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I’m a genealogist by profession, with credentials from AGI.  I also dabble in local history and the history of Irish golfers, and I’m always writing something!

A Slideshow of Recent Posts

Gordon Bennett!

Gordon Bennett !!!  This photograph was taken on Wednesday 1 July 1903 in South Main Street, Naas, Co. Kildare. What was happening was the weighing of the cars for the 4th Gordon Bennett Cup Race, the first to be held outside of France. The race took place the...

Rex Ingram, the Irishman who put the Valentino into Romance

[The image accompanying this story is not of Rex and Alice.  It is taken from a generic postcard of the period that has a verse about ‘Constancy’ and a heading to relate it to a specific place.  In this case it is ‘FROM BALTINGLASS’.] It’s now exactly a hundred years...

Tragedy in Kilmurry

It is impossible to imagine the mental state of John Jackson during his meeting with Dr. Dockeray 150 years ago this very day.  John’s mind may have been in turmoil; it may have been numbed by grief.  Whether Dr. Dockeray visited his farm in Kilmurry or John travelled...

A Sad Fact about Baltinglass & the Great War

​Those who died in the Great War (1914-1918) are commemorated each year on 11 November. Huge numbers of Irishmen enlisted to fight in the British Army, the Royal Navy or the forces of other countries in the British Empire. They joined and fought for a variety of...

A Little Fact about a Gravestone, Rathmoon, Paris, Pioneering Surgery & Phoenix, Arizona

  ​What’s the oldest gravestone in St. Joseph’s graveyard in Baltinglass? I really don’t know. But I do know that it’s not the one with the earliest date on it. Am I confusing you? Well, there is a gravestone that includes ‘Michael Brophy who gave his life in...

The Remarkable Margaret Falley

​Margaret Dickson Falley’s publication, Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research, is remarkable, yet the vast majority of people now pursuing Irish genealogical research have never heard of it.  The most remarkable thing about Falley’s two-volume work is that it was...

Irish Golf 1920

The story of armed conflict often dominates and clouds our perception of the past.  When we read about a time of war it seems as if nothing but war was happening: as if normal life was suspended while shooting and killing were all pervasive.  The Great War of...
A Little Fact about a Gravestone, Rathmoon, Paris, Pioneering Surgery & Phoenix, Arizona

A Little Fact about a Gravestone, Rathmoon, Paris, Pioneering Surgery & Phoenix, Arizona

  ​What’s the oldest gravestone in St. Joseph’s graveyard in Baltinglass? I really don’t know. But I do know that it’s not the one with the earliest date on it. Am I confusing you? Well, there is a gravestone that includes ‘Michael Brophy who gave his life in...

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The Remarkable Margaret Falley

The Remarkable Margaret Falley

​Margaret Dickson Falley’s publication, Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research, is remarkable, yet the vast majority of people now pursuing Irish genealogical research have never heard of it.  The most remarkable thing about Falley’s two-volume work is that it was...

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