Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Just when you thought you had all the updates that you needed, the Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives website have added the following...

CAVAN Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Virginia Church of Ireland Graveyard

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives
Cruagh Headstones – Pt. 5, Rockbrook
Mount Jerome Headstones – Pts 139-140
Deansgrange Headstones – Assorted Photos (Partial); St. Mary's Section Pt. 12

MAYO Genealogy Archives
Headstones – New Castlebar Cemetery (Nuns + more)

TIPPERARY Genealogy Archives
Memorial Cards – Memorial Cards (Updated)

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives
Headstones – Greenane, Main Cemetery (Additional 50).

Thank you to all the volunteers who give so freely of their time and efforts...

Wednesday, 12 October 2016


For Dublin - just added St. Mary's Section part 12 for Deansgrange. Enjoy!

Thanks to all the volunteers who contribute so much of their time and effort to make 
IGP the 'go to' site for all Irish research.

Sunday, 9 October 2016



Irish Emigrant Experiences in America

By (author) Damian Shiels

On the eve of the American Civil War, 1.6 million Irish-born people were living in the United States. The majority had emigrated to the major industrialised cities of the North; New York alone was home to more than 200,000 Irish, one in four of the total population. As a result, thousands of Irish emigrants fought for the Union between 1861 and 1865. The research for this book has its origins in the widows and dependent pension records of that conflict, which often included not only letters and private correspondence between family members, but unparalleled accounts of their lives in both Ireland and America. The treasure trove of material made available comes, however, at a cost. In every instance, the file only exists due to the death of a soldier or sailor. From that as its starting point, coloured by sadness, the author has crafted the stories of thirty-five Irish families whose lives were emblematic of the nature of the Irish nineteenth-century emigrant experience.

 Read about this book, newly released, in Damian's own words 

As with Damian's first book, The Irish in the American Civil War 
you can order this book via The Book Depository for free delivery worldwide, as well as a number of other bookstores.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Cuimhneamh an Chláir

Sharing some of the stories 
on matchmaking and marriage customs

keeping the past alive..

"Online dating, hen and stag parties and lavish receptions
are what are associated today with relationships and marriage. 
It's seldom we hear of anyone meeting with the matchmaker."

How times have changed. As always, click on image to enlarge.
The Clare Champion p 19
Friday September 23, 2016


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Image from Bev Kerlin

One of the best known ships to come to Queensland in the 1800's was the Erin-Go-Bragh, which arrived here on it's first voyage in 1862.

There are numerous stories written about the passage and the passengers, as you will see by just a small selection in the list below. 

Though I am somewhat familiar with at least the basis of the stories, I was pleased to find an article in TROVE that gave a whole lot more detail than many of the other articles had.

 This appeared in The Catholic Press..

Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1942), Thursday 24 September 1908, page 22

National Library of Australia 

You can click on each image to enlarge...

The Logan City Council Local Studies Handout also talks about the Irish Settlement in Logan, which at one time, occurred in vast numbers.

 The last page of this handout tells a little of the financing and also talks about Father Dunne's passion in finding a way to 'rescue' as may famine victims as he could...

One of the people who read these stirring releases was the erratic, peripatetic Father Patrick Dunne. Dunne, who had served as Chaplain on emigrant ships in the past, and whose career as a priest in Australia was notable for his violent arguments with the Catholic Establishment in New South Wales, was at this stage living in County Meath. Dunne was fired by the possibilities offered by the Society and, working in conjunction with Quinn’s brother Matthew he assembled a shipload of emigrants, mostly evictees from Geashill, a local estate. People who contributed money towards the scheme were promised a rather optimistic 100% profit on their investment, and a rich Catholic lady obligingly donated funds towards chartering a ship. This ship, the Erin-Go-Bragh, duly departed from Waterford, sailing via Liverpool and Queenstown (listed in the archives as its port of origin) for Moreton Bay. On board, under master Captain George Borlaise were 431 immigrants, many of whom were to become pioneer settlers on the Logan River. 

