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Most common first names list

Baptismal Records 1867-1880

Rathdowney Roman Catholic parish

I have taken most of the first names in the baptismal records of the parish of Rathdowney, Laois for the years 1867-1880.

People in other countries seem to think that the Irish all had two first names.  That is not true.  People of the Church of Ireland and perhaps other non Catholic religions had two first names but not the Catholics.  I hold that Catholics only took on two first names post 1900.  I have 4 siblings and not one of us has two first names..

There was a total of 3146 first names in my table.   I  have the names of the parents and the children i.e. 3 names per record. Some of the first names were difficult to read, these have been excluded.

Of those 3146 first names there are only 28 people who have two first names.  Everybody else has one only first name.

A number of first names are spelled without a letter, in a different way.  I have lined up all the first names and I have ‘added’ the numbers of each first name to give me a total.  So, when you look at this list, if you see only one number but a few first names then that number is the total of however many people there were for each first name.

Mary is the most common female name with 427 of these people having the first name Mary (plain Mary)

John is the most common male name with 338 people having John or Jon as a first name.

I am giving you an index which is alphabetically sorted so it will be easy for you to find the first name you are interested in.  I have sorted the names so that names which are shortened versions of the full name, nicknames of the full name lie together.

As I was loading this file I noticed that I had made a few mistakes or rather missed a bit of lining up similar names with one another.  You’ll be able to see where I missed these quite easily.

Eliza can be a shortened version of Elizabeth.
The short name or nickname for Catherine can be Kate
Ellen can be Helen
Fanny is a short for Frances
Jermh is Jeremiah.

Finally, while I have a table here which is sorted alphabetically by name, if you want to see which of the names are most common please go to the table beneath.

List with names in alphabetical order

NameNo of people        
Alexander2
Alice1
Anastasia1alsoAnistaciaalsoAnty
Andrew10
Ann116alsoAnne
Ann Mary1
Anna Mary1
Arnold1
Bartholmw2alsoBartholw
Bernard1
Bridget291alsoBiddyalsoBridgtandBrigt
Bridget Elizabeth1
Catherine105
Catherine Mary1
Charles14
Charlotte6
Christopher5alsoChristy
Cornelius4alsoCon
Daniel50alsoDanalsoDanil (sic)andDanl.
Denis30
Dominick3alsoDominic
Dympna2alsoDymna
Edmond5alsoEdmund
Edward45alsoEdwdalsoEwdandNed
Eliza73alsoElliza
Elizabeth17alsoBessalsoBessyandBetty
Ellen67
Ellenor2
Esther5
Eugene2
Fanny8alsoFany
Fintan4
Francis2
Francis Joseph1
George2
Gertrude1
Grace1
Hanna1
Harry1
Henena1
Henry5
Hie (sic)1
Honoria78alsoHonoraalsoOney
Hubert1
J. Edward1
James133alsoJas.
Jane9
Jas. E.2
Jas. Patrick1
Jeremiah3alsoJer.alsoJeremiaghand
Jermh.18
Jno George1
Johana13
Johanna26
John338alsoJon
John Francis1
John Joseph1
John William1
Joseph33alsoJoe
Judy43alsoJudethalsoJudith
Julia22
Julia Ann1
July Agnes1
Kate100
Kyran10alsoKieran
Laurence4
Lucy11
Margaret172alsoMaralsoMargretandMargtalsoPeggy
Martha5
Martin60alsoMarten
Mary427alsoMaria
Mary Agnes2
Mary Ann39alsoMary Anne
Mary Catherine2
Mary Ellen1
Mary Jane1
Mathew5
Maurice1
May2
Michael159alsoMic (sic)alsoMichl.
Michael John1
Michl John1
Mick1
Murtagh3alsoMurta
Nancy4
Nanni1
Nannie M.1
Nanny4alsoNannealsoNano
Nicholas7alsoNicolas (sic)
Nora2
Owen1
P. Joseph1
Patrick234alsoPatalsoPatt
Patrick J.1
Patrick Joseph3
Patt John1
Peter23
Philip8alsoPhil
Rhody1
Richd4alsoRody
Robert15
Rosand1
Sally or Lally1
Sam1
Sarah23alsoSaraghalsoSerah
Sarah Eliza1
Simon1
Stephen7
Susan1
Terence2
Thomas91alsoThos.alsoThs.andTom
Timothy30alsoTim
William114alsoWm.
Winifred3

