Monthly Archives: November 2011

1832 Kilkenny Conviction

Prison and court records can tell us many things about our ancestors who had a brush with the law. The 19th century was a very different era with extremely harsh sentences such as death and banishment to Australia handed down … Continue reading

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Buggy – the worst character 1855

A search through microfilmed parish registers in Ireland can often take many hours. However, from time to time the long searches can be interspersed with illuminating comments made by the parish priests. The ‘legitimacy’ of a new born baby and … Continue reading

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Belfast Riots 1886

In 1886 prolonged riots broke out in Belfast, of which you can read more about here. A report was published outlining the injuries received by RIC officers and members of the military during the riots. [1] In this report is … Continue reading

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Pigot and Co.’s Provincial Directory of Ireland 1824

Countless individuals give huge amounts of their free time towards making genealogical records more accessible to those conducting family history research. One such person is John Hayes at his website On this site he has various transcriptions and scanned … Continue reading

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Outburst Against English Catholics 1929

A fascinating and slightly humorous story is reported in a 1929 edition of The Manchester Guardian, as The Guardian newspapers was known then.[1] Father John Buggy, in his Sunday sermon at St. Walburgha’s Church in Shipley, West Yorkshire, described those … Continue reading

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