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Reconnecting & Making a journey to St. Malachy's Church, Belfast
Although the new year is already six weeks old, things have been off to a bit of a slow start on this blog because I have been somewhat distracted. 2016 is a banner year, both in terms of Irish history and in terms of my Irish family history, so I have been...
Although the new year is already six weeks old, things have been off to a bit of a slow start on this blog because I have been somewhat distracted. 2016 is a banner year, both in terms of Irish history and in terms of my Iris...
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Sepia Saturday #311: Family History: The Storefront of our Lives
As we embark on a new year, perhaps it is time to take pause, look at our family trees and think about our progress to this point. When I saw the inspiration image for today's Sepia Saturday it elicited thoughts in me of a family history storefront, and I b...
As we embark on a new year, perhaps it is time to take pause, look at our family trees and think about our progress to this point. When I saw the inspiration image for today's Sepia Saturday it elicited thoughts in me of a fa...
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Happy Thanksgiving to our Family and Friends in the U.S.A!
Lucky stars above you, Sunshine on your way, Many friends to love you, Joy in work and play. Laughter to outweigh each care, In your heart a song And gladness waiting everywhere, All your whole life long. May your hand always  be stretched out in friendship...
Lucky stars above you,Sunshine on your way,Many friends to love you,Joy in work and play.Laughter to outweigh each care,In your heart a songAnd gladness waiting everywhere,All your whole life long. May your hand always be str...
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Tuesday's Tips: ‘Nomina defunctorum’: Irish Catholic records of the dead
After having had full access to Catholic parish registers on the National Library of Ireland site for over four months now, one element which may have sprung very quickly to the researcher's eye is the lack of records of death. Catholic burial registers are...
After having had full access to Catholic parish registers on the National Library of Ireland site for over four months now, one element which may have sprung very quickly to the researcher's eye is the lack of records of deat...
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+Kathy Reed Hi Kathy, thanks very much for your comments. There are 7 sacraments in the Catholic Church: Baptism, Holy Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. As I mention in the post, death/burial is not a sacrament in the Catholic Church. Anointing of the sick (formerly Extreme Unction) is the sacrament connected with death. However, in Ireland registers were not kept simply because they were associated with sacraments, otherwise we'd have registers for all of the sacraments. In 1670, a decree issued at the National Synod required priests to specifically record baptisms and marriages. The recording of other sacramental events and of death/burial appears to have been left to the inclination of the individual priest or parish.
A long answer I realise, but it is a complex history. Cheers!
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Sepia Saturday #303: On All Hallow's Eve: Tales of Harbingers & Ghostly Visits
Harbinger: noun: a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of something. All Hallow’s Eve, a.k.a. Hallowe’en, often elicits thoughts of the magical and the mysterious. The Hallowe'en inspiration image for  today's Sepia Saturday has me thinki...
Harbinger: noun: a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of something. All Hallow’s Eve, a.k.a. Hallowe’en, often elicits thoughts of the magical and the mysterious. The Hallowe'en inspiration image for today...
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Tombstone Tuesday: 'Walk on air against your better judgement'
Out of Dublin City, County Dublin to Bellaghy, Magherafelt, County Derry/Londonderry*, I drove to visit the grave of one of my favourite poets, Seamus Heaney. It is an overwhelming sight to see his grave and know there will never again be another word penne...
Out of Dublin City, County Dublin to Bellaghy, Magherafelt, County Derry/Londonderry*, I drove to visit the grave of one of my favourite poets, Seamus Heaney. It is an overwhelming sight to see his grave and know there will n...
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+Tessa Keough Thank you Tessa!
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Changes afoot at Blogger for Readers without Google accounts.
Just as the waves of the sea are ever changing, so too it seems technology is always in transformation, remaking, revamping, and hopefully improving our experience in the process, though that is not always the case. Today I'm writing to share with you one o...