List with names and numbers of name.  Lowest to highest numbers

NameNo of people        
Alice1
Anastasia1alsoAnistaciaalsoAnty
Ann Mary1
Anna Mary1
Arnold1
Bernard1
Bridget Elizabeth1
Catherine Mary1
Francis Joseph1
Gertrude1
Grace1
Hanna1
Harry1
Henena1
Hie (sic)1
Hubert1
J. Edward1
Jas. Patrick1
Jno George1
John Francis1
John Joseph1
John William1
Julia Ann1
July Agnes1
Mary Ellen1
Mary Jane1
Maurice1
Michael John1
Michl John1
Mick1
Nanni1
Nannie M.1
Owen1
P. Joseph1
Patrick J.1
Patt John1
Rhody1
Rosand1
Sally or Lally1
Sam1
Sarah Eliza1
Simon1
Susan1
Alexander2
Bartholmw2alsoBartholw
Dympna2alsoDymna
Ellenor2
Eugene2
Francis2
George2
Jas. E.2
Mary Agnes2
Mary Catherine2
May2
Nora2
Terence2
Dominick3alsoDominic
Jeremiah3alsoJer.alsoJeremiaghand
Murtagh3alsoMurta
Patrick Joseph3
Winifred3
Cornelius4alsoCon
Fintan4
Laurence4
Nancy4
Nanny4alsoNannealsoNano
Richd4alsoRody
Christopher5alsoChristy
Edmond5alsoEdmund
Esther5
Henry5
Martha5
Mathew5
Charlotte6
Nicholas7alsoNicolas (sic)
Stephen7
Fanny8alsoFany
Philip8alsoPhil
Jane9
Andrew10
Kyran10alsoKieran
Lucy11
Johana13
Charles14
Robert15
Elizabeth17alsoBessalsoBessyandBetty
Jermh.18
Julia22
Peter23
Sarah23alsoSaraghalsoSerah
Johanna26
Denis30
Timothy30alsoTim
Joseph33alsoJoe
Mary Ann39alsoMary Anne
Judy43alsoJudethalsoJudith
Edward45alsoEdwdalsoEwdandNed
Daniel50alsoDanalsoDanil (sic)andDanl.
Martin60alsoMarten
Ellen67
Eliza73alsoElliza
Honoria78alsoHonoraalsoOney
Thomas91alsoThos.alsoThs.andTom
Kate100
Catherine105
William114alsoWm.
Ann116alsoAnne
James133alsoJas.
Michael159alsoMic (sic)alsoMichl.
Margaret172alsoMaralsoMargretandMargtalsoPeggy
Patrick234alsoPatalsoPatt
Bridget291alsoBiddyalsoBridgtandBrigt
John338alsoJon
Mary427alsoMaria

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Lyons, Shragh/Srah, Woodford, Galway

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Lyons family Shragh, Drummin District Electoral Division, Galway.

IMPORTANT to descendants of my Lyons family. The genetic condition haemochromatosis is in this Lyons family. Haemochromatosis causes diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis, heart disease and osteoarthritis among other things. I have haemochromatosis.

My Lyons family come from a place called Shragh/Srah, Co. Galway.

My father was Matthew Anthony Lyons and he married Dr. Margaret Murray who had been born in Belfast but who was brought up in Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

My paternal Grandfather was Matthew John Lyons who was born in Galway c.1896. His father was Michael Lyons and his mother was Anna or Annie Porter. Michael & Annie had 8 children, 6 of whom were still alive in 1911.

Lyons family Shragh 1911 census

This family :
Michael 52 : born c.1859
Annie 38 : born c.1873
Matt John 15, born c.1896
Bridget Mary 13, born c.1898
Catherine A. 8, born c. 1903
Patt 6, born circa 1905
Michael 3, born c. 1908
Mary Anne 0

Michael & Annie had been married for 17 years and 6 of their 8 children still lived.

Matthew John Lyons married Helena Noonan and they moved to Longford, he was highly involved in the meat industry in Ireland.

In 1901 this Lyons family also lived at the same address only in 1901 Michaels mother Bridget was still living in the house. There is another child listed who is not listed in 1911 and that is Thomas Lyons who was aged 0.  A Thomas Ford is also listed, he is a cousin of Bridget the Head of House. Thomas Ford was born in America

Lyons family Shragh 1901 census image

Also in Shragh /Shrah we have another Lyons family. This is the family of John Lyons who is 40. His wife is called Bridget and she is 27. Living with them they have two of Johns brothers. Daniel who is 35 and James who is 31.

I believe that these two families in the same townland are related to one another.

The first Lyons baptism in the Roman Catholic parish of Woodford, Ballinakill, Galway (Roman Catholic parish records 2433) is that of a Matthew Lyons son of a John Lyons & Maria Donohoe (John is THE most common first male name but Matthew is in general Irish records not so common)

Link to first Lyons baptism

The Woodford, Ballinakill parish records are initially in Latin and no place name is given. I have not finished transcribing the information from these records so what I am giving here is a little bit itsy bitsy. The gaps will be filled in as time goes by.

1821 in these records we have
John & Maria Donohoe baptise their son Matthew on 23 November 1821.
Cornelius Lyons & Anna are sponsors.
Richard & Bridget Dwyer baptise Eleanor 31st Dec 1821
Michael & Maria Go?niry baptise Patrick 20th Dec 1821.
Malachy & Maria Torpy baptise Margaret 18th April 1822.
1851-52
Laurence & Winifred Slattery baptise Anna, 27th June 1851. Thomas Lyons sponsor
James & Anna Donohue baptise James 23rd Dec 1852. John Lyons sponsor.

