Birth date v. Baptism date

One would expect that the baptism date of a child would be on or most likely after the birth date.  Not what you will find always in these records in Ireland after State Records began in 1864 and indeed up to the early 1900′s.

It was normal in that era that a Catholic child was baptised within a day or two of being born and indeed if the birth was early then the baptism may take place that day. It is not uncommon to find a significant difference between a birth date on the State Register and the Baptism date in the Church Baptism Register. The baptism date could predate the birth date on the State Record by several weeks.  One notes in the State record that the birth was often registered several weeks after the stated birth date.  I tend to take the baptism date as being the more reliable. The child, Timothy on…/viewremembrance.aspx…   has a baptism date of 23 Aug 1868 and a birth date on the State Register as 17 Oct 1868.

Col. Joe O’Reilly, ADC to General Michael Collins

Joseph O’Reilly was born in Limerick on 15 April 1893 and baptised in the Church of St. Michael Parish.  At this time the family lived in Henry St., Limerick.  His parents were Patrick O’Reilly, a Clerk, and Margaret (nee Noonan) who married on 5th June 1892 in St. Michael’s Church, Limerick.  He had one sister Margaret O’Reilly who was born on 27 April 1894 and at this time the family lived at 31 Patrick St.  When baby Margaret was just six weeks old, their father, Patrick O’Reilly aged 24, died of “Traumatic Gangrene,” in Barringtons Hospital, Limerick on 7 June 1894.

A few years later, their mother, a widow, married Edward Howard in Limerick on 15 January 1898. They had two Howard children and were living in Windmill St Limerick according to the 1901 Census.  On that Census night Edward was working as a fireman on a ship laying off Hauley’s Quay, Limerick.

However, in Census 1911 the family, Edward Howard (Engineer on a steam vessel), Margaret Howard (his wife), and children Patrick Howard, Thomas Howard, Joseph O’Reilly and Margaret O’Reilly were in Chapel Street, Bantry. In this Census report (1911), Joseph O’Reilly is 18 years old, and is recorded as working as a Wool Weaver.

Apparently, Joseph O’Reilly went to London later in 1911, where he met Michael Collins (who was later ambushed at Béal na Bláth) through GAA and other Irish social circles.

7 Reasons to Create an Online Memorial

Losing a loved one is an incredibly difficult experience, and often leaves you feeling lost and hopeless. Mental health professionals around the globe stress the benefits of expressing your grief rather than holding it in. During the bereavement process you might feel the need to record and share the memories of your loved ones, and online memorials might be just what you need to help yourself and others. You could be the one who provides the connection point for others to mourn and remember the deceased with you. This cannot be achieved in a newspaper or social media. You need a dedicated space for it and online memorials provide just that.

Why spend time writing an online memorial?

  1. Help yourself and others by expressing your feelings

Online Memorials provide space for you to put together your thoughts, memories, pictures, poems and quotes about your deceased loved one. This is a healing process where your thoughts and emotions stop wandering around but get focused in the attempt of creating a lovely memorial for everybody to see.

  1. It is not there just for a day

In Memoriam notices in newspapers and social media posts last just for a day and nobody talks about them or remembers them for long. Often newspapers ask for a subscription in order for others to get access to the notices you create. Online memorials however, are virtual gravestones / tombstones; they last for a long time and are designed with dignity. Who would want to be remembered in a post on Facebook or in a newspaper between a holiday advert, sports and local news?

  1. Online Memorials are easily accessible

Online Memorials can be accessed online anytime. They provide an extra space for others to share their own messages, thoughts and tributes, leave flowers or just remember. Grieving is often a long term process and it is good to have this space in hand to share your thoughts and read what others have written to comfort you. You can check it while on the phone or your tablet even when you are away from home.

  1. They will be there for future generations to see

Do you worry that your grandchildren and grand grandchildren will not remember you, your husband / wife / partner or your parents? Online Memorials will leave a digital footprint in the internet and other generations will be able to access it and learn from it. Online Memorials are available for other people to learn about your loved one so that his/her life will not fall into oblivion.

  1. They are easily shareable

There are people who would like to pay their tribute but they don’t know how and where. Online Memorial can be shared with others by emailing a link to it. Once your friends and family get the link, they will be able to add their own memories and you will give them space to help with their own grief. You can also put a QR code on the actual grave so that anyone who visits it, gets a chance to read more about your loved one just by scanning the code with their phones.

  1. They make it easier for others to help you

There are people there who would like to comfort you but are afraid to call as they do not wish to bring back the memories of your loss. Writing their words in front of a computer makes it easier for them to reach out to you and gives them space to share their own feelings too.

