Category Archives: History

From Choctaws to the world

While there may be no direct link to our Clan, some clan members may have benefited from an unusual act of kindness during the 19th century. A donation from the Choctaw Nation of Native Americans to alleviate the hardship of … Continue reading

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The woman of Ballybur

From Patrick Comerford: “For generations, Ballybur Castle near Cuffesgrange, was the principal seat of the Comerford family in Co Kilkenny. This castle, which stands to the east of the road between Kilkenny City and Callan, was lost by my branch … Continue reading

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More on Easter 1916

Recalling history from a century ago, Edward writes from Ireland regarding Colm Ó Lochlainn (1892 – 26 June 1972). A wikipedia.org entry tells us Colm was ” … a printer, typographer, collector of Irish ballads and traditional Irish Uilleann piper. He was … 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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Manuscripts

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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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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Chicago Exhibition of Irish Items: 1690-1840

Art Institute of Chicago, Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840: A recently concluded exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago focused on Irish art: Presenting over 300 objects drawn from public and private collections across North America—as well as the Art Institute’s … Continue reading

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300 Years of Catholic Parish Registers Go Online

 Wednesday 08 July 2015 The records cover the entire island of Ireland and can be accessed free of charge online from 1pm today Almost 300 years of Catholic parish registers, containing information on births and marriages, held by the National … Continue reading

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Pinnaroo Church 1913 – 2013

By: Catherine Henningsen, Adelaide, South Australia I am a granddaughter of Frances and Laurence OLoughlin who settled in Pinnaroo, South Australia with their family from 1906 onwards. Laurence was a son of Cornelius OLoughlin and Ann Barry, who both emigrated from county Clare, through … Continue reading

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Titanic’s ship surgeon

Dr William Francis Norman O’Loughlin, (1850-1912) By: Dr Eugene O’Loughlin, Dublin, December 21, 2013 On a visit to Belfast last week I stopped by the Titanic Memorial at the side of City Hall where there is a full list of … Continue reading

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