Ireland XO in Action

Ireland XO in Action - focusing on the People, Places, Parishes and Connections being made through the Ireland Reaching Out programme.

Vol 2 Issue 2 - February 2013

Welcome to the latest issue of our new newsletter, Ireland XO in Action, focusing on a sample of the People, Places, Parishes and Connections being made through the Ireland Reaching Out programme. Ireland XO in Action will bring you the news as it happens on the ground, keeping you up-to-date with progress and featuring new parishes as they come on board as well as some great stories of connections being made. In this issue, we feature the following:
  • See our sample of great connections made this month: The Bates family reconnect to Carnowen from Canada, Australia and New Zealand
  • Ireland XO volunteer discovers magnificent wedding photos which uncover Peggy's Irish Roots!
  • East Kerry reaches out to it's Brosnan Roots across the globe!
  • Events in 2013: Birr Workhouse hold a conference this September for the descendants of it's emigrants
  • Follow in the footsteps of Lady Augusta Gregory and W.B.Yeats in Galway
  • Parish in Profile: This month we feature Durrus in West Cork, a beautiful part of the country; the parish includes all of Sheep's Head as well.
  • Don't forget! Donate to Ireland XO and help communities to reach out and reconnect Ireland with her diaspora!
  • Visiting Ireland in 2013? - We are here to assist you during you visit to Ireland!If you have not yet registered as a member of Ireland XO, please sign up, or if you would like to become a Parish Liaison or Volunteer, please contact us today.
Best Regards,
Ireland XO Team

Visiting Ireland in 2013?

Ireland Reaching Out want to welcome home the Irish diaspora to their ancestral parishes! We would love to hear about your planned trip and our website is here for you to use to connect with the parish or community of your heritage.Are you visiting Ireland in 2013? Let us know by filling out this short form. Should you have any questions or need our assistance in tracing your roots, get in touch now! Post your query and as much information as possible on the relevant message board here.

Want to get involved? Genealogy Assistance in Ireland needed!

