Tuesday 30 May, 2017
Every little girl dreams of being a Princess in a Castle. We grow up with stories of Snow White and Cinderella but no one really believes that they can live in a Castle – even for a short time.
Today I felt like a Princess. As I watched the tables being laid, the flowers being arranged, the food being plated up and people running to and fro to ensure that everything was ready for my High Tea to take place in Enniscorthy Castle, I felt like a Princess.
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I had to keep pinching myself that this was really happening. I was so excited. Continue reading “A Princess in Enniscorthy Castle.”
Tuesday 30 May, 2017 Morning
The sun is shining, the birds are singing. What could be a better way to start the day for such an historical event? High Tea at Enniscorthy Castle.
Whilst serving me yet another delicious breakfast, Moira greeted me with a “Good morning bride”. And, yes I do feel as a bride does on her special day.
Just as a wedding day takes many hours of planning and there are many people involved, so has the High Tea celebration that will be held at Enniscorthy Castle this afternoon.
There are a number of people who have been involved that I would like to thank.
In Ireland –
Firstly Mary O’Higgins of Enniscorthy Castle who was delighted for me to host the High Tea in the Roche Room of Enniscorthy Castle.Without Mary, this event would not be happening.
Cathy Keane of Wexford Historical tours for all her support. Cathy has allowed me borrow her TV to screen the two videos that will be played today. She is in charge of the technology and photography.
Maria Nolan local Enniscorthy Reporter and photographer who will record and report this historical event.
David Hasslacher, member of the last family to reside in Enniscorthy who is delighted to be taking my guests on a walking tour of the Enniscorthy Castle along with his two friends Betty and Bernadette whose families were staff at the Castle when David’s family lived there. Their memories of life in the castle will be very interesting.
William Kinsella of Wildflower Cafe who will be creating the most delicious and beautifully presented High Tea treats and has gone “over and above” to visit the castle on several occasions to Email photograph of the room to me and also to meet with me to discuss the menu.
Annette and Nessa of “Annette’s florist” who are arranging some beautiful flowers for the Roche room as I write.
The always happy and helpful staff of Enniscorthy Castle, Mary, Greta,Mary and Moira who have been in a flurry to get everything organized for today’s celebration.
Aer Lingus for allowing me “Priority Check in” to ensure my gifts from the Mayors arrived safely.
In Australia –
Mayor of the city of the Hawkesbury Mary Buckett-Lyons for taking the time to meet with me and offer words of encouragement and the lovely gift to present to Cllr. Paddy Kavanagh
Administrator of the Snowy Monaro Shire Dean Lynch, who on such short notice, met with me during my visit to Cooma and penned a warm letter to Cllr. Kavanagh. He also sent me with a beautiful book featuring the Snowy Monaro region.
Mayor of East Gippsland Shire, Joe Rettino who made a special video with his warm greeting from the people of East Gippsland to the people of Enniscorthy. He also sent me with a lovely gift for Cllr. Kavanagh
Mayor of the Whitsunday Regional Council, Andrew Willcox who although under a great deal of pressure so soon after Cyclone Debbie struck, still made time to see me to inscribe a lovely Airlie Beach book and write a warm and welcoming letter to the people of Ireland.
Alissa Fitzsimon of the Australian Embassy in Dublin who emailed me to wish me all the best for today
My darling Mum Lorna Prendergast who made sure that I packed one of my dad Jim Prendergast’s fabulous “R.A.A.F Bairnsdale” books to present to Cllr Kavanagh, my Irish Grandmother’s Rosary beads to keep me safe and $50 for anything that might pop up.
And last but not least, Barry my wonderful husband and blog master who, even though he is thousands of miles away, compiles my words and photos to post on my blog every day and skypes me every night.
Thank you so much to all concerned, your love and support is greatly appreciated.
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.
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Continue reading “Enniscorthy here we come!”
Friday 26 May, 2017
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.
Continue reading “Marsh’s Library: a treasure trove of literature”
Thursday 25 May, 2017.
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.”
Wednesday 24 May, 2017.
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.”
Tuesday 23 May, 2017
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”
Sunday 21 May, 2017
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
Continue reading “Family day at Cusheen”
Clans and Surnames Conference, Nenagh, Tipperary.
Friday 19 May, 2017
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”