Blog: Irish Genealogy Summer School, 2015

The Irish Genealogy Summer School 2015 ran this year from 28th June to 5th July in University College Cork (UCC), one of the world’s leading universities.  I was a student in UCC for my basic degree and was then awarded my Ph.D., from the NUI through UCC, so, for me, I love going back down there.  It has changed an awful lot over the years though.  I have to say that the historical tour of the city was really interesting.

Here are photographs of some of the people who made presentations.  I did not get to Cork until the Tuesday afternoon so I missed people like Eileen & Séan O’Duill, and Mary Beglan.  I would have liked to have heard them speak, but I did get to hear a lot and even at that I still missed the talks given by Lorna Moloney and Anne Marie Coghlan.

The opening evening of the Irish Genealogy Summer School

and then – the presentations

We had a surprise presentation made by Jan Gow, QSM FSG who was over in Cork with a genealogy tour that she brings to Salt Lake City and then Ireland or England every year.  Jan and the people on tour with her were all in Cork for the week (and speaking to them all they thought it great.)  Jan had been asked if she would introduce us or teach us something about a mouse she has which can scan documents and that I have to say was such an extremely interesting talk!  She’s been asked if she could give another presentation next year if she has a group over this way.

John Goodman’s talk on Tracing Irish Soldiers was very interesting, there is so much you can go to in order to search. One thing he didn’t mention and which I didn’t get to say was that people should watch out for those whose surnames are changed when they enlist.  We had a man from Rathdowney in Laois and his name was John(Jack) Miney.  His family were always known by that surname but when he enlisted, his name was written incorrectly as Moyney.  Then, he was awarded a Victoria Cross for a very brave act, the story of this Victoria Cross was re-produced in a boys comic and a little film was made about it.  Today, his name is always listed as John Moyney and there is no reference to the surname Miney.  His family lived as Miney and are buried as Miney and if anyone ever went looking for the surname Moyney in Ireland they’d find it hard to trace.  If anyone ever came to Laois looking for the family of John Moyney they will never find his relatives.

The images I have below of the Map and Photograph are of the same place and you can see this.

The last presentations that I saw

Certificate Presentations

Even more photos!!  Séan Murphy arrived and certificates were presented earlier than originally planned.  Lorna announced the names and people went to the podium to receive their certificate from Séan.