1865-75/6 Woodford RC parish records
We have
Martin & Anne Abberton having children baptised 1871-76 : Bridget, Laurence, Mary A., & William
Francis & Mary C…. 1875. Michael
Thomas & Mary Culligan, 1873. Anne
Francis & Catherine Fitzgerald, 1865 Michael
John & Helena/Elenora/Elanora Geeran/Gearin. 1865, 68, 71. Patrick, Thomas and John also possibly a James in 1875.
Thomas & Mary Gilligan 1875 : Mary.

I believe Mary Culligan is Mary Gilligan

We have John & Nellie Goery having a Margaret baptised in 1873.
Eleanor=Nellie. I believe this is the same couple as John & Eleanor/Helena/Geeran

Patrick & Elizabeth Hickey, 1865. Eliza

John & Ellen Joyran 1875 – this is never Eleanor Geeran again……phonetically it could easily be!! Daughter is Anne.
Francis & Mary Killeen/Killian 1866-72. Anne, Catherine, Richard.
can’t read & Bridget McDonald 1870 – Michael
Patrick & Bridget McDonnell 1872, Mary

McDonald=McDonnell – possible phonetic

Thomas & Anne, 1871. Anne M.

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Parochial Papers by Very Rev. Canon Moore, P.P., Johnstown

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Published in the Ossory Archaeological Society, Thomastown. In the Roman Catholic Parish of Thomastown there are very many ruins of ancient churches, &c., which well deserve the attention of the antiquarian.

1.- The most remarkable remnant of antiquity in the parish is, of course, the Abbey of Jerpoint. As its history is well known, we shall say very little about it. It was founded for Cistercians in 1180, by Donald, Prince of Ossory. The founder and Felix O’Dullany, bishop of Ossory, were interred in this Abbey. It did not escape the illiberal enactments of the English during the fourteenth century. In 1380 it was ordained that no mere Irishman should be permitted to make his profession there. The Abbot of Jerpoint was a lord of Parliament. The building is still in a good state of preservation.

2.-The old Gothic church of Thomastown is likewise too well known to need much description. There is a fine old Irish cross at the right side of the entrance. There are also some very old tombs in the grave yard. Among them there is one which bears the following inscription : –“Here lies the body of Patrick Lincoln, who died the 16th of December, 1666, and of Mary Dobbyn, his wife, who ordered this monument. She died the 11th day of May, 1709.” The tomb is elaborately worked, having emblems of the Passion, &e. It has also a shield empaling the arms of Lincoln and Dobbyn. Prior to the date first mentioned a fine silver chalice was presented to the chapel of Thomastown by a Mary Dobbyn – the same person, we presume, whose name is on the monument. It has the following inscription :-“Orate pro anima Mariae Dobbyn quae me fieri fecit, 1687.” Translation – “Pray for the soul of Mary Dobbyn, who caused me to be made, 1687”. In reference to this lady, we may also mention that there is in the chapel of Thomastown a. beautifully carved oaken statue of the Virgin and Child to which she presented crowns of silver in 1705.

3. – Near Thomastown, to the North-West of the town, is a church, or rather the ruins of a church, called “Modaleen.” (We write it as it is pronounced). It is evidently a very old Irish church, probably of far earlier date than the fine Anglo-Norman ruin of which we have just spoken. There are no traditions regarding it. Some suppose it to have been called after St. Mary Magdelan, its patron. We do not believe such to be the case.

4.- Church Jerpoint, as it is called, is apparently an Anglo-Norman erection. It is divided into nave and choir. It has a strongly-built tower at the west-end. Near the church is a tomb having the figure of a priest clad in vestments. There are no traditions or legends regarding it.

5.-Tho Priory of Dysert, about a mile-and-a-half S. E. of Thomastown, is beautifully situated on the Nore. The Anglo-Norman tower at the west end of the church is still perfect; but the church itself is almost wholly in ruins. It was turned to private uses by the family of Berkley – ancestors of the famous bishop Berkley of Cloyne. His father is said to have kept a school or academy there, and is said to have been buried on the top of the tower under a large slab, commonly called “the minister’s flag.” The Berkleys threw all the tombstones in and around the church into the Nore. Dysert is said to have been held as a house of novices, dependant on the Augustinian Priory of Kells.

6.-Columbkill Church was about 60 feet long by 20 wide. The walls wore nearly three feet thick, but badly built. There are no remains of windows, of font, or of anything else of the kind, save a little gable cross now marking a grave. The opening of the southern or south-eastern door also remains. Near this place is a holy well elegantly surrounded by Masonry. Up to a late period crowds used to assemble here on the Patron day, which was the Sunday after the 9th of .June.

7.- Kilcullen old church is about two-and-a-half miles east of Thomastown. It is about 25 feet long and 10 feet wide, and is very rudely built. It is in a mountainous locality, but commands a prospect of great extent and beauty. No traditions, no Patron day.

