July 2014 Blog Posts (65)

The Irish-American Signers of the Declaration of Independence

As the July 4th holiday approaches, sadly as with many of our other holidays, the true meaning of the day is lost a midst ballgames, cookouts, and fireworks. We forget that on that hot July of 1776 fifty six men came together to pledge…


Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Gilmore's Two Extraordinary July 4th Concerts, Six Years Apart

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (or P.S. Gilmore), from Ballygar, County Galway, was an emigrant like a million others fleeing the famine in 1849. By 1872, Gilmore was Ireland's best-known face in America. Musician, Conductor and Bandmaster; he was a household name to Americans across the young country.  He led the most famous…


Added by Jarlath MacNamara on July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

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Using Irish Census Returns in Genealogical Research

It is a source of great pain and frustration to genealogists that most 19th Irish census returns have been destroyed. The destruction is generally blamed on the fire at the Public Records Office in 1922 during the Irish Civil War. While the 1922 fire did consume a great deal of…


Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on July 3, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Occupations Gone by the Wayside: Knocker-Up

Back before there were affordable and reliable alarm clocks, the occupation of a knocker-up made a few pence a week in England and Ireland by using a long, lightweight stick, often bamboo, to tap on their clients’ upper floor windows and wake them up so they could get to…


Added by Dee Notaro on July 2, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

'Jimmy's Hall' a Nod to 'Free Spirit of the People': A Review

In 2006, British director, Ken Loach won the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or award with his portrayal of the 1919-23 Irish War of Independence and Civil War in “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”. There is a scene in that film where a wealthy landowner who is about to…


Added by Kieron Punch on July 1, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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