Memories for the future

bySineadin Uncategorisedin Irish Family Historyand  Leave a Comment

If you have ever engaged in any sort of family history research you will have trawled the usual on-line haunts for birth, death and marriage records. You will have pestered your parents or your grandparents for stories and photos and jewelry and diaries – anything that will give you an insight into their life. If your great-grandfather enlisted and fought

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The Hydro today

bySineadin Uncategorisedin Blarney, Cork, Irish Family History, Irish Place Namesand  1 Comment

From the late 1800’s where this was the building   and this was the grounds   to this decaying ruin today, it is such a sad, pitiful sight to see this once magnificent building reduced to this. I took these photos on New Year’s day 2020. Please excuse the images that are side-ways, I can’t seem to rotate them properly!  

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Bridget Forde

bySineadin Uncategorisedin Blarney, Cork, Irish Family Historyand  Leave a Comment

In the 1901 census, Bridget Forde, had a job which was vastly different to the standard rural occupations. Instead of the usual domestic servant or kitchen work or farming work Bridget was a “Shampooer in Turkish Baths”. This immediately conjures images of grandeur and extravagance, well deserved when you consider this picture is one from the interior of St Ann’s

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All the Brigids

bySineadin Uncategorisedin Blarney, Cork, Irish Family History, Irish Place Namesand  Leave a Comment

1901 and 1911 Brigids In honor of St Brigid’s Day, 1st Feb 2020, I have listed all the Brigids recorded in both the 1901 and 1911 census in both Blarney and Matehy. As the information couldn’t fit in a picture I have uploaded the original spreadsheet and also included the corresponding record for the 1911 census if I could match

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Merry Christmas 2019

bySineadin Uncategorisedin Blarney, Happy Christmas, Irish Family History, Irish traditionsand  Leave a Comment

Christmas 1894Photographers: Dillon FamilyContributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline DillonCollection: Clonbrock Photographic CollectionDate: 25 December 1894NLI Ref: CLON1945Source: https://t.co/viwxEONZue @NLIreland #DeOldify @ColorizeImages pic.twitter.com/G6fKpjdKoi — Old Ireland in Colour (@irelandincolour) December 14, 2019 This fantastic photograph was recently brought to life by the Old Ireland Twitter account, it is incredible the level of detail visible in the photograph but more than

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SineadMerry Christmas 2019

A rose by any other name

bySineadin Uncategorisedin Blarney, Cork, Irish Family History, Irish Place Names, Irish traditionsand  Leave a Comment

    @ColmDore @MimiVonPeach @LynneCampbell5 pic.twitter.com/yEUxtLngS9 — Danny Galway (@DannyGalway) December 3, 20 I came across this tweet today and I found it very moving; a description of how Irish place names are rooted in the landscape but yet, as one of the comments beautifully puts, have been subject to”Anglicization and turned into gibberish”. So needless to say I turned

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It’s a long way from Tipperary but even further from Donegal

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Ellen Runciman, what an exotic name. The name first caught my eye when I was compiling the data a few years ago; according to Wikipedia the surname Runciman was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat since the arrival of their Norman ancestors with Duke William the Conqueror in 1066. The name, being of Norman origin comes from an Old French word:

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Albert Edward Murray

bySineadin Uncategorisedin Blarney, Cork, Irish Architect, Irish Family Historyand  Leave a Comment

    Dinner in the grand dining room of the Hydro Hotel on the 31st March 1901 would have an interesting event, between guests who were Justice of the Peace and dental surgeons and wealthy enough to live off dividends the dining room would have been full of successful, wealthy and well connected diners. Also, as I have discovered, quite

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