8. – Killeen, in Mountjuliet demesne, lies about two-and-a-half miles west of Thomastown. It has now totally disappeared, and its site is occupied by the monuments of the family of the Earls of Carrick. The name may signify the little church, or the place may have been called after Killian the martyr. No traditions, no memory of a Patron day. Near the site of this old church is a beautiful holy well.

9.- Killarney, “The church of the sloes,” (Joyce). It has not a stone upon a stone, nor any other vestige left. Captain Myhill, an officer of Cromwell, who lived in the townland of Killarney, was buried here. His sword, with a portion of the scabbard, was found in 1835. “Rogers, London, makers,” was marked on it.

10.–Teaumple Tehawn (we write it as it is pronounced) is a small church to the east of Thomastown, and on an elevation near Castle Grenan. It is a very ancient church, and appears to have been re-modelled by the Dens, Castellans of Grenan. There is a St. Tian; Feast 23rd Feb., Mart. Donegal. There is a tradition that on the occasion of the first Protesant being buried here, a commotion was created among the dead, who cried out to have his body removed from the holy place.

11.- Blessington, in Irish Lisnamanagh. The Lis i.e. “the house or fort of the monks”, is still extant. It is a circular rath of considerable extent, and is situated in a romantic locality. There are indistinct traditions of monks having been here. It is looked upon as a wonder that there are some hawthorns in the lis on which no thorns over grow. Some relics were found here about the year 1830. . I

12.- Kilmurry, i.e., Mary’s Church, was situated about one mile north of Thomastown. Not a vestige of it now remains. Even its site is not well known, although some very old people undertake to point it out. In the demesne of Kilmurry is a. field which is still called “the church field.” The mansion was at one time the residence of Chief Justice Bushe. •

13.- Tullaherin, with its fine round tower and fine old church, is too well known to need description. In the graveyard is a stone bearing an “Ogham description.” Patron, Saint Kieran ; Feast, 5th March. On the 5th March, 1800, there were seventy-five tents erected at Tullaherin, as we have heard from a, man who was there on that day.

14.- Kilfane, called from St. Phaan; Feast, 1st January, Mart. Donegal To the south of Kilfane House is a well with a very ancient cross. To the north is the Anglo-Norman Chureh of Kilfane, probably built by the Cantwells, owners of the land, the walls of this church are very strong, and an Anglo-Norman tower is built at the south side of the nave. Inside the church is an effigy in chain armour, elegantly sculptured, and in excellent preservation. The legs are crosswise, which shows that. the warrior was a Crusader. On the left arm is a shield bearing the arms of Cantvell. All the walls of the church are standing. It was used as a Protestant place of worship till 1835.

15 – Kilbline. Near the castle of that name is a ruined little church. It may have been dedicated St. Blaan, bishop, 10th August, Mart. Donegal. No legends or traditions.
16 – Skebul Brunnagh, now Brown’s Barn, is a very ancient, but greatly injured ruin. It is beautifully situated on the Nore, about two and a-half miles east of Thomastown. There is a St. Bran, 8th June, near Donegal, near Tallaght. No traditions.

17 – Kilmonage, near Kilminock, is very ancient. It was of a very small extent, and is now almost totally destroyed. Its patron may be presumed to have been St. Mohenog, the ‘h’ being mute, as is very common in Irish. We remember to have seen the above written Kilmohenog in some old parish register. This little ruin is situated about four miles south-east of Thomastown.

18-Poerswood is so called from a family of De La Poers, who lived in the townland. It is called in Irish Kilcornan. There is a St. Cornan, Jan. 6, near Donegal. This little church may have been a, private place of worship for the Castellans of Poerswood, as it is only a short distance from the place where their castle stood.

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Donaghmore Workhouse Laois

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Donaghmore Workhouse, Laois

today, a Museum.

On the day that we kidnapped my American friends we took them to the final venue, Donaghmore Workhouse which is now a Museum.  Most of the Workhouse is now a Museum containing material collected over the years.

I have one photograph of Dorene Allen holding the lid of a pan.  That particular pan had been donated to the Workhouse/Museum by a lady after whom Dorene had been named.  The spelling of her first name is a bit different, but Dorene was named after Doreen Squires who had donated the pan.

When families entered the Workhouse they were broken up.  Very young children could stay with their mothers but when they were a few years old they were separated out to the children’s quarters.  What must it have been like to be in a building 2 minutes away from the one your Mammy was in and not be able to see her?  Donaghmore Workhouse is a very sad place as are all workhouses.

There is little to say about any of these photographs.  Once again, in some instances the light was not good for taking a photo.

The colours of equipment that you see in these photos are exactly as they were painted when they were created.

A lot of this equipment was upstairs in what was the Girls dormitory.  There are wooden panels lying down the centre of the floor and it was in this area that the straw for the girls to sleep on lay.

