Thursday, 1 December 2022
100 years since the burning of the Four Courts, June 1922.
100 years since core parts of my family history
were burnt forever:
The real disaster for my family tree was the burning of things that would have solved the
Census records 1821 to 1851 for
were burnt in 1922.
The earlier ones may have had his parents.
The 1821 census would be crucial in showing where the teenage George Cashel lived.
Many known Blennerhassett wills.
And also George Cashel's known will.
Who knows what was hidden in any of these.
Half of the CoI parish records for Co.Kerry.
Which may have had George Cashel's baptism.
And also his parents' baptisms.
If we ever found George Cashel's baptism, it would probably solve everything.
The revolution of 1916-23 may also have caused the destruction of:
George Cashel's RIC personnel file,
including his letter of recommendation from "A. Blennerhasset".
(Though it may be that older files like Cashel's file were destroyed before this period.)
There is no real replacement for any of the above.
Nothing destroyed forever
my link to earlier Irish history
like the 1916-23 revolution.
The Public Record Office, Dublin.
Before it was burnt by Irish "patriots" in June 1922.
The origin of the name "gibbon" (the ape)
Orby tree updates
Talk on the Queen's Irish ancestry, Feb 2022
I gave a talk on the Queen's Irish ancestry
on 17 Feb 2022.
This was part of the
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council,
To mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee (70 years) in 2022.
Video of the 1 hour talk.
There is an intro.
Then I start at
I finish, and Q and A starts, at
We made an error in the Q and A:
The talk is fine, but in the Q and A at
we went wrong.
Seamus Farrell (another speaker in the series)
referred to the marriage of the daughter of
Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone
with Viscount Magennis,
which he thought was a Scottish name.
And then he considered whether Martin McGuinness
was related to these, and had a Scottish name.
It sounded right, so I went with it.
I mused about other nationalists with Scottish/planter names, like
Gerry Adams, and talked a bit about fixating on male lines.
But in fact, it is not right.
Viscount Magennis is an Irish name.
The conclusion is in fact the opposite.
Rather than Martin McGuinness having a Scottish name,
has an old Irish name.
Flyer for the talks.
See full size.
O'Mara are from Clonmel
For decades, we did not know who the father of old
In 2020 I proved his father was Peter O'Mara of Clonmel.
Before O'Mara came to Limerick, they were in Clonmel, not Toomyvara.
The father and the 3 sons lived in 4 different places:
New updates and images
The O'Rahilly's house in Herbert Park is demolished, Sept 2020.
Liam Cosgrave dies, 4 Oct 2017
My mother's first cousin
discuss our family history
Liam recalled times spent with his grandfather (my great-grandfather)
Alderman Michael Flanagan,
who lived through the Famine of 1845-50.
It is incredible to think that
Liam knew a man who lived through the Famine.
St. George's chapel, Windsor Castle
New scans in Gibbon branch
Huge update to early Humphrys tree,
based on Glenstal Abbey papers.
Ryan tree now fully online.
Ryan (Ryan "Tim" or Ryan "Cadea") of Newross, Co.Tipperary
P40 O'Mara papers in UL Archives
High-quality images from old Humphrys and Rahilly glass negatives