The Ambrose Family of Gurth, Vicarstown and Coolflugh, Tower

bySineadin Uncategorisedin Blarney, Cork, Irish Family History, Irish Pubsand  Leave a Comment

My grandmother Kit Cogan was born Kathleen Ambrose on 30th May 1936 in Killeen, Vicarstown, the youngest child of Michael Ambrose, from Gurth, and Nora (née Kelleher), from Knocknagoun, Rylane. I live on her father’s farm in Killeen and subsequently I have always felt more of an Ambrose than anything else. Thus, my interest in this side of my family

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SineadThe Ambrose Family of Gurth, Vicarstown and Coolflugh, Tower

Out, out , out – houses, buildings and sheds

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

One of the more interesting aspects of the 1901 and 1911 census returns is the additional information that it gives us about the physical environment that our ancestors lived in via the recording, not only of the buildings that people lived in, but information on all the out houses, outbuildings, sheds and storerooms that accompanied these homes. This additional info

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Disney & Bowen

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  Disney and Bowen, two iconic names in entertainment circles; staying in St Ann’s Hill Hydro on the night of the 1901 census was Rev Brabazon Disney and his wife Sarah Disney, nee Cole-Bowen. Needless to say my eye was caught by Disney, not exactly your average surname in the Blarney surrounds and it has rather celebrity connotations so I

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The Hydro today

bySineadin Uncategorisedin Blarney, Cork, Irish Family History, Irish Place Namesand  2 Comments

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

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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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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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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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