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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.

Blog: Irish Dancing, ACE UCC 2015

Irish Dancing  : Genealogy Summer School 2015

University College Cork (UCC)

There’s not an awful lot that one can say about an evening of Irish dancing.

I can say though that from my point of view it was a wonderful evening, it got the people doing the course together so to speak. It relaxed everyone. The group were very good and knew well how to talk to the people they were playing for.

I think we’ll all agree that not everyone got up and danced and *definitely* I really and truly know that even though I walk my dogs at least two miles every day that I am NOT fit. One dance on the floor and that was it, I wanted to sit and do nothing. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to do ‘nothing’ when Irish music is playing. I didn’t dance on the floor very much but I made great use of the free floor!

I have to mention Aiden Feerick who was part of the organisation of the evening, he’s the man in blue in the photos and he danced the night away. You can see himself and Anne the here.

John Nangle (our other Gravestone person) joined the group and sang a few songs and we’ve been teasing him about that since then. We’re organising another session for next year and we’ve told him that he has to sing again!

Rosaleen Underwood also gave us a song or two. I’ve also got a photograph of Janice here, Janice was photographing everything and so will appear in none of her own shots.

I dare not forget her! Sitting down is Lorna Moloney the lady who organises the ACE Irish Genealogy Summer School down in UCC and then in the first photo here we have Nicholas with Lorna.  Nicholas was everywhere because he had the first aid box and minded us all and he was wonderful.