 

 

 

FOOD
Breakfast was timed for 9am which consisted of a half pint of milk and 8oz of bread per inmate.  Bread was supplied by H. Odlum in 4lb loaves – 6.5d for white and 7d for brown.

d. = 1 penny
s.= Shilling.  12 d = 1 shilling

The Inmates frequently complained about the poor quality of the milk, that it was often blue, thick and sour.

Milk was supplied at 7d per gallon.

Lunch consisted of 8oz of bread and soup. Potatoes were used for thickening this soup, when available. At nearly 7 shillings a barrel i.e. 20 stone, they were expensive.  Flour was also used as a potato substitute at a rate of 12 oz per gallon.

Meat was sometimes used – there were 5 different types.  Officers meat, Paupers meat, Coarse meat, Hospital meat, and Meat for Soup.

Coarse beef – 3d per pound
Sheeps head – 7d each
Cows head – 1 shilling and 9d each
Hocks of beef – 3d per pound.

On special days such as Christmas and Easter Sunday Paupers were given a tea breakfast and a meat dinner.

For the evening meal, stirabout was served. Sometimes it was made of Indian meal and rice, but usually made of Indian meal and oat meal.  It was made of 4lb of meal and 2lb of rice in ten gallon of water.

CLOTHING

Amongst the poorer people clothing amounted to little more than rags. Any decent clothes were given to the men at the fair.  Women scarcely ever wore shoes.

Suits were made for 5 shillings and 6d each and a local Tailor gave instructions for boys on how to repair clothes.

A Shoe maker was paid 7 shillings and 6d for making mens shoes, 5 shillings for women and 3 shillings 6d for children.

Oaten straw was used for puffing mattresses at 3 shillings and 6d per cuit.

EDUCATION

A school was in operation in Donaghmore from 1853.  A Mr. Tuck was the first Teacher appointed.  A Miss Bergin was appointed School Mistress in 1862 on a salary of £7 and 7 shillings per year.  She was highly regarded by the Inspectors of the time. She was given 4lbs of chalk and snuffer tray and was regarded as being highly efficient.

 

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Heritage tour in Laois. Kidnapped!

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Kidnap Day!!

Heritage Tour in Laois

I’m calling this a Heritage Tour in Laois because for the most part, it was a Heritage tour and we did things that our friends might not have managed to do by themselves.  They definitely would not have had the company of people who know the area.

My friend Sue McDonald Welles along with her friend Mary Connelly Pereira and Mary’s brother Philip were over here in Ireland on holiday, they were going to spend 3 days in Laois because Sue’s family are from Raheen.  This was the second time in the last few years that Sue and Mary have been over and I spent a few days with them the last time as well.

My friend Dorene Allen is this incredible cook so I asked Dorene if she would cook dinner for my friends and we’d have it in her house (which was my childhood family home).  Dorene agreed to this, then it dawned on me “Jane, these are Americans and Americans go around Ireland wondering where they will get ‘Irish’ food.  Why don’t you cook an Irish stew for them”  I asked Sue if they’d like Irish stew or Bacon & cabbage, the reply came back that they would like the stew.  When I told my brother this he informed me that Dorene and her children do not like Irish stew so, I found another recipe which had lamb cooked in a red wine and tomato sauce.

In the meantime, Dorene and I are talking about my American friends and their few days here and Dorene says “Why don’t we kidnap them on Wednesday and show them all kinds of stuff they’d never get to see on their own? – A Heritage Tour” To which I replied, great idea and asked Sue to keep Wed free because we were going to kidnap them.

The Heritage Tour kidnapping day went like this:

1. We collected the three – Sues, Mary and Phil

2. We took them to the kennels for the hunt ‘hounds’ – I was calling them dogs!!

3. We went to Morrissey’s Pub in Abbeyleix for a cup of coffee

4. After that off to see the hunt people gathering and taking off from Abbeyleix Manor Hotel

5. Followed by Alissa Blundells shop ‘Horse n Riders’ in Abbeyleix

6. Then to Bramleys or the Gallic Kitchen in Abbeyleix (Titanic Carpets had been produced
here

7. Church of Ireland, Abbeyleix

8. Lord’s Walk beside Church of Ireland

9. Down to Durrow and Bowe’s Foodhall for lunch

10 Up to the Castle Arms Hotel Durrow – Castle

11. Off to Donaghmore Workhouse which is now a Museum

12 back to Sandymount house their Bed and breakfast for an hour break

13 Back to my family home in Rathdowney for dinner & a surprise.

 

I have no photos for the Gallic kitchen visit – at that point I was wrecked and just stayed in

Philip Sheppard was coming to dinner as well so I had asked him if he wanted to come earlyfor the surprise – he said yes.

We all got back to Rathdowney at 6.30p.m. where Dorene had everyone roll up their sleeves and she taught Sue, Mary, Phil, Philip & myself how to make brown bread.