  1. Online Memorials are safe

Depending on the website, many online memorials, such as provide an excellent customer service to let you make changes to the page or remove information you no longer want, and the Team will help with your amends or modifications. Administrators check all content prior to publishing to ensure it is appropriate.

Online Memorials are getting more and more recognition in families. They bring together people spread around the world and let them stay in the moment, remembering their loved one together. They bring comfort in the bereavement process and help dealing with your grief. They allow you to connect with others and ensure that the lives of your loved ones do not get forgotten.

10 Beautiful Memorial Poems

Writing a memorial message, a remembrance notice or an in memoriam card can be a difficult task. When we are overwhelmed with emotions, it is hard to put our thoughts in words. Sometimes it helps to use memorial poems as they often express exactly what we feel but struggle to say.
Visit to post your Remembrance Tribute, send a Sympathy Card or In Memoriam Card.

Here are 10 beautiful memorial poems you can choose for your in memoriam card.

Poem 1

Happy memories silently kept, 

No need for words, we’ll never forget.

Poem 2

God will link the broken chain,

As one by one we meet again.

In our hearts he will always stay,

Loved and remembered every day.

Poem 3

Those we love don’t go away,

They walk beside us every day,

Unseen, unheard, but always near,

Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Poem 4

They say there is a reason,

They say that time will heal,

But neither time nor reason,

Will change the way we feel.

Poem 5

Your memories have become my heartbeats,

Which means I am thinking if you all the time,

Just to stay alive… I miss You.

Poem 6

Your life was a blessing,

Your memory a treasure,

You are loved beyond words

And missed beyond measure.

Poem 7

You will never be forgotten,

We pledge to you today,

A hollowed place within our hearts,

Is where you’ll always stay.

Poem 8

May the winds of heaven blow softly and whisper in your

How much we love and miss you

And wish that you were here.

 Poem 9


We are missing you a little more

Each time we hear your name,

We’ve cried so many tears,

Yet our heart’s broken just the same.


We miss out times together

Things in common we could share,

But nothing fills the emptiness 

Now that you’re no longer there.


We’ve so many memories

To last our whole life through

Each of them reminds us

Of how much we’re missing you.

Poem 10

Deep in our hearts a memory is kept

Of one we loved and shall never forget.


Time may pass and fade away

But memories of you will always stay.


In God’s care you rest above,

In our hearts you rest in love.


Never selfish, always loving and kind,

These are the memories you leave behind.


A cluster of memories sprinkled with tears,

We wish God have spared you a few more years.




Ireland Census 1926

There has been an expectation that the data of the Irish Census 1926 will be released in 2016, ten years ahead of the 100 year deadline.  Under current Irish legislation, (the Statistics Act, 1993), census data must be withheld for 100 years.  A huge amount of work will be required to digitise the data and this has not been undertaken yet.  Unfortunately for many researchers the data release is not scheduled for 2016 or soon after.

Prisoners and Prison sentences – what justice or injustice?

I just noted a sample of prison records recently from the 1800′s.  Times were tough then when you see 2 cases of people being sent to prison “on suspicion of stealing ….”  Yes there is 1 for murder but the one that really struck me as being almost funny was the one where a man was sent to prison for “furious driving“.  Now there were no cars “invented” in 1853. So I assume he was driving a horse and cart or similar.
Some samples:
YEAR   Offence and age of prisoner
1853 – stealing a shirt, prisoner aged 23
1853 – stealing mohair, prisoner aged 30
1853 – furious driving, prisoner aged 34
1853 – burglary and robbery, prisoner aged 45
1854 – murder, prisoner aged 25
1854 – drunk and disorderly, prisoner aged 40
1854 – suspicion of stealing shirts, prisoner aged 24
1855 – stealing coats and other article, prisoner aged 29
1856 – stealing bread in Bantry Workhouse, prisoner aged 16
1856 – suspicion of stealing a plough, prisoner aged 50
1859 – vagrant, prisoner aged 42
1863 – sheep stealing, prisoner aged 49
1870 – assault, prisoner aged 40
1888 – drunk, prisoner aged 62

……………………………. and we think of ‘White Collar’ crime today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Town Clerks in Bantry

People who served as Town Clerk in Bantry Town Commissioners / Bantry Town Council overs its 118 year lifespan were John O’Callaghan, Mary Galvin (nee O’Callaghan), Breda Dwyer, Humphery Desmond, Mary Fitzgerald, Elma McCarthy, Noreen McCarthy, Olive Staunton-Keane, Pauline Lynch, Niall O’Keeffe, David Campbell, Martina O’Driscoll, Deirdre Collins, Eimear O’Neill.