A friend of mine who sadly passed away some years ago now, Bev Kerlin, was very passionate about the Erin-Go-Bragh and compiled a comprehensive list of the passengers and other details on her site.
Bev went on to research many of the families that stayed in the South East of Queensland in particular.

The Erin-Go-Bragh was more notorious than famous, however, because of the poor conditions and the high death rate... as can be read about in "The Queensland Immigration Society

[By Rev. T. P. BOLAND, D.Eccl.Hist., Professor of Ecclesiastical and Modern History, Pius XII Provincial Seminary, Banyo.]
(Read by Rev. O. K. Oxenham, D.C.L,, State Director, Catholic Immigration, at the meeting of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland on 28 November 1963.) 

For more reading on the Erin-Go-Bragh (Ireland Forever)..


Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864), Saturday 2 August 1862, page 2

The Health Officer (Dr. Hobbs) went down to the bay in the Customs' boat from Eagle Farm about 6 o'clock yesterday morning, and, after boarding the La Rochelle, and finding the immigrants in a perfectly healthy state, he proceeded at once across the bay to the Erin-go-Bragh, which vessel he found lying off the ship Patch. Hearing that the passengers had been affected with disease, the Doctor did not board, and, as usual under such circumstances, he directed that she should remain in quarantine for a few days, in order to allow of medical inspec-tion. In the meantime it was his intention to report the particulars of the case to the Government. We are mainly indebted to the same gentleman for the following particulars. The Erin-go-Bragh left Queenstown on the 7th of February last with 431 immigrants. On the fourth day after leaving, typhoid fever and scarlatina broke out among the passengers, and continued to operate with fearful effect until the 10th of July last, at which date— just three weeks ago—the last death occurred. During the voyage, we regret to state, that no fewer than 54 deaths took place, the great majority being confined to young children. We give below a list of the names, from which it will be seen that several families have been wholly or nearly decimated. On the other hand, there were 6 births.
The voyage was protracted, owing to a succession of light and variable winds. She left Hobart Town on the 18th July, and reached the anchorage ground at half-past 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The following is a complete list of the deaths, with the ex-ception of some three or four names, which
Dr. Hobbs was unable to catch :—
James Murray, 17 months old ; James McQuinn, 2 years; Bridget Dunn, 11 months ; Michael Dunn, 9 months ; William McCabe, 12 months ; Bridget Connors, 13 months; Michael Egan, 1 year ; Mary Kelly, 8 months ; Denis Ealin, 4 months ; Margaret Byrnes, 2 years ; Peter Lyon, 2 months ; Ellen Dempsey, 18 months ; Peter McQuinn, 4 years; William Helleyon, 8 years; John Ealin, 4 years ; Ann Flanagan, 18 months ; Margaret Walsh, 2 years ; John Dempsey, 4 years; Essie Dempsey, 6 years ; Philip Macloyne, l8 years; Catherine Devine, 24 years; John Quilchy [Cuskelly], 14 years ; Jane Rigby, 58 years ; John Hannan, 24 years ; Patrick Byrnes, 2 days ; Mary Cal-laghan, 10 years ; Catherine Elliott, 8 months ; Catherine Byrnes, 33 years; Bridget Dunn, 10 years; Mary Meek, 24 years ; Mary Hall, 19 months ; Ann Murray, 4 years ; Patrick Murray, 6 years ; Thomas Brien, 6 years ; Daniel Bryant, 2 years; Bridget Macloyne, 4 years; Martha Byrnes, 7 years; Mary Welsh, 4 years; Catherine Ward, 60 years : Eliza Quenskilly [Cuskelly], 9 years ; David Bryant, 4 years ; Mary Dempsey, 14 years ; Patrick Gowan, 15 months; Catherine Ward, 19 years; Patrick Quinn, 3 months; Rhoda Rhenn, 11 years: Bessie Rofters, 19 years; Michael Dempsey,

Erin Go Bragh flag.PNG