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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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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 http://www.faminearchive.nuigalway.ie 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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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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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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