Ireland XO is expanding rapidly and we are asking for your assistance to help people who are tracing their Irish Ancestors. We are providing online assistance and advice to those doing family research. We have hundreds of people already working with Ireland XO offering genealogy advice and you can help too!! If you know a specific area in Ireland well, are interested in assisting others to find their Irish Ancestors and can lend a hand online - please contact us by email here.
Donate to Ireland XO
We are a non-profit organisation relying on sponsorship and donations from individuals all around the world. Your donations will be invaluable to the success and future of the programme at a truly national and global scale. Our FREE service will utilise funds to spread the word about Ireland Reaching Out, provide resources and training and manage the large network of volunteers whose purpose is to assist all diaspora in the search for their ancestral parish. Please click here to make your donation.
The Bates Family reconnect to Carnowen from Canada, Australia and New Zealand!
The Bates family has a long connection with Donaghmore Parish in County Donegal in the Raphoe Diocese. There are references to the family in the 1795 Flaxgrowers List, the 1857 Griffith Valuations and in lists of wills held in Raphoe, Co. Donegal. The family were also pew holders at the Presbyterian church in Donaghmore. The family held land in Breaghy in the Donaghamore Parish as John Bates, the ancestor of the New Zealand Bates, is listed in holding lands in the registers between 1885 and 1909. In 1926 John George Orr Bates (b 1892), the son of John Bates, decided to take his family to New Zealand as the land he was farming was to be inherited by his elder brother, David.(b 1890). John G.O. Bates thus joined the diaspora that had already taken two of his brothers away from Donegal and overseas. His younger brother William James (b1895) had already emigrated to Manitoba in 1912 and his other brother, Albert (b1898) had settled in Jamaica in 1918. J.G.O Bates family of his wife, Matilda (nee Thompson of Carravady) and his three children; Margaret (Stella) (b1919), Gertrude (Wendy) (b1921) and Desmond (b1923) left for New Zealand on the Corinthic in February 1926 and arrived in Wellington (NZ) in late March- early April of that year. The family initially settled at Matarawa, a small farming community near Fordell, about 25km from Wanganui. John apparently worked for a local farmer until the chance to buy his own small holding in Putiki, Wanganui came up. In 1928 the family moved on to the farm, which they named Carnowen, and into a large farm house, originally built by the local Maori for the Churton family, a Pakeha-Maori family closely connected with the Putiki iwi. John, worked at the local fertiliser factory as well as working his farm for many years until, with his son, Des, the farm had become an established milk supplier and noted pedigree Friesian herd. The family also grew with the births of Audrey (1927), Georgena (b/d 1930) and Isobel (b 1938). In January 2013 a family reunion was held in Wanganui to celebrate the lives of John G.O. Bates, and his wife Matilda and their family as their only surviving daughter, Isobel, was on holiday in New Zealand from her home in Canada. The reunion was also a chance for all the family members to visit the Presbyterian cemetery at Matarawa and to lay a wreath at the family grave site. The reunion brought together 60 members of the families of Margaret (Stella), who married Frank Henry Papprill, Gertrude (Wendy) ,who married Hugh Knowles, Desmond, who married Nancy Beattie, Audrey, who married Noni Gestro, and Isobel, who married Robin Patchett. As well, members of Albert’s families, from Australia and Canada, also joined the celebration taking the opportunity to share family memories and family ties. The reunion has allowed the family tree to be updated with recent births, deaths and marriages recorded and an archive of family photographs and records begun. The Bates family has close ties to the Elliott, Fulton, Colhoun, Cooper, Roulston and Thompson families of Donaghmore which have been kept up through correspondence and visits over the years.
Photo 1: L to R - The Bates descendants Wanganui. New Zealand - 2013. Isobel - the daughter of JGO & M. Bates-seated centre.Photo 2: L to R - The Bates Family circa 1906-1910. Ena (1888), John G.O. (1892), William (1895), Martha Jane(1886). Middle: David (1890). Albert (1898). Photo 3: L to R - The Bates Homestead.
Parish in Profile - Durrus, Co. Cork
The parish of Durrus includes the parish churches of Kilcrohane and Rushnachara. The over all parish is known as Muintir Bhaire or Muintervara and is basically the whole Sheepshead peninsula. The area is well know for its rugged views and beautiful walks. It is now home to several famous people like Graham Norton and Christy Moore as well as many well off people from Europe who like to come there to retire in the peace and quiet. The Sheepshead way is the most walked walk way in the country. It is so remote that the light house has reached by helicopter even though it is attached to the main land! Included is a picture of the landing pad, west Cork style which Ireland XO volunteer Danny took earlier this year. The headland was never blessed with copper mines or a train link like the Beara or Mizen peninsulas so the people were mostly reliant or sheep farming and mackerel fishing during tougher times. Many people who left there in the famine times went to Casper Wyoming as it was well known for sheep farming also.
Danny's own father was from the very end of the Sheepshead and as far as he can find out so were several generations of his family before that so he really has his roots there which is why Danny is so interested in the area.
Danny is also organising a Gathering called the Tobins of Sheepshead for the June bank Holiday weekend this year so as you can imagine that is taking up most of Danny'sspare time at the moment. Danny's maternal grandmotherwas also from Durrus but her Dad was from Ballydehob so he is also organising a gathering called the Coughlans of Ballydehob for the August bank holiday weekend.
For further information on the Tobins Gathering click here and for information on the Coughlans Gathering click here.
Danny helped reunite part of the Coughlan family last year after Danny's great grand father had one son in Durrus and another son in Boston - They grew up not knowing about each other so after that success Danny decided he might be able to help out with Ireland XO as they had no one in the area. If you want to volunteer in your area please email us here.

Welcome to our new Volunteers this month!

We have now over 240 Parish Liaisons in Ireland, and 2,000 volunteers in 600 parishes. Parish Liaisons are key to our success and this role entails updating and adding to your parish profile, monitoring & responding to queries posted on the parish message board and interacting with other volunteers in the area via the website, email or telephone. We are recruiting more volunteer parish administrators and parish “Meet & Greeters” in particular. All help welcome! Contact us on return email here.

New Parish Liaisons this week:
Bob Graham in County Fermanagh
Paulin Loughran in Loughgilly, Creggan and Forkill, Armagh
Jonathon Fealyin Kilmeedy, Limerick
Laura Kelly in Kilcommon Kilmaine, Mayo
Jeanette McIntyre in County Antrim
Bill Ryan in Terryglass, Tipperary
Breda Purcel in Askeaton, Limerick
Mary Conway in Kildimo, Limerick
Jennifer McDonald in Killeedy, Limerick
Nessan O'Donoghue in Mungret, Limerick
Mary Ellen Grogan & Suzanne Skelly in Kiltullagh, Roscommon
Fergal Allen in Clonsast, Offaly
Sean Liston in Cloncagh/Knockaderry, Limerick
Barbara Flaherty in Dundalk, Louth

New International Volunteers
We have new volunteers overseas who are working at promoting Ireland Reaching Out. We are always recruiting people to assist us in promoting Ireland XO, so if you are in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada etc please assist us. If you are interested in volunteering from abroad please contact us here.
Mary Cooper in British Columbia, Canada
Catherine Devine in Ariziona, United States
Mary Alice Wildasin in Florida, United States
Julie Rizzello in Massachusetts, United States
Judith Mason in Chicago, United Staets
Don Keyes in Boston, United Staets
Verna Evans in Georgia, United Staets
Rose Imbeault in Ontario, Canada
Kat Shannon in Boston United Staets
Lois Farley Shuford in Illinois, United Staets

Wedding Photos found along with records for Peggy's Watson's Ancestors!

