy but still appreciate the days and … Continue reading

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Famine records launched

The Digital Irish Famine Archive is launched at the National University of Ireland at Galway. By Matthew Skwiat, contributing editor Thanks to: UTV Ireland and NUI Galway An exciting new archive for a little known area of Irish Famine research … Continue reading

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Irish roots?

Why Irish online genealogy is so peculiar an article by John Grenham in The Irish Times, March 16, 2015 Researchers accustomed to the way online genealogy works elsewhere in the English-speaking world find the Irish situation strange. Elsewhere, records have usually been digitised by … Continue reading

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Clan authors in the news

Young and old are the beneficiaries of some acclaimed new novels by clan members around the globe. We cannot pretend to know of all such offerings but three excellent new titles have been added to the Publications page: Ann O’Loughlin, The Ballroom … Continue reading

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The Gleninsheen Gold Collar

The Gleninsheen Gold Collar, a Burren bronze age treasure (800 BC) By Colm on April 23, 2015 in Archaeology blogs Nearly three thousand years old, the Gleninsheen collar represents one of the great treasures of the Irish Bronze Age. Fashioned … Continue reading

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Galway Bay, song and map

Galway Bay is a significant feature on Ireland’s west coast. It has featured not only on many interesting maps but also in song. Song It was made famous as a song when recorded by the late Bing Crosby during the … Continue reading

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Mary’s a grand old name

For it is Mary, Mary plain as any name can be But with propriety, society will say ‘Marie’ But it was Mary, Mary long before the fashions came And there is something there that sounds so square It’s a grand … Continue reading

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Burren College of Arts summer school

From the BCA Newsletter, June July 2015: BCA is a hive of creative energy with students, exhibitions, festivals and events populating the campus throughout the Summer. Studios are buzzing with resident artists and with visiting student groups joining us from Kentucky, … Continue reading

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