Monthly Archives: June 2014

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.

Daly surname

The surname Daly is among the most widely found in Ireland.  It is an anglicised form of the old gaelic name “Ó’Dálaigh” derived from Dálach meaning ‘one who is present at assemblies‘ or more commonly called Councillor or Assembly person nowadays.  The root word is Dáil, which is the official title of the Irish Parliament, called “Dáil Eireann”.

Donovan, O’Donovan clan

The Uí Fidgenti, Uí Fidgeinti, Uí Fidgente, Uí Fidghente, Uí Fidgeinte or without the í as Ui Fidgenti were an early kingdom of northern Munster, situated mostly in modern County Limerick, but extending into County Clare and County Tipperary, and possibly even County Kerry and County Cork, at maximum extents, and this varied over time. The Gaelic  = descendents of, or of the tribe of.   The tribe in this case being Fidgenti, or any of its spelling variations.  The Donovans or O’Donovans came from the Bruree region of County Limerick where in early christian times this was the territory of Uí Fidgente.  These were divided into two branches, viz. Uí Chairpri in the East and Uí Chonaill Gabhra to the West.  This may nowadays be written without the í as Ui Chairpri or maybe as Ui Chairpre.  As a result of ongoing feuds they were driven from there by the O’Briens about 1178.  The O’Donovans eventually settled in West Cork in the Glandore – Rosscarbery region and soon the Uí Chairpri name was given to the large region today known as Carbery.

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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday (also called as Pancake Tuesday) is a Tuesday often in February or maybe  March, depending on the date of Easter Sunday.  Easter Sunday is calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon after 21 March.  Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians.  For Roman Catholics it is the day before a period of penance and fasting so consequently Shrove Tuesday was traditionally a day to use up food and pancake making was popular.  “Mardi Gras” is French for “Fat Tuesday“, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.  Lent meant abstaining from eggs and all dairy products, so all of these had to be used up before Ash Wednesday and hence pancakes were made on Shrove Tuesday.

Shrove as it is often called was a very common day for people to get married and a browse at Catholic Marriage Registers will show this.  We can see examples of over 20 marriages taking place in any one Parish on that day.  Also a browse through our Remembrance Garden on will show that many of the marriage dates for Ireland are on Shrove Tuesday or perhaps the previous day.