Brown bread was supposed to go with dinner

Dinner consisted of Irish stew and a casserole of lamb cooked in red wine and tomatoes and
then a spinage lasagne which I had prepared for our vegetarian. Dorene did starter and dessert – she is an incredible cook.   As it turned out the American trio had a bit of both meat dishes.  The vegetarian stuck with the lasagne

They had an incredible day – I had an incredible day, Dorene and my brother Matthew had an incredible day

Almost forgot – over the course of the evening, Dorene and the children sang them songs

I am not going to load all the photos taken that day  to this page.  Most of the Hounds & Hunt went to a page created just with hounds and hunt.  Some of the photos taken there are not on that page so I include them here.  Most of the Donaghmore Workhouse photos will go to a Donaghmore Workhouse page.

Those pages will be linked to from this page.

From here – for the rest of this page, it is just going to be photos!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed our day overall.  My American friends have thanked us for a most incredible day and evening.  Philip has said similar as regards his evening out with us all.

Lead photo at top of page preparing to leave and go on Heritage tour not having a clue where they were going!!

The Hounds

Hunt gathering & leaving

If you are interested in seeing the rest of the Hounds & First Hunt Laois 2016 photos taken that day then please click the link.

Before the actual Hunt took off from the hotel we went to Mossirrey’s pub in Abbeyleix, a very famous place in it’s own right.  Years ago, and I am talking very many years ago this pub was only one story high.  There are photographs of it as a one story building in Heritage House Abbeyleix, although I don’t know if those photographs are available for public viewing or not.

Morrissey’s Pub, Abbeyleix

Out the door to the Hunt and then back onto Main street to

Horse N Riders

Church of Ireland, Abbeyleix & The Lord’s Walk (beside it)

Bowe’s Food Hall, Durrow 

and yes, I only have one photo from that day of the floor in the new bathroom of their extension.  A 2 cent floor!

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Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow 

You can find photographs of the Castle everywhere but not of the trees.  Isn’t the colour beautiful?
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The final venue of the day, the saddest place we were at.  I’ m only giving you a few photos here as the Workhouse (Museum) is going to get itself a full web page

 Donaghmore Workhouse


Everyone was exhausted at this time, it was about 5pm when we left the Workhouse.  I

dropped my American friends back to Sandymount House in Abbeyleix for an hours rest and
then got them back to our house in Rathdowney where we met Philip at the gate waiting to
go in (3 dogs in garden).  We got into the kitchen and Dorene had everyone roll up their
sleeves because she had a big bowl waiting – she taught us how to make brown bread to go

with our dinner!

Evening :)


While the bread was baking we had music

Finally the Dinner table
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Our guests left at 11.30 that night and I can only say that a wonderful day was had by all.

At the end of it all, I have to say that the Americans and everyone except our vegetarian all had portions of both the Irish stew and the wine stew AND the children ate every single bit!  It was great.

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Ossory Show 2016. Trucks

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Ossory Show, 2016

Trucks and Truckers

The Ossory Show 2016 was a different event for me – here are some photos of the Truck Show section.

I’d never seen a ‘Truck Show’ before and I didn’t know what to expect.  It was really interesting as I stood on top of one of the garden beds and watched a bunch of trucks come up the road blowing their horns like as if they were all excited to have finally found the show.  I did hear at one point that a few of the trucks were off in Mountrath because they were lost, didn’t know where the show grounds were, and it was the arrival of this bunch of trucks that I am talking about. Unfortunately, I can’t show the excitement, what it felt like to watch them all arrive, photographing them as they drove in.

For me though, the nicest bit was when I ‘bumped’ in to Johnnie and Holly.  I didn’t know who they were, they were just two gorgeous children playing together or around the trucks.  The three of us sat and chatted and we talked about how children should not talk to adults and that even though I was taking their photo for them I couldn’t put that photo on the internet.  I told them that I’d get a copy of my photo to them.

Maybe I should make the title of this page – “Johnnie” :)

I kept photographing as I do, and then I saw this wee little truck, a ‘baby’ truck, parked between two grown up trucks and I thought ‘wow’.  Then, I learned that the little truck actually works, I think it has a wheelchair engine AND that it belongs to Johnnie.  Later, Seamus asked me if I would photograph the truckers receiving their cups and I said “No, problem” and ok, they had a professional photographer but that didn’t bother me because I was just taking photos.  I’d get a shot of the people who came first and second but not the person who came third because the professional would get all three people to stand with their backs to the crowd.  So, I took photos of the trophy recipients as they came off the stage.  These are all off the cuff photos and some of them are not that perfect.

As I was watching & photographing the ceremony I realised that Johnnie and his mother were standing beside me.  I told him Mam (Sandra) that I had photographed Johnnie and Holly and I gave her the name of my website and asked her to email me so that I could send her copies of those photos.

THEN, next thing, Johnnie was called up to the stage – his dad went with him and he was told he was being given an award BUT that the group did not have a trophy for him right now, they would get one to him.  I took photos.

I’m only getting the photos online now BUT the other night, Sandra emailed me and told me that Johnnie had received his trophy.  I asked her if I could have a copy of a photo of him with his trophy and she said that she would get  a photo of Johnnie, his truck and his trophy.