Just as the waves of the sea are ever changing, so too it seems technology is always in transformation, remaking, revamping, and hopefully improving our experience in the process, though that is not always the case. Today I'm...
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'Nollaig Shona Duit', Happy Christmas to You!
You may have spent the last few weeks rushing to and fro, perhaps buying gifts or making plans, volunteering or collecting food and clothing for the poor, in preparation for the holiday season. As Christmas Day draws near, some of you may be surrounded by f...
You may have spent the last few weeks rushing to and fro, perhaps buying gifts or making plans, volunteering or collecting food and clothing for the poor, in preparation for the holiday season. As Christmas Day draws near, so...
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Nollaig shóna duitse, a Jennifer. I found a blog posting from you about the tomb of John Donegan at Glasnevin. My ggg-grandparents Charles Henry O'Neill, The O'Neill of Clanaboy, and his wife Margaret (O'Grady) are buried head to head immediately next to it. Do you have any more pictures of the one with the red hand of Ulster on the left of Donegan's vault from the back and the one that says ISL (Irish Society of Law?) on the right from the front,
particularly if the inscription is legible ? Go raibh maith agat !
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On this Remembrance Day: His Last Letter: 'Tell Betty her daddy was a soldier...'
The altar at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. Tom Kettle is commemorated on the memorial, along with over 72,000 soldiers who have no known grave. To Mrs. M. S.. Kettle 119 Upper Leeson St. Dublin My own dearest wife, The long expected is ...
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The altar at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. Tom Kettle is commemorated on the memorial, along with over 72,000 soldiers who have no known grave. To Mrs. M. S.. Kettle 119 Upper Leeson St. Dublin My own...
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Those Places Thursday: The Forty Foot Bathing Place
Did your ancestors or family members have a local swimming hole, a spot to frolic on a warm summer's day? Well, in Ireland, a few kilometres outside of Dublin City, there is a natural swimming 'pool' of sorts in the Irish sea, a bathing place which locals a...
Did your ancestors or family members have a local swimming hole, a spot to frolic on a warm summer's day? Well, in Ireland, a few kilometres outside of Dublin City, there is a natural swimming 'pool' of sorts in the Irish sea...
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In 2012, a few months after my mother died, I made my way through her childhood neighbourhood in Ringsend, Dublin. It was a journey I had made before, but with the loss of my mom the walk along those footpaths bore new meanin...
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+Celia Lewis Glad to know you're 'middling good'. Seems there's always more to balance as time passes. I'm glad you enjoy the posts. My paternal great-grandparents moved from Mayo to Dublin, so I imagine city life was a bit of a trauma at first. I know Tyrone a bit, only because long ago my cousin Tom Kettle was an M.P. for East Tyrone.  :-)
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Sepia Saturday #300: The Heavenly faces of Earthly Sprites.
For the last few weeks I have been 'virtually' absent, spending time away in the world of university and military archives in Ireland, doing research for my history work, as well as a tiny bit of family history research, and enjoying a holiday in London and...
For the last few weeks I have been 'virtually' absent, spending time away in the world of university and military archives in Ireland, doing research for my history work, as well as a tiny bit of family history research, and ...
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Writer, Historian (Irish History), Family History blogger, Archive Rat, Graveyard Rabbit
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My working life is that of a writer and social historian. I hold three university degrees: B.A., B.A. (Hons.), and M.A., and I am engaged in ongoing work in Irish history, with a specialization in early 20th century Irish conflict (The 1916 Easter Rising, World War 1, The Irish War of Independence). Currently, I am working on two distinct history projects, both of which find their origins in the critically important decade of 1913-1923.
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I have been very fortunate to spend a lot of time in Ireland, doing history research, and family history research, visiting family, and travelling around the country. I spend part of every summer, autumn and winter in Ireland. My principal blog, 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History, was named one of Family Tree Magazine's Top 40 International Blogs 2012.
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Pro-Cathedral service remembers Irish dead in WW1
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