Peggy was researching the family of John Watson and Elizabeth/Ellen McCall in the town land of Tamnaskeeny, who was a lessor of John Shaw. Peggy wanted to find the exact location of their farm, so she could visit it from Canada! Peggy's Great Grandmother was Martha Anne Watson, their daughter, 1839-1909 married Robert Thomson Knipe 1841-1891, of Unagh. Peggy had no information on the McCalls, and wanted more info on the Watson family, from Martha Anne back. Their son, Peggy's Grandfather George Whitfield Knipe 1877-1942, graduated as a Physician/Surgeon from Belfast and Edinburgh 1906, came to Canada 1912. Ireland XO volunteer Veronica found lots of information for Peggy relating to births, marriages and deaths, but most interesting, Veronica found some wedding photos which Peggy has never seen before!! Veronica is on the hunt for the family homestead and or farm and you can check out the progress here between Peggy and Ireland XO volunteer Veronica.
Peggy has expressed her appreciation of the work by our volunteer Veronica! "Thank you to my volunteer for all the information! I am copying it and digesting it and will have a few follow-up questions but wanted to express my appreciation for your help now. I would love to know how to do this for ALL my ancestors!I'll be in touch, and thank you again for your efforts."

East Kerry Reaching Out are busy spring-cleaning!

The walls are being white-washed and the beds aired, in preparation for an influx of Brosnans from near and far. They will descend on the Castleisland area in East Kerry, from 25th-28th July, for The Brosnan Clan Gathering, which will be part of The East Kerry Roots Festival this year. For generations members of this proud clan, whose origins are uniquely linked to East Kerry, have emigrated and settled all over the world. This July they are returning from New Zealand, Australia, America and the UK, for the Gathering. They will reunite with long lost relatives for a festival that will include sessions, workshops, walks, heritage trails and a Clan Reunion banquet.This photo is from Sean Brosnahan in New Zealand - The man on the left, Patrick Brosnahan,was the first of Sean's branch of the family to leave go to New Zealand, arriving at Timaru on the ship 'Echunga' in 1862.

Birr Workhouse hold a conference in September 2013

Birr Historical Society will hold a Conference on Birr Workhouse on 6 & 7 September 2013. Birr has secured leading academics and local historians and there will be exhibitions and guided walks. Birr Workhouse was in operation from 1842 until 1921 and the building was subsequently used for light industry such as Birr Shoes Ltd and Peerage Brass Ltd. Excellent records of the workhouse have survived. Invitations have been sent to descendants of emigrants from Birr Workhouse, in particular to those of girls who left on the Orphan Girl Emigration Scheme (1848-50) whose names are on record. Many employees of Birr Shoes Ltd emigrated to Northampton when the facility closed in the 1960s and local contact has been maintained. Also in mid-March, Offaly Leader and IrelandXO genealogy training and workshops will start and this will be one of the projects targeted to find descendants of the Birr orphans.


Lady Gregory and WB Yeats Walking Trail

We invite you to follow in the footsteps of Lady Augusta Gregory and W.B.Yeats in this exciting trail which incorporates historical sites between the towns of Gort and Loughrea. These sites include: Kilmacduagh, Coole Park, Kiltartan Gregory Museum, Thoor Ballylee, Killinane Graveyard, Roxborough Gates, Woodville Walled Gardens and the Loughrea Cathedral. The unique landscape of South Galway inspired both Lady Gregory and W.B. Yeats to create some of their greatest works. Writers, poets, historians, artists and musicians have long been attracted to the area. Check our more information on the trail here.

Get Certified!

Ireland XO is partnered with the official Government Certificate of Irish Heritage! Anyone of Irish descent who was born outside Ireland can be issued a Certificate. Each Certificate is unique, showing the name of the recipient and 1 or 2 of their Irish ancestors. You will need some information about one ancestor. Visit the website here. Note that the Certificate of Irish Heritage is running a competition this month to win a holiday to Ireland as well, click here to enter!!

Are you visiting Ireland this year?

We can help you reconnect! Ireland XO has dedicated volunteers on the ground all over Ireland. Find out where your ancestors came from and reconnect with your place of origin. Tell us about your visit to Ireland this year here. Find your parish here.

Dates for your diary
  • Ardcroney Active Retirement Meeting, Ardcroney, Co. Tipperary, Thursday 28th February 14:30
  • Longford County Meeting, Longford Library, Co. Longford, Tuesday March 5th 19:30
  • North Tipperary Training Commences March 6th 2013 in Thurles Area & March 7th in Nenagh Area
  • Parish Liaison Training Day in Athlone, Westmeath on Saturday April 6th
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