I have put the photo of Johnnie, his truck, his trophy and his Dad as my header photo here now.   To me, that photo speaks a million words. I hope any truckers who read this page, come to see these photos will agree with me.

It was a pleasure to photograph the trucks and truckers, it was a bigger pleasure to have met Johnnie and see his truck.  Shouldn’t say this, showed my son the lead photo of Johnnie, Truck, Trophy & Dad  tonight and he said “That’s the luckiest boy in the world”

 

 

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Top Gear : Creation, movement of Scarecrow entry 2016

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Top Gear

2016 All Ireland Scarecrow Festival Entrant

 

The ‘creation of’ :)  I remember the first time I saw this ‘two cars stuck together’  few years ago and I wanted to photograph it, my friend Noel said, “Not now Jane, it’s not ready yet”.  That’s the kind of statement that makes you wonder when will it ever be ‘ready’?

So, no a Sat morning as I drove from Westport home to Laois I received a phone call (answered by my nephew) and the person calling wanted to know when would I be home, that the All Ireland Scarecrow Festival began the next day and I had to take photos!  I didn’t even know the Scarecrow festival was starting the next day.  So, off I went to Durrow that evening to take photos which I have already uploaded.  My friends idea though was that I could take photos of his entry as it set out to go to Durrow.  His entry was ‘Top Gear’.  I hadn’t been around to photograph the re-painting of the cars and I just begin with getting the entry up and off to Durrow along with some photographs of the ‘creation’ of the puppets.

Young boys were all fascinated with these two cars AND they actually do ‘work’ as in can move themselves around a bit or so I’ve heard.

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Marriages. Ballinhassig (Ballygarvan, Goggins, Ballyheedy) Cork. 1826-27

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Ballinhassig (Ballygarvan, Goggins, Ballyheedy), Cork

  Ballinhassig (Ballygarvan, Goggins, Ballyheedy) Marriages 1826-27

This is an index of the names of the people who were married in the Roman Catholic parish of Ballinhassig (Ballygarvan, Goggins, Ballyheedy) during the years 1826-27.  The following table of marriages is transcribed from Microfilm No. 4795 held online by the National Library of Ireland accessible through their Roman Catholic Parish Register Search page.   All names and surnames given here are as I read them.

My list is sorted by the surname of the groom.  Question marks indicate letters or words I had a problem reading.  The letters ‘sic’ indicate that is how I read the letters I have typed.
[ ] indicates that the letters within the brackets are my best guess at what the letters might be. n.g=not given.

Townlands are not given.

Nicknames, Shortened names used in Irish records

If you go to the page I have linked to below and are sitting at a PC and want to search the records for a surname that you are interested in then press Ctrl and F together.  A box will pop up for you to enter the characters you’d like to find on the page you are on. Pressing enter will bring you to the next entry for that name and so on.  My thanks to Clare Lawler Kilgallen who posted this information on a Facebook page.

If you are working with a Mac then press ⌘ & F and continue as above.

Page 105 Marriage Records Ballinhassig (Ballygarvan, Goggins, Ballyheedy) Roman Catholic Parish : Transcription begins on this page of microfilm.

 

NameSurnameBride NameBride SurnameDateYear
DanielAherneEllenKelley28-Jan1826
WmBouseEllenDonigan27-Feb1827
WmCa[r]thyJoneyGoolden25-Feb1827
MichlCalnanNorryDonovan05-Oct1826
ThomsCarlsmanHonoraMcCarthy11-Feb1826
JohnColemanMarySullivan06-Oct1827
DanlCollo[n]sMaryColeman17-Feb1826
JamesConwayCatheFinton19-Feb1827
JamesCrowlyJuliaDaly05-Feb1826
JohnDesmondCatheSullivan19-Jan1826
JohnDesmondMargretRynal02-Dec1826
JamesDonohueMaryDaly11-Feb1827
MathwDonovanMargtSiskAug1826
MichlDoughMaryMurphy01-Apr1826
JohnDowneyMaryDonovan24-Jun1827
JohnDriscollElizabethLynch04-Oct1827
JohnGlishaneJuliaMahony03-Oct1826
StephenGlissanJuliaMurphy17-Feb1827
MauriceGuissaneMaryBrian31-Jan1826
MichlH[e]aynesEllenDeashy05-Feb1826
JermhHennessyEllenWaters25-Nov1826
ThomsHorganNancyLumbard17-Feb1826
DenisHorganCatheAllen25-Feb1827
JohnHorganCatheBurk24-Jun1827
JohnHorganSarahBarters08-Sep1827
LaurenceKelleySarahRandles22-Jan1826
JamesLongJennyBuckly?? 11 Oct1826
DenisLynchMaryMcCarthy25-Nov1826
EugeneLynchJoneyDeleigh30-Jan1827
JamesMahonyMaryMccarthy02-Feb1826
JohnMahonyEllenMcCarthy17-Feb1826
JohnMahonyNorryCullinane05-Jun1826
JohnMahonyMaryWalsh??16 Oct1826
DanlMcCathyMaryHarrington11-Sep1826
DavidMcDanielHonoraDaleigh12-Jan1826
JamsMurphyMaryLucy28-Jan1826
CornsMurphyJoneyQuinlan27-Feb1827
PatMurphyCatheBrian17-Nov1827
JohnMurryEllenDonovan04-Dec1827
MichlReynoldsJoneyLynch04-Nov1827
MichlStantonMaryMcCarthy19-Feb1827
ThomsSullivanElizaMurphy17-Feb1826
MichlSullivanBridgtCarthy??12 Oct1826
MauriceSullivanJoneySullivan03-Jul1827
JohnSweenyMaryDaly17-Feb1826
PatkWalshHonoraMcCarthy29-Jan1826
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Marriage Records, Baltinglass, Co’s Kildare & Wicklow. 1813-14

