Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Lismore Co. Waterford.

Lismore is a town full of history. Situated on the River Blackwater and only 65kms from Waterford City and 60kms from Cork City.

For the researcher, you can visit Lismore Castle, St. Carthage's Cathedral, various graveyards, and various parishes nearby. Lismore Workhouse 1838 - 1923 isn't accessible though it's worth stopping if passing by.

I've added two photographs that I took recently.

                                  Lismore Workhouse   

Memorial to James O'Brien transported to Van Diemen's Land, Australia. 


Monday, 28 November 2016

Ardee Co Louth Baptisms - TAAFFE

If you require any assistance with your Co. Louth ancestry, please EMAIL me.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Kilcrea Abbey, Ovens, Co. Cork

 These are images of the Abbey and selected headstones that I took on 10th Nov. 2016. 


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Your Irish Ancestry

Have you ever thought of your Irish heritage? There are millions of people from all over the world who claim Irish ancestry. The vast majority of whom have no idea on how to trace their family's past.

With a little information, I might be able to discover where in Ireland your family originated from.

Church, civil, court, military, travel, and land records can be found.

If you're interested in your family's history, send me an EMAIL -  I will then send you a sample record of one of the above.

Surprise your family and friends with your discoveries.  

Monday, 3 October 2016

St. Finbarr's Cemetery, Cork.

St. Finbarr's Cemetery is situated on the Glasheen Road, Cork.

I have collected a large amount of photographs from St. Finbarr's. I add to the collection every couple of months.

The following photographs are from the Republican Plot. The plot is situated to the right as you enter the cemetery. Memorials are included, some members recorded are buried at their local graveyard.

One of the most well-known headstones is that of Tom Barry, Commandant of the 'West Cork Flying Column' Irish Republican Army.

If you'd like me to search for a headstone at St. Finbarr's cemetery, Cork - you can email me  EMAIL

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Informative Books on old Co. Cork

Researching your Cork ancestry? Here are some suggestions on books to assist you. Also, books to give you an insight into old Co. Cork.

'Tales from Victorian Cork 1837 - 1859' by Roger Herlihy. 

Available at a quaint little bookshop in Co. Cork. Contact 

'Tracing your Cork Ancestors' A must for Cork Researchers. 

If you are interested in any book on Irish history, there is a large collection of books available. 


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Drogheda Family History

Are you interested in your Family History? I can help you with your Drogheda ancestry. Please ask if your ancestors are from any part of Co. Louth.

Some towns in Co. Louth go back to the 1700's.

You might be surprised who you are related to.


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Templebreedy, Crosshaven, Co Cork - Graveyard.

Crosshaven is only a few kms. from Carrigaline. Templebreedy is situated above the town with a lovely view of Roche's Point and the entrance to Cork harbour. 

Headstones can be dated back to the 1700's.

If anyone is interested in a possible ancestor buried at the graveyard, please email me anytime.

This stone is known as 'The Darney Stone' from 1711. The name is more commonly known today as 'Dorney'.

This headstone reads - William Murphy died Nov. 1822 aged 57 years. Dan' Mahony died June 1846 aged 22 years. 

This headstone is easily read.

A wonderful short film by AKFilms on Templebreedy church can be accessed HERE

Monday, 29 August 2016

Carrigaline Co. Cork Graveyard

St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Carrigaline, Co. Cork is approximately 15kms south-east of Cork City.

Some headstones date back to the early 1700's. Many are legible, with others too weathered to give full information. I have two examples of the headstones below. I visit the area from time to time. Please email  if you require any further information.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Irish Passport

Following the Referendum in the UK, there has been a surge of interest in obtaining an Irish passport. Many with Irish ancestry do not know if they qualify for the passport or not.

I can research these family links for you, usually very quickly.

Send me an email if you require further information.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Co Cork Ancestry - Kinsale

Kinsale is situated less than 20 miles (28kms) south of Cork City. 

The town has so much interesting history. The most significant part of Kinsale's past was the 'Battle of Kinsale' in 1601. This proved to be  England's full conquest of Gaelic Ireland.

R.C. parish records date back to the very early 1800's. You can email me for further information on other denominations. Kinsale is ideally situated to visit many surrounding parishes.

Kinsale is considered the gourmet capital of Ireland. Superb restaurants are easily located in this small town.

The town is a huge attraction to tourists. Excellent hotels are also situated in the heart of the town, with magnificent views of the harbour. 

Please email me if you have further questions.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Cork to Mississippi

I was recently asked if I could research the Irish side of a family from Mississippi. 

I had the following information to go by. 

Michael O'Leary born c1882 from Co.Cork, Ireland. Luckily enough, I had a townland to go by. O'Leary is a very common surname in Cork. I was sure I could obtain a record, proving it was  Michael was another thing. 

After a few weeks, I was able to obtain a baptismal cert.for 'our' Michael. I had no parents to go by, and I certainly wasn't going to put my name to a 'might be.'

In the margin of the baptismal register, there was more information.
More information is added if a 'letter of freedom' was sought.

My Latin isn't perfect. The writing was difficult to read also. I have added what was transcribed from the original register - 

Prodictus Michael Leary mat contracit cum Mollie L Pradal mEce S IommEnglisa Dioceis Natche Tulfort Miss. U.S.A. al Rev H. Spenger 15th April 1917.

*I was well pleased with discovering this record, also the extra information of Michael's parents.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Heraldry - Coat of Arms

I do not usually write about this topic. However, when I do come across interesting  information, I do like to share it.

I have often come across websites promoting 'Family Crests.' A term I always found misleading. 

A Coat of Arms was presented to an individual, not a family. I have been reading up on the subject on a website Click Here which I can recommend. 

There can be many Arms for one name, with a lot  originating from various countries. Hundreds of Irish names are to be added over the coming months. Take a look at the above link. 

I have added  three examples below. There are over 8,000 names on  the database. Perhaps you can suggest your or friends names via  email . I have passed on the link to a few friends, please do the same.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Co Cork Researchers

I have of late been advising researchers who plan on visiting Co. Cork. What many researchers are looking for is a central town in Co Cork with easy access to most parts of the County.

The town of Ballincollig is less than 6 miles to Cork City. The same distance to Blarney Castle and 15 miles to Bandon which is  the gateway to West Cork. Killarney, Co Kerry is just over an hour’s drive away.

The town offers  The Oriel House Hotel which I highly recommend for comfort with excellent rates and offers. 

Ballincollig is very near the County Reference Library (less than a 10 minute drive) which is a must for all researchers.

Please feel free to email if you have any enquiries.