The Genealogy Event 2016: Adare, County Limerick


For the third year running The Genealogy Event has come to Limerick. Sponsored by, it offered a wealth of up to date information on researching your Irish ancestors using familiar genealogical resources but also some lesser known sources. The genealogy conference was held in the picturesque location of Adare, County Limerick and organiser Bridget Bray, a Canadian lady with roots in Limerick, offered attendees the opportunity to take their research further by connecting with fellow research enthusiasts and professionals working in the field of Irish genealogy.

In addition to the two day conference, Bridget Bray, organised a reception night and social evening events, including a visit to an Irish county house and a whiskey tasting session.

od6b0085Talks and one to one consultations were offered by RootsIreland member centres over the two day event. Brian Mitchell of Derry Genealogy Centre presented a case study on tracing the Irish roots of Mary T. Fisher, a lady’s companion in Boston in the 1880s. Catriona Crowe of Limerick Genealogy spoke about the importance of property valuation records when tracing a family history and Aoife Ryan, also of Limerick Genealogy explored handwriting interpretation. Over the two days, attendees had the opportunity to discuss their research with genealogists from RootsIreland in one to one consultations.

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And the good news is that The Genealogy Event returns to Adare in 2017! For further details, please see In the meantime if you would like some advice or assistance in research your Irish ancestors please contact Limerick Genealogy or any of the Roots Ireland genealogy centres. Contact details for each centre can be found here at

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Roots of the Rising: The Family Histories of Ned Daly & Con Colbert

logo_LGAs part of Ireland 2016 Centenary Year, Limerick Genealogy is planning exhibitions on the family histories of Ned Daly and Con Colbert, the two Limerick born men executed for their involvement in the Easter Rising.

Ned Daly was the youngest of the fifteen rebel leaders executed in May 1916, shot at Kilmainham Gaol on the 4th May 1916. He was Commandant of the 1st Battalion of the Irish Volunteers responsible for the Four Courts area.

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Ned Daly in uniform (Courtesy of Helen Litton on behalf of descendants of the Daly family)

John Edward Daly, known as Edward or Ned, was born on Frederick Street in Limerick City on 25th February 1891 to parents Edward Daly and Catherine O’Mara and he was part of a prominent nationalist family. Ned’s uncle was the influential veteran Fenian John Daly and his sister Kathleen Daly married Thomas Clarke, one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. A number of Ned’s sisters were involved in Cumman na mBan and also played their part in the Rising.

Daly Family 1894
The Daly Family in 1894 Standing L to R: Catherine Daly née O’Mara, James Daly, Ellen (Lollie) Daly, Jim Jones, Eileen Daly and Madge Daly Seated L to R: Nora Daly, Edward Daly, Agnes Daly, Margaret Daly née Hayes, Kathleen Daly and Laura Daly On floor L to R: Carrie Daly and Annie Daly. Courtesy of Helen Litton on behalf of the descendants of the Daly family.

Con Colbert was Captain of F Company, 4th Battalion of the Irish Volunteers, commanding Watkin’s Brewery and later Marrowbow Lane Jameson’s distillery, for which he was executed on the 8th May

Con Colbert from Cathy Dempsey
Con Colbert

Cornelius Colbert was one of thirteen children born to Michael Colbert and Ann McDermot, in October 1888, in the parish of Mahoonagh and Castlemahon, County Limerick. The family moved to Athea around 1891 but by 1911 Cornelius was living with siblings in Dublin City.

1911 Census Con Colbert Clifton Terrace Rathmines & Rathgar East
Con Colbert in the 1911 Census living with his sisters at No. 7 Clifton Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin City. Courtesy – National Archives of Ireland

Limerick Genealogy is researching the family histories of Edward Daly and Con Colbert to culminate in exhibitions on the two families. There will be an online aspect to the exhibitions allowing for extensive family trees and details on each family member illustrated with original source material, documents and photographs. The launches of these exhibitions, aimed for next February and March, will be an opportunity for Daly and Colbert family gatherings, allowing members from Limerick, Ireland and around the world, to reunite or indeed meet for the first time.

Limerick Genealogy would welcome contact from anyone descending from the extended Daly and Colbert families and indeed from any persons with memories, memorabilia or photographs relating to the families.

In collaboration with the families, Limerick Genealogy sees this as an opportunity to preserve the memory of the Daly and Colbert families and
commemorate the sacrifices of their sons Ned Daly and Con Colbert.
For further information, please contact Catriona Crowe or Aoife Ryan at:
Limerick Genealogy, Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (0) 61 496542
Twitter: @LimkGenealogy


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The Genealogy Event sponsored by RootsIreland

There was a wonderful open atmosphere of information sharing and genealogy enthusiasm at The Genealogy Event, a conference on Irish Genealogy and DNA, held on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August in Adare, county Limerick. Attendees came 13. Speakers and Roots Ireland sponsors Aoife Ryan, Monica Hynes, Bridget Bray & Catriona Crowefrom counties throughout Ireland, from Northern Ireland and from around the world representing England, Scotland, United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

15. The Genealogy Event poster

The two day conference offered a range of learning opportunities geared to all levels of experience in genealogy. In addition cultural events included a garden tour and dinner at the Mustard Seed, Ballingarry and a tour of Desmond Castle, Adare and Adare Manor.