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Baltinglass, Counties Wicklow & Kildare

  Baltinglass, Marriage Index 1813-14

This is an index of the names of the people who were married in the Roman Catholic parish of Baltinglass which covers areas in counties Kildare and Wicklow, during the  years 1813-14.   The following table of marriages is transcribed from Microfilm No. 4192 held online by the National Library of Ireland accessible through their Roman Catholic Parish Register Search page.   All names and surnames given here are as I read them.  This section of the register is in English with first names shortened at times to only 1 letter.

My list is sorted by the surname of the groom.  Question marks indicate letters or words I had a problem reading.  The letters ‘sic’ indicate that is how I read the letters I have typed.
[ ] indicates that the letters within the brackets are my best guess at what the letters might be.

Townlands are not given.

The 1814 marriages of Michael Headon and Peter Byrne were crossed out in the register.  The surname spelled Ka for a lady is probably Kinsella as the capital letter K was used with an ‘a’ superscript.

Nicknames, Shortened names used in Irish records

If you go to the page i have linked to below and are sitting at a PC and want to search the records for a surname that you are interested in then press Ctrl and F together.  A box will pop up for you to enter the characters you’d like to find on the page you are on. Pressing enter will bring you to the next entry for that name and so on.  My thanks to Clare Lawler Kilgallen who posted this information on a Facebook page.

If you are working with a Mac then press ⌘ & F and continue as above.

Page 6 Marriage Records Baltinglass Roman Catholic Parish : Transcription begins on this page of microfilm

 

NameSurnameBride NameBride SurnameDateYear
Michl??MaryShaw03-Aug1814
Michl??HeadonElizabethKenny04-Nov1814
John[T]ov[]MaryNowlan08-Jan1814
NedBalfMaryValentine21 ??Oct1814
RichdBallCatnDonal[?d]15-Feb1814
JasBarryMary[L]alor08-Feb1814
A.BellonM.Dunn26 ??Oct1814
WmBrienMaryCullen01-Feb1814
PeterBulgerMaryConnor09-Jul1814
JnoByrneMaryBrady06-Jan1814
EdwdByrneSallyDoyle27-May1814
PeterByrneJaneWard26-Nov1814
PeterByrneEllenWard10 ??Nov1814
LaurnByrneBridgetToole18-Nov1814
?WmcGorryRoseKelly12-Feb1814
DarbyCooganM.Kinsella18-Jul1814
??CooganAnneColeman12 ??Oct1814
ThsDevereDollyDemhsey20-Nov1813
DenisDunn?BDonahoe22-Feb1814
PatDunnJudyKa14-Aug1814
PatDuranMaryWhelan22-Feb1814
EdwardFinnMariaByrne20-Feb1814
ThsHanlonAnneRyan07-Jan1814
MichlHeadonElizabethKinny06-Nov1814
WilliamHumpryElizaLadden21-Feb1814
RobertJonstonJaneDoolan17-May1814
PatKeeganAnneDunn19 ??Oct1814
JohnKellyA.Kenedy26 ??Oct1814
ChristyKellyMaryHarrington18 ??Oct1814
JsKellyA.Kehoe19 ??Oct1814
ThsLeaJudithKeegan11-Feb1814
PatLeeEstherReddy15-Jan1814
JosephLellisSallySmyth26-Dec1814
JasMcEvoyAnneSmydders24-Apr1814
JohnMurphyJudithLalor25-Jul1814
JMurphyE.Heydon08-Aug1814
JasNowlanEttyFlood20-Feb1814
JohnPolandBettyPollard27-Dec1813
MichlRyderHellyDempsey02-Sep1814
PatSimonAnneKelly09-May1814
MartinSmythFannyBurgesse02-Feb1814
WilliamWalshMaryLalor13-Feb1814
HenryWardKittyKelly??22 Feb1814
JosafeWilsonBrigetKavanagh29-Oct1814
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Dr. Jane Lyons’ Blog Index

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As I drive through a village, a town, a townland, any place and I see something I want to talk about it, I want to share photos, I want to tell you what I think.  just want to sit as if I am in a room with a bunch of photos showing them to my friends, telling them what I saw, what I thought.

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