Saturday 27 May 2017
History is in the making! Preparations for the High Tea in Enniscorthy Castle are to be finalized. Today we will travel from Dublin to Enniscorthy by Wexford Bus.
Blessed with yet another glorious Summer’s day, I strolled through the streets of Dublin to keep my 10 am appointment with Dr. Jason McElligott, Keeper, Marsh’s Library.
I love the smell and the sight of historical and valuable books lined up neatly on shelves. People often ask me where I grew up. I reply “In a Library!” My inspiring mum was a Librarian for 40 years in Australia and I spent many happy days quietly wiling away the hours reading beautiful books in the libraries that she worked in.
Two hot days in a row! Unheard of in Ireland and yet there we have it. Most of the Dubliners were sweltering. I was loving it, the heat reminded me of being home in the Whitsundays.
I visited the Four Courts where mass destruction happened during the civil war of 1922. This building has stood for over 200 years as a bastion of law in Ireland. Continue reading “Four Courts visit and National Library of Ireland research.”
At 10am this morning, a warm welcome awaited me at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland when Aaron Binchy, a relative of my favourite author Maeve Binchy, greeted me at the door of the Society.
Conor Lucey, the President took me on a personally escorted tour around the building and historical garden. The house has been kept in its original state and the garden has been planted in keeping with herbs and flowers of the original garden. Continue reading “Antiques, Grave stone Rubbings and Prendergast family Deeds.”
John Prendergast, my 5x Grandfather died intestate in 1833. In Windsor, Australia, shortly before his death, he distributed all of his possessions to his children. Why did he die without leaving a Will? Was it to save his family the expense of paying death taxes? Was it so that he could distribute his property in the way that he was assured that each beneficiary would receive what he wanted them to inherit? Or, as a United Irishman who was transported to Australia for his involvement in the 1798 Rebellion, had he memorialized a Will in Ireland prior to being arrested in 1799. Was he afraid the authorities would tie his Australian Will to his Irish Will had he left one in Australia? Continue reading “Interesting discovery in Dublin and at the National Archives of Ireland”
Up bright and early and packed for our trip to Dublin, we discussed the best mode of transport from Ennis to Dublin. Bus Eirean was ruled out as we would have had to travel via Tipperary with a change that involved walking quite some distance to connect with the second bus to get to Dublin. The Irish rail would have meant a change at a station along the way and lots of steps which is not appealing where luggage is concerned.
We decided on the green bus, so named because of its colour. The actual name is Dublin coach. We boarded the bus in Ennis and its route involved about 5 stops and arrived right in the heart of Dublin.
Today the weather turned very cold. It was overcast and quite miserable.
The Boyle family gathered for a Sunday roast at lunchtime and the lively banter made up for the cold and cloudy weather outside. Dr. John Boyle is a dab hand with the baking as is his clever son Thomas who bakes delicious cookies.
Later in the day we went for a family drive to Gort, a township quite close to here, just 15 minutes and the area that Sir Thomas Prendergast, 1st Baron was given for the role he played to prevent the murder of William of Orange during the Jacobite conspiracy of 1696
Saturday 20 May, 2017
After all the excitement and activity of the last week it has been so nice to relax today. Sue’s dear friends Dr.John and Joanne Boyle and their lovely family have made us so very welcome here in their beautiful country home.
Clans and Surnames Conference, Nenagh, Tipperary.
I awoke bright and early and very excited. Today is the day I deliver my Conference paper ‘The Quest to find Prendergast ancestry”
The day started with Dr. Michael C. Kean who has written a book from Laois (pronounced Leesh) to Kerry.
Dr. Penny Walters delivered a very interesting and heartfelt paper “Is adoption the Primal Wound”
This was followed by Jane Halloran-Ryan- Tyredagh Clunes – What we can learn from one family’s journey – From Country Clare to Connecticut. Continue reading “Conference papers and Certificate ceremony”
Clans and Surnames Conference, Nenagh, Tipperary Ireland
Last year with the help of the lovely Rachel Spano, Senior Archivist of the State Library of Queensland, Australia, I was able to pass on techniques for Preservation, Conservation and Restoration at a Workshop that I conducted where Rachel Spano participated in an outreach skype session.
When I held the Workshop at the Whitsundays Regional Council Library in Cannonvale little did I realize that just 4 months later, Cyclone Debbie would cause catastrophic damage to the Whitsundays and demolish the Cannonvale Library and the Whitsunday Family History Library in Proserpine. Continue reading “The importance of taking care of your family history”