Many attendees found connections at the conference through conversation with fellow attendees; there were useful exchanges of ideas and research tips. One-to-one consultations offered by Limerick Genealogy and Roots Ireland genealogists were fully booked each day. Quality speakers covered a range of topics including research in Limerick, graveyard research, school roll books and registers, civil records, Irish clans, surname origins, Munster DNA project, Y-DNA, solving adoption mysteries, researching neighbours, Irish government history and genealogy software.14. Speakers Matthew Potter and Aoife Ryan

Event director Bridget Bray explains further “There was a desire to create an environment where attendees, speakers and event supporters connected with one another – and that they did. There was an incredible spirit and an energy that ran throughout the event resulting in a wonderful and inspiring genealogy community. I’m very much appreciative of all the support received and thrilled to know that Irish genealogy continues to grow as an area of interest”

16. Catriona Crowe with Danny Quain 17. Teresa Connolly with Catriona Crowe 18. Monica Hynes Galway East Family History 19. Bridget Bray, Michael Buckley, Ann McDermott, Joe Hargadon 20. A Captive Audience 1. Attendees at the Mustard Seed, Ballingarry

5. Joan Dempsey with Bridget Bray4. Tony Browne, local historian with Teresa Dolan
9. Patrick C. Kennedy with Bridget Bray discussing the Kennedy connections

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Hearing the Irish Accent of a Merrimac Victim Across 150 Years

Irish in the American Civil War

On 8th March 1862, the Confederate Ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly the Merrimack) steamed out of Norfolk, Virginia to attack the Federal fleet in Hampton Roads. The resulting two-day encounter remains one of the most famous naval engagements in history. One Yankee sailor would later recall how an awful silence descended over the men of the Union fleet, and ‘not a word was spoken’ as they watched the Virginia’s approach. This was hardly surprising given that they were preparing to meet the ironclad in largely wooden ships. One of their number was Sergeant James Leahy, from Co. Limerick. A member of the 99th New York Infantry, he had been co-opted along with a number of his comrades to serve as a Seaman aboard the USS Congress. A few months before, James had written home to his wife, discussing events at the front and telling her not to worry about…

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In Search of Con: The Remarkable Story of the Hunt for the ‘Idiot’ Boy Sold into Service

In Search of Con: The Remarkable Story of the Hunt for the ‘Idiot’ Boy Sold into Service.

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Find your Ancestors in Limerick with the Click of a Mouse


Researching your family history in Limerick is now easier thanks to a unique online database of more than one million genealogical records for Limerick city and county. At the website you can search computerised church records of baptisms, marriages and burials and civil records of birth, death and marriage plus complementary ancillary genealogical sources for Limerick. Some records date as early as the late 1600s but most surviving date to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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This unique database for Limerick is maintained and developed by Limerick Genealogy, a professional genealogical research service for Limerick city and county. Catriona Crowe at Limerick Genealogy indicates that the database is growing with more church and civil records to be added in the coming months, so keep an eye on the website and join the mailing list.

Limerick Genealogy is just one of thirty counties on the island of Ireland currently contributing to and the website contains the largest online collection of church and other genealogical records for Ireland. The service operates on a subscription basis, available for one, six and twelve months.

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In addition to this online database, Limerick Genealogy offers a professional genealogical research service, with a unique and comprehensive collection of approximately three million records and a Limerick-based knowledge and expertise. For more details, see our website Limerick Genealogy is a not-for-profit organisation.


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Limerick has a specialised genealogical research service to help you trace your Irish family history in Limerick City and County and find out just who you are!

Limerick Genealogy was established by Catriona Crowe, a former researcher with Limerick Ancestry in the Granary, to provide a family history research service for those with ancestry in Limerick city and county. Based in Dooradoyle, Limerick Genealogy specialises in 19th Treeand early 20th century family history research in Limerick but earlier research may also be possible with some records surviving from as early as the 1600s.

With its collection of approximately three million records, Limerick Genealogy provides a unique and comprehensive research service with a Limerick-based knowledge and expertise. The main genealogical sources employed in research are the church records of various denominations, civil records of birth, deaths and marriages, property valuation records and 1901 and 1911 household census returns. Complementary sources include gravestone inscriptions, cemetery records, biographical notices, trade directories and wills.

Limerick Genealogy has helped people in Limerick, throughout Ireland, the U.K., the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand to trace their Limerick roots. Some comments from clients;

“Without the help of Limerick Genealogy, it would have taken me years to find this information. The professional report I received was astounding. It is very clear and easy to follow. In actuality it was truly priceless.”               Margaret McGrath, Ohio, USA

“Limerick Genealogy’s research exceeded my expectations! I felt that Catriona couldn’t have put more into it if she had been researching her own family history.”                                                                                                  Hilary Macaulay, Birmingham, U.K.

Limerick Genealogy provides a number of research options to clients including consultations, birth and marriage searches, family searches and more comprehensive research reports. For more details, see Limerick Genealogy is a not-for-profit organisation.


Limerick Genealogy

Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle Road, Dooradoyle, Limerick.

Tel: +